.sight.specific. proposes performance art as the staging of sight as site: observation as contour, terrain, and architecture for modes of aesthetic embodiment. The project consists of four commissioned live works in search for situated perspectives on the possibilities of performance as a contextual spatial practice. The works situate artists and audience by trading knowledge on the streets, tracing trans-planetary sight-lines, creating home and hospitality in real time through cyberspace, and staging variations on absurdity. The shapes of these relationships brings into focus questions of knowledge and memory, contact and distance, longing and belonging.
Co-presented by Xpace Cultural Centre
DOWNLOAD the program booklette here:
.sight.specific. booklette (pdf)
Every Friday and Saturday in March, 2-6pm
Performance: The School of Bartered Knowledge by Golboo Amani
Friday March 8, 8pm ($10/$5 students)
Performance: Planetaria by Cressida Kocienski
Friday March 15, 8pm ($10/$5 students)
Performance (and dinner): T.M.K.L Presents: beit Suad by Basil AlZeri
Co-presented by FUSE Magazine and Israeli Apartheid Week Toronto
[[FUSE Magazine 36-2: Palestine-Palestine, featuring a project by Basil AlZeri, will be available for purchase.]]
Saturday and Sunday March 16-17, 1pm (FREE)
Workshop (and lunch): T.M.K.L Presents: beit Suad by Basil AlZeri
Friday March 22, 8pm ($10/$5 students)
Performance: Variations on Absurdity by Maryam Taghavi
Thursday March 28, 7-11pm (FREE)
Opening: .sight.specific exhibition of residue/ephemera
Closing: Xpace exhibitions
Saturday March 30, 2pm (FREE)
Panel Discussion: Viewing .sight.specific.
With: Basil AlZeri, Golboo Amani, Cressida Kocienski, Maryam Taghavi
Moderated by Johanna Householder with Francisco-Fernando Granados
ABOUT the Emerging Artists Series
Initiated in 2002 by Tanya Mars, FADO’s Emerging Artists Series was created to provide an on-going professional venue for emerging artists from Toronto and beyond to develop and present a performance piece, working within a curatorial framework set out by an emerging curator. FADO’s intention with this series is to nurture new work and ideas, provide direction and mentorship to both the artists and the curator, and to showcase the work of the city’s newest perspectives in performance art.
Xpace Cultural Centre is a membership driven artist-run centre supported by the OCAD Student Union dedicated to providing emerging and student artists with the opportunity to showcase their work in a professional setting. Xpace's focus on contemporary practices reflects the interests and needs of its membership. Xpace's short programming timelines allows the centre to respond to contemporary issues in theory and aesthetics, keeping up to the minute with what is going on directly in the community.
Curatorial essay by Franscico-Fernando Granandos
Introductory essay by Ricky Varghese
Booklette design by Lisa Kiss Design
Photo credit (left to right): Cressida Kocienski, Maryam Taghavi, Basil AlZeri, Golboo Amani.