VIGILANTES -the dream of reason creates monsters-
by Tania Bruguera
a series of liminal performances
dealing with the relationship between ethics and desire
to be documented in booklet form
October 19 - 31, 2004
@various locations in Toronto, Chicago and traveling in between
EVERY STEP IS A SHAPE OF TIME
by Glenda León
October 29, 2004, 7 pm
@Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD)
100 McCaul St.
"Infiltration" panel discussion with Glenda León
(plus Mideo M. Cruz, Esther Ferrer and Cheryl l'Hirondelle, moderated by Johanna Householder)
October 31, 2004, 3 pm
Sponsored by the 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art.
303 Augusta Ave.
For VIGILANTES, Bruguera will commute weekly between Chicago and Canada (first to Montreal and then to Toronto), using these trips as an opportunity to perform for the unsuspecting audience of her fellow travelers. She will also present unannounced performance actions in Toronto.
In conjunction with the residency, Bruguera will produce a booklet that compiles images and experiences associated with the project, including the texts of four talks that she will present (two in Montreal and two in Toronto). Each talk will visit a text by one of the following performance artists:
1- Allan Kaprow
2- Adrian Piper
3- Vito Acconci
4- Francys Alys
Bruguera describes the work in this way:
VIGILANTES -the dream of reason creates monsters- will be a series of performances dealing with the relationship between ethics and desire; with the tension that can be found in a state of emotional vigilia, which is the state between being awake and asleep. Each piece will have several layers of appreciation, either from the position of the audience or of their level of boldness. These will be pieces that talk about the false strength and the hidden fragility.
About EVERY STEP IS A SHAPE OF TIME
For the Toronto portion of her residency, León will develop a new audio-based performative installation called Every Step is a Shape of Time. The piece premieres at OCAD on October 29. This work invites the public to create individual and collective aural experiences generated in the lag time between walking and listening.
Every step we make is a small yet important instant in our lives. The direction, the speed, the decision to make one step or a sequence of them can take us to certain events or move us away from them. The sound amplification of this daily act is a way to make us reflect upon and notice infinite possibilities sculpted through time. Listening to our own footsteps is metaphorically linked to the act of listening to ourselves. Where are we going? How are we walking on this path we have chosen? In fact, have we chosen this path we are walking? I believe these are questions worth asking, however, they are ones not easily answered.