© Simon Rabyniuk, Legs, Too, 2015. Photo Henry Chan.
Simon Rabyniuk is a Toronto-based visual artist and member of the urban design collective Department of Unusual Certainties. He creates context sensitive projects exploring urban form as both process and object. His work takes a variety of forms including walking projects, participatory events, performance for video, and sculpture. He has presented work across Canada including as part of the Harbourfront Centre’s Hatch Emerging Performance Series, at Ryerson University’s Modernity Unbound Symposium, and as part of Broken City Labs’ Storefront Residency for Social Innovation. He recently published an article in On Site Magazine’s Migration issue presenting supplementary research for his project Deskilling the Garment Industry.
Through art and design, Simon Rabyniuk, explores everyday things with groups of people. Working across disciplines he seeks to frame questions, experiment with research methods and synthesize observations into images, spaces, and experiences. Cara Spooner, Claude Wittmann, Sylvie Tourangeau and Dawne Carleton introduced him to the potential of dance, performance and presence. As a principal at the research and design studio Department of Unusual Certainties his work has been presented across Canada and abroad.
Transmitting Trio A (1966) with Sara Wookey
Led by Sara Wookey, a group of dance and performance artists learn Yvonne Rainer’s seminal work, Trio A (1966). The starting point for this project is the shared conversation between dance and performance artists around the distinctions between repertoire and reenactment, in particular consideration of how these modes of archiving in live art relate to the increasing interest in presenting performance art and choreography in the museum.