Cellu(h)er Resistance: The Body with/out Organs? by Pam Patterson

February 27–March 2, 2008XPACE Cultural Centre, 58 Ossington Avenue, Toronto

Co-presented with XPACE Cultural Centre
Curated by Paul Couillard

Cellu(h)er Resistance: The Body with/out Organs? is a 5-day performance-as-installation process piece by Toronto artist, educator and cancer survivor, Pam Patterson. The work combines sound, drawing, action, video and collaborative writing examining the artist’s body, the body with disease and the body without organs. 

After decades of dis-ease and illness, the pain of poverty, dis-ability and being reconfigured by surgery my hands now make another body for my body. . . there are sounds, images, becomings. . . it is accomplished the moment I undertake it. It isn’t the case that the body/I like(s) pain per se; rather, the body/I like(s) being a Body without Organs, and the pain is the price the body/I is/am willing to pay for that.

Pam Patterson

Opening Performance: February 27, 2008 @ 8:00pm
Performance-as-Installation: Daily from 12:00pm–6:00pm
Final Performance Action: March 2, 2008 @ 6:00pm







Books & Ephemera

Performance Yellow

This fragrance opens us to the question, has the show started? It's winter, the theatre is colder than the street and the room is filled with people and all their winter smells: wet faux leather, down, too much shampoo, and beer breath. The atmosphere is a trickster. Am I late, am I early?

Top Notes

yellow mandarin, mimosa

Middle Notes

honey, chamomile, salt

Base Notes

narcissus, guaiac wood, piss, beer