Pneumatic Vision: Cut by Helge Meyer

Performance
October 21, 2010Mercer Union, 1286 Bloor Street West, Toronto8:00 pm

Curated and presented by FADO Performance Art Centre in the context of the 9th 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art.

Pneumatic Vision: Cut by Helge Meyer

Every breath has its own quality. Once you breathe in, there is no chance to control what is going inside your body. If you transform the idea of breathing into a question about the content of philosophical values, is it the same? Once you “inhaled” an idea, there is no chance of re-questioning the content? Is religion a drug? Do we still need to know about sins? What is a sin? Maybe the answer is to be found if the black water is inhaled…

This new performance work of Helge Meyer deals with the idea of breathing as a visible sign of being alive. The performer is searching for poetic images that make the fragility of human existence obvious.

The Toronto Performance Art Collective (TPAC) is a not-for-profit, artist-driven collective that curates and produces the 7a11d International Festival of Performance Art—English Canada’s oldest ongoing biennial of performance art. 7a11d was established in 1997 by a group of performance artists, collectives, and organizers, eager to develop a forum for performance art in Toronto. The first 7a11d International Festival of Performance Art took place in August 1997 and presented the work of 60 local, national and international artists. The 8th edition of the festival takes place from October 21–31, 2010.

Performance Art Daily: Artist Talk with Helge Meyer
October 22, 2010 @ 12:00pm–2:00pm
Toronto Free Gallery, 1277 Bloor Street West, Toronto

© Helge Meyer, Pnuematic Vision: Cut, 2010. Photo Henry Chan.


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