COMPASS: to re-orient our practice of being together

Artist-led embodied research project by lo bil
Hosted by FADO Performance Art Centre

While this is performance-artist-based invitation, there is no imperative to perform for others. Through presence and attending to what you wish to do, you are potentially helping others attend to doing something they wish to do. Artists can use the time and space in any way they wish, however it is important to note that this project makes space for different forms of movement to occur.

COMPASS is a cross between a studio, a gym, a playground, a library and something unknown that welcomes all kinds of action and participation from both artists and visitors.

PART 1
We are seeking artists who wish to spend 2–3 hours between September 5–9 in a process of navigating shared space while engaging in their own performance practice. Each session will be very open for experimental approaches, varying levels of public interaction, and is intended as real-time embodied research. Each artist will discover for themselves the benefits and challenges of working in this way. Artists may choose to attend one or more sessions.

Date: September 6–9, 2022
Time: 11:30am–2:30pm, daily
Location: The Commons @ 401, 401 Richmond Street West

PART 2
From September 13–16, a smaller group of artists from the first week will continue to develop the discoveries they have encountered, working towards a public showing on the afternoon of September 17. Artists involved in this second week of COMPASS will be paid a small honorarium for their participation.

We welcome proposals from artists who cannot be physically present at COMPASS sessions to connect via video call or to offer provocations for public to engage in. All contributions, whether in-person or remote, will be credited. Everyone from emerging to established artists are welcome to join. Artists are also welcome to drop by during the first week or the final showing to see what’s up and/or to participate in unexpected ways.

PLUS
Join us for an open showing of COMPASS on September 17 @ 1:00pm–4:00pm.


If you would like to join COMPASS for one or more days, send an email to: lbil@rogers.com using the subject line: COMPASS / FADO and include:
your name and contact details;
which dates you would like to join us between September 6–9;
an artist statement or description of your art interests;
a short proposal of how you would use the space and time (not knowing is always a possible option).

This is not a review process. All proposals will be accepted. Asking for an brief outline of your proposal for the space and times helps us make space for everyone that wants to join in. Please note that the space will be open for anyone to join on any day.

Artist
lo bil

Image: © lo bil, 21 minute self, Pi*llOry part three, 2020. Photo by Tina Bararian.


Canada
www.lo-bil.tumblr.com

lo bil is a cis-gender queer working class white woman, a Toronto-based second-generation Canadian performance artist who experiments with risk-based performance involving spontaneous utterance, sensory impulse, personal risk, and inter-relational proposals with the public. lo will be developing COMPASS through a juried residency at Studio 303 in Montréal in August 2022; teaches performance-based art at Sheridan College; movement for actors at Toronto Film School; and has created guest-artist activations at Toronto Dance Theatre, O Vertigo Creation Center, LeParc Performing Arts Research Cluster, Concordia University, University of Toronto, Toronto Dance Community Love-in and School of the Alternative in North Carolina.

lo is a recipient of the Kathy Acker Award 2019 and winner of the FADO Live Art Award at the Summerworks Performance Festival 2015. lo has performed at festivals including: 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art, AGO First Thursdays, Luminato (online), Rhubarb!, Summerworks, Fringe, Nuit Blanche, Duration & Dialogue, ps We Are All Here, Pi*llOry, Short & Sweet (Toronto & Guelph), Month of Performance Art-Berlin and LADA DIY (Glasgow); and performance actions at academic conferences in Toronto, Montreal, Kingston, Halifax, Lethbridge, Mexico City and Amsterdam, and online in Chicago, Vienna and Winnipeg.

Performance
Pi*llOry Part 3 and Part 4

Pi*llOry is an event for Queer, BIPOC and Feminist performers to show case their work, focusing on trauma. Pi*llOrists are examining how we personally and politically dismantle heteronormative hegemony and engage in healing that puts an end to the repetition of communal trauma. Pi*llOry’s performers are liberating queer bodies as a primary agency that can harness the transformative power of presence, space, politics, shame and (dis)/ability while refracting their infinite incarnations. Pi*llOry’s artists renounce the binary and traditional gender roles, they not only create new ones for themselves, but give space for others to create their own as well. Through oral, visual and visceral mediums, Pi*llOry explores the depths of fragmented gender/queer identity, pushing beyond labels and classifications. On the edge of complete uncertainty, with only the already structural, limited and bound ways of description and discrimination of queerness, Pi*llOrists arm themselves with the unknown to disrupt inherited historical trauma invoking a lasting communal cultural healing.

ARTISTS
Sadie Berlin
lo bil
Simla Civelek
Nicole Lynn Deschaine
Madeleine Lychek
Tess Martens
Sheri Osden Nault
[ field ] (Coman Poon & Brian Smith)
Randa Reda
Amber Helene Müller St. Thomas
Holly Timpener
Johannes Zits

Pi*llOry would like to thank FADO for their sponsorship and support of Pi*llOry part three and four.

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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