© Rah Eleh, Oriental Drag. Image courtesy of the artist.
In September, FADO hosted a two-day intensive workshop entitled Performance on Camera. Led by video and performance artists Rah Eleh, this workshop invited artists to investigate the intersections between performance art and the camera through their practice. Artist participants engaged in a series of physical exercises focused on character development, exploration and physicality; followed up by hands-on learning of some of the practicalities of filmmaking techniques and lighting.
Using this guidance and the generated performance and video materials, the artists in Performance on Camera created a series of new video works. It’s two month later, but we can’t wait to see the results. Join us for a screening of all the works created in Performance on Camera.
Snacks, refreshments, conversation.
© Rah Eleh, Oriental Drag. Image courtesy of the artist.
Performance on Camera investigates the intersections between performance art and the camera. It is a two-intensive workshop hosted by the performance and video artist Rah Eleh. During the first day of the workshop, attendees can expect to do a series of physical exercises that will focus on character development, exploration and physicality. The second day of the workshop will be a lecture about filmmaking techniques such as framing and lighting.
Workshop attendees will be given the opportunity to create their own video that will be screened at 401 Richmond in FADO’s presentation and screening space at a later date (TBD). Attendees do not need any knowledge of performance or video production to attend, however a camera (phone or tablet cameras are acceptable) will be required for participation. Some knowledge of post-production editing is beneficial but not necessary. Attendees are welcome to explore a character they have previously developed or explore a new one. Participants will provide their own camera and any necessary materials (costumes, props, pen and paper are encouraged).
This workshop is offered for free of charge. Space is limited to 15 participants. Attendance is required on both dates. This workshop is in-person. Participants are required to mask in the co-working space and when social distancing is not possible.
© Rah Eleh, Supernova, 2018. Video still.
Iran / Canada
Rah Eleh is a video, net and performance artist. Her work focuses on and critiques the visual stereotypes and performative aspects that shape female gender identity and national and ethnic identity. She is interested in how race, gender and nationalism are performed from multiple layered perspectives: exilic, decolonial, queer and diasporic. Rah is a Phd candidate at Die Angewandte in Vienna, and has lectured and exhibited extensively internationally at institutions including: NYU Tisch, The New School, Alfred University, Venice Biennale (ECC, Palazzo Mora), Images Festival (Toronto), Museum London, Carleton University Art Gallery (Ottawa), Williams College Museum of Art (Williamstown, MA), Miami Art Basel, Nieuwe Vide (Haarlem, Netherlands), Pao Festival (Oslo, Norway), and Onassis Cultural Center (Athens, Greece). Rah is represented by VTape, Canada’s leading artist-run distributor for video art.
FADO Performance Art Centre’s 2014 Emerging Artist series, co-presented with Xpace Cultural Centre.
Anthea Fitz-James (Toronto)
Emma-Kate Guimond (Montréal)
Jessica Karuhanga (Toronto)
Arkadi Lavoie Lachapelle (Montréal)
Rah Eleh (Ottawa)
Durational performance is a mode of live art where the artist works directly with the medium of time. Over the course of hours, days or longer the performer and the audience can experience a physical, mental, spiritual and/or emotional transformation. Durational performance functions to bring the performer and the audience into the moment; time is made palatable and visceral. Artists like Tehching Hsieh, Alastair MacLennan, and most famously, Marina Abramović, demonstrate how durational performance art can use mental and physical endurance to challenge the commoditization of art by offering an experience of art that is ephemeral by nature. 11:45PM will present a collection of durational works, spread out over the course of March, throughout the gallery.
The 2014 Emerging Artists Series was curated by FADO board member Kate Barry, in consultation with Xpace and a committee of local artists (including Xpace Director Amber Landgraff, Videofag founder Jordan Tannahill, theatre artist Audrey Dewyer, and Xpace intern Humboldt Magnussen.
PROGRAM & EVENTS
Unraveling the Daughter’s Disease: Secrets, Knitting and the Body by Anthea Fitz-James
March 8 @ 12:00pm–6:00pm
March 9 @ 1:00pm–5:00pm
In Time with a Body: Duration as a Performance Practice
March 13 @ 7:00pm
Performance artist, curator and FADO co-founder Paul Couillard gives an informal lecture on duration as a performance practice. His talk will share insights from his creative work as well as performances by other artists, including a reflection on his 1999 curatorial project TIME TIME TIME, a year-long series of 12 works by various performance artists, each a minimum of 12 hours long.
digestion/liquidation by Emma-Kate Guimond
March 16 @ 12:00pm–8:00pm
The trip, and the fall, and the lost heap of longing by Jessica Karuhanga
March 19–22 @ 1:00pm–5:00pm daily
6 hours 6 minutes 6 seconds by Arkadi Lavoie Lachapelle
March 28 @ 6:00pm–12:06:06am
For this performance, the audience is encouraged to bring with them, or to drop off at the gallery anytime during gallery hours from March 8–28, items from their homes that represent evil to them. Can be any kind of object, from a banal household item to a talisman. Object must be wrapped, so the contents are not known. All objects will be used in the performance.
Ululation by Rah Eleh
March 29 @ 12:00pm–6:00pm
What Happens After Midnight: Artists Panel
Moderated by Tanya Mars, in conversation with the artists and curator Kate Barry
March 29 @ 6:30pm
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?
yellow mandarin, mimosa
honey, chamomile, salt
narcissus, guaiac wood, piss, beer