On Escapist Action: Performance in Recession
Essay by Laura Paolini about the 2009 series, Escapist Action: Performance in Recession.
“Globally, from bombings to political scandals and massive natural disasters, to the weakening dollar, crash of the housing market and global recession, the last ten years have been the bleakest in history (according to some).”
Eyewitness Account: TallBlondLadies
Account by Stephanie Sirant, of the 2009 durational performance, Potential Fertility Rite.
Established in 2003, TallBlondLadies is a collaborative performance project between Anna Berndtson (Sweden) and Irina Runge (Germany).
Sandra Johnston’s Ephemeral Monuments
Essay by Emma Doran on Johnston’s 2009 performance at Toronto Free Gallery:
“[Her] performances become like ephemeral monuments; the memory of the performance persists as both a way to recall the trauma and as a new conceptualization of the site, altering the individual and collective memory of it.”
Ritual Communication and Body Doubles: Attending (to) the Work of Monika Günther and Ruedi Schill
Essay by Paul Couillard about the collaborative duo.
“Monika and Ruedi seem less concerned with delivering specific messages than with providing each other and their audiences with an intensely present companionship while undertaking a series of slow, quiet gestures. What is evident in their work is an attention to communication as a form of ritual.”
The Cult of Delicate Glut: On Pleasure Addicts by Brenda Goldstein
Essay by Alissa Firth-Eagland about the 2009 performance:
“Goldstein’s formulation is not guiding us towards a utopia. At top speed, it is sending us careening off the bridge and into the glittering cold water below.”
Wall against Wall against Wall: Art and Cultural Boycott
Essay by Israeli artist and curator, Yaron David, exploring the complexities and limitations of cultural boycotts.
“There are those who like their art attached to clear cut moral values. It’s their right. I try to focus on one rule only: dealing with representation. It is there that we are allowed to reflect each and every destructive and unresolved contradiction.”