Nearness—A Lecture Performance

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Tuesday, 14 May 2013
Art Metropole (1490 Dundas Street West)
7 pm
Free entry, limited seats. Book a place at www.nearness.to!

Nearness is a networking event between a group of actors:

-Anyone and anything that happens to be around
-A projector campfire and a meeting room camp
-Rune-songs and presentation lingo

Two performative lectures and a set of interconnecting gowns link the attendants to each other and their surroundings.

The event is hosted by designers/artists Anni Puolakka and Jenna Sutela, in collaboration with fashion designer K.I. Kinnunen. Their take on networking is an immediate and material one, minimizing premeditation and endorsing chance.

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Programme:

Pt 1
K.I. Kinnunen’s interconnecting gowns link the attendants together with each other and their surroundings

Pt 2
A projector campfire by Tommi Vasko lights up the meeting room camp

Pt 3
Anni Puolakka turns the situation into a book

Pt 4
Jenna Sutela uploads Nearness, the game system, into everyone

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With backgrounds in graphic design and media studies, Anni Puolakka and Jenna Sutela operate at the edges of design. OK Do, their common project of three years, resulted in several self-published titles, events and installations. Like the previous written pieces, distributed around the world in printed format, Puolakka and Sutela view Nearness as a publication, only this time a recited one.

K.I. Kinnunen has worked in Parisian fashion houses and collaborated with contemporary dance groups. Her gowns for Nearness explore the relationship between brief encounters and grand movements.

Videos in collaboration with Ville Vainio

Support by Finnish Cultural Foundation and Arts Promotion Centre Finland

Inquiries:
info@artmetropole.com
+1 416 703 4400

As always, supported by the incredible Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto.

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“An Introduction to the General Theory of Place”

Kika Thorne, Singularity, 2007 – ongoing. Lycra, aircraft cable, hardware, rare earth magnets, dimensions variable.  Photo: Scott Massey. Courtesy of the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver.

Kika Thorne, Singularity, 2007 – ongoing. Lycra, aircraft cable, hardware, rare earth magnets, dimensions variable.
Photo: Scott Massey. Courtesy of the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver.

Saturday, 11 May 2013
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery (7 Hart House Circle)
2 pm
Free

In conjunction with the exhibition I Thought There Were Limits, on view at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, curator Julia Abraham will guest-facilitate this salon.

Site-specific art is defined as work that is constituted by a direct response to a place. I Thought There Were Limits presents a category of site-specific gestures that derive unique material implications once they are affixed to a site. The exhibition tests the limits of site-specific practices as both responsive to a particular place while also adaptable to any site. This salon will feature “An Introduction to the General Theory of Place” the mission statement of the Foksal Gallery in Warsaw, published in 1966 by Wieslaw Borowski, Hanna Ptaszkowska, Mariusz Tchorek (in conjunction with many artists), as a way to examine the curatorial proposition regarding the flexible production of space against a theoretical discussion of place as examined in the text.

I Thought There Were Limits brings together five Toronto-based artists whose work engages with both the material and conceptual dimensions of space. Like a perpetually falling apple and the expanding ground beneath it, the artworks form a responsive relationship to their site and in so doing reveal specific architectural, temporal and virtual properties of the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery. This selection of artworks is representative of the variations of site-specific practices within Toronto contemporary art. The project demonstrates a local history of spatial practices that challenge the terms and expected ways that a work might be reactive to a place.

This meeting of No Reading After the Internet (Toronto) is supported by the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (as always). Special thanks to the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery for hosting this salon.