Anja Dornieden and Juan David González Monroy

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Still from “Gente Perra,” 16mm, 25 min, colour & B/W, 2014.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014
LIFT (1137 Dupont, Toronto)
7: 30 PM
Free

In conjunction with LIFT, who are supporting Berlin-based artists Anja Dornieden and Juan David González Monroy’s completion of a new film shot in Indonesia, this salon will feature a selection of texts as chosen by the artists.

Anja Dornieden and Juan David González Monroy in attendance.

A horrorist once said: “Horror arose when the monkey realized that although the cage was open, there was nowhere to escape to.”

As horrorists we accept our failure as human beings. We do not mourn our failure. We embrace it. We want to understand it. We want to own it. What was this human project we embarked on? The texts we selected have been helping us parse this idea of the human being; to put together the narrative of ourselves and comprehend its collapse. Our question: Is there an alternative to being human? Drawing from the Holiday 2013 edition of the SkyMall magazine (the one you get in airplanes), Nikolas Rose’s “Inventing Ourselves. Psychology, Power and Personhood ” and Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki’s “On Satori-the revelation of a new truth is Zen Buddhism,” we will ponder the answer.

Anja Dornieden and Juan David González Monroy are filmmakers living and working in Berlin. Since 2010 they have been working together under the moniker OJOBOCA. Together they are the founders of Horrorism, a simulated method for inner and outer transformation. Their work encompasses films, performances, installations and workshops. They have presented their work internationally in a wide variety of venues to a wide variety of audiences. Since 2010 they are members of the artist-run film lab LaborBerlin.

Chelsea Vowel’s “The reports of our cultural deaths have always been greatly exaggerated”

Susan Hiller's "The Last Silent Movie" (2007). Photo credit: Guy L’Heureux.

Susan Hiller’s “The Last Silent Movie” (2007). Photo credit: Guy L’Heureux.

Saturday, 22 March 2013
SBC Gallery (372 Ste-Catherine west, suite 507, Montréal QC)
3 PM
Free

As part of the exhibition A Problem So Big It Needs Other People, curated by cheyanne turions, on display at SBC Gallery in Montréal from 15 March-03 May 2014.

No Reading After the Internet is a salon series dealing with cultural texts, which are read aloud by participants. The particular urgency of the project is in reforming publics and experimenting with the act of reading, as its own media form, in our moment.

No Reading poses itself as a space for experimental learning and discussion, offering a space within which to retrace the steps used in constructing understanding, productively challenging individual and collective ways through the realms of language and interpretation. To participate in No Reading is to invoke an exuberant not-knowing, seeking out moments of collective illumination.

This salon will feature Chelsea Vowel’s essay “The reports of our cultural deaths have always been greatly exaggerated,” which was first published in FUSE Magazine and “evokes language as a key tool of self-determination for Indigenous survivors of genocide, and calls for an end to the colonial era.” [1]

For a reflection on the event, please visit cheyanne turions’s website here.