Is 1 hr 1 hr?

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Monday, 19 January 2015
Union Station
3PM
Free

As part of VILLA Toronto, this salon will feature selections from the writings of Karen Barad as well as a performance of Is 1 hr 1 hr?, a script by Tiziana La Melia produced in collaboration with Laurie Kang.

Performance by Christine Atkinson and Laurie Kang.

As part of VILLA, 8-11 is presenting deferring diffractions, an installation-cum-mutating-dance-studio by Laurie Kang. On view will be metaphoric images, objects and synthetic materials replete with knots, intersexed flatworms and reflections. The performance of Is 1 hr 1 hr?, which was written by Vancouver-based writer and painter Tiziana La Melia and produced in collaboration with Kang, will serve as a diffraction of the installation works through embodiment. Drawing from the texts of feminist theorist Karen Barad, we will explore how the installation work, the script and the salon discussion make a mutually constituting phenomena.

Karan Barad’s essay Nature’s Queer Performativity can be accessed here.

LAURIE KANG works in image-based sculpture and installation. Recent exhibition and project sites include Art Gallery of Ontario, Art Metropole, Erin Stump Projects, Soi Fischer (all Toronto), Gallery 295 (Vancouver), Camera Austria (Graz), Feldbuschwiesner (Berlin) and a book publication and launch with Mossless at The New York Art Book Fair. Upcoming projects include a collaborative exhibition at The Power Plant Gallery (Toronto) with Nadia Belerique and Lili Huston-Herterich in June 2015. She is an MFA candidate at Bard College.

8-11 is an arts organization in Toronto helmed by Simon Schlesinger, Cameron Lee, Sarah KilpacK, Xenia Benivolski, Stephanie Fielding, Christine Atkinson, Sona Safaei-Sooreh, Robin MacDonald, Sean Procyk, Felix Kalmenson and Adrienne Kammerer.

Special thanks to the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto for their ongoing support of this project and the VILLA Toronto for hosting this salon.

Laurie + Christine

Event documentation courtesy of Corinn Gerber.

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Albert Camus’s “The First Man” and W. G. Sebald’s “The Rings of Saturn” as selected by Iris Häussler

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Iris Häussler, “Archivist’s Desk,” 2012.

Sunday, 18 January 2015
Union Station
3PM
Free

In collaboration with VILLA Toronto, this salon will feature excerpts from Albert Camus’s The First Man and W. G. Sebald’s The Rings of Saturn as selected by Iris Häussler.

Iris Häussler in attendance.

As part of VILLA Toronto, Iris Häussler will be presenting the Foundation Joseph Wagenbach. On display will be a selection of his sculptures cast in bronze. Wagenbach (b. 1929), was a German immigrant who moved to Canada in 1962. His oeuvre became publicly known in 2006 when Häussler organized guided tours through the house had occupied since arriving in Canada, where his obsessive sculptural production was under assessment. Wagenbach, recovering from a major stroke, lived afterwards in various retirement homes and finally became a tenant in Häussler’s basement apartment. He disappeared traceless in 2009.

As selected by Häussler, the readings for this salon explore transition and migration as a study of an artist’s mind.

Iris Häussler was born in Germany and trained at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, Häussler’s work has been shown at exhibitions internationally. Häussler was a stipendiary of the Kunstfonds (Bonn) and won the Karl Hofer Prize 1999 (Berlin). Since her immigration to Canada she received grants from the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts. She is represented by Daniel Faria Gallery.

Special thanks to the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto for their ongoing support of this project and the VILLA Toronto for hosting this salon.

Event documentation courtesy of Corinn Gerber.

Event documentation courtesy of Corinn Gerber.