August 14, 2008
by Canadian Architect
From September 6 to 13, 2008, aceartinc., Urban Shaman Gallery, Video Pool Media Arts Centre and the Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art present (In) Visible Cities A Performance Art Festival in Winnipeg’s Exchange District.
(In) Visible cities will include live performance events by an array of internationally renowned artists including: Cheryl L’Hirondelle (Vancouver), Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan (Winnipeg), FASTWRMS (Creemore, Ontario), Jessica Thompson (Toronto), and Nhan Duc Nguyen (Vancouver). Cultural theorist Jeanne Randolph (Winnipeg) will act as (In) Visible Cities’ rapporteur/blogger, providing insightful commentary as festival events unfold.
Plug In ICA presents Fastwrms, restaging several key performances, for the first time in Winnipeg, on Friday, September 12 from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm, and on Saturday, September 13 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
House of Bangs features guest stylists Andrew Harwood (Toronto) and Sandee Moore (Winnipeg). Bring out your head and they will clip, curl, and comb it, tease, toss and tress it, muss with it, fluff and frost, pat, part, perk and preen it, conk and bob, brush, braid, and boff, bother, body and bun, wave it, weave it, dread and shag, fro and buzz cut, leave it all alone, then hold it down, blow it, and bang it.
Blood + Swash features guest tattooist Katie Bethune-Leamen (Toronto). Freestyle temporary marker tattoos for skin and denim. This provisional tattoo parlor and multidisciplinary performance event is free and open to the public. No appointment or parental consent is necessary.
To further engage audiences as both participants in and witnesses of the work, (In) Visible Cities will present two performance workshops: Performance and Activism in Everyday Life, led by Cheryl L’Hirondelle, Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan, is a two-day workshop expanding ideas of performance art practice in relation to collaboration, community, and activism. Freestyle SoundHack, led by Jessica Thompson, is a one-day workshop/performance involving the creation of wearable sound pieces that generate and broadcast electronic beats as users move through urban environments.
(In) Visible Cities will also include a roundtable discussion on performance practice, identity, community, agency and place on Tuesday, September 9 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Little Saigon Restaurant located at 333 William Avenue in Winnipeg. Jessica Thompson will also present an artists’ talk at Video Pool on Friday, September 12 at 7:00 pm.
The city our city is network of living cultures with heterogeneous but intersecting communities, systems, flows and struggles. Through presenting performance works that play out a variety of modes of social interaction with audiences, (In) Visible Cities provides an arena in which to further animate the stories, histories and economies of the Exchange District.
You are invited to witness and participate in events that expand possibilities for performative agency while also speaking to the politics of place of cultural visibility and invisibility, presence and absence, utopia and urban myth, renewal and resistance. Through (In) Visible Cities, new forms for imagining how urban dwelling, telling, exchange, site and history can be reinvented.