SPECTACLE & IMPERMANENCE
A UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO TRI-CAMPUS EVENT SERIES
UT SCARBOROUGH EVENT
TANYA MARS: SIX IMAGES IN SEARCH OF AN ARTIST
Friday November 12
10am - 4pm: Performance
4pm - 5pm: Discussion
The Meeting Place, UT Scarborough
1265 Military Trail
Reception to Follow at Gallery 1265
Respondent: ANDY PAYNE, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design
Tanya Mars, internationally renowned performance artist and University of Toronto professor (UTSC) will present a 6 hour rendition of mega-sized 14 hour performance work 6 Images in Search of an Artist (performed in Mexico, France, Sweden, Finland and Poland throughout 2008). The performance draws inspiration from the medieval tapestry, Tenture de la Dame a la Licorne, exploring and exploiting the senses. The performance will be followed by a discussion of the work and its themes.
The series is presented by the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design and the Department of Art, Visual Studies Program, University of Toronto. Co-curators are Tom Bessai, Architect and Assistant Professor of Architecture from the Daniels Faculty and Lisa Steele, Artist and Associate Chair of Visual Studies. The series is sponsored by The Jackman Humanities Institute and is part of the JHI Program for the Arts, 2010- 2011 on the theme of Image and Spectacle.
Spectacle and Impermanence will engage students and faculty on all three campuses of the University of Toronto. Prominent Toronto-based visual artists will present small prototypes of larger - often spectacular in size - projects. Each installation/ presentation will be followed by a discussion session with students and faculty led by a moderator/ respondent. The discussion sessions will attempt to locate these very temporal works within the broader architectural and cultural discourse on public space, identity and the city.
A small group of graduate students assembled from the two participating faculties will be transported by minibus to each of the events in the fall series. This group will then be provided with modest materials and a public space in which to produce a collaborative event/installation in response to what they have seen and experienced. The student project will be mounted early in the winter 2011 academic term. Each of the participating artists and respondents from the fall series will be encouraged to attend along with the broader U of T community.