INTERVENTION / PERFORMANCE
Plus nous courons,
plus le temps s’évapore ! de Claudine Cotton
November 21 to 25 / 1–5 PM and 7–9:30
Photo : Martin Savoie Claudine Cotton lives in Quebec’s
Saguenay region. Though a multidisciplinary artist, she favours installations
and maneuvering. Her projects bring her to interact with diverse localities
and settings through a poetic transactional process which fuels and
shapes her work, and sometimes makes it take a complete about-turn.
Since 1992, her work has been presented in solo contexts or as part
of collective installments in Quebec, Canada and Europe. She is co-founder
of the LOBE artists centre and of the Ateliers d’artistes TouTTout.
The quicker the pace, the more we run, and the more time becomes a rare
commodity. The dimension of time is currently an endangered species.
The repercussions of this on human beings are simply catastrophic. To
counter this, Claudine Cotton offers her brokerage services, whereby
someone with time to spare may exchange it with someone who dreams of
gaining time. “As someone who is very, very slow and who has oodles
of time to spare, I trust I have the wherewithal to successfully carry
out this undertaking!”
Autrement de Sonia Robertson
November 21 to 25 / 1–5 PM and 7–9:30
am an Ilnu from Mashteuiatsh. I completed my Bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary
Arts at the Université de Chicoutimi after having earned my D.E.C.
in Photoraphy. Photography was my first means of visual expression.
Among Aboriginals, taking photographs during ceremonies is forbidden,
for it is believed that the photographic process robs the subject of
his soul. My images and works document my spiritual experiences with
the subjects and locations they describe. My desire to work with space,
to create sacred places, to reconstitute moods and to interact with
people has lead me to installation art and performance dance. My work
has been shown in my community and in Quebec, Canada, France, Haiti
I will construct photographic images on the spot (with digital camera
and a printer) based on people’s recollections. For instance,
an image may involve an object attached to a particular memory or be
based on a description of that memory. The photographs will be presented
to the public as a souvenir album. This project enables exchanges and
creation with the public and allows us to change the way we perceive
some of our memories.
Dream listener by
The artist will discuss her work
during a conference Thursday, November 22 at 4
P.M. and will be on-site at irregular times.
A Montrealer and graduate of UQÀM, Karen Spencer has exhibited
her work in Quebec, Canada, Finland, the former Yugoslavia, and France.
Her artistic approach is a search to understand the (ephemeral) precariousness
of daily life and to transpose this experience to other places and times.
Her dream listener project is the fruit of one year’s
study of the interconnectedness of dreams and the street. From November
21 to 25, Karen will exhibit this project, and continue her work of
gathering among the homeless present on the État d’Urgence
site, with the purpose of creating a new collection, which she intends
to deliver to the Mayor of Montreal.
Dream listener was presented
during one year at DARE-DARE.
Bowl by Michael Coolidge
At irregular times
Michael Coolidge [Calgary, AB] is an interdisciplinary artist and facilitator
whose work responds to the subversive aspects of play, and often follows
a propositional sensibility. He is a recent graduate of the Alberta
College of Art and Design (2006) and currently exhibits his work in
both self-initiated and institutional venues, in the form of photography,
installation, sculpture, and performance. In the fall of 2006,
Michael attended the Banff Centre for the Arts as part of an international
residency program titled The Future of Idea Art. In September
2007, he presented a large-scale project as part of Calgary’s
Artcity Festival of Art, Design and Architecture.
“Based on an available space measuring approximately 12 x 36 feet,
I propose to construct a modular court to be used for Free Bowl gaming.
Visitors will use the space to invent bowling courses and conduct games.
This court space will serve as the central playing area for game play,
and will include a variety of materials that players may use to customize
and/or transform their playing field. As the artist of this work,
I will attend to the Free Bowl courts and station. This will involve
preparing the game courts area, initiating and coaching game play, assisting
in the transformation of the playing areas, and possibly organizing
mini-draws for small-scale tournament play.”
Public work: November 21 to 25 from 1 to 5 PM
Unveiling: Sunday, November 25 at 9 PM
in Black Lake, in the Eastern Townships, on September 3, 1929, Armand
Vaillancourt is the sixteenth of 17 siblings. From 1951 to 1955, he
studied at Montreal’s École des Beaux-Arts. He quickly
distinguished himself through his originality with his very first public
work, 1954’s L’Arbre de la rue Durocher, in Montreal,
sculpting the tree in the middle of the street for two years. He blew
away the conventions that were the currency of the sculpture and art
of his time.
Armand Vaillancourt , sculptor, painter, artist, performer, humanist,
man of passion and liberty, has left his indelible imprint upon our
nation through his sensitivity and commitment to the fight for fundamental
human rights. His body of work bears witness to the unlimited possibilities
of creative man.
“To historians and art experts alike, Armand Vaillancourt is one
of the most important artists of the second half of the 20th century,
and not only in Quebec and Canada. Armand Vaillancourt is an active
presence on all kinds of scenes, as witnessed by his support for social,
political and environmental causes.” ( La Presse, Sept. 2000)
He has supported ATSA since its inception and has attended all the État
d’Urgence events. This year, he is an invited guest. Over the
five days, he will create a piece using recyclable and reusable materials.
Uniting the energies that surround him, he will offer us a dialogue
between raw matter and human matter.