Saturday, January 6th, 2018
Opening Exhibition 7pm- 10pm
9pm Dance Party
Sunday, January 7th, 2018
5 pm – 8 pm
Saturday January 6th, 7pm – 10pm
+ Participatory Choral Performance
Sunday, January 7th, 5pm – 8pm
Artist Discussion of Collaborative Practice, Politics of Participation and live music
(Also there is a piano and you can play it)
Stephen McLeod is working on an ambitious project to play Erik Satie’s composition, “Vexations” on 840 different pianos. It will probably take him many years to complete. In the meantime he is making (silly) experiments using the Vexations score as a starting point — considering the problems of instruction art and the limitations of language in conveying any sort of truth.
In this show you may find abstract jumbles of sculptural text towers, inflatable musical butt plugs, weird algorithmic wallpaper, a karaoke reflection chamber, a choir, and a series of texts read in a soft and soothing voice. All this and a diligently produced hyper cut video documentation of his progress thus far in the (possibly) impossible task of completing his chosen performance.
For the opening reception there will be an experimental and participatory choral performance with members of Flux Factory and the local community.
Stephen would like to acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.