JB < = > JB is a new performance investigating notions of identity, creativity, pedagogy and community. The central premise is a re-writing of art history in an attempt to visualize vectors of influence amongst communities of artists and audiences. There are two parts to the performance. The first consists of one-on- one interactions between the artist and the public, in the gallery, over a period of 3 afternoons (April 4 – 6). The second part is a ‘wrap up’ performative slide talk in which the artist (J.B.) will trace incidents, trajectories and connections in the lives of a number of other 20th century artists possessing the initials J.B. This talk will take place the evening of the third day (April 6). JB < = > JB describes the often messy, circuitous paths which circumscribe processes of imagination and creativity. Through techniques such as mathematical chalkboard flow-charts, craft production and cooking, the performance questions notions of authorship and ownership. JB < = > JB sees the ephemeral boundaries between art and life as potential spaces from which to generate ideas for creative community living.
Joanne Bristol’s artistic practice investigates relationships between nature, culture, the body, and language. She has presented performances, installations, text-based works, and single-channel videos internationally. Her recent research combines feminist performance and critical spatial practice with perspectives from the emergent field of critical animal studies. This research informed a doctoral thesis she completed at the Bartlett School of Architecture in 2016. Her work has been recently published in Poetic Biopolitics: Political and Ethical Practices in the Arts (London, 2015), and Public 50: The Retreat (Toronto, 2014).
La pratique artistique de Joanne Bristol examine les relations entre la nature, la culture, le corps et la langue. Elle a présenté des performances, des installations, des œuvres axées sur le texte et des vidéos à canal unique à l’échelle internationale. Ses dernières recherches mêlent la performance féministe et la pratique spatiale critique à des perspectives du domaine émergent des études critiques animales. Cette recherche a alimenté une thèse de doctorat achevée à la Bartlett School of Architecture en 2016. Son travail a été publié dans Poetic Biopolitics : Political and Ethical Practices in the Arts (Londres, 2015) et Public 50: The Retreat (Toronto, 2014).