SEARCH ENGINES: One does not know exactly what one does not know

September 28 - 30, 2018
Southern Alberta Art Gallery
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SEARCH ENGINES: One does not know exactly what one does not know
Workshop with Adriana Disman & Didier Morelli
Presented in partnership with Southern Alberta Art Gallery

Registration is $75*
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We invite art makers and researchers of all disciplines to engage in a performance workshop process.

We take our cue from a long quote that has lived in one of our studios for the past two years. We ask: what non-disciplinary search engines that follow poetic logics might we create together? Beginning by clarifying each individual participant’s unique values and goals within their performance practice, we will then insert, un-sert, and re-assert various varied search engines. Perhaps:

-dreams as search engine
-dollar store as search engine
-historical events from the year of your birth as search engine
-doubling as search engine

We will mobilize familiar search engines and build new ones to encounter our practices a new, as they are and not simply as we want them to be.

Participants will be lead through body-based exercises that will be both strenuous and soft, fast and slow, pleasurable and uncomfortable. Activating the facilitators’ backgrounds in performance art, theatre, art history, writing, running, and reading, participants will enter into both solo and group processes that will question their basis of creative research. They will leave the workshop with a new set of tools which they can activate within their own studio/research practices, as well as a new search history of content they’ve generated within this different search engines.

No performance background is necessary but a willingness to engage bodily with the unknown is required.

Adriana Disman is a performance art maker, thinker, and organizer based in Toronto and Montreal. Her solo performance works have been presented in performance art spaces and contexts in Canada, the US, Europe, and India. She also writes theory related to performance’s encounter with the political and has been published in both academic and arts publications. Disman is inhabits the Research Centre for Performance Art. She previously curated the LINK & PIN performance art series, directed Morni Hill’s Performance Biennale 2016 in northern India, was an organizer for The School of Making Thinking (NY), and the artistic co-ordinator of RATS9 Gallery (MTL).

She holds an M.A. in Theatre and Performance Studies from York University and is a graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre (NYC). She is currently writing her PhD on self-wounding performance at Queen Mary University of London.

Disman gives workshops and guest lectures regularly and has taught at McGill, U of Toronto, Concordia, and Abrons Art Centre, among others.

Born and raised in Montreal, Didier Morelli is an interdisciplinary artist who combines practice and research in both his academic and performative explorations. Morelli is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Performance Studies at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois. His live art practice includes endurance-based, contextually specific, and relational actions. His studio-based work, which incorporates elements of installation, drawing, photography and video, has been shown in solo exhibitions (Katherine Mulherin Gallery, Toronto, 2012; the Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery, Chicago, 2015; and SIGHTINGS at Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Montreal, 2016) as well as in group exhibitions (the Audain Gallery, Vancouver, 2015). He has performed at 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art, Toronto, 2014; the Buenos Aires Performance Art Biennial, Buenos Aires, 2017; and at ViVA Art Action, Montreal, 2017. His dissertation focuses on the relationship between the built environment and the kinesthetic nature of performing bodies in everyday outdoor architectural spaces. His writing has been published in Canadian Theatre Review, C Magazine, and esse arts + opinions.

Adriana Disman est une artiste de performance, une penseuse et une organisatrice de Toronto et de Montréal, vivant présentement à Londres, au Royaume-Uni. Ses performances individuelles ont été présentées dans des contextes et des espaces dédiés à l’art performance au Canada, aux États-Unis, en Europe et en Inde. Elle expose aussi des théories sur la rencontre de l’art performance avec le politique et ses écrits ont été publiés dans des contextes académiques et artistiques.

Disman habite le Research Centre for Performance Art. Elle a été commissaire pour la LINK & PIN performance art series, a dirigé la Momi Hill’s Performance Biennale 2016 dans le nord de l’Inde, a été organisatrice pour The School of Making Thinking (NY) et a été coordonnatrice artistique de la galerie RATS9 (Montréal).

Elle détient une maîtrise en théâtre et performance de l’Université York et est diplômée de la Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre (New York). Elle rédige actuellement sa thèse de doctorat sur la performance automutilatoire à la Queen Mary University of London.

Disman donne régulièrement des ateliers et des conférences et a notamment enseigné à l’Université McGill, à l’Université de Toronto, à l’Université Concordia et au Abrons Art Centre.

Didier Morelli, qui est né et a grandi à Montréal, est un artiste interdisciplinaire qui allie pratique et recherche à partir d’explorations didactiques et performatives. Morelli est candidat au doctorat au Department of Performance Studies à la Northwestern University à Chicago, Illinois. Sa pratique de l’art vivant comporte des actions axées sur l’endurance, le contexte et la relation. Son travail réalisé en atelier, qui intègre des éléments d’installation, de dessin, de photographie et de vidéo, a été présenté dans des expositions individuelles (Katherine Mulherin Gallery, Toronto, 2012; the Defibrilator Performance Art Gallery, Chicago, 2015; et SIGHTINGS à la Galerie Leonard & Bina Ellen, Montréal, 2016), et collectives (la Galerie Audain, Vancouver, 2015). Il a présenté des performances au 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art, Toronto, 2014 ; à la Buenos Aires Performance Art Biennial, Buenos Aires, 2017 ; et à ViVA Art Action, Montréal, 2017. Sa thèse se concentre sur la relation entre l’environnement construit et le caractère kinesthésique des corps performants dans des espaces architecturaux extérieurs courants. Ses écrits ont été publiés dans Canadian Theatre Review, C Magazine et esse arts + opinions.

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