Sunday, October 5, 2014 — 8:00pm
Art Box on 17E

This performance takes place over three segments: the ascent, the hold and the conclusion. In the first segment, a minimalistic disposition of objects will be arranged on the performative space: chairs, a door and trestles. This is so the spectator feels that our motivation is to create based on the concept of the fleeting nature of ideas; in other words, of poetry in progress. Then, during the second segment, one after the other, they will test their ingenuity through risky creative challenges: balancing on a chair and trying to go across a certain distance from one particular point to another, while unstable on the chairs. These acts focus on destabilization, i.e. a series of (im)probable poetic acts. Finally, the third segment will unveil the result of this performative path. The strength behind this performance is to be able to startle the audience by creating a surprising effect. The three segments together will describe the environmental atmosphere of their artistic proposition and the color of the size of their imagination.

Since 2009, Étienne Boulanger and Francis O’Shaughnessy, two visual artists, have questioned the idea of destabilization, ingenuity and the fleeting nature of ideas in their performative process. Their work creates highly powerful images and situations. The artists embody poetic acts from rudimentary movements and objects to reach the indefinable moment of an experience; a reunion with one’s self within a common consciousness. The strength behind this performance is to be able to startle the audience by creating a surprising effect. Their performance describes the environmental atmosphere of their artistic proposition and the color of the size of their imagination.

The duo has presented its research at Nocture in Halifax (2009), at RIPA in Montreal (2012) in Canada and at Interakcje in Piortkow Trybunalski in Poland (2013). They live and work in Alma and Montreal.

Profile Photo by Martyna Piasecka

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