website SITE is intended to offer an ever evolving insight into my practice: both as an artist and a worker. I am using the categories of Projects, Services and Collaborations to provide multiple entry points into my work. Ideally visitors will be able to make links between each of these sections, as an important aspect of my artistic production is recognizing the ways in which all of my labour (artistic and otherwise) overlap in ideas and ideals.
I am not restricted by medium, instead my works take on the forms required to best represent the ideas and concepts considered by each project. In many of my works I bring everyday items into the rarefied space of the gallery, and it might not always be clear what constitutes the work. My practice produces a minimal amount of waste.
I take on many different roles and positions in order to make it possible for me to make my work and my life sustainable. Gig work, such as cooking and preparing crew lunches, providing education workships, djing parties, working as a house painter or as a barista in a coffee shop, allows me time and flexibility to make work as an artist.
As I am not tied to any specific medium I often work with others to produce aspects of my work. This assistance is integral in helping me to realize my vision into material. With such a focus on labour in my work, it is important that these workers are paid fair labour costs when helping to produce work.
Let me tell you about my day, will you tell me about yours? Song Dong’s Communal Courtyard: In-Gallery Artist Residencies
Let me tell you about my day, will you tell me about yours?
Song Dong’s Communal Courtyard: In-Gallery Artist Residencies
LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT MY DAY,Will YOU TELL ME ABOUT YOURS? is a particpatory performance project where I facilitated a space for people to share about the details of their daily lives. Participants are encouraged to share everyday private (possibly mundane, possibly intimate, possibly interesting) events in somewhat public space starting from the moment they woke up until they sat on one of the chairs in the space. A big city like Toronto with a fast pace lifestyle, where most people do not engage in public spaces, do not even bother to greet their neighbours in high rise building or condominiums, participants from the same city are invited to share, tell stories and shatter all invisible social walls and limitations.
ANIMATING THE ANTIQUATED: COLLECTIVE PERFORMANCES WITH SONG DONG’S COMMUNAL COURTYARD by : SHELLIE ZHANG:
Credits and Thank You's:
Thanks to: Paola Poletto, Sean_O'Neill, and Linda Lee and all technicians, installers and participants.
Photo documentation: Dean Tomlinson. Copyright and courtesy AGO.