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.
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Trying Something New
Artscape Youngplace, Toronto, Canada
curated by Simlâ Civelek and Claude Wittmann
solo perfomances by Basil AlZeri, Lo Bil, Simlâ Civelek, and duet by Claude Wittmann and Joe Carriere
The impulse to plan this event has come from the desire to learn something about how to allow for practice shifts when they start to emerge. We all met and here is what “new” was for us at that moment, provided that the space, the date and duration were set:
– going back to something done in the past and do it differently
– work with a modified process
– work with another (type of) relationship with objects, the self, the audience, the space
– work with other objects
– follow a different internal route, go to another internal “space” while performing
– do the opposite of what we usually do
– push something to the extreme
– doing something completely out there, apparently unrelated to the usual work
– give instructions to somebody else and have them perform
– reenact something
Credits and Thank You's:
Special thanks to:
Simlâ Civelek and Claude Wittmann
Photography and documentation: Henry Chan