A series of playful prophecies which end up looking more like proposals, which in turn attempt to move us towards transformative justice in Hamilton and beyond.
A continued exploration of the sacred geometrical form of the Merkabah through a series of modular stages. Working with recorded sound, live performance, collage and architectural renderings, I unfold this mysterious shape whose cultural locations run a rich gamut from Kabbalistic visions to Afrofuturist cosmology.
In this year-long project, I have been working with local organizers, feminists, musicians and social critics, asking how the Merkabah might speak to transformative justice. I present a series of performances and events on the Merkabah Stages throughout the summer. Mysterium Tremedum has been developed in collaboration with Caitlin Craven and Meaghan Ross as well as various local feminist activists and organizers.
An exploration of the sacred geometrical form of the Merkabah through a series of modular stages. Working with recorded sound, live performance, collage and architectural renderings, I unfold this mysterious shape whose cultural locations run a rich gamut from Kabbalistic visions to Afrofuturist cosmology. I worked with four community organization and collectives in Windsor and Detroit to present the work: Windsor Women Working with Immigrant Women's Newcomer Art Project; Sandwich First Baptist Church, under the direction of Lana Turner; Windor's ShakeUp community radio show, hosted and produced by Paul Chislett; and The New Work Field Street Collective, part of the Grace Lee Boggs Centre for Community Nurturance in Detroit. EcoEquitable (Ottawa) assisted with production.
Construction grade plywood, leather, canvas, megaphones, mp3 players, risograph prints
Art Gallery of Windsor, as part of Border Cultures Two (work, labour), 2014
A fabulous re-imagining of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s iconic bed-ins. Toronto publics talked politics with LGBTQ folks in our public honeymoon suite for four days. We covered all the issues that are written on our bodies, from black popular culture to homonationalism. No radical uprising, just flowers, respectful debate, radical facilitation and queen-sized love.
Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, 2013
Web streamed collective reading in which a group of feminists share a sinister 2nd wave Jewish feminist text by Cynthia Ozick. In it, a New York mayor faces her hubris thanks to a monster she inadvertently created. With Ozick's prophetic words, we attempt to expedite Mayor Rob Ford's removal from office on the eve of his possible ousting.
Feminist Art Gallery, Toronto, 2012
The year is 2069. The Vera List Centre for Art and Politics, like most institutions in New York, is now funded and controlled by the Greater New York Culture Council (GNYCC), a seemingly benevolent board designed to discourage the creation and dissemination of radical culture. After the Wall Street collapse of 2014, New York split into smaller borough-states. The Union Square district was annexed by former Chelsea gallery owners as a factory-town style production zone. A group of former critically thinking artists, now known as The Squares, are producing thousands of art widgets to satisfy the myopic art market. Follow the visual cues to hack your way into the GNYCC's Wall of Sound to the liberated zone of Lower Manhattan, now known by its Indigenous name, Manahatta.
Web Project. Created as a commissioned intervention in VLC's archive in celebration of the twentieth anniversary the its founding.
Participatory sound sculpture which uses the acoustics of the gallery to activate empathic sounds in the space. Based on Judith Butler’s examination of the grievable body, I’ve gathered a number of phrases and names from my colleagues of whose life they apprehend as grievable. Their answers range from “thriving coral reefs” to “my younger boy self, nameless, lost, a ghost”. These texts are stamped into galvanized steel pipes inserted or hanging in a back area of the gallery. Participants are invited to strike the pipes they relate to while holding them. The act of simultaneously holding and striking the pipes activates resonance in their bodies.
18 aluminum and galvanized steel pipes with text; birch plywood ; non-toxic insulation; carpet; marimba mallets; signage; instruction cards
The Kitchen, New York, 2012
University Art Gallery at University of California, San Diego, 2014
Public improvisation using cue cards of speeches by Judith Butler, Angela Davis and Slavov Zizek at the 2012 Occupy Wall Street protests.
“Hello my name is:” nametag; scripted cue cards; human conversation; People's Mic, 2012
#searchunderoccupy group exhibition, Aronson Gallery, New York 2012
Image and motor kinetic piece exploring Walter Benjamin’s Angel of History character.
paper, wood, toy motors, circuit boards, Arduino microcontroller chips, adapters, conductive wire
Gallery 44, Toronto 2011
I invite audiences to join me over Skype for a rehearsal and performance of demonstration chants against the border walls in Palestine and Mexico
computer with videoconferencing software; microphone; speakers; projector; parking booth; sound samples from demonstration chants
pitch_patch_pulse | Nuit Blanche, Toronto, 2010
Prospectives'12 International Festival of Digital Art | Reno, Nevada, 2012
Week long construction of scaffolding in public with daily and nightly events. The project highlighted the queer, labour and progressive Jewish history of Toronto’s historic Kensington Market.
vocalists, commercial scaffolding, mah jongg tiles, plywood, historic storefront and fence, construction lights
Kensington Market, Toronto, 2009
18 pillow cases woven from audiocassette tape and wool. The tapes were made from my collection. I listened to these albums ad nausea during my tragic, dramatic queer adolescence.
pillowcases, hacked playhead, speaker, switch, acrylic and plywood.
- can you say haa? Radio documentary, co-produced with CBC and Charles St. Video, 2003
- Needletrade, violin, laptop, archival recordings, 2001
- Shtiller: Der Golem, excerpt from live accompaniment to silent film from 1915, 2005
- Down with Astarte, 2010
- Jap Lament, 2009
- Kitchen Shekhinah, 2008
- Litergic Dirgic, 2008
- Mollie’s Fill, 2008
- Night Beam, 2007
- She Dropped Away, 2009