VICTORIA STANTON’S “MTL LISTENING SESSIONS”

THE MTL LISTENING SESSIONS #2 – THE BIRTHDAY EDITION!:
21 JAN 2015
7PM @ RATS 9

THE MTL LISTENING SESSIONS #1:
12 DEC 2014
8PM @ RATS 9

ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE:
“The listening session is an occasion to get together and spend quality time listening to music. The joy that I have known in this process is something that I have always appreciated sharing with others and I am curious to explore how this kind of non-verbal engaging can potentially create connection, even a kind of intimacy, among acquaintances, but especially among ‘strangers’. As music is so very evocative of other times/places and emotions, the experience of the music/listening, in an intentioned, quiet and focused setting, creates a particular zone of ‘communion.’

In this performance the audience is invited to bring a song of their choice which is played off mp3 players in a round-robin dj session. I sit with the audience and we stare at a blank wall, while listening to music together. Participants are invited to say something about the song they’ve selected (if they choose to) which turns into a second stage of presentation: performances of memory through spontaneous storytelling.”

ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Victoria Stanton (Montreal, Canada) is an interdisciplinary artist working with live action, human interaction, video, film, photo, drawing, and writing. Continually exploring within such diverse media, while the outward results of her practice may manifest in a multiplicity of forms, performance is the unifying central focus and invariable core of her research. Stanton’s time-based work includes performance for stage, performance for the camera, actions in public spaces, and one-on-one encounters in intimate contexts. Whether participatory, durational, task-based or audio-visual, her work is an investigation into the ability (and the desire) to hold a space, to appropriate and disrupt the quotidian, to create spontaneous intimacy, to tread vulnerability. Investing a performative presence and consciousness within multiple spaces / times, she continuously underscores the complex aspects of “transaction” and the possibility for transformation.

http://bankofvictoria.com/

PHOTO CREDIT: Photo documentation from Listening Sessions #1 in December. Photo by the great Jessica Hébert.

SPECIAL THANKS to our partners who make these events possible:

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