LABOUR: June 26-28

JUNE 26-27-28

As a zero-budget performance art series, paying our artists only through door money and running on volunteered organizing, it seems important to open the question to our/the/a community: Should we do this? What does it mean to present work without the ability to pay artists cash? If we stop, are we silencing the un-fundable? Paradoxes, paradoxes, paradoxes. Let’s think/feel/talk about it. Try for transparency, hold the multiplicity.

12noon-6pm JOHANNES ZIT’S “Looking for Guides to an Alternative.” [Square Phillips–Between Ste. Catherine, Place Phillips, Rue Cathcart, Avenue Union–near Metro Place-des-Arts.]

9am until asked to leave Kate Barry’s “Performance with Golden Egg”
outside of the Musée d’art contemporain.

12noon-6pm JOHANNES ZIT’S “Looking for Guides to an Alternative.” [Square Phillips–Between Ste. Catherine, Place Phillips, Rue Cathcart, Avenue Union–near Metro Place-des-Arts.]

2pm-4pm Porous Performance Art Assembly: LABOUR
Square Phillips (Between Ste. Catherine, Place Phillips, Rue Cathcart, Avenue Union–near Metro Place-des-Arts).

Everyone is invited. Show up and enter a performative space in relation to those others who show up. Witness, act, write, think… do it how you want to do it. Something about labour–something about community.

7pm at RATS9 Gallerie
Kale Roberts
Nabeela Vega
Danny Gaudreault

Drink and chatting following the performances. We will ask for $10 donations at the door to go towards the artists.


3pm EST– Cross-City (Non-)Curatorial Congress addressing the question “How do you want to be paid?” with delegates
Esther Neff and Brian McCorkle of Panoply Performance Lab in Brooklyn, NY;
Teena Lange of Grüntaler9 in Berlin, GR;
Maggie Flynn and Mohammad Rezaei of Whippersnapper Gallery in Toronto, ON;
Ivo Aichenbaum of Fárica PERU in Buenos Aires;
Michelle Lacombe of VIVA! Art Action in Montreal, QC;
Adriana Disman of L&P and RATS9 in Montreal, QC.

Facebook event:

PHOTO CREDIT: Society of Marys (Kate Barry), Vancouver Art Gallery, 2003.


KATE BARRY lived in British Columbia for more than ten years and she received her BFA from Emily Carr University of Art & Design. She was based in Ottawa from 2004 to 2010 where she completed her MFA at the University of Ottawa in performance and media. She has exhibited and performed works curated through the National Gallery of Canada, Carleton University Art Gallery (Ottawa), Galerie SAW Gallery (Ottawa), and The Rider Project (New York City), Glad Day Event Space (Toronto) and Link and Pin performance art festival (Montreal). She has also self-produced work at the Vancouver Art Gallery (Canada), Muse d’Orsay (Paris, France) and Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto, Canada). Kate Barry has won several awards for her work including Best Emerging Artist Nomination, RBC and Ottawa Council for the Arts (2010); Charles Gagnon Scholarship, University of Ottawa (2007); Entrance Scholarship, University of Ottawa (2007); Dennis Tourbin Fund, Ottawa, (2007), and grants form the Ontario Arts Council. (2006, 2007, 2010).

Toronto artist JOHANNES ZITS’ multi-disciplinary practice focuses on the many meanings engendered by the body. He draws attention to conventional image-making and how mass media images are disseminated and consumed. In working with the natural environment, Zits extends the notion of the performer to include nature itself. Considering nature as an equal ensures that it can be neither construed as a passive prop nor adored and fixed in the realm of the sublime. Since graduating with a BFA from York University in 1984, Johannes Zits has presented work across Canada as well as internationally. In 2013, Zits performed at the 8th Encuentro, Sao Paulo, Brazil and presented a collection of his videos at Le festival international du film sur l’art, Montreal. In 2014, he presented variations on the performance “Island” at M:ST Festival, Calgary, Yuz Museum,Shanghai and at Meta 2014, Chongqing, China.

NABEELA VEGA is a South Asian gender/queer media artist with an interest in creative organizing. Their expressions utilize photography, performance and moving image to explore post 9/11 narratives that intersect with South Asian diasporic experiences. Vega maintains the personal is political- which expands the work from an orientalist lens into considering its role in digital, intimate and banal spaces. Aesthetically, these narratives follow several tropes. Most commonly: persona, gold and autobiography, to build and communicate with the viewer. Their work has been exhibited nationally, internationally & in publications like The Boston Globe, The Washington Post & The Aerogram. Vega is creator of VIX: Virtual International Exchange & 1/2 of RQP: Radical Queer Possibilities.

DANNY GAUDREAULT is a interdisciplinary artist based in Montreal. While a part of his work was to occupy public space (2004-2009), he participated in several events and performance art festival (Helsinki, Toronto, Montreal, Québec, Saguenay, etc.) over the past ten years. As a performance artist, he also uses different mediums such as installation, drawing, photo and video. Danny Gaudreault est un artiste interdisciplinaire vivant à Montréal. Alors qu’une partie de son travail consistait à occuper l’espace public (2004-2009), il a participé à plusieurs événements et festivals en art performance (Helsinki, Toronto, Montréal, Québec, Saguenay, etc.) au cours des dix dernières années. Fidèle à sa démarche en art performance, il travail parfois avec d’autres médiums, tel que l’installation, le dessin, la photo et la vidéo.

THE LADIES’ INVITATIONAL DEADBEAT SOCIETY (LIDS) was founded in 2006 as a closely-knit affiliation of then-unemployed cultural workers, not working, but still bustin’ ass within Alberta artist-run culture. Their activities make visible and politicize women’s roles in the local arts economy through tactical laziness, crafty collaboration, over-performance, and wild hilarity. LIDS is: Anthea Black, Nicole Burisch, and Wednesday Lupypciw. LIDS has since realized a number of performative and craft projects, including the Lazy Ladies Subcommittee, the RCMP Radical Cooch Maximum Pussy club, and a successful run as ladyheavy glam rock band The Easy Town Super Hoz. In 2012, they conducted a month-long research-creation-presentation residency at The New Gallery’s John Snow House, and previously produced a series of three performances for Truck gallery’s 25th anniversary exhibition “Future’s So Bright.” They occasionally produce a biennial visual art wall calendar. LIDS core members have held positions as maids, waitresses, professors, park rangers, parliamentary pages, homeopathic practitioners, and board and staff of several Canadian artist-run organizations. They have exhibited their solo works, published, conferenced, and lectured throughout Canada and the world.
GOLBOO AMANI is a Toronto-based interdisciplinary artist who creates works focused on process and research through a variet of mediums including photographer, performance, space intervention, digital media, and participatory practice. She received her Bachelor of Fine Art from Emily Carr University and her Masters of Visual Studies at the University of Toronto. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally in venure including the Hemispheric Institute at FOFA (Montreal), FADO Emerging Artist Series (Toronto), TRANSMUTED International Festival of Performance Art (Mexico City), and the LIVE Biennial of Performance Art (Vancouver).
MAGGIE FLYNN is an organizer, artist, and curator. As an artist she has shown her work at the Art Gallery of York University, the Rhubarb Festival, Subtle Technologies, and the Hemispheric Institute’s Encuentro. She has also presented curatorial projects with VSVSVS, Le Labo, and in her work as the Director of Whippersnapper Gallery.
KALE ROBERTS was born at 10lbs. 8oz. as ball of energy and hasn’t slowed down yet. Adventure and play drive his practices as he sculpts his flesh as any other material, tapping into themes of augmentation, navigation, and the unlimited potential of mind and body. Athletics and labor weave a thread as his history as a female athlete informs their lens of navigation. His practice blends art and life in a

sexy and sensual exploration of storytelling, performance, sex, passion, rituals, and queer politics. His identity is always evolving, evoking the muddled grey to share experiences through humor and passion viscerally integrating the work with the audience. Roberts is currently in Tampa, Florida, on an extended vacation after receiving his MFA. He has been on the road, exhibiting, performing, and giving workshops in cities such as, Ensenada, Mexico, Jingdezhen, China, Austin, Texas, and Los Angeles, California.
***Looking for a French translation of these bios? Us too! Let us know if you want to volunteer your translation skills to make this possible!


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