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Paul Couillard and Ed Johnson, Duorama 105, Gallery Lambton, Sarnia, 2008. Photography: Glenn Ogilvie.

The Loop Gallery Presents Performance Art + Partnership: A Panel Discussion and Keynote Presentation


Part of the exhibition Gullivers’ Rehearsal: Drawing into Performance curated by Vesna Krstich at loop Gallery (September 28 – October 9, 2011).

7pm – Panel Discussion: Performance Duos
Performance art is often thought of as a solitary activity, or one that involves multiple collaborators. What unique issues are raised when intimate partnerships between artist couples become the subject of creative partnerships? Artist pairs working in performance art, often in combination with video, photography and drawing, will situate their work within the larger social, historic and political context of their shared practice.

Panelists: Flutura & Besnik Haxhillari (The Two Gullivers); Toronto-based performance duo, Paul Couillard and Ed Johnson; and Governor General Award winners, Lisa Steele and Kim Tomczak. Moderator: Jim Drobnick, Associate Professor of Contemporary Art and Theory at the Ontario College of Art and Design.

8:30pm – Keynote Lecture: Amelia Jones, Professor and Grierson Chair in Visual Culture, McGill University
The Body as Archive/ The Archive as Body: Intimacy in the study of Live Art
The researcher has an “intimate” relationship with the archive, but also often with the still-living artist. Jones explores relations of intimacy as they condition our access to histories of live art.


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