Curated by London, UK-based independent curator and critic Helena Reckitt
Artists: Becky Beasley, Adrian Blackwell, Heath Bunting, Jesse Darling, Kajsa Dahlberg, Claire Fontaine, Goldin+Senneby, Janez Janša, Janez Janša, Janez Janša [sic], Kernel.
Wednesday, July 16, 6:30 p.m.
Claire Fontaine presented in partnership with the Consulat général de France à Toronto
100 McCaul Street, Toronto
Wednesday, July 16, 8 to 10 p.m.
Onsite [at] OCAD University
230 Richmond Street West
Getting Rid of Ourselves presents artists and artistic collaborations whose work variously obscures, delegates, withdraws or in other ways complicates the conventional signs of authorship and identity. By questioning investments in art as proof of self-expression — through tactics of anonymity, collective agency, shared authorship, appropriated identities, delegated curating and art making, and financial speculation — works in the exhibition highlight how subjectivity has been treated as a form of living currency to exploit, market and sell to.
All begin at Onsite, 230 Richmond Street West
Curator's talk with Helena Reckitt
Saturday, July 19, 1 p.m.
Artists Survival Workshop led by irational.org
Sunday, July 20, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Let's Get Lost - A Reading Group on the Dismantling of Subjects and Spaces
Hosted by Scapegoat: Architecture/Landscape/Political Economy
Tuesdays, 6 to 8 p.m. (August 5, August 19, September 2, September 16)
Insite Exhibition Tour with Paulette Phillips, OCAD U faculty, Integrated Media
September 24, 6:30 p.m.
Insite Exhibition Tour with Jim Drobnick, OCAD U faculty, Liberal Arts & Sciences
October 1, 6:30 p.m.
British artist Becky Beasley explores relationships between photography and objects, the body and interiority in a way that is highly subjective and yet developed through deep immersion in the thoughts and methods of other artists and writers. Literature is particularly generative for the artist, providing her own work with a place to start from and journey into. She graduated with an MFA from the Royal College of Art in 2002 and her recent solo exhibitions include The Walk... in greenat Laura Bartlett Gallery, London (2014); The Outside at Tate Britain (2012) and Francesca Minini Gallery, Milan (2011); and Setting at Laura Bartlett Gallery, London (2012).
Adrian Blackwell is an artist, designer and urban theorist whose work focuses on the relationship between urban spaces and political/economic forces. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard University and is a full-time faculty member at the University of Waterloo. Blackwell is also a founder and editor of the journal Scapegoat: Architecture / Landscape / Political Economy.
Heath Bunting is a contemporary British artist based in Bristol, U.K. His work focuses on the development of open democratic communication systems and social structures on the Internet and in the public space. He came from the street up, passing through (and often revisiting) graffiti, performance, intervention, pirate radio, fax /mail art and BBS systems to become an active participant in the explosion of the Internet. He is co-founder of net.art and has created many accredited works. Bunting's work often explores the porosity of borders, both in physical space and online.
Swedish artist Kajsa Dahlberg has exhibited internationally and studied at the Whitney Independent Study Programme. Several of her projects focus on questions of anonymity and collective subjectivities. In Female Fist, 2006, a video about lesbian feminist porn makers, the filmmakers' voices, but not their faces, appear. For A Room of One's Own: A Thousand Diaries, 2006, Dahlberg created a palimpsest from copies of Virginia Wolf's 1929 book in the Swedish library system. By layering the pages on top of one another, Dahlberg almost submerges the printed text with readers' marginal comments and annotations.
London, U.K.-based Jesse Darling works between performance, installation and the Internet. She has made work for Tumblr and Facebook that explores the Internet as a space for self-fashioning, performance and viral proliferation. She has also performed and exhibited in galleries, including a solo show at London's Arcadia_Missa in 2012. She received her MFA from the Slade School of Art.
Claire Fontaine is a Paris-based collective artist, "founded" in 2004. After lifting her name from a popular brand of school notebooks, Claire Fontaine declared herself a "readymade artist." Her practice interrogates the political impotence and the crisis of singularity that seem to define contemporary art today. But if the artist herself is as displaced, deprived of its use value, and exchangeable as the products she makes, there is always the possibility of the "human strike." Claire Fontaine uses her freshness and youth to make herself a whatever-singularity and an existential terrorist in search of subjective emancipation. She grows up among the ruins of the notion of authorship, experimenting with collective protocols of production, détournements, and the production of various devices for the sharing of intellectual and private property. Recent selected solo exhibitions include Tears, The Jewish Museum, NY (2013); 1493, Espacio 1414, San Juan, Puerto Rico (2013); and Sell Your Debt, Queen's Nails, San Francisco (2013).
Goldin+Senneby is a framework for collaboration set up by Swedish artists Simon Goldin and Jakob Senneby. Since 2004 they have deployed forms of performative and delegated activity to examine legal, economic and spatial constructs. They have made projects for institutions including Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm; Kadist Foundation, Paris; and the Power Plant, Toronto. For their Headless project, Goldin+Senneby explore the notion of "offsite" in financial, aesthetic and political terms.
Janez Janša is a conceptual artist, performer and producer living in Ljubljana, Slovenia. In 2007, together with Janez Janša and Janez Janša, he changed his name to that of the Slovenian right-wing Prime Minister. The three artists' collective work has strong social connotations and is characterized by an inter-media approach. He is the author of numerous videos, performances, installations and new media works which have been presented in several exhibitions, festivals and lectures around the world. He is the director of the film My Name Is Janez Janša, co-founder and director of Aksioma - Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana and artistic director of the Aksioma | Project Space (aksioma.org.
Janez Janša is an conceptual artist, writer, performer and director of interdisciplinary performances. In 2007, together with Janez Janša and Janez Janša, he changed his name to that of the Slovenian right-wing Prime Minister. The three artists' collective work has strong social connotations and is characterized by an inter-media approach. His socio-political work is focused on relationships between art, society and politics. He is author of the book Jan Fabre: La Discipline du chaos, le chaos de la discipline, Armand Colin, Paris 1994; and was editor in chief of Maska: The Performing Arts Journal, from 1999 to 2006. He is the director of Maska, Institute for Publishing, Production and Education based in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Janez Janša is a visual artist, working in the cross section of traditional visual art practices, conceptual art and new media. In 2007, together with Janez Janša and Janez Janša, he changed his name to that of the Slovenian right-wing Prime Minister. The three artists' collective work has strong social connotations and is characterized by an inter-media approach. In 2003 he represented Slovenia at 50th Venice Biennial. Selected exhibitions include the Sao Paolo Biennial, Prague Biennial and Limerick Biennial (zigakariz.com).
Kernel is an art collective founded in 2009 by architect Pegy Zali and artists Petros Moris and Theodoros Giannakis. They live and work between Athens and London. Their practice develops at the intersection of critical research, art, architecture and curating. Kernel has presented solo projects at SPACE, London 2013 and XYZ Outlet, Athens 2011. Selected group exhibitions include Afresh, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens; V22 Young London, V22, London; and the 3rd Athens Biennale - Monodrome, Diplareios School, Athens. They have organized curatorial projects such as Word of Mouth for the 3rd Athens Biennale, Athens; THE PUBLIC SCHOOL in Athens; BYOB London, The Woodmill, London; and Full/Operational/Toolbox, M21, Athens (kerneloperations.com).
Helena Reckitt is a critic and curator based in London, U.K. She was senior curator of Programmes at the Power Plant in Toronto from 2006 to 2010 and since 2011 has been senior lecturer in Curating at Goldsmiths, University of London. Currently Reckitt is co-editing a special issue of the Journal of Curatorial Studies with Jennifer Fisher on Curating and the Affective Turn, and working with art historian Catherine Grant to develop the group exhibition O Sister, O Shadow.