Open Space is collaborating with Legacy Gallery, UVic Visual Arts, and Camosun Visual Arts to present LA-based Canadian performance artist Cassils. Pushing their body to the extreme, Cassils evokes trans peoples’ struggles for self-defence and self-preservation against all too common threats of violence and erasure.///
Public Performance Cassils: Becoming an ImageUVic Visual Arts Building | rm 150March 7, 2018 | 7:30pm | *freeImage: Cassils, Becoming and Image Performance Still No. 4, (National Theater Studio, Spill Festival, London), 2013.
Have you ever experienced someone in front of the Bay Centre downtown earnestly washing the sidewalk, or walking a blank chalkboard back-and-forth, or eating the contents of their jacket pockets in an exaggerated, seagull like fashion? If so, did you wish that you could also let go of your self-respecting dignity and dive into the world of performance art? Now is your chance.
Open Space Arts Society is host to a week of performance art events that will explore the intersection of visual arts-based performance art practice and experimental theatre. Stemming from similar historical roots, these two areas of artistic expression use the human body as an artistic medium. Artists Margaret Dragu (Vancouver) and Jörn J. Burmester (Berlin) will lead a 5-day workshop-like “(Un)Symposium” that will turn traditional conference models on their heads and open up possibilities for how unique human actions can be instruments of cultural, political, and social creation.