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ADVENTURES CAN BE FOUND ANYWHERE, MÊME DANS LA RÉPÉTITION
Photo: Nadège Grebmeier-Forget, Adventures, repetition 03-05-22.

June 1 June 9, 2022

An installation-performance by PME-ART

Creation, Performance and Installation Burcu Emeç + Marie Claire Forté + Nadège Grebmeier Forget + Adam Kinner + Catherine Lalonde + Ashlea Watkin + Jacob Wren. Artistic contribution Claudia Fancello

Text Susan Sontag, Reborn: Journals & Notebooks 1947-1963 © The Estate of Susan Sontag (2008) used by permission of The Wylie Agency (Royaume-Uni) + Renaître : journaux et carnets (1947-1963) translated from English (United States) by Anne Wicke © Christian Bourgois Éditeur (2010)

Artistic Coordinator Sylvie Lachance
Production Advisor Lynda Gaudreau
Administrative Coordinator Richard Ducharme

Co-produced by Festival TransAmériques + Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery Co-presented by the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery

Beloved Book, Transformed Book

Seated around a large table, a group of artists apply themselves to the task of rewriting the journals and notebooks of the U.S author and activist Susan Sontag. They reappropriate her words and unpack their possibilities, altering the substance of the text by projecting themselves into it. Each fragment is read, shared, exhibited. Through this ceaseless communal labour, the performers produce a new, collective work that’s closer to us.

Immersed in the silence of writing, the drawings of words, and the echoes of voices that mingle together, the audience combines its own experience of the world, of art, and of desire with that of the young Sontag, who is transformed and multiplied under the authorship of the assembled artists. This performance-installation presented continuously over eight days is a vibrant and mischievous declaration of love to literature. The interdisciplinary group PME-ART celebrates the creative power of reading by seizing upon its potential for perpetual reactivation.

Text : Sara Fauteux. Translation: David Dalgleish

Schedule: June 1-8 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and June 9 from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Beloved Book, Transformed Book

Seated around a large table, a group of artists apply themselves to the task of rewriting the journals and notebooks of the U.S author and activist Susan Sontag. They reappropriate her words and unpack their possibilities, altering the substance of the text by projecting themselves into it. Each fragment is read, shared, exhibited. Through this ceaseless communal labour, the performers produce a new, collective work that’s closer to us.

Immersed in the silence of writing, the drawings of words, and the echoes of voices that mingle together, the audience combines its own experience of the world, of art, and of desire with that of the young Sontag, who is transformed and multiplied under the authorship of the assembled artists. This performance-installation presented continuously over eight days is a vibrant and mischievous declaration of love to literature. The interdisciplinary group PME-ART celebrates the creative power of reading by seizing upon its potential for perpetual reactivation.

Text : Sara Fauteux. Translation: David Dalgleish

ABOUT PME-ART

The interdisciplinary group PME-ART is dedicated to the creation of hybrid artistic objects with which people always engage in an authentic, singular manner. The ethical demands imposed by this approach, which aims to bring life into the works and art into human experience, has enriched the group’s practice for over 20 years.

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PME-ART never turns away from paradox, drawing on it instead to supply the generous and unpredictable material of its work, where critical and poetic reflection mix together freely.

Bilingual since its founding, the Montreal-based group has since created a dozen projects that have appeared around the world, including En français comme en anglais, it’s easy to criticize (1999), Le Génie des autres/Unrehearsed Beauty (2002), HOSPITALITY 3: Individualism Was a Mistake (2008), The DJ Who Gave Too Much Information (2011) and Every Song I’ve Ever Written (2012).

A loosely defined group, PME-ART constantly seeks to refresh its practice through local, national, and international collaborations and is driven by the pursuit of a new form of representation that’s more collaborative and performative.

Jacob Wren, who steers PME-ART’s activities with a gentle hand, and Sylvie Lachance, artistic co-director, work within a prolific artistic community. As an author, Wren has written a number of acclaimed books. In 2018, he published Authenticity Is a Feeling: My Life in PME-ART, which he adapted into the show A User’s Guide to Authenticity Is a Feeling. Along with recounting the company’s fascinating journey, this work, which has been translated into French by Daniel Canty, represents a compelling contribution to the theory of performance.

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