EMERGE is an event dedicated to contemporary performance, featuring a dozen European and Canadian artists and participants invited to present recent works that, in some way, address the multidisciplinary direction taken by some of today’s mots engaging practices.
In a recent interview, Spanish artist Esther Ferrer, a pioneer in performance art, stated : ̎Since I was continually being asked what performance was, in my view, and I was tired of looking for something intelligent to say, one day I answered : it’s the art of time, space and presence. A definition that doesn’t mean much and yet contains some truth.̎ (Mehdi and Sandrine Meats, Interviewer la Performance. Regards sur la scène française depuis 1960
, Manuella Éditions, Paris, 2014, p. 184)
How much truth can be found in the definition of a practice that eludes us ? While performance produces a poetry of transgressive forms in which the body is the raw material of the work and the artist’s instrument, it is also part of a history where the performing arts, writng and image-based practices intersect.
This kind of paradigm raises a host of questions about the forms that belong to the wide-ranging field of performance. Embarking on such a reflection within the context of an artistic gathering does not so much underscore the diversity of approaches as it highlights the obvious, underlying existence of a cross-disciplinary reality : performance art has been conducted in recent years by a new generation of artists working on stage and within the framework of live art as well as in exhibitions and the visual arts world.
EMERGE does not attempt to cover the entire question of performance. Here, performance is experienced as an enchantment of encounters, a small space for experiences and a hub for creative emulation that offers an opportunity to celebrate new and original works.
Punctuating the performance program, a series of discussions and talks will address the issues present in the works. Local and international art critics, curators and theorists will share their thoughts on the current state of performance.
EMERGE is a co-production of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Goethe-Institut Montreal and the Consulat Général de France à Québec as members of the Montréal cluster of cultural institutes of member countries in the European National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC), along with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Montreal and the Embassy of Spain in Ottawa. The project received generous support from the Franco-German Fund, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Consulate General of Switzerland and the Royal Norwegian Embassy.
Curators: Mehdi Brit and Mark Lanctôt
Coordinators: Anne-Léonie Auer and Marjolaine Labelle
Tuesday, November 19
6:00 p.m. Marthe Ramm Fortun (Norway)
7:00 p.m. Didier Morelli (Québec, Canada)
7:30 p.m. Discussion (Christian Jankowski and David Zerbib)
Wednesday, November 20
6:00 p.m. Marie-Caroline Hominal (Switzerland)
7:00 p.m. Bridget Moser (Ontario, Canada)
7:30 p.m. Discussion (Alice Ming Wai Jim and Ronald Rose-Antoinette)
Thursday, November 21
7:00 p.m. Daina Ashbee (Québec, Canada)
7:30 p.m. Discussion (Anne Bénichou)
Freiday, November 22
6:00 p.m. Uriel Barthélémi and Entissar Al Hamdany (France)
7:00 p.m. Dana Michel (Québec, Kanada)
7:30 p.m. Discussion (Julie Perrin and Alexandre St-Onge)
Saturday, November 23
10:00 a.m. Final think tank 1 (Discussion) – Goethe-Institut
2:00 a.m. Maria Salgado (Spain)
2:45 p.m. Sarah Ancelle Schoenfeld and Louis-Philippe Scoufaras (Germany)
3:30 p.m. Marinella Senatore (Italy)
4:30 p.m. Final think tank 2 (Discussion) – Musée d'art contemporain