RV There Yet? The horizon of being by Cindy Baker and Roseanna Nay

2021-07-09T16:23:42-04:00

Co-presented by Mitchell Art Gallery

July 11
51352 range road 211, Strathcona County AB T8G1G1

Queer reciprocal market open 12-5 | Free
Performance presentation at 7 pm | $10 obo

For this project, we imagine a journey to the reciprocal marketplace of a queer utopia, asking participants to envision an emotional economy of generosity and to create performative moments enacting their vision for this world.
Audiences are invited to retrace our journey, to create their own journey, to engage with this project as members of this utopic economy, and come prepared to participate in an exchange of artistic gestures, emotional response, and creative generosity.
Recall  last time you were in a vehicle on your way somewhere, that moment you were suspended in thought, propelling yourself elsewhere to circumvent your present situation – a journey within a journey. Imagine your voyage to a utopian land. How do your errant fantasies, your active daydreams, inform the destination at the end of your trip? Suppose you create a destination from that yearning, the desire to be “somewhere else.” To reach a space, even a utopian one, you will need to continue traveling until you arrive. Now, reimagine the journey as a vernacular for queer desire. Expansive distances and dedicated increments of time are fluid measures, becoming slippage in the lure of like attracting like. Queer sociability has, historically, required travel to access: to cross the wilderness of heteronormative spaces, customs, relationships, norms. The destination does not exist without the yearning for its existence; the journey is its creation. Expansive distances, and dedicated increments of time, are fluid and meditative: slippage in the lure of like attracting like. Journeys towards each other. Queers attracting queers, requeering each other.

Now imagine arriving at that utopia, or a stop along the way – a marketplace of queer care and exchange, even of desire. An economy of these daydreams and yearnings; like traded for like. The cartography of these exchanges create the destination. A queer ethics of the self rejects the antagonistic self/other binary of the heteronormative in favour of a model focusing on reciprocity. For this project, we imagine a journey to the reciprocal marketplace of a queer utopia, asking participants to envision an emotional economy of generosity and to create performative moments enacting their vision for this world. Audiences are invited to retrace our journey, to create their own journey, to engage with this project as members of this utopic economy, and come prepared to participate in an exchange of artistic gestures, emotional response, and creative generosity.

Featuring:
Roseanna Nay
Cindy Baker
Hannah Quimper-Swiderski
Max Elwood
Mitchell Chalifoux
Chelsea Boos
Frances McKenzie
Kev Liang

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A note from Cindy Baker about an optional way to participate on the day of the event…..

For The horizon of being, I’ve created two dance scores and am inviting you to perform them. In order to participate, you need to have access to a car and a phone or other device with Google Maps and Spotify installed on it. Anyone is welcome to participate. This is the ideal method to find your way to the event on July 11, though these dances may be performed at any time.

The horizon score: a self-portrait in dance. 70 minutes

A distance-based dance for 1-5 people and a car, facilitated by Google Maps and Spotify. Should take approximately 70 minutes to perform.

https://goo.gl/maps/45j6969JZcF6TFbr9https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2uHPYsNcqMTBC8NfuFoIkN…

Instructions: This dance starts at Mile Zero Dance’s old Spazio Performativo space. Start there; say your goodbyes. Get in the car, open Google Maps on your phone, and start the musical score in Spotify. Follow the path set out in front of you. Do not stop and get out of the car unless you feel moved to do so; arrival at a destination is your conceptual motivation for this performance. The car is your dance partner, and is responsive to your direction; be thoughtful about how you move within and around it. If there are multiple people in the car, consider your communication with each other to be an integral element of the dance. If you are alone, carefully consider how you plan to end the dance once you arrive. Do anything EXCEPT that upon arrival.

The long horizon: an (auto)biographical dance. 6-8 hours

A distance-based dance for 1-5 people and a car, facilitated by Google Maps and Spotify. Will take 6-8 hours to perform; pack snacks, water, and whatever will help you make this dance joyful.

https://goo.gl/maps/CJ3qBdLSvHUtYyqCA

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/33vzDwAQ0O2REuWcGCfdqP…

Instructions: This dance starts at Mile Zero Dance’s old Spazio Performativo space. Start there; say your goodbyes. Get in the car, open Google Maps on your phone, and start the musical score in Spotify. Follow the path set out in front of you. Take note of each destination point on the map. Stop and get out of the car often, if you feel compelled; stretch and move. Explore. Nourishing yourself and taking care of your body is part of the dance, not a break from it. The car is your dance partner, and is responsive to your direction; be thoughtful about how you move within and around it. If there are multiple people in the car, consider your relationship to each of them and how that relationship has changed the way you move through the world. If you are alone, find moments to emote openly. Upon arrival, sit in your car; be still and quiet for a little bit longer than you’re comfortable with, or until you start having trouble deciding when that might be.

Additional optional listening for your journey….

Benni

crying in the heatwave with luca

crying in the heatwave with luca is meant to be listened to while driving in a car, or walking, or biking, an invitation to be both lost and held in queer friendship, to dream in queer time about a world without transphobia, queerphobia, and overdose, “an unused naloxone kit. a clock in a storm. like i’m in a pleasant dream. like you’re in a pleasant dream.”

download to listen: https://files.softwhere.ca/d/5716143af3274e0aa5aa/

About the Artists

Cindy Baker

Cindy Baker is a contemporary artist based in Western [...]

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