Category Archives: Looking

Light On (Flashlight) by Luis Jacob : Network consciousness / La conscience du réseau

Luis Jacob, Light On (Falshlight), 2013, video still. Courtesy of the artist.

Luis Jacob, Light On (Falshlight), 2013, video still. Courtesy of the artist.

Network Consciousness : A Screening of Light On (Flashlight) by Luis Jacob (2013)

Écart Critique, Nicolas Mavrikakis, Le Devoir, Arts visuels, 9 Novembre 2013
Some ideas are further elaborated in an interview with Nikolas Mavrikakis.

SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art, in association with Vidéographe and Vithèque, presents a one-night event at SBC on Tuesday, November 12th at 5:00 pm to launch Vidéographe’s Network consciousness, a series of multi-venue exhibitions that compliment an online video program. In a time when virtual environments are omnipresent, artist and independent curator Felicity Tayler attempts to link physical and online events.

This one night event presenting a new work by Toronto artist, Luis Jacob, is unique and limited in time and space, but nonetheless will be shared, or networked, over time to a wider audience who is also undergoing a similar experience in other locations and on different platforms. Continue reading

Art’s Stars in Hollywood : Screening and Reading

Art’s Stars in Hollywood : Projection vidéo et lectures

Artexte, Montréal
Wednesday April 18, 2012 at 5 p.m. Walk the red carpet and toast with bubbly in the Quartier des spectacles!
Le mercredi 18 avril 2012 à 17 h. Bulles et tapis rouge seront à l’honneur au Quartier des spectacles!

An evening of readings by contemporary authors around the vintage video Art’s Stars in Hollywood: The DeccaDance (1975). Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Constellations & Correspondences : Networking Between Artists 1970-1980.

Une soirée de lecture d’auteurs contemporains installant un dialogue avec la vidéo Art’s Stars in Hollywood: The DeccaDance (1975). Cet événement est présenté dans le cadre de l’exposition Constellation & Correspondences: transmission entre artistes 1970-1980.

Screening / Projection: Art’s Stars in Hollywood: The DeccaDance, 53 mins
Art’s Stars is a collaborative work involving artists who were active in the correspondence network, including General Idea, Image Bank, Willoughby Sharp and Ant Farm. As a parody of the Academy Awards, over 800 artists gathered to imagine their own constellation of success and celebrity by presenting awards to each other for various categories of absurd achievements.

Art’s Stars est une œuvre collective d’artistes incluant General Idea, Image Bank, Willoughby Sharp et Ant Farm. Crée comme une parodie des Oscars, plus de 800 artistes se sont rassemblés en 1974 pour imaginer leurs propres constellations de succès et célébrité, en se décernant l’un à l’autre des prix pour des réalisations aussi diverses qu’absurdes.

Readings / Lectures: Melissa Bull, Marc-Antoine Phaneuf, Alan Reed and Jacob Wren.

Melissa Bull a déjà publié dans Event, Matrix, Maisonneuve, carte blanche, Lemon Hound et Branch. Son chapbook, Eating Out, a été publié par WithWords, en 2009. Elle est éditrice pour et de la rubrique « Writing from Quebec » pour la revue Maisonneuve.

Marc­-Antoine K. Phaneuf est artiste et auteur. Il a publié deux livres de poésie aux éditions Le Quartanier, Fashionably Tales, une épopée des plus brillants exploits, et Téléthons de la Grande Surface (inventaire catégorique) en 2008. Son prochain livre, Euphorie libidinale dans le meat market, paraîtra en mai.

Alan Reed is an experimental writer turned novelist. He is the author of a collection of poems, For Love of the City (BuschekBooks), and a novel, Isobel & Emile (Coach House Books), and occasionally makes work that sits somewhere between writing, performance and installation art.

Jacob Wren is a writer and maker of eccentric performances. His books include Unrehearsed Beauty, Families Are Formed Through Copulation and Revenge Fantasies of the Politically Dispossessed.

On the Subject of Closure

Synopsis of the day / Synopsis (en Anglais)

  • Tayler, Felicity, « No Closure From Julie Ault », Centre des arts actuels Skol, (20 octobre 2011). PDF
  • Interview between Julie Ault and Anne Bertrand.
  • Video documentation of Julie Ault’s lecture at the Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery.

Master Class with artist Julie Ault (NYC)
Thursday 20 October, 2011 from 10am to 4pm at SKOL

Cours de maître (en anglais) avec l’artiste Julie Ault (NYC)
le jeudi 20 Octobre, 2011 de 10h à 16h à SKOL

Dear colleague,

Due to your long standing contribution to the non-profit artistic milieu, Skol would like to invite you to join us in a day-long master class led by renowned artist Julie Ault, cofounder of Group Material (New York).

Under the spectre of the Conservative majority government, and a generalized feeling that critical practices have been embraced by public and commercial galleries, much energy in artist‐run centres is diverted from programming toward negotiating the contradictory states of survival and growth. Many not-for-profit centres in Montréal have become preoccupied with the state of their archives, or of historicizing their activities, as if in response to the fear of closure or of no future. What happens if we stop doing what we are doing? Continue reading


Petite enveloppe urbaine No. 19
Août / August 2011
Montréal (Québec); San Francisco (California)
Edition of 119

In San Francisco, tsunami sirens pierce the seaside air every Tuesday at noon. In this city under constant threat of extinction, Rick and Megan Prelinger have accumulated a private collection of over 40,000 books, periodicals, ephemera and government documents. Many of these documents were once in public library collections, but have been discarded as cultural memory is digitized and migrates online. In the American democratic tradition of building community through private assets, the Prelingers have opened their Library to everyone compelled by curiosity. While some of its most avid users arrive via Silicon Valley, this Library is an ark of pulp and paper, something solid that might float when rivers of information lose their wellsprings of electricity.

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Edited by Marisa Jahn
Published by YYZBOOKS & REV-
Fall 2010
ISBN: 978-0-920397-51-0
192 pages softcover, two colors
Design by Ryan Hines
Distribution: LitDistCo & Distributed Art Publishers (D.A.P.)

Byproduct: On the Excess of Embedded Art Practices presents texts from a variety of artists, activists, curators, and interdisciplinary thinkers that interrogate projects by cultural practitioners ‘embedded’ in industries, the government, and other non-art sectors. Working with the physical systems and symbolic languages of these institutions, these cultural agents develop projects – or ‘byproducts’ – that produce meaning contingent on their hosts. Whether the works are explicitly polemical or instrumentalized by their hosts is up for debate…

A Constructed World, Au Travail / At Work, Tejpal S. Ajji, Allan Antliff, Paul Ardenne, Grant Arnold, Gina Badger and Adam Bobbette, IAIN BAXTER&, Claire Bishop, Lawrence Bogad, Andrew Boyd, John Seely Brown, Ian Clarke, Etienne Turpin and DT Cochrane, Maureen Connor and Kadambari Baxi, Joseph del Pesco, Connor Dickie, Peter Eleey, democratic innovation (Kent Hansen), Kate Henderson, Reverend Billy (William Talen and Savitri D.), Luis Jacob, Michelle Jacques, Janez Janša, Janez Janša, Janez Janša, Tomas Jonsson, Lev Kreft, Michelle Kuo, Adam Lauder, Kristin Lucas, Steve Mann, Experiments in Art and Technology, Lisa Larson-Walker, AntanasMockus, Amish Morrell, Joshua Moufawad-Paul, Mammalian Diving Reflex (Darren O’Donnell & Natalie De Vito), Ingrid Baxter Ovesen, Michael Page, Kathleen Pirrie-Adams, Pedro Reyes, John Searle, Michel Serres, Matthew Soules, Barbara Steveni (Artist Placement Group/O+I), Felicity Tayler, The Yes Men, Vincent Trasov (Mr. Peanut), Camille Turner (Miss Canadiana), Merve Ünsal, Pauline van Mourik Broekman and Josephine Berry, Stephen Wright.

Constellation & Correspondences

National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives Exhibition Series, No. 36.
Constellation and Correspondences: Networking Between Artists 1970-1980
15 September – 24 December 2010

Version français
Constellation et correspondances. Transmissions entre artistes, 1970-1980