No Man is an Island
19.4.17 - 27.5.17, Ignition, Galerie Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Montréal
No man is an Iland, intire of it selfe; every man; is a peece of the Continent, a part of the maine; if a Clod bee washed away by the Sea, Europe is the lesse, as well as if a Promontorie were, as well as if a Manor of thy friends or of thine owne were; any mans death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankinde; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.*
Teleportation device and episodic fiction performance
Video projection, sound, camera, software, green screen, costumes and accessories
The installation was activated by the artist from April 19 to May 12, Wednesdays to Fridays.
No Man is an Islandis a virtual island in a cinematic apparatus. It channels a strange, synthetic sense of engagement through storytelling and roleplaying. Its open-endedness is an invitation to participate. As the piece evolves over time the viewers and myself are embodied in the politics of performing an absurd and escapist fiction, entering a vanishing point that allows for withdrawal from everything else.
with Brett Barmby, myself, Francisco Gonzalez-Rosas, Marion Lessard, Zinnia Naqvi, Annie Katsura Rollins and Naghmeh Sharifi
Curated by Shauna Janssen & Michèle Thériault
* "No Man Is an Island" is a famous line from Meditation XVII, in Devotions upon Emergent Occasions, a 1624 prose work by English poet John Donne.