No Man is an Island

19.4.17 - 27.5.17,

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

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.

Presented in 2017 at Ignition, Galerie Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Montréal
The installation was activated by the artist from April 19 to May 12, Wednesdays to Fridays.
Brett Barmby, 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.