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Review: Now Is The Winter Of Our Content

Posted by Jasia / January 24, 2010

20100124_couch.JPGLast Friday, the 22nd of January, three very different artists presented their work together at EasternBloc. While I often associate EasternBloc with the loud, the wild and the psychedelic, this gathering was quiet and contemplative.

The three performances work around ideas of language and different ways language can be used. More specifically, the evening seemed to take on the idea of 'others': strangers, people foreign to us and the people with think we know. Throughout the night it was questioned how much we know about the people we think we know, and proposed that we might be closer to the so-called strangers around us than we previously dared to think.

Starting with a performance/ video projection by long-time Montréal performance artist Victoria Stanton of her work in progress entitled Quiet Time At the Intersection Of. The video projection showed Stanton silently holding the hands of different people and looking silently at the camera. Live, Stanton describes to us her relationship with each person, while the audience gradually realizes that these relationships are fictional, and each person is actually a stranger to the artist.

In the next portion of the evening, the event's organizer Moheb Soliman, theatrically presented his poetry under the alias of Habib Albi. Using a political speech made by Bin Laden, video footage of the twin Budwiser towers, as well as various stenciled poem-sculptures, Soliman illustrates, complicates and generally hears out certain, to some extent autobiographical elements, of Arab American identity.

The evening concluded with music by James Irwin, who in addition to being a musician is also a writer, a poet and the organizer of many of his own mixed media shows.

Each of the performances really had their own merits. How well and cohesively things went together is another question. But maybe it's a question that is besides the point; it is always good to see different communities exchanging ideas, and I was excited to see a show that was more about respectful contemplation than about spectacle, hype and noise.

Image credit: Moheb Soliman

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