I’ve been the “Artist In Residence” at the Art Gallery of Ontario since February and will be leaving early in April. Primarily, I’ve been doing some final planning for a painting series and beginning research for a new movie project. But while I’m here, I’ll also be presenting, along with the AGO and some of my collaborators, a few public projects and events. I’ll put the details for these below.
This Saturday - March 10 from 3 pm - midnight
AGO/Back to the World's Reality Art TV Marathon
FREE - in the Education Commons (the western part of the AGO)
Join Margaux Williamson, Chris Randle & Carl Wilson of the cultural review site Back to the World for a rec-room/sleepover-style marathon viewing of the most recent season of the reality-TV show Work of Art: The Next Great Artist, which turns art into a ruthless Elimination Dance in a completely different way than the professional art world does. Making and judging art on reality TV makes for some strange and some strangely refreshing new approaches to talking about art
This'll be a lot like sitting at home on the couch vacuuming up consecutive episodes of a TV show on the Internet or DVD, except with friends you might not know yet, in a public place. And with somebody else ordering the pizza. Bring your own well-concealed beverages and snacks, and any other comfort-inducing devices (sleeping bags welcome!). There will be time for discussion and perhaps some unexpected interventions. After, we'll go out for drinks and talk more about who we think should have won and which one we would have sex with.
AGO event page - http://www.ago.net/back-to-this-world-present-tv-marathon
BACK TO THE WORLD site - http://Backtotheworld.net/
FACEBOOK event page - https://www.facebook.com/events/243641589057414/
Thursday - March 22 from 7 pm - 9 pm
Teenager Hamlet: Screening and Q+A with Margaux Williamson
Members $5 / Public $7 - in Jackman Hall (the eastern part of the AGO)
Join us for a special screening of Toronto artist Margaux Williamson’s 2010 movie Teenager Hamlet. The work has recently been cut and condensed to 40 minutes for a group DVD project and will presented in this new format for the first time.
Teenager Hamlet is a documentary-fiction. Margaux Williamson, as director, spins a tale using the people and resources available to her in her neighborhood. The work searches to find a story specific to its time and elements of creation while sorting through the distinctions and confusions between acting in a play and taking action in real life. The Toronto Star said of the movie “(Williamson) is surprisingly successful at distilling the essence of the pay into a fresh and audacious form”. Teenager Hamlet was produced by Julia Rosenberg, shot by Lee Towndrow, stars Sheila Heti and Sholem Krishtalka with music direction by Steve Kado. The screening will be followed by a question and answer session with the artist.
AGO-ADVANCED TICKETS - http://www.ago.net/teenager-hamlet-screening-and-qa-with-artist-margaux-williamson
TEENAGER HAMLET site - www.teenagerhamlet.com
FACEBOOK event page - https://www.facebook.com/events/364001610287299/
Monday - March 26 from 7 pm - 9 pm
I'M A VERY SEXY BABY
$5 for AGO members; $7 for non-members - at the AGO
I'M A VERY SEXY BABY: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEmKN6DT-VE
Chris Kraus, Tamara Faith Berger and Sheila Heti have written about sex. Now they will take some time to think about that. The discussion will be hosted by Darren O'Donnell .
Tamara Faith Berger is the author of Lie With Me, The Way of the Whore, and, to be published in Spring 2012, Maidenhead (Coach House Books). // Sheila Heti is the author of The Middle Stories, Ticknor, The Chairs Are Where the People Go (with Misha Glouberman) and most recently, How Should a Person Be? She works as Interviews Editor at The Believer.// Chris Kraus is the author of, among other books, I Love Dick, Torpor, Where Art Belongs, and the forthcoming Summer of Hate. // Darren O'Donnell is a playwright and the artistic director of the theatre company Mammalian Diving Reflex. He has published five books including the art manifesto, Social Acupuncture.
This event is produced by The Production Front, the production company of Margaux Williamson and Sheila Heti.
AGO-ADVNACED TICKETS - http://www.ago.net/the-production-front-presents-im-a-very-sexy-baby
THE PRODUCTION FRONT site - http://www.theproductionfront.com/
FACEBOOK event page - https://www.facebook.com/events/192109450894090/
Saturday - March 31 from 8 pm - 11 pm (doors 7:30)
Tomboyfriend at the AGO & *New* Margaux Williamson Video Premiere
Price: $5 Members / $7 Public - in the Weston Family Learning Centre (West side of the AGO)
Join us for a night of music from local art-band Tomboyfriend celebrating the premiere of their new music video by Margaux Williamson.
Originally an agit-pop conceptual art project born in Toronto garages, and in front of Toronto art galleries, Tomboyfriend mixes a poet with artists, and activists with musicians.The band features the distinctive poly-vocals of Ryan Kamstra, Marlena Zuber, Sholem Krishtalka as well as down-at-the-heels chorale arrangements of back-up troupe The Glory Hogs. This Magazine said of the band "some of the most emotionally relevant, lyrically poignant music you’ll find this side of just about anywhere" and the New York Times Magazine featured the last Youtube video collaboration between Tomboyfriend and Margaux Williamson in an issue dedicated to neat things to see on screens.
Tomboyfriend’s debut full-lengther "Don't Go to School" was released on Blocks Recording Club in late 2010.
AGO-ADVANCED TICKETS -http://www.ago.net/artist-in-residence-margaux-williamson-presents-tomboyfriend
TOMBOYFRIEND site - http://tomboyfriend.com/
FACEBOOK event page - https://www.facebook.com/events/198911403541787/
Every Wednesday from February 29 - March 21 - from 7 - 8 pm
HOW TO ACT IN REAL LIFE
FREE - in the AGO’s Walker Court (centre of the AGO)
**This piece is best suited for happening upon rather than attending it specifically**
As part of her residency, Margaux Williamson will work on an ongoing research piece entitled "How to Act in Real Life". In this public and performative work, Margaux Williamson will teach her collaborator, writer Sheila Heti, how to “act” in the real world. Set in the agora of Walker Court, these two person classes will be set in a red performance circle in the centre of the space next to the Rodin sculptures. The public are welcome to take the available brochure "How to Act in Real Life" and watch, listen, sit near, or ignore Margaux and Sheila as the lessons unfold.
These classes coincide with the AGO’s free hours on Wednesday nights and the aritst in residence office hours. The work functions as a class, a research tool for Margaux’s next movie project and also as an experiment in learning how to work and observe while also being observed.
AGO site - http://www.ago.net/margaux-williamson
MARGAUX WILLIAMSON site - http://www.margauxwilliamson.com/
BROCHURE - http://www.ago.net/assets/files/pdf/Margaux-HTAIRL-web.pdf