thisishappening - Week 8

Nov. 10, 2014 - Nov. 16, 2014

Opening reception None, None - None

Video still of Winter Wolf and Shadow Wolf by Really Large Numbers

Emerson Dorsch is pleased to present thisishappening, a multidisciplinary series dedicated to exploring the critical roles of experience and accessibility in contemporary art practice and reception.


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Installation view of 100 Questions by Rob Goyanes. Photo credit: Monica McGivern

November 12, 7pm
100 Questions
Rob Goyanes

Please join us for 100 Questions, a performance featuring award winning art critic Rob Goyanes. He will lecture on a series of really relevant and super interesting questions:

1. Is art still something that has the capacity to strike total fear in the hearts of its audience?
2. What is good?
3. What is not good?
4. How do you feel about the way you spend the majority of your time?
5. What does not mean to be free?
Etc.


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Installation view of Three-stage Transfer Drawing by Micol Hebron. Photo credit: Monica McGivern

Thursday, November 13, 7pm
Three-stage Transfer Drawing
Micol Hebron

Please join us for Three-stage Transfer Drawing. Micol Hebron will engage the public in a three-part act of performative drawing that explores the transmission and expression of an image through technology, language, body, and image (drawing). It is a game of telephone for the modern era, which examines the various means through which we communicate, understand, and visualize an image.

To participate, please contact the gallery at info@emersondorsch.com.




thisishappening Week 8
Installation view of Winter Wolf and Shadow Wolf by Really Large Numbers. Photo credit: Monica McGivern

Friday, November 14, 7pm
Winter Wolf and Shadow Wolf
Really Large Numbers

Please join us in the garden for Winter Wolf and Shadow Wolf, a living diorama by Really Large Numbers. Using tropes of Natural History Museum display, they present elements of the tenuous and violent, but ultimately symbiotic relationship between Winter Wolf and his shadow, Shadow Wolf.




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Installation view of Feather Bomb by Really Large Numbers. Photo credit: Monica McGivern

Saturday, November 15, 6:30pm
Feather Bomb and Whale Star
Really Large Numbers

Please join us in the garden for a performance of Feather Bomb and Whale Star.

Feather Bomb is a scientific experiment in which Really Large Numbers tests the elasticity of a large balloon filled with feathers gathered from the nesting grounds of Canadian geese.

Whale Star is a dreamy, musical performance by Really Large Numbers which takes place on-board a sailing ship fashioned from a laboratory table. In this piece, The Captain (Chad Stayrook) and Figurehead (Julia Oldham) sing a duet about their shared pursuit to capture each others individual perception of a whale seen in both the sea and stars.




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Installation view of SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY BACON BACON BACON sorry turkey bacon by Justin H. Long. Photo credit: Monica McGivern

SERIES CLOSING CELEBRATION
Sunday, November 16, 2pm
SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY BACON BACON BACON sorry turkey bacon
Justin H. Long

Please join us in the garden for a picnic-style eating competition. Families welcome!

In a world of quantitative judgement, the best means the most and in this case it is turkey bacon. This is a challenge to the world, who can stomach the most turkey bacon in five minutes and walk away as world record holder? Come root for your favorite or participate in the action and since it's turkey bacon, it's kinda healthy too.




thisishappening
The move toward an art that is living is a common signpost for the contemporary period, and stems from a desire for urgency - to matter. This paradigm shift toward the privileging of experience, both lived and virtual, is compounded by a hyper-awareness of how we craft ourselves in (real)-time. thisishappening presents an opportunity to consider how we record experience, beyond documentation, in a manner that can subsist within a gallery context for aesthetic and critical engagement with non-material objects.

Over a period of eight weeks, Emerson Dorsch will present a selection of events, screenings, performance, and interactions that will address a range of concerns within the discourse on art as experience. The works included facilitate exchange through encounter - connecting those who create, own, use, critique, or consume them.

In an effort to expose the numerous lines of tension, which have surfaced from the growing gap between experience and its objectification, the gallery exhibition will exist in a constant state of becoming. Works will be curated-into the space, reflecting and reacting to the projects as they unfold in time.