Individual Points of Fiction
ARTIFACTS (Pam Patterson and Leena Raudvee)
Giambattista Vico wrote that knowledge is a doing and, in turn, doing is an act of being. ARTIFACTS,
known for its site-specific performances, deepens its relationship with/in space in Individual Points
of Fiction. Patterson and Raudvee address the divide between, and notion of, progress as process/product
and conflate the two so that in image making and in performance, they are occupied in the doing. Here
they focus on the research component of performance and, if one can recognize artistic practice as performative,
of studio practice. They study their interrelationship, their longstanding affiliation with A Space,
and the corridor spaces at 401 Richmond. The exhibition deconstructs images from a hallway performance
at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education – a site for arts-informed and educational research
- and transposes them onsite into A Space Windows.
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A Space Gallery, Friday June 8th, 2012
The performance, expanding on this, reconfigures space as intersubjective and architectural. The physical space pixilates into discretely-timed moments. In “doing”,
ARTIFACTS accommodates and rejects, deconstructs and reassembles art’s questions as an infinite
horizon of diverse acts of autonomy.