“This Area is under 23 Hour Video and Audio Surveillance”
September 4, 2014–June 30, 2015
Curated by Yan Wu
Produced in collaboration with the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery
Presented at the Jackman Humanities Institute
The title and subject of the exhibition, This Area is under 23 Hour Video and Audio Surveillance, is a play on Turkish artist Ahmet Ögüt’s site-specific intervention at Laumeier Sculpture Park (USA) in 2009. Obsessed with finding the missing hour plotted in Ögüt’s work and the possibilities it promises, the exhibition presents twelve international artists and collectives whose works carve the secluded 24th hour into the physical space and everyday reality of the Jackman Humanities Institute. Employing a myriad of divergent mediums, forms, and strategies, the artworks act as potential points of entry to modes of play by means of the games each artist devises. In particular, the artists challenge the notions of play regulated by today’s rhetoric of productivity: flexibility, distraction and greed; their works contemplate how the rules of games are constructed and how they might be destroyed: through conscious interaction, forms of application, and transgression. This Area is under 23 Hour Video and Audio Surveillance celebrates the power of humour, allowing the viewer to recover from the delusory happiness of ideology towards release into the lucidity of seeing things for what they are.
Thursday, April 23, 2:30-4pm
Featuring Lee Walton
East Common Room, Hart House
Friday, April 24, 2015, 6pm-Midnight
Reading Room, Hart House
We gratefully acknowledge operating support from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council, with additional project support from the Jackman Humanities Institute, the University of Toronto MVS Curatorial Studies Program at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design.
Title Image: Ahmet Öğüt, This Area is Under 23 Hour Video and Audio Surveillance, 2009. Photo documentation. Photo courtesy of Laumeier Sculpture Park.