Resisting Object - Dis/appearing Subject

January 18, 2019

Last October, Valérie Perron performed a series of actions in the space of la HALTE (the pavilion of reference and reflection on art in the public space of DARE-DARE).

Closed for the occasion by a window - thus suggesting a jar, an object of study - the artist has introduced the following loop:

1. Invest the space for five hours;

2. Invite a person to document and comment;

3. Propose a new five-hour performance from this new translation;

4. Repeat the operation five times, one performance every five days.


With the exception of the first, each performance was based on the documentation from the previous performance, a bit like an exquisite corpse. For the artist, it was to integrate people in the process of creation and lose control of its performance: except for the first, she had no idea what its next performance would be.

RESISTING OBJECT - DIS / APPEARING SUBJECT collects, in the form of a publication, the documentation produced by the invited persons, so that the memory of the experience shared with the participants is the only trace of the realized performances.

The artist thus seeks to propose a "performative form of archive" (Schneider, 2001) which gives access to the perception of the participants, their contribution in the elaboration and the realization of the performances, as well as the impact of their reception in the following performance design.

Authors: Martin Dufrasne, Marie Ferron-Desautels, Alexia Laferte-Coutu, Julie Laurin, Catherine Lescarbeau and Fanny Poupart

Design: Marie Tourigny

This project was made possible thanks to the support of DARE-DARE.

Past Projects

November 15, 2018
November 2, 2018
Au rythme du Kamer
October 24, 2018
October 5, 2018