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Pratiques du territoire III

Occupation - dislocation - mutation

In conjunction with the Camping - Aux bons plaisirs fugaces event, presented from June 5 to 8, 2008 in the Parc sans nom, DARE-DARE is offering the public the third part of a series of lectures on the hybrid relationship between art and public space.

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June 7 and 8 at 2 p.m.
At the park with no name

Saturday: Martine Neddam and Louise Dubreuil
Sunday Speakers: André-Éric Létourneau and Gabriela Golder
Resource person: Constanza Camelo

In conjunction with the event Camping Aux bons plaisirs fugaces au parc sans nom, DARE-DARE proposes on June 7 and 8 the third part of a series of conferences on the hybrid relations between art and public space. With Pratiques du territoire: occupation - dislocation - mutation, DARE-DARE wants to bring together the reflections of artists and theorists to accompany the experiments carried out by the artists in the programmation.

During these conferences, the artist-run center proposes multidisciplinary approaches to rethink the conceptualization and articulation of action in space as a territory to be occupied. For this occasion, the invited speakers will present, among other things, the result of activities that alter the notion of performativity as experience in particular places: social, political and economic territories.

The four lectures consider the relationship between performativity and public space from multiple perspectives. On the one hand, the practices of Louise Dubreuil and Martine Neddam question this relationship through in situ installation or the web as a new public space. On the other hand, Gabriela Golder and Éric Létourneau take into consideration the insertion of the body in a particular place, either through the video camera as a witness, or in the public space, through geopoetic maneuvers and interventions. By acting through a performative treatment of the social link and of human behavior in the face of power, our guests constitute singular social actors. They bring their problems to the local level, while assuming their global implications: they thus grasp the "glocal".

Martine Neddam (France) is an artist who uses language as raw material. Acts of language, modes of address, speech in the public space, these are the themes that feed her work. She creates virtual characters on the Internet that lead their autonomous existence as artists, without Neddam ever manifesting herself as their author: Mouchette, active since 1996, is a 13-year-old girl who exposes her fantasies and dark ideas by soliciting the participation of visitors; David Still, since 2001, offers his identity and the use of his e-mail account to passing Internet users; and XiaoQian, a Chinese artist, since 2006, is herself the creator of virtual characters.

Louise Dubreuil (Montreal) is a feminist inter/multidisciplinary artist working in visual arts (sculpture, installation, collage), performance and video. She is inhabited by the desire and pleasure of collecting and assembling plastic and organic waste to transform them into works that question values, beliefs and myths. "Grounded in the everyday, my creative process is at once intuitive, intellectual, humorous & obsessive." After studying Fine Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies at Concordia University (1986), she equipped herself with a practical feminist education and taught self-defense and prevention. She is the instigator of the Play Group: weekly performance collective (1999 to 2005). She has presented her work and performances in Canada and abroad.

André-Éric Létourneau (Montreal) is an interdisciplinary artist, author, curator and consultant. As an artist and curator, his manoeuvres and projects have manifested themselves since 1986 in the form of some fifty actions, manoeuvres and devices carried out in some fifteen countries. He has worked as a consultant in organizational research and planning for artist-run centers and cultural organizations as diverse as Les ateliers convertibles, articule, Radio-Canada, the International association for performance art organizers and the Biennale de Paris.

Gabriela Golder (Argentina) is an audiovisual artist, independent curator and professor of Video and New Technologies. She has been artist-in-residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts, CICV, France, Kunsthochschule für Medien, Germany, Schloss Balmoral, Germany and the Wexner Center for the Arts, USA. Her work has been presented in several museums and cultural centers in South America, Europe, Asia and North America. She is the co-director of CONTINENTE Electronic Arts Research Center ( at the Universidad Nacional Tres de Febrero, Argentina.