Pliable is a public project presented by DHC/ART Education in conjunction with the exhibition L’OFFRE, which runs from October 5, 2017 to March 11, 2018.
Pliable is inspired by Taiwanese artist Lee Mingwei’s Money for Art series, in which $10 bills are folded into origami and offered to different people, who then have to choose to either keep the artwork the artist has created or spend the money.
We invite you to select a piece of paper and write down a short sentence or create a drawing in response to the exhibition. Once your trace has been realized, you can photograph it and share the image on social media using the hashtag #dhctraces. Afterwards, you can fold the paper as desired. For inspiration, we have provided examples of origami. You then have one final choice to make: keep your folded paper or leave it in the Traces space, and take someone else’s response with you. Periodically, members of DHC/ART Education will collect the remaining messages and distribute them in different locations around Montreal. These gestures will be documented and relayed on social media. Those who leave with a response can also document the traces of their actions using #dhctraces.
With our participatory project, we wish to reactivate someof the questions evoked by the works on view in L’OFFRE. What happens when materials or ideas are transformed (some would say sublimated) into a work of art; when speech becomes public; when the object leaves the space of the gallery to circulate elsewhere? Art is then conceived as a series of decisions, a sequence, an oscillation between visibility and invisibility.
Photo: Tanha Gomes