As part of the Phil Collins exhibition, the Phi Foundation for Contemporary Art presents four events within the framework of the installation Bring Down The Walls. The public is invited to take part in "school day" informative sessions and workshops on prison abolition, followed by "club nights" organized by Montreal-based and international music collectives.
Our third School Day will address migrant incarceration in Canada and the construction of a new immigration detention centre in Laval. Stephanie J. Silverman will provide an overview of immigration detention in Canada through an abolitionist lens. Stefan Christoff will speak on his experience as an activist and artist involved in the fight for migrant rights. Gabriella Den Elzen will present a research project that studies the architecture of the immigration detention centre in Laval. Three members of the collective Art Entr’Elles—Carole Lepage, Émilie Beaulieu-Guérette et Anne-Céline Genevois—will be talking about their latest artistic collaboration, Dénombrement, regard sur l'incarcération au féminin.
1 PM – Introduction
1:15 PM – Stephanie J. Silverman
2:15 PM – Stefan Christoff
3 PM – Break
3:30 PM – Gabriella den Elzen
4:30 PM – Art Entr’Elles Collective (Anne-Céline Genevois, Émilie Beaulieu-Guérette and Carole L.)
5:30 PM – Group Discussion
Presentations will be offered in English and French. Whisper translation in both languages is available upon request. The event will be filmed. Active listening will be offered on site.
At night, the Phi Foundation will transform into a fully functioning night club, taken over by invited collectives and crews whose activities foster the ethos of social engagement shared by Bring Down The Walls.
About Bring Down The Walls
Organised in May 2018 in New York City by artist Phil Collins, Creative Time, The Fortune Society, and over 100 collaborators, Bring Down The Walls was a three-part public art project which turned an unconventional lens on the prison industrial complex through house music and nightlife.
Originating as a public art project, Bring Down The Walls consisted of a communal space that functioned as an open school by day and dance club by night, as well as a benefit album of classic house tracks re-recorded by formerly incarcerated vocalists and electronic musicians. For the exhibition at the Phi Foundation, Collins proposes Bring Down The Walls (2019), an installation version of this project reconfigured specifically for the Montréal context and the space at 465 Saint-Jean Street, with corresponding public programming that will build on the discussions and relationships that began in New York.