park, sing, seed, send
Happening: park, sing, seed, send
Sunday, September 15, 2019
1 PM to 5 PM
As a final celebration of the workshop The World Is Full of Everything It Needs, karen elaine spencer and the Fondation Phi’s Education and Public Engagement Team invite you to a Happening entitled park, sing, seed, send.
For The World Is Full of Everything It Needs, participants were entrusted with grapefruits on which they were asked to write four words: a place, an action, a thing and any word they would like. In small teams, participants would then have to use words from the fruits of their peers, as well as their own words, to come up with instructions to be written out on postcards. These instructions, often absurd, invited participants to reconsider the place of art in the everyday, and proposed another way of conceiving a creative gesture.
Throughout the last few months, we have been conserving participants’ instructions. Some of these instructions were carefully entrusted to us, while others were forgotten in the gallery or left behind. With this event, we wish to activate the potential performances proposed in these postcards, which can be read as scripts, scores or partitions. Throughout the Happening, we will be interpreting the instructions according to various strategies. You are welcome to join us to consult the postcards, send one to someone you know (or don’t), or even activate them as performances. Those of you who want to take part in the workshop will be invited to do so, one last time.
karen elaine spencer
born: year of the silverfish
early childhood: softly sang stories to crumpled-up tissues in the back seat of the family car
adolescence: ran away from home to study the fine art of forgetfulness
at present: creates workshops for artists she admires. infiltrates government offices, train stations, metros, and parks to transmit secret messages. she is a rambler, loiterer, metro rider, dream listener, onion peeler, and sitter. she paints, writes, points, and pirouettes.
Photo: Daniel Fiset and Tanha Gomes