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Mariane Bourcheix-Laporte

Interstitial Stillness

September 4 – October 12, 2012

Vernissage: Thursday, September 13, 5–7 p.m.

Exhibition description

Interstitial spaces are residual spaces in the architecture or physical design of a site. Being somewhat of negative or “non” spaces, interstices are non-defined micro-sites sites within a larger constructed site. They constitute pockets of potential in the urban fabric, which allow for the forging of new relationships between the body and its environment.

This video documents embodied physical explorations of interstitial spaces located throughout public sites in the city of Vancouver. I attempt to fit my body into such spaces and remain still for as long as I can, that is until I am disrupted by inquisitive passers-by or by my lack of physical tolerance. The video captures the micro-movements of my body as it attempts to remain in a position of stillness. There is a certain tension that ensues between the body’s struggle to remain still and the movement-saturated surrounding environment. As I remain inconspicuously relatively still in public spaces, the arrangement of my body temporarily disrupts their discursive construction and the manner in which they are encountered by passers-by. My “non-actions” in “non-spaces” challenge both the scripted nature of behaviour in the public sphere and the transient character of the urban condition.

About the artist

Mariane Bourcheix-Laporte is an interdisciplinary artist and independent curator currently living in Vancouver where she is completing a Masters in Visual Arts at Simon Fraser University. In her artistic and curatorial practice, she is interested in alternative engagements with space and in alternative spaces for art. Her research focuses, first, on the relationship between the body and the built environment, the interstitial, and interventions in the public sphere, and then investigates strategies of re-presentation of documented in situ performative actions in a gallery setting. Recently, she exhibited her work at Le Labo, Toronto, was part of Low Live 4 International Networked Performance Art Festival, and published an essay on the incidental audience of furtive artworks in the last issue of Inter, art actuel. She is the co-founder of the curatorial and publishing collective Palindromes, whose most recent project will be presented at Galerie Verticale, Laval, this coming November and December.

Mariane Bourcheix-Laporte is an almuna of Concordia University.


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