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Andrew Forster


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My urban futures

I am a visual artist whose practice involves experiments in how artistic strategies can help us cope with the designed world in which we live. Typically, if one needs to be coping one may not be doing so well in the world - one’s credentials as a successful human may be in question. If we take Vilem Flusser at his word and design means ‘fate’ then coping is the ideal attitude. Rather than inaction, coping implies a kind of provisional dealing with forces which otherwise might be problematic or damaging, even if invisible. Not coping is traumatic - it can lead to the collapse of social or personal order. So let’s use coping as ‘making visible’ (to oneself or to others) as a form of positive and implicated social action.  


Andrew Forster’s work includes installation, video, performance, and other collaborative and cross-disciplinary projects. His current work centers on movement-based performance-video and text-installations for public space. A recent project is 'Mer paraguayenne,' an outdoor text-installation in collaboration with poet Erín Moure around Concordia’s EV Building (Aug.-Dec. 2017). 'The Machine Stops' is a video project set in le Corbusier designed Chadigargh, India, in 2018.  He has done performance-based works for public/private space including 'Cinéma' (Société des arts technologiques), a multi-media piece with live performance and live-mix/audio taking place in a public plaza for an audience seated indoors. His critical writings about performance, design, and visual art have appeared in art and academic publications. 


Dans sa pratique, Andrew Forster utilise différents médias : installations performance-vidéo, performance, installations textuelles et photographie. Son travail actuel prend deux directions principales : des installations textuelles pour des espaces publics ; et  installation, performance-vidéo. 'Mer paraguayenne' est une collaboration avec la poète Erín Moure, une intervention textuelle enveloppant le rez-de-chaussée du pavillon EV de l’Université Concordia (août-dec. 2017). Il a réalisé plusieurs projets artistiques pour des espaces publics, dont Cinéma (Société des arts technologiques), pièce multimédia avec performance et diffusion audio en direct ainsi que projection vidéo, se déroulant à l’extérieur, pour un public assis à l’intérieur de la SAT. Parmi ses autres projets, on retrouve : En masse, performance pour 75 personnes (avec la chorégraphe Suzanne Miller, à Tangente); et Ossip, performance dansée inspirée de la poésie d’Ossip Mandelstam (co-production O Vertigo/Tangente). Andrew est commissaire-artiste à l'Endroit indiqué, un espace-vitrine au coin de Laval & Marie-anne à Montréal (www.marie-anne.ca). 


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