Words provided by Jeremy Todd
Photography by Alisha Weng
This was the 21st NOT SENT LETTERS & GUESTS. Each event forms public constellations of engaged interdisciplinary practice, unmediated by the realpolitik conditions of contemporary art as a competitive professional sphere. The interrelatedness of art, society and everyday life is critically explored amongst a diverse plurality of artists and publics. Jeremy Todd instigates each event as an extension of his ongoing Not Sent Letters project, an entanglement with the production of meaning, self and cultural memory, involving image/text epistolary detours online (since 2005), digital shorts, interdisciplinary performance works and cooperatively realized public events: Not Sent Letters Project
interdisciplinary works by
BON DOS & RUBY WANG
DAMLA TAMER & JEREMY TODD
not sent letters set by
JEREMY TODD w/ BEN WILSON
BON DOS, an interdisciplinary artist celebrating the bizarrely experimental and narrative potential, collaborates with RUBY WANG, a visual artist interested in food eroticism, to explore compulsive consumption as fetish within media. Wang and Dos will “cook” for the duration of this new work, deploying their bodies, kitchen utensils, food and a projected found-footage montage.
NIKOLAI GAUER, a Vancouver-based artist and musician, returns to NSL&G to play with narrative voice, writing and modes of textual delivery within a new work entitled Attempt Something.
HEIDI MAY, an interdisciplinary artist-researcher-teacher working out of Georgia, US and Vancouver, CA, continues her examination of networks, self, learning, and media culture with this return to NSL&G, contributing a reflexive remix from her Postself project (involving experimental video, digital media and writing since 2010).
DAMLA TAMER & JEREMY TODD, two Vancouver-based interdisciplinary artists, continue their serialized, public experiment with correspondence, time, friendship and a seemingly ephemeral private sphere. Reduction, elaboration, mis- and over-interpretation become discursive strategies within an accumulative exchange and accounting of images and text. This will be the second presentation at NSL&G to result from their collaboration.
SARAH SHEARD, an author and video-poet whose recent fourth novel, Krank, brought Bertolt Brecht back to life during the Toronto G20 riots, returns to NSL&G to screen The Bed. Last winter, Sheard inherited her father’s heavy, ancestral, 160-year-old bed. Sleeping in it, she started to feel an almost erotic proximity to various ghostly loved ones. They’d made love, given birth and died in this bed and were now nudging her and whispering stories into her ear.
ALISHA WENG, a Vancouver-based artist and photographer, contributes to NSL&G for the first time, considering the context and ethos of the project in relation to investigations of female identity.
JEREMY TODD presents a new NOT SENT LETTERS SET featuring live scoring by BEN WILSON, digital projection and letters to Interviewing The Audience, Sonia Manzano, and Me In A Few Days Or So, selected and read from the project archive.
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Please email Jeremy Todd to host or contribute to a future Not Sent Letters & Guests event: firstname.lastname@example.org