416-788-9663, 2012. Photography by Steve Payne
Geoffrey Pugen - Toronto, Canada
51 - Toronto City Hall Project underground parking garage
100 Queen Street West
(Ramp at Chestnut Street and Armoury Street)
[ selected photographs ] [ video ]
416-788-9663 is a choreographed performance and installation piece, which explores the phenomenology
of underground dance culture, escapism and consumption. The work transforms a secret location by re-enacting
a subversive Toronto dance party scene from 1994. The project asks the spectator to consider their position
by trying to locate it, and then by viewing it by walking around the theatrical event. The scene captures
a deeply bizarre and uncanny era when hundreds of suburban kids crammed together to share ecstatic adventures.
Artist Biography: With theatrical absurdity, the artist explores relationships between real and staged
performance, the natural and artificial, actual and virtual identities through manipulating images. Pugen
renders situations that examine our perceptions of how history, documentation, and simulation intersect.
Pugen's videos and art have been exhibited internationally and published in Artforum and Adbusters. The
artist is the co-creator of The Tie – Break, a re-enactment of the legendary Wimbledon Finals between
John McEnroe and Björn Borg.
With assistance from Robert Buckingham, The Cloutier Family,
Beverly and Jack Creed, Eric Collins and Public Access