Passage to the Kingdom, 2012
Queen St. West Business Improvement Area (BIA)
Theo Pelmus - Ottawa, Canada
Ulysses Castellanos - Toronto, Canada
Passage to the Kingdom
102 - Queen Street West & Soho Street
Passage to The Kingdom is a new media performance/installation involving gold leaf, masks, edible
sculptures made from gelato, Baroque music, and horror film soundtracks to mimic rites of passage found
in many of the world’s religions.
Passage to The Kingdom plays with the concept of an afterlife: what would the other side look like; will
we experience that world as we experience ours now? It comprises a series of “stations” participants
are taken through with the artists as guides. It features a sensorial passageway as an allegory for entering
Pelmus and Castellanos are dressed in white and play the roles of Televangelist and Ashram Guru respectively.
The two “guides” direct the public through the different stations, culminating in the gifting
of a diploma commemorating participants' crossing of the “Passageway."
Ulysses Castellanos explores how popular culture defines identity.
Theo Pelmus is a performance artist.