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Kirtan Collective Event, 2012, Photography by Joe Le


Kirtan Collective Toronto, Canada

Eva Kevalam: Shifting Time and Space 2012
Sound Installation & Participatory Performance

69 - 2 Queen Street East

[ selected photographs ]  [ video ]

The public will be invited to become an integral part of this multimedia performance by clapping, dancing, drumming and using their bodies as instruments. The practice of kirtan, which dates back over 500 years to the South Asian subcontinent, uses sounds, instruments and mantras to induce profound sensory experiences. Kirtan requires the public‘s spontaneous participation otherwise it remains only partially realized.

The performance will combine kirtan with contemporary media art to create a hybrid event that bridges Eastern performance methodologies with contemporary Western art. The performance will act as medium to temporarily situate or transport Nuit Blanche participants from the streets of downtown Toronto to a time when the power of sound alone brought people together.

The installation will incorporate two video projections: one from a heart rate monitor affixed to the lead performer, the second feeding from a thermal camera to display participants in real-time. As the tempo fluctuates, the projections change.

Artist Biography: Established in 2008, the Kirtan Collective consists of four principal members; Susan Edelstein (Writer, Director/Curator – ArtLab Gallery, UWO), Keshava Sharma (Cultural Worker/ Visual Arts Marketing) , Hina Suresh (Visual Artist), Shyama Mohini Dasi (Cultural Worker/Musician).

The collective shares a commitment to non-hierarchical organizational structure, skill sharing, and fostering a critical awareness of culture and the possibilities for social and spiritual change through music (kirtan) and performance art.

To serve these interests, the collective has focused on non-traditional forums for artistic activity. Rather than working with a gallery in a fixed location and within a protected artistic milieu, the collective has worked on a series of projects aimed at opening up and/or reclaiming portions of the public sphere through the medium of kirtan.


Toronto Culture / Soctiabank