photo: Michael Ligon
Warren Quigley - Ridgeway, Canada
Human Sweat Generator, 2013
70 - Queens Park Crescent East & Wellesley Street West
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Performance and Installation
Imagine, a time when the source of cheap energy is exhausted, an end of the great machine age. On
the bed of a (tractor) trailer this float contains machines of the future, fundamental and modest in
their construction and scope. These machines are dependent on human muscle to produce electricity.
The human- generated electricity will power a multitude of devices, lighting systems, sound systems
and projection systems. There will be lit signage, broadcast sound, and projected film. The content of
the narrative will be comprised of collected quotes, emergency sirens, original compositions for trumpet,
and remembered conversations.
Borrowing from the Theatre of the Absurd, a sensible/nonsensical, but mainly truthful, narrative to
disrupt the flow of spectacle will be presented.
Warren Quigley has exhibited across Canada, USA, China, and in France, Brazil, and Japan. His current
projects include Office for Future Modification with Millie Chen at Where Where in Beijing, and Wanna
be my Survival Buddy at the Tree Museum in Ontario, the Artists Survival Guide & kit for exhibitions
at Wharf, Centre d'art contemporain de Basse-Normandie, France, Beyond/In Buffalo, Contemporary Art Institute
of Detroit, and Convenience Gallery, Toronto, and is being commissioned for new works at Artfarms in
Buffalo for 2013.
Thank you to Millie Chen and Finn Chen-Quigley