Individual points of fiction
Pam Patterson / Leena Raudvee
A Space Gallery, Friday June 8th, 2012
Giambattista Vico wrote that knowledge is a doing and, in turn, doing is an act of being. ARTIFACTS,
known for its site-specific performances, deepens its relationship with/in space in Individual Points
of Fiction. Patterson and Raudvee address the divide between, and notion of, progress as process/product
and conflate the two so that in image making and in performance, they are occupied in the doing. Here
they focus on the research component of performance and, if one can recognize artistic practice as performative,
of studio practice. They study their interrelationship, their longstanding affiliation with A Space,
and the corridor spaces at 401 Richmond. The exhibition deconstructs images from a hallway performance
at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education – a site for arts-informed and educational research
- and transposes them onsite into A Space Windows.
The performance, expanding on this, reconfigures space
as intersubjective and architectural. The physical space pixilates into discretely-timed moments. In “doing”,
ARTIFACTS accommodates and rejects, deconstructs and reassembles art’s questions as an infinite
horizon of diverse acts of autonomy.
ARTIFACTS, formed in 1983 by Pam Patterson and Leena Raudvee, produces feminist collaborative works which
combine the concerns of art and theatre; they have fused these two traditions into a unique hybridity. In
2013 Miklos Legrady was invited to join ARTIFACTS in recognition of his role as documentary photographer
whose physical presence within the performance as the public eye and silent witness takes on the role of a third
performer. While concentrating on performance, ARTIFACTS has also created video and visual exhibitions.
Research-in-process, doing-as-action define our practice. Performance works include: 606060 (2012),
Palimpsest (2011), Homage to Margaret: Cleaning and Loving It (2010), Headaches 2 (2009), In/Valid (2005), The
Voyage Out (2003) for Hysteria Festival, and Passing (2001) for 7A11D International Performance Art Festival.