in the event that art occurs
Sound Compositions, Audio Tour & Digital Video, July-August 2014
A Record of Events, Harcourt House, Edmonton, Alberta
In an age of dynamic perspectivism and relative truths, it is increasingly important that one properly prepares oneself to navigate the polysemy of an ambiguous existence. Such an opportunity can be found In the Event that Art Occurs. Throw your opinions and ideas out the window and let this interpretive guide do the thinking for you! In the Event that Art Occurs is a dynamic coding tool that works to subsume the singularities of any given artistic event — those points of indeterminacy that might actually cause a shock to thought — to pre-established interpretive drives and habits of mind. In the Event that Art Occurs will hold your hand tenderly as you travel through an art gallery opening in four Movements, all the while patting you on the back for your ability to correlate your experience to always-already representations of the world as is. Sit back, turn off that brain, and let the guide do the thinking for you.
In the Event that Art Occurs unfolded in two parts as part of the exhibition A Record of Events, curated by Jesse Sherburne. The first part of the project included a series of four fabulated audio tours that visitors could use to navigate the "art opening": Movement 1 was conducted by 'The National Centre for Atmospheric Art Research'; Movement 2 offered a sonic interpretation of the art opening; Movement 3 focused on the art opening as monument; and Movement 4 featured a rhetorical tour founded in the absurdity of 'art speak'.
The second part of the project featured a video installation of collected images of visitors interacting with the audio tours, along with the audio from the tours themselves (see below).
Special thank you to Catlin W. Kuzyk (voice and production) and Colin Waugh (video documentation)