Xpace Cultural Centre July Exhibitions Opening Reception @ Xpace Cultural Centre, Toronto [28 July]

Xpace Cultural Centre July Exhibitions Opening Reception

19:00 - 22:00

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Xpace Cultural Centre
303 Lansdowne Avenue Unit 2, Main Floor., Toronto, Ontario M6K 2W5
Join us for the opening reception for our July exhibitions! There will be snacks, drinks and artists will be in attendance.

Main Space:
Intersections in Dance curated by Victoria Mohr-Blakeney
Artists Involved: Daria Blum, Ella Cooper, Danièle Dennis, jes sachse, Allanah Vokes.

Featuring the work of Canadian and International artists Daria Blum, Ella Cooper, Danièle Dennis, jes sachse, and Allanah Vokes. Intersections in Dance investigates dance-centered methodologies via contemporary art practices. By way of video, drawing, photography, and social media, each artist positions dance in different ways: as a culturally encoded practice, a form resistant to analysis and notation, an act of embodied self-expression, and as a vehicle of somatic repression. Intersections in Dance asks us – what does the dancing body mean? Whose body? And what can we learn from the dancing body through the lens of contemporary art?

Window Space:
Allison Burda and Cameron Gee, Fuwa Fuwa, Joie de Vivre

Fuwa Fuwa, Joie de Vivre was inspired by Allison + Cam’s travels in Japan, a place where everything has a mascot. There is a deep appreciation of these cute characterizations that embody the spirit of places & products there. When the artists first created Fuwa Fuwa it made them happy; it looked the way they want to feel all the time. With no specific gender, soft edges without much definition, myriad colours; Allison + Cam hope that Fuwa Fuwa will resonate with a wide audience.

Project Space:
Jennifer Laiwint, How to Relax

How to Relax is a multimedia project that asks what it means to experience a personal transformation in the company of other people, both real and imagined. Through a close engagement with an obscure self-help text called “How To Help Yourself and Someone You love Using Psychotechniques,” written in 1980 by the elusive Dr. Salvatore V. Didato, I examine what might transpire when self-help is brought into a relational and interpretive space. The seemingly simple, and at times absurd, step-by-step instructions cover topics such as “how to overcome fear” “how to relax” or “how to stop worrying.” These instructions or “psychotechniques” become tools to generate text, choreography and dialogue related to the transformations that the author promises to produce in anyone who subscribes to his method. What underlies this strategy of creative production is also an attempt to form a conversation around what it means to participate, to follow an instructive voice and to trust a particular position and methodology.

Event image: Allison Burda and Cameron Gee, Fuwa Fuwa, Joie de Vivre

Accessibility: Xpace’s entrance is at street level with no steps. The galleries, office and gender neutral washrooms are all located on the 1st floor. Service animals may accompany visitors at any time. Lighting and fragrance vary per exhibition/event; please contact us if you have any questions regarding these items.

Xpace Cultural Centre is a membership driven artist-run centre dedicated to providing emerging and student artists and designers with the opportunity to showcase their work in a professional setting. We program contemporary practices that respond to the interests and needs of our membership. As we program with shorter timelines this allows for us to respond to contemporary issues in theory and aesthetics, keeping an up to the minute response to what is going on directly in our community.

Xpace is supported by OCAD Student Union.

Xpace Cultural Centre sits on the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee, the Métis, and most recently, the territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. We are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land.
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