In support of the exhibition YOKO ONO: THE RIVERBED, Eyeblink is a three-part monthly screening and performance series that draws inspiration from Ono’s 1960s and 1970s filmmaking.
In her written instructions for her 1970 film Fly, Ono characterizes the film as, “about a fly going from the toe to the head of a naked body, crawling very slowly.” The conflict between voyeurism and empathy play a central role in Ono’s Freedom and Fly (both 1970), where female bodies are shown in positions of prolonged discomfort, invoking a mixed response from viewers of lust, revulsion, anger, and a shared unease.
This co-presentation with Younger Than Beyoncé Gallery, Pleasure Dome and the Gardiner Museum is inspired by the underlying feelings of rage and empathy witnessed by the audience in Freedom and Fly.
In the Gardiner’s lobby, Pleasure Dome will screen Frances Leeming’s iconic The Orientation Express in an installation format. Her pop art animations are hitched to a feminist train of unending wit and corporate takedowns.
Upstairs, Younger Than Beyoncé Gallery has devised Smash The Patriarchy; a party engaging with enragement. Partygoers are encouraged to scream, shout, dance wildly and support each other’s righteous anger at the patriarchy. The party includes performances by Ronnie Clarke and Annie Wong which explore rage, empathy, and in the case of Wong’s We’re Winning So No Comment, multiple perspectives on intersectional feminism. Films by Kelsey Whyte depict the hellish discomfort of the model/actress in a dystopian photo shoot that invoke similar sensations of unease as in Ono’s films. These artworks spark outrage, but also encourage empathy and listening between different experiences and forms of oppression within feminism, and encourage conversation about how feminism has changed since Ono’s films were released in the 1970s.
Admission includes entry to YOKO ONO: THE RIVERBED.
Learn more: gardinermuseum.on.ca/event/eyeblink-smash-patriarchy