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A different kind of art market at AGO First Thursdays

December 19th, 2013

Djemaa El Fna marketplace, Marrakesh, at sunset. Photo by Michal Osmenda.

Jemaa el-Fnaa marketplace, Marrakesh, at sunset. Photo by Michal Osmenda.

For AGO First Thursdays on Jan. 2, 2014, we’re partnering with the people behind the popular Long Winter event series for a night of creative and art-filled programming. In addition to music from Snowblink and Doomsquad, food, drinks and friends, guests will have a lot to explore. Read on for details.

Three of Canada’s most thoughtful and provocative artists and performers Shary Boyle, Vanessa Dunn, Petra Collins and Aminah Sheikh participate in a discussion panel on feminism’s role in art, entitled “21st-Century Art: Why Feminism Still (Really) Matters.” The no-holds-barred conversation will give insight on their artistic practices and politics and what feminism means for art today. Presented by After School and Hazlitt.


    Paul Kneale presents a small-scale replica of his U.K. studio. Located on the 5th floor, the installation will allow viewers gain insight on the life of this Canadian-born, international artist. As Kneale works in his studio, guests will gain insight on the artist’s process, chat with his friends from around the world via Skype feed, and collaborate with him in the making of a work.

    Toronto multimedia art collective Tough Guy Mountain (TGM) reflects on the hierarchy of business with their participatory installation piece. Visitors are invited to collaborate with the artists and their interns inside an artificial office space, branded Creative Panopticon™. TGM promises to surprise and delight guests looking to actualize their role as a collaborative artist in the TGM chain of command.

    The Dangling Participle (a four-member Toronto artist group comprised of Kate Young, Dan Thornhill, Cell Memory and Processor) experiments with music, video and the element of interactivity with their video portrait installation. Accompanied by a live soundtrack by a local band, the installation invites guests to record their reactions to the installation at various interactive video booths found in the space. The accumulating video portraits will populate the video projections on the surrounding walls all night long.

    Megan Rooney’s atmospheric sound installation will engulf party-goers in a rosey haze all night long in the Henry Moore Sculpture Centre. The immersive experience features an audio element, inviting guests to download and listen to a special soundtrack on their personal devices as they move through the space illuminated in neon pink.

    Known for his absurdist, comedic performances, Toronto artist Henri Fabergé invites guests to explore the ins and outs of the AGO with him. This participatory performance piece will have party-goers lost in the moment with Fabergé as he plays an uninformed gallery guide.

    Toronto musician/performance artist Isla Craig will rove through the galleries singing with a pre-recorded choral accompaniment for a one-of-a-kind performance piece all night long.

The crew will be turning the First Thursdays experience upside down, transforming Walker Court into Bazaar Bazaar, an artist bazaar with its very own currency, where you can participate in creative exchanges with more than 20 artists selling artworks and multiples:

Hope to see you there! Tickets are available online at Space is limited so please book in advance to avoid disappointment.

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