Re: March 27 website photo - "Calm Before Battle" - "Nuit Blance"
- Trinity-Bellwoods Park (Queen Street West and Strachan Avenue).
"This experimental installation and performance work focused on some
of the complex issues surrounding mental health from a historical as
well as contemporary perspective. The work explored the historical
relationships between architecture, landscape and outsider humanity as
a quarantined legitimized hub of radical nonconformity in a
conformist society, and where in fact, it is the general public that
Sixty-eight pup tents in reference to the Patient's Right Act, Bill
68 - Brian's Law, occupied the grounds, each containing artifacts and
memorabilia to tell the story of a former patient or a figure known
for their struggles with madness. Entering the tents, visitors found
intimacy with these stories in an environment imbued with a haunting
quality reminiscent of ancient ruins. The artist also identified
three subsequent areas of epiphany where sudden manifestations, as in
a Dada-esque cabaret of Happenings took place, soliciting
contemplation, if not rupture of place and memory."
" Too much Artsy, not enough Fartsy! "