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Re: March 27 website photo - "Calm Before Battle" - "Nuit Blance"

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  • John Harris
    Trinity-Bellwoods Park (Queen Street West and Strachan Avenue). This experimental installation and performance work focused on some of the complex issues
    Message 1 of 8 , Mar 28 2:45 PM
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      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
      is marginalized.
      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! "
      -Homer Simson
      8^)
      John Harris
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