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By Dorothea Hines
Dorothea Hines completed her B.A. from the University of Toronto and College Diploma from Sheridan Institute of Technology where she specialized in fine art, art history, and performance art. Combining theory and practice, she completed an M.A. in Theory, Culture and Politics at Trent University with an emphasis on performative writing, live performance, and documentation. She is currently continuing her research (and practice) at the doctorate level in Trent’s Cultural Studies Ph.D.
Curated by Victoria Mohr-Blakeney
Presented in partnership with Public Energy
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A performance and video artist versed in prop comedy, dance and experimental theatre, Bridget Moser’s About Face engages with the physicality and humanity of everyday objects with uncanny comedic results. About Face draws on the intrinsic intelligence of the inanimate world – revealing what the objects in our lives reflect about who we are and the world we’ve created.
In Bridget Moser’s new performance work About Face, Moser interacts with a coat rack, arm chair cover, TV, small plastic stick, and a 3-D printed replica of her own face, all the while sporting club wear covered in Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night. Moser describes the objects that feature in her performances as “perfectly balanced between a kind of magic and stupidity” adding “there’s so much good ground in between those two places to work with”.
About Face shifts between fragmented segments, combining conversation, movement, and at times music, leaving gaps for audiences to draw their own conclusions. About Face reveals the absurdity of the everyday, while responding to Moser’s ongoing question of “how to deal with being alive.” Bending logic and humour, Moser gives us a glimpse into what our lives could be if we could let go of everything we thought we knew about how the world works.
Bridget Moser is a Toronto-based performance and video artist whose work is suspended between prop comedy, experimental theatre, performance art, absurd literature, existential anxiety and intuitive dance. She has presented work in venues across Canada, including La Centrale, Montreal; VIVO Media Arts Centre, Vancouver; Video Pool, Winnipeg; the Art Gallery of Ontario, Gallery TPW, and Mercer Union, Toronto; The National Arts Centre and Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa; Owens Art Gallery, Sackville; and Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery, Halifax. She has presented projects throughout the US and Europe, and has been a resident artist at The Banff Centre and at Fondazione Antonio Ratti in Como, Italy. Her work has been featured in Canadian Art, C Magazine and a recent publication by Mousse Magazine.
Victoria Mohr-Blakeney is an independent curator and writer with a focus on contemporary dance and performance. She has curated/co-curated visual art and performance exhibitions in gallery, theatre, and site-specific settings for Peterborough Artsweek, Harbourfront Centre, George Brown School of Design, CB Gallery, Scotiabank Studio Theatre, Edward Day Gallery, Nuit Blanche and the Art Gallery of Ontario Frist Thursday series. Mohr-Blakeney holds a Master of Fine Arts in Criticism and Curatorial Practice from OCAD University. Her writing is published in Kapsula Magazine, The Toronto Standard, and the Literary Review of Canada. She is the recipient of the 2015 President's Medal in Criticism and Curatorial Practice from OCAD University. Mohr-Blakeney is currently Writer in Residence at C Magazine.