a canary torsi

Performance | Portrait

July 14-31
Wednesdays – Saturdays 12:00pm – 6:00pm 
L/A Arts Gallery, 221 Lisbon St.
Showtime every 20 minutes

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a canary torsi’s collaborative project, Performance | Portrait (2016), is an interactive video installation that invites audience members, one at a time, to an encounter with a performer who is projected, life-sized, in the gallery. Using a Kinect2 sensor, the live action is that of the audience – whose presence and interaction effects playback of the recorded image. In a time where live and virtual space are collapsing, the search for an intimate connection to performance is at the core of Performance | Portrait.

Audience members will engage with the work one at a time. Each ticket is for a 20-minute time slot.

Original concept by Yanira Castro

Created by Yanira Castro, Kathy Couch, Stephan Moore, Julie Wyman

Performed by Anna Azrieli, Leslie Cuyjet, Peter B. Schmitz, David Thomson

a canary torsi is a Bessie-award-winning, interdisciplinary group of artists formed by Puerto Rican artist Yanira Castro. Largely rooted in performance, their work examines the encounter between spectator and event and investigates questions related to public convergence, the nature of proximity and space, as well as the cultural, social, historical, and personal dynamics that influence how meaning is formed and how power is structured. Ranging from immersive performance environments to responsive video installations and online archives, a canary torsi develops scenarios where the work is built as a communal act. www.acanarytorsi.org

“an experience to be seduced by, to breathe with” – Eva Yaa Asantewaa, InfiniteBody

“Castro is calling into question the gaze, audience expectation, the interplay before performer and crowd, and performer expectation…” – This Week in New York

Funded in part by the Expeditions program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the six New England state arts agencies.

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