Saturday, December 18, 2010

TODAY Intersection Project PERFORMANCE #4 - ST. LAWRENCE MARKET


Intersection Project
PERFORMANCE #4
TODAY
December 18th, 2010
1pm

St. Lawrence Market



Intersection Project is a spontaneous specific dance performance for 25 dancers. The 1 hour performance will occur once a month from September 2010- June 2011.

Intersection Project lead by Priscilla Guy & Kate Nankervis  aims to reinforce the presence of artists in the larger society by making them visible in urban spaces. Through pedestrian and simple movement vocabulary in city landscapes, the dance is accessible and belongs to anyone who is walking by.
Bodies become organic sculptures against urban architectures.
The performances organized by Intersection Project are opportunities for artists and audiences to meet in unexpected and unofficial settings; a reminder performance art also lives outside theatres.
Art is essential and  lives everywhere we decide to allow for it. Art reflects common needs and wants members of society share.
Intersection Project provides the art community and the population with a platform to share dialogue and debate the role and contribution of artists in the society at large.

Priscilla Guy & Kate Nankervis

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

CALL FOR ARTISTS INTERSECTION PROJECT

CALL FOR ARTISTS
INTERSECTION PROJECT 
Performance #4 - December 18th 
Performance #5 - January 22nd
dance crosses urban spaces
artists meet audiences
ideas travel between us
Dear Artists,
Thank you to everyone who participated to Performance #3 on November 13th!
Here is a 1 min video of the Performance #3, created by videographer Daniele Petrosino. The third of a series of 10 :

Check out our blog
Now, read carefully the following information regarding our next performances. Because everyone will be busy and most of us away at some point over Christmas time, we thought we would post a CALL FOR ARTISTS for both December and January performances.
PLEASE SPECIFY THE DATE OF YOUR CHOICE WHEN EMAILING TO PARTICIPATE IN INTERSECTION PROJECT. YOU ARE WELCOME TO REGISTER FOR BOTH!


...
HISTORY AND DESCRIPTION
Driven by the success of May 1st 2010 Public Performance in Toronto, organized in conjunction with Montreal artist Normand Marcy and Tangente, Laboratoire de Mouvement Contemporain, Priscilla Guy and Kate Nankervis are launching Intersection Project, an initiative that aims to highlight the presence of artists in urban landscapes. Through pedestrian and simple movement vocabulary in city landscapes, the dance is accessible and belongs to anyone who is walking by. Bodies become organic sculptures against urban architectures. 
The performances organized by Intersection Project are opportunities for artists and audiences to meet in unexpected and unofficial settings; a reminder performance art also lives outside theatres. Art is essential and it lives everywhere we decide to allow for it. Art reflects the common needs and wants members of society share. Intersection Project is an occasion to re-iterate the spontaneous and  engaging nature of art as performance emerges from urban architectures and melt with the city landscapes.
Throughout the upcoming year, Intersection Project will organize 10 monthly performances in the Toronto's downtown area, gathering dancers, actors and performers from diverse backgrounds. In the nature of spontaneity, there is no promotions or marketing for the events. We believe the recurrent aspect of the project will stimulate curiosity and interest for it. 
   
    PERFORMANCE #4 
    SATURDAY DECEMBER 18TH 
    11:45AM TO 2:30 PM 
    PERFORMANCE #5
    SATURDAY JANUARY 22ND
    11:45AM TO 2:30 PM 

We are looking for performers to participate in the fourth and fifth performances of the year!
These performances will occur on Saturday, December 18th and Saturday, January 22nd. Looking for up to 25 performers for each date. Participants must be available from 11:45am to 2:30pm at least.
**Intersection Project has applied for funding to cover artists fees. However, until the results of grants applications and confirmation with our sponsors, there will be no artist fees. As part of your registration, we will track your HOURS as PERFORMERS for each event and participating artists will be paid retroactively as we get funding results. Artists involved must be ready to participate as they believe in the project and mandate and volunteer their time in the case funding is not successful. It is important for us to pay participating artists, and we assure to you all efforts will be made to provide proper fees as the project continues. Thank you for understanding. **
Schedule of the Day for December 18th and January 22nd:
11:45am to 12:45pm-check in/rehearsal
1:00pm to 2:00pm-performance
2:00pm to 2:30pm- break/gather for reception
2:30pm to 5:30pm-reception
Performance details including the score, the arrangement, the locations for the performance and the reception will be sent ONLY TO CONFIRMED PARTICIPANTS. All locations chosen are in the downtown area (Christie to Yonge / Bloor to Queen's Quays, always accessible by bike, car and TTC) 
TO PARTICIPATE, PLEASE E-MAIL: 
THE INTERSECTION BLOG : 
We hope to see you in December and/or January!


Friday, November 26, 2010

rad - random acts of dance

rad is a toronto based dance company. You might come across them on your ride on the TTC, in the streets and in theatres. Co-Artistic Directors Liisa Murray and Julie Grant have be working together since 2007 with the goal to make dance more accessible by taking their improvised and choreographed dances outside tradition theatre settings and into the streets. Check out their website www.randomactsofdance.com

videos below



Saturday, November 13, 2010

PERFORMANCE #3 - TODAY

 

Intersection Project
PERFORMANCE #3
TODAY November 13th, 2010
1pm

Yonge and Dundas Square


PERFORMANCE #3
SATURDAY, November 13th, 2010
1 to 2pm

Intersection Project is a spontaneous specific dance performance for 25 dancers. The 1 hour performance will occur once a month from September 2010- June 2011.

Intersection Project lead by Priscilla Guy & Kate Nankervis  aims to reinforce the presence of artists in the larger society by making them visible in urban spaces. Through pedestrian and simple movement vocabulary in city landscapes, the dance is accessible and belongs to anyone who is walking by.
Bodies become organic sculptures against urban architectures.
The performances organized by Intersection Project are opportunities for artists and audiences to meet in unexpected and unofficial settings; a reminder performance art also lives outside theatres.
Art is essential and  lives everywhere we decide to allow for it. Art reflects common needs and wants members of society share.
Intersection Project provides the art community and the population with a platform to share dialogue and debate the role and contribution of artists in the society at large.

Priscilla Guy & Kate Nankervis

Friday, October 29, 2010

CALL FOR ARTISTS INTERSECTION PROJECT- Performance #3

dance crosses urban spaces
artists meet audiences
ideas travel between us

Dear Artists,
Thank you to everyone who participated to Performance #2 on October 16th!
Here is a 1 min video of the Performance #2, created by videographer Jeremy Mimnagh. The second of a series of 10 :

http://www.vimeo.com/16015413


...
HISTORY AND DESCRIPTION

Driven by the success of May 1st 2010 Public Performance in Toronto, organized in conjunction with Montreal artist Normand Marcy and Tangente, Laboratoire de Mouvement Contemporain, Priscilla Guy and Kate Nankervis are launching Intersection Project, an initiative that aims to highlight the presence of artists in urban landscapes. Through pedestrian and simple movement vocabulary in city landscapes, the dance is accessible and belongs to anyone who is walking by. Bodies become organic sculptures against urban architectures.

The performances organized by Intersection Project are opportunities for artists and audiences to meet in unexpected and unofficial settings; a reminder performance art also lives outside theatres. Art is essential and it lives everywhere we decide to allow for it. Art reflects the common needs and wants members of society share. Intersection Project is an occasion to re-iterate the spontaneous and  engaging nature of art as performance emerges from urban architectures and melt with the city landscapes.

Throughout the upcoming year, Intersection Project will organize 10 monthly performances in the Toronto's downtown area, gathering dancers, actors and performers from diverse backgrounds. In the nature of spontaneity, there is no promotions or marketing for the events. We believe the recurrent aspect of the project will stimulate curiosity and interest for it.

PERFORMANCE #3
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13TH
11:45am to 2:30pm

We are looking for performers from any artistic background to participate in this third performance of the year!
This performance will occur on Saturday, November 13th. Looking for up to 25 performers. Participants must be available from 11:45am to 2:30pm at least.
**Intersection Project has applied for funding to cover artists fees. However, until the results of grants applications and confirmation with our sponsors, there will be no artist fees. As part of your registration, we will track your HOURS as PERFORMERS for each event and participating artists will be paid retroactively as we get funding results. Artists involved must be ready to participate as they believe in the project and mandate and volunteer their time in the case funding is not successful. It is important for us to pay participating artists, and we assure to you all efforts will be made to provide proper fees as the project continues. Thank you for understanding. **

Schedule of the Day:
11:45am to 12:45pm-check in/rehearsal
1:00pm to 2:00pm-performance
2:00pm to 2:30pm- break/gather for reception
2:30pm to 5:30pm-reception

Performance details including the score, the arrangement, the locations for the performance and the reception will be sent ONLY TO CONFIRMED PARTICIPANTS. All locations chosen are in the downtown area (Christie to Yonge / Bloor to Queen's Quays, always accessible by bike, car and TTC)

TO PARTICIPATE, PLEASE E-MAIL:
intersectionproject10@gmail.com
before November 8th.

THE INTERSECTION BLOG :
http://intersectionproject10.blogspot.com/
Intersection Project provides the art community and the population with a platform to share dialogue and debate the role and contribution of artists in the society at large. The Intersection Blog addresses various issues and invite performers, audiences and the  greater population to share their thoughts on this virtual common forum.

We hope to see you on November 13th!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Intersection Project PERFORMANCE #2


Intersection Project PERFORMANCE #2 from Intersection Project on Vimeo.


Intersection Project
PERFORMANCE #2

Video by: Jeremy Mimnagh
mimnagh.ca/​

Queen's Park, Toronto Ontario
October 16th, 2010

intersectionproject10.blogspot.com

Saturday, October 16, 2010

PERFORMANCE #2 - TODAY

Intersection Project
PERFORMANCE #2

TODAY
October 16th, 2010
1pm

South of Queen's Park


PERFORMANCE #2
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16th, 2010
1 to 2pm

Intersection Project is a spontaneous specific dance performance for 25 dancers. The 1 hour performance will occur once a month from September 2010- June 2011.


Intersection Project lead by Priscilla Guy & Kate Nankervis  aims to reinforce the presence of artists in the larger society by making them visible in urban spaces. Through pedestrian and simple movement vocabulary in city landscapes, the dance is accessible and belongs to anyone who is walking by.

Bodies become organic sculptures against urban architectures.

The performances organized by Intersection Project are opportunities for artists and audiences to meet in unexpected and unofficial settings; a reminder performance art also lives outside theatres.

Art is essential and  lives everywhere we decide to allow for it. Art reflects common needs and wants members of society share.

Intersection Project provides the art community and the population with a platform to share dialogue and debate the role and contribution of artists in the society at large.


Priscilla Guy & Kate Nankervis

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Artists are workers

By Priscilla Guy
Co-Founder of Intersection Project

Art Jobs are Jobs, Too....but how do we make it clear in people's mind? In 'our' minds......?

As an artist, I wish for my work to be recognized as 'real work', as a 'real job'. I am a professional dancer, I am an artist, I am a worker. I contribute to the economic development as much as a librarian or a taxi driver. I work hard to create and teach. I perform for audiences. I get paid, I use my creative mind to solve problems and create pieces of art. I constantly train and push my knowledge. I am a worker. But Jeffrey E. Salzberg's article expresses well how sometimes the larger society and artists themselves don't even think of art jobs as 'real jobs'.
To me this is the heart of the problem: as long as artists do not feel confident about the nature and relevance of their work regarding the growth of society, it will be impossible to envision art as an essential element of everyone's everyday life. Art, or 'Culture', is a crucial element of a society's development. We need to stop thinking we have to choose between funding Education, Health or Culture, for instance. They are all important to the economic, political and social development of our societies, and the challenge should not be to choose which one of these elements is more important than the other.  Many people are trying to establish what should be a priority, although the real challenge is to find a way to support all elements that contribute to the grown of our population and make sure these elements support each other, as oppose to compete.

I think there is something simple, yet incredibly powerful we can do as individuals, or as artists, to initiate that change in the mentalities.

A few months ago, while writing a text for Fabienne Cabado's Blog (Montreal, VOIR.ca) about the voice of artists in society, I decided I would change something crucial in the way I talk and think about my art practice as a professional artist: no apologies anymore about doing what I am doing, no guilt feeling anymore about being an artist.

I decided that because I have noticed artists tend to apologize for doing what they do when comes the time to share their research and practice with other people. As if we are being lazy, and selfish, caught up in an individualistic process when making art, and we feel we have to apologize for not contributing to the evolution of our society. However, art making reflects common needs, questions and hopes members of a society share. Art making is an act of sharing, an act of communication, and when communicating an idea or a concept, we do communicate it to 'another person'. So, in the end, art making is not an individualistic activity; it is ultimately turned towards others.

I decided, for my part, that I would stop nurturing this idea that artists are self-absorbed and individualistic people; we do what we do because we believe it will find echo in other people's head. Art making finds its nature and roots in the community, not in the individual.

Some artists tend to talk about how they are 'lucky' and how they feel 'privileged' to be artists. First, I don't think artists are 'lucky'. They made a decision, at some point in their life, to concentrate their energy toward creating art that conveys their beliefs. No artist is "lucky"; luck is a random thing that happens to someone despite themselves. To be an artist is not a chance; it is a decision. Second, even if artists feel enriched by expressing themselves through their art practice and even if they are rewarded by seeing audiences enjoying their work, it is no different than a doctor who feels rewarded by seeing their patient getting better after healing them. The processes that led to a successful creative work or a successful surgery both included struggle, hard work and talent. Artists are not more 'privileged' to feel rewarded and get that inner richness from the work they do. Many workers feel rewarded from what they accomplish everyday, and still we consider them to be 'workers'.

Several artists study at a post-secondary level to acquired knowledge in their field and master their artistic discipline. They develop this knowledge and when comes the time to share it, I would not say they are 'privileged'; I would say they are workers that nurture the society from the inside by providing it with a greater understanding and practice of its cultural components.  Artists reveal sensibility, beauty, violence, courage by evocative poetic images, through their art. They bring important concerns to our minds by crafting them in their own language. Nobody gives artists the "privilege" of being artists; they decide to do so, and they work hard.

So in the end, if each of us who believe in 'Culture' and 'Art' as an essential components of a healthy society could envision art work as real work, and art jobs as real jobs, that could make a huge difference.

As artists, we could wait for everyone else to acknowledge the nature of our work, we could wait for everyone else to consider us as workers who contribute to the larger society. Or, we could simply claim it ourselves. What do you think?

Monday, September 27, 2010

Bodies in Urban Spaces








http://blogs.wsj.com/photojournal/2010/09/26/bodies-in-urban-spaces/

ANONYMOUS BODIES, BY KATYA MONTAIGNAC (MTL)

On May 1st 2010, more than 150 performers in Toronto and Montreal were involved in a simultaneous demonstration at 1pm. The Montreal version, created by artist Katya Montaignac, was adapted for Toronto by Prisiclla Guy and Kate Nankervis. Both performances were documented and footage would eventually be sent to government bodies along with a manifesto that will highlight ideas and suggestions to help increase the interaction between artists and society.

Footage from Montreal performance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7PP09Z7pB0

Toronto's Intersection Project was influenced by the May 1st performance with Recommandation63 and now moves on to establish its own structure and parameters by animating public spaces.

In the meantime, Katya Montaignac, with her piece Anonymous Bodies, continues her investigations of public spaces in Montreal. As time goes by, we hope projects like this will spread out and create a network of interactive platforms in urban centres across the country.

ANONYMOUS BODIES - Choreographic infiltration in public spaces
By Katya Montaignac

Anonymous bodies discretely invading a public space. More anonymous bodies in stillness amidst the incessant flow of city life. All following instructions from mp3 files. With choreographic pieces involving 20 to 40 dancers and conceived directly for the urban landscape, a series of surrealistic scenes starts to unfold in the mundane decor of our daily lives, like a mass movement against the tide.

http://quartiersdanses.com/2010/08/katya-montaignac-mtl-2/?lang=en

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Arts Jobs Are Jobs, Too by Jeffrey E. Salzberg

Arts Jobs Are Jobs, Too
by Jeffrey E. Salzberg

Recently, I had dinner with some lovely people and the conversation turned, as it so often does these days, to politics and economics. I mentioned the importance of arts funding, and one of my companions -- an artist herself -- said something like, "I care about arts funding, too, but jobs are more important."



Whoa.



It's time we stopped thinking of ourselves as charity cases. Arts jobs are no less important just because we make theatre (or music, or sculptures, or ballets, or....) than they would be if we sold cars or built computers -- in fact, they have even more impact, proportionally, on our local economies. The arts are huge consumers of materials, which must be manufactured and transported and, of course, artists and other employees of arts organizations buy the same groceries, clothing, automobiles, and other goods as do those in other occupations. People who attend arts events are likely to dine out before, and go to bars afterward. In the United States, more people attend professional arts events than attend professional sports. I've seen estimates that every government dollar that goes to arts funding has between six and seven dollars of economic impact.



I'm writing this in September of 2010. In 7 weeks, we'll be electing senators, members of Congress, legislators, and governors. This is a time when our elected officials -- and those who want to be our elected officials -- are most likely to listen to us. Ask...no, demand...that they tell you their positions on arts funding. You can post this note on your own Facebook profile by clicking "Share" below ("Share" also has the option of sending it as a private message), or you can post it as a link on your candidates' walls by copying the URL and pasting it either as a link or as part of a comment.



Let your message be loud and let it be clear: "Arts funding is jobs funding."

"dance like no one is watching" shares....

Sent to Intersection Project by Meagan O'Shea. O'Shea is a Toronto based dance artist, art activist and community dance facilitator.

She wanted to share her project 'dance like no one is watching' with Intersection Project and Intersection Project shares it with you.

thank you Meagan.
- Intersection Project.


'dance like no one is watching' began in response to a lack of funding - to be able to practice performing, as that is what we do. So in an ironic move, I called it 'dance like no one is watching' and began dancing to my iPod in public spaces in the summer of 2007. We were really successful in that passers-by asked who we were and what we were doing. We were searched on facebook and on my website. The ripple effect was pretty cool. By the next summer we were a sanctioned part of SummerWorks Festival. In 2009, the project had developed to be a series of improv scores (neseccary as we went from no more than 6 at a time in 2007, to a larger roster of 22 in different shifts in 2008 and then 30 in relay) for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche. This year we are doing a season of festivals and events throughout Toronto, including Pedestrian Sundays in Kensington Market, Hot Spot at Harbourfront Centre, Fringe Festival Tent, Junction Arts Festival and Queen West Arts Crawl. Although we've moved away from the chaos and guerilla stylings of 2007, we still do show up unexpectedly to start dancing - at the 4 way cross walk at Yonge and Dundas.

I was also a part of Maureen Shea's Grasshoppa Dance Exchange Hops. These hops were often at crosswalks and included performers of mixed abilities. Again what began as social intervention ended up as a featured project in Canada Dance Festival 2006.
check it out:

http://standupdance.com/new/blog/

Friday, September 17, 2010

CALL FOR ARTISTS: PERFORMANCE #2

CALL FOR ARTISTS
INTERSECTION PROJECT- Performance #2


dance crosses urban spaces
artists meet audiences
ideas travel between us

Dear Artists,

Performance #1 on September 11th was a great success! Thank you to everyone who participated and to the many artists/supporters who came to the reception after the performance. We had the great pleasure to collaborate with The OverDraught Pub, who provided us with delicious platters of food. We look forward to visiting them again in the next months!

Here is a 4 min video of the Performance #1, created by videographer Claudia H├ębert. The first of a series of 10 :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbV-PN2XBak&feature=player_embedded

We also encourage you to read the latest post on the Intersection Blog, written by Kate Nankervis :
http://intersectionproject10.blogspot.com/

***The BLOG: if you want to post comments, links, or articles on on the Blog, you will need to create an account first. Just follow the steps, it will take a few minutes and you will be able to share anything you want on our Blog for the up coming year! We hope to read your thoughts and ideas on this interactive plate form!

Now, read carefully the following information regarding our next performance...!

...
HISTORY AND DESCRIPTION

Driven by the success of May 1st 2010 Public Performance in Toronto, organized in conjunction with Montreal artist Normand Marcy and Tangente, Laboratoire de Mouvement Contemporain, Priscilla Guy and Kate Nankervis are launching Intersection Project, an initiative that aims to highlight the presence of artists in urban landscapes. Through pedestrian and simple movement vocabulary in city landscapes, the dance is accessible and belongs to anyone who is walking by. Bodies become organic sculptures against urban architectures.

The performances organized by Intersection Project are opportunities for artists and audiences to meet in unexpected and unofficial settings; a reminder performance art also lives outside theatres. Art is essential and it lives everywhere we decide to allow for it. Art reflects the common needs and wants members of society share. Intersection Project is an occasion to re-iterate the spontaneous and engaging nature of art as performance emerges from urban architectures and melt with the city landscapes.

Throughout the upcoming year, Intersection Project will organize 10 monthly performances in the Toronto's downtown area, gathering dancers, actors and performers from diverse backgrounds. In the nature of spontaneity, there is no promotions or marketing for the events. We believe the recurrent aspect of the project will stimulate curiosity and interest for it.

PERFORMANCE #2
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16TH
11:45am to 2:30pm

We are looking for performers from any artistic background to participate in this performance!
This performance will occur on Saturday, October 16th. Looking for up to 25 performers. Participants must be available from 11:45am to 2:30pm at least.

**Intersection Project has applied for funding to cover artists fees. However, until the results of grants applications and confirmation with our sponsors, there will be no artist fees. As part of your registration, we will track your HOURS as PERFORMERS for each event and participating artists will be paid retroactively as we get funding results. Artists involved must be ready to participate as they believe in the project and mandate and volunteer their time in the case funding is not successful. It is important for us to pay participating artists, and we assure to you all efforts will be made to provide proper fees as the project continues. Thank you for understanding. **

Schedule of the Day:
11:45am to 12:45pm-check in/rehearsal
1:00pm to 2:00pm-performance
2:00pm to 2:30pm- break/gather for reception
2:30pm to 5:30pm-reception

Performance details including the score, the arrangement, the locations for the performance and the reception will be sent ONLY TO CONFIRMED PARTICIPANTS. All locations chosen are in the downtown area (Christie to Yonge / Bloor to Queen's Quays, always accessible by bike, car and TTC)

TO PARTICIPATE, PLEASE E-MAIL:
intersectionproject10@gmail.com
before October 10th 2010.

THE INTERSECTION BLOG :
http://intersectionproject10.blogspot.com/
Intersection Project provides the art community and the population with a platform to share dialogue and debate the role and contribution of artists in the society at large. The Intersection Blog addresses various issues and invite performers, audiences and the greater population to share their thoughts on this virtual common forum. Prior to all performances, we will post articles/questions to initiate dialogue between performers and other followers of the Blog.

We hope to see you on October 16th!

Priscilla Guy & Kate Nankervis

Performance # 1 - Public space really?

Response from Kate Nankervis
Co-Founder of Intersection Project

Public space really?

Intersection Project's Performance #1 launched on Saturday September 11, at 1pm. 25 performers (dancers, actors, clowns, visual artists) gathered on the traffic median between Union Station and Royal York Hotel to perform the 1 hour spontaneous public performance.

Front street was buzzing with all types of people with one thing in common; they were in the same place at the same time, AND they caught a glimpse of Intersection Project. (ok, two things in common)

It was the many pedestrians who were open to engage in the work in their own special way that was so awesome for me. Some highlights were a twentysomething man and his dog who joined in a group walking section where the whole group formed a line and traced a serpent pathway the length of the median. Another man and his 2 children walked through the space at least twice. The group got a "nice bum" compliment in a tight knit group formation from a passing car. Several people took photographs, approached performers with question about the project and asked about the sidewalk chalked blog address. One lady sat for almost the full hour of performance on a cement block in front of Union Station.

The best reaction for me was actually in rehearsal when a Union Station security guard approached us, asked us if we could not practice in front of the entrance ramp. His comment was something like "what you guys are doing is really beautiful but you're blocking an important entrance ramp... but you are all really beautiful I've been watching from above." It might be a highlight for me because my biggest concern for our first performance was security. Not if the 25 performers were at risk or if our dance might pose a safety issue or risk to anyone, but in fact the security personnel who are hired to keep our "public spaces" safe. In a similar event to Intersection Project which we did last May at Union Station and Habourfront Centre, both locations which are presented to the public as being "public", but in fact were not up to having dance apart of their site. Not only were we asked to stop dancing and leave, we were also treated very dis respectively. What happened on May 1st is of the past, but from this event fueled some important question Intersection Project wanted to pose during our 10 month project.
What is a public space?
Why are we not welcomed in these "public spaces" as a mass group doing gestures and movements no different than those of the people who are walking by.... we walk, we run, we sit, we look around, we smile at each other; is it because we do it in a large group together in slow motion that we propose a threat or an uncomfortable situation?
Is seeing a crafted group movement such an unfamiliar scene that public, security personnel and institutions do not know how to respond therefore respond in a protective, assertive, may I even say aggressive manor towards a peaceful collection of bodies dancing?

What do you think? What is a public space? How do you wish for people to respond to dance or performance in public spaces?

Kate.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Intersection Project PERFORMANCE #1 - TODAY

Intersection Project
PERFORMANCE #1


TODAY
September 11th 2010
1pm

UNION STATION
meet artists at the OverDraught Pub after performance


PERFORMANCE #1
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11TH
1 to 2pm

Intersection Project is a spontaneous specific dance performance for 25 dancers. The 1 hour performance will occur once a month from September 2010- June 2011.


Intersection Project lead by Priscilla Guy & Kate Nankervis  aims to reinforce the presence of artists in the larger society by making them visible in urban spaces. Through pedestrian and simple movement vocabulary in city landscapes, the dance is accessible and belongs to anyone who is walking by.

Bodies become organic sculptures against urban architectures.

The performances organized by Intersection Project are opportunities for artists and audiences to meet in unexpected and unofficial settings; a reminder performance art also lives outside theatres.

Art is essential and  lives everywhere we decide to allow for it. Art reflects common needs and wants members of society share.

Intersection Project provides the art community and the population with a platform to share dialogue and debate the role and contribution of artists in the society at large.


Priscilla Guy & Kate Nankervis

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

DISCUSSION #1 : HOW DO YOU MAKE YOURSELF VISIBLE AS AN ARTIST?

A important question Intersection Project asks is 
how do we make ourselves visible as artists?  

We wish for audiences to meet us for our performances, projects, and events, but if they don't show, how can we connect? 

What can we do to meet the audience half way? 

Here are three projects which have used urban spaces to make their work more visible. 

If you come across more great projects please feel free to post!


IMPROV EVERYWHERE
Improv Everywhere causes scenes of chaos and joy in public places. Created in August of 2001 by Charlie Todd, Improv Everywhere has executed over 100 missions involving tens of thousands of undercover agents. The group is based in New York City.
Dancer Ziyian Kwan's final Sunday grassroots arts protest outside the Gene Cafe at the corner of Main Street and Kingsway attracted some high-profile talent.
Choreographers Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg, Laura Hicks, and Alvin Erasga-Tolentino showed up, along with several other dancers, including Caroline Farquhar and Kim Tuson.
Musician Peggy Lee and filmmaker Peg Campbell were there as well.
Sitting quietly off to the side near Lee was Kwan's proud father, L.H. Kwan.
Kwan said that next weekend, she will hold a "dance busk protest" outside the Vancouver International Airport before leaving for Regina.
There, she will perform with Robin Poitras. Later in the fall, she'll work again with Poitras, as well as with Edward Poitras and Bruce LaBruce.










HOW TOSAT TOOK OVER TORONTO'S STREET AD SPACE

ARTISTS AND ACTIVISTS PERFORM LARGE-SCALE GUERRILLA STREET ADVERTISING HACK 

from the torontoist

Check out article here:

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

CALL FOR ARTISTS INTERSECTION PROJECT - PERFORMANCE #1

CALL FOR ARTISTS
INTERSECTION PROJECT- Performance #1

Dear Artist,
Intersection Project launches this fall and we are thrilled to invite you to sign up for the first performance of the year!
...
HISTORY AND DESCRIPTION
Driven by the success of May 1st 2010 Public Performance in Toronto, organized in conjunction with Montreal artist Normand Marcy and Tangente, Laboratoire de Mouvement Contemporain, Priscilla Guy and Kate Nankervis are launching Intersection Project, an initiative that aims to highlight the presence of artists in urban landscapes. Through pedestrian and simple movement vocabulary in city landscapes, the dance is accessible and belongs to anyone who is walking by. Bodies become organic sculptures against urban architectures.

The performances organized by Intersection Project are opportunities for artists and audiences to meet in unexpected and unofficial settings; a reminder performance art also lives outside theatres. Art is essential and it lives everywhere we decide to allow for it. Art reflects the common needs and wants members of society share. Intersection Project is an occasion to re-iterate the spontaneous and engaging nature of art as performance emerges from urban architectures and melt with the city landscapes.
Throughout the upcoming year, Intersection Project will organize 10 monthly performances in the Toronto's downtown area, gathering dancers, actors and performers from diverse backgrounds. In the nature of spontaneity, there is no promotions or marketing for the events. We believe the recurrent aspect of the project will stimulate curiosity and interest for it.


PERFORMANCE #1
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11TH
11:45am to 2:30pm

We are looking for performers from any artistic background to participate in this very first performance of the year!
This performance will occur on Saturday, September 11th. Looking for up to 25 performers. Participants must be available from 11:45am to 2:30pm at least.

**Intersection Project has applied for funding to cover artists fees. However, until the results of grants applications and confirmation with our sponsors, there will be no artist fees. As part of your registration, we will track your HOURS as PERFORMERS for each event and participating artists will be paid retroactively as we get funding results. Artists involved must be ready to participate as they believe in the project and mandate and volunteer their time in the case funding is not successful. It is  important for us to pay participating artists, and we assure to you all efforts will be made to provide proper fees as the project continues. Thank you for understanding. **

Schedule of the Day:
11:45am to 12:45pm-check in/rehearsal
1:00pm to 2:00pm-performance
2:00pm to 2:30pm- break/gather for reception
2:30pm to 5:30pm-reception

Performance details including the score, the arrangement, the locations for the performance and the reception will be sent ONLY TO CONFIRMED PARTICIPANTS. All locations chosen are in the downtown area (Christie to Yonge / Bloor to Queen's Quays, always accessible by bike, car and TTC)

TO PARTICIPATE, PLEASE E-MAIL:
intersectionproject10@gmail.com
before September 6th 2010.

THE INTERSECTION BLOG :
http://intersectionproject10.blogspot.com/
Intersection Project provides the art community and the population with a platform to share dialogue and debate the role and contribution of artists in the society at large. The Intersection Blog addresses various issues and invite performers, audiences and the greater population to share their thoughts on this virtual common forum. Prior to all performances, we will post articles/questions to initiate dialogue between performers and other followers of the Blog.

We hope to see you on September 11th!

Priscilla Guy & Kate Nankervis