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CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS


The House of the Unexpected: Direct Speech Acts

A project with Karen Mirza and Brad Butler
September 12 - October 14, 2012

Co-presented by SAVAC and Blackwood Gallery

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This is a unique opportunity to gather a group of artists, activists, community workers and students in Mississauga to investigate a range of questions around race, class, gender, language and the law with relation to the revolutionary processes and large-scale protests taking place around the world.

Karen Mirza and Brad Butler are London (UK) -based artists/filmmakers who have worked together since 1998. Starting in 2007, they have pursued a strain of practice entitled The Museum of Non Participation, a collaborative collection of gestures, speech acts and audio-visual work which have been created and presented in Pakistan, Egypt, Germany and the UK. For more information, visit: http://www.mirza-butler.net

The House of the Unexpected: Direct Speech Acts extends Mirza and Butler's The Museum of Non Participation project to the Blackwood Gallery in Mississauga. SAVAC and the Blackwood Gallery invite participants to join the 'Direct Speech Acts' workshop, which aims to build a community with links into local networks. This group will function as a discursive/study group throughout and beyond the projects articulation in Mississauga and Toronto.

Mirza and Butler will be in residence at the Blackwood Gallery from the beginning of September to mid-October. During this period, participants will be required to attend four workshops (dates and times to negotiated by the group) as well as participate in a 48-hour intensive seminar. The public outcome of this working group will be determined by participants over the course of the workshops.



HOW TO APPLY
*Applications are open to anyone.

Please submit:

1. A brief biography
2. A one-page statement of interest describing your involvement in political and community activism and/or the arts. Please highlight ideas you would like to have addressed as part of the project.

Email applications to Sharlene Bamboat, Programming Coordinator at SAVAC: sharlene@savac.net.

Deadline: August 16, 2012

*Registration will be limited to 10 individuals.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Ambereen Siddiqui or Sharlene Bamboat at 416-542-1661.



If you would like to know more about Mirza and Butler's practice, please visit:

Direct Speech Acts
http://www.mirza-butler.net/index.php?/project/direct-speech-acts/

Images I wish I had filmed but couldn't

http://www.mirza-butler.net/index.php?/project/images-i-wish-i-had-filmed-but-couldnt/2/

Hold Your Ground

http://www.mirza-butler.net/index.php?/project/hold-your-ground/



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SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre)
401 Richmond St. W., Suite 450
Toronto ON M5V 3A8
416-542-1661
www.savac.net

Blackwood Gallery

University of Toronto Mississauga
3359 Mississauga Rd. N.
Mississauga, ON L5L 1C6
905.828.3789
www.blackwoodgallery.ca