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Our Future, Our Fate, Our Fortune

A performance by Jess Dobkin
Commissioned and presented by Akimbo at Art Toronto 2017

Something magical is brewing in Akimbo’s booth at Art Toronto. You are invited to come enter the mysteries of Our Future, Our Fate, Our Fortune, a site-specific performance by artist Jess Dobkin.

Photo credit: David Hawe

Art Toronto coincides with the season of The Thinning of the Veil, a time for magic, mysteries and miracles, when connection to higher realms and communication between the material and spiritual worlds is most easily available.

Oracle Jess Dobkin, art-spirit guide, invites you to a performance art oasis within the larger art fair environment. Welcome to the marketplace flip-side where there is nothing to buy or sell; here our currency is energy, our deals are celestial, our contracts are sacred.

We are in a time of decaying systems, mass violence, rapid change, radiant activism and emerging truths. Fate, fortune and future are collective concerns, it is time to shift our forecasting from “what will happen to me?” to “what will come of us?” The portal is open. Bring your questions and consciousness. Art ancestors will be called, spells will be cast, we will behold the past and glimpse into the future to be here now.

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Location: Performances take place in the Akimbo Booth in the Publications Section.

Performance Times:
Thursday, October 26: 7pm - 10pm
Friday, October 27: 4pm - 7pm
Saturday, October 28: 2pm - 5pm
Sunday, October 29: 2pm - 5pm

Note: The performance is included with admission to Art Toronto. Click here to purchase tickets.


About the artist:

Jess Dobkin is an internationally acclaimed artist. Her performance and curatorial projects are presented at museums, galleries, theatres, universities and in public spaces internationally. She was active in the downtown performance art scene in New York City before moving to Toronto in 2002. Recent projects include her 2017 Dora-nominated performance, The Magic Hour, which was developed through The Theatre Centre Residency program with support from the Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council. She created The Artist-Run Newsstand (2015-2016), a one-year artist-run newsstand that operated in a vacant subway station newsstand kiosk. Her Lactation Station Breast Milk Bar (2006, 2012, 2016) continues to receive significant scholarly consideration and media attention. She was Guest Curator of MONOMYTHS at FADO Performance Art Centre (2016-2017), Guest Curator of Harbourfront Centre’s HATCH performing arts residency program (2011-2012) and a co-curator of the 7a-11d International Festival of Performance Art (2009-2012.) She has taught as a Sessional Lecturer at OCAD University, the University of Toronto and Sheridan College, and was a Fellow at the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto. Her photographic images, created to accompany her performances, are also published and exhibited as stand-alone works. Her film and video works are distributed by Vtape. You can follow Jess Dobkin and the performance on Instagram at @jess_dobkin

Visiting outside of Dobkin’s performance hours? Her site-specific installation will be on view during all opening hours of Art Toronto 2017 at the Akimbo booth in the Publications Section.

Art Toronto 2017 Hours & Location
Friday, October 27: 12pm – 8pm
Saturday, October 28: 12pm – 8pm
Sunday, October 29: 12pm – 6pm
Monday, October 30: 12pm – 6pm

Metro Toronto Convention Centre
North Building, Exhibit Hall A & B
255 Front Street West, Toronto

Opening Night Preview Party
Thursday, October 26, 2017: 6:30 – 10 PM

For further information about this performance, please contact Akimbo at


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