Laura McCoy and Rebecca La Marre at AKA
Curated by Lucas Regazzi
billboard September/October, 2021
digital through 2021
Wiggle Script is a participatory new media project by Laura McCoy, curated by Lucas Regazzi. The project will evolve in stages; currently it’s a call for video submissions, accompanied by a billboard at AKA Artist-Run. The billboard highlights McCoy’s liberated approach to drawing; oozes and marks make a visceral visual language, toggling access and play.
In the call, the artist provides short prompts for movement, termed “wiggle scripts”, meant to elicit some kind of catharsis or relief or joy in its participants. There are four to choose from, each with their own set of instructions.
1. A POSE AND SOME MOVES LIKE A CHAMPION OR GODDESS.
The right knee bends and the toe points. Your shoulders take turns lifting and releasing while your hands flip and your head rolls.
2. LIKE A POP IN THE HOLE, TO THE HOLE.
Make two onion shapes: one with your legs and one with your arms, one on top of the other. For two beats hold this pose, then switch to quick punches directly into the bottom onion.
3. FOLLOW THE ARM IT KNOWS WHAT’S BEST.
Keep your left arm cradled in front of your stomach while your right arm swings around the body a little too fast, cutting through the air in the front and then the back, over and over, with the hips moving to the right each time the arm retreats.
4. ACKNOWLEDGE THE SKY.
Move as though you are a tree trying to talk to god. Cross your legs and keep them crossed for the wiggle’s duration.
With a phone camera, record yourself wiggling to a script of your liking, and submit it for use in a forthcoming digital collage about connection, grief and ritual on the Internet. Visit wigglescript.akaartistrun.com for more information.
Laura McCoy (b. 1981) lives and works in Toronto. Her practice spans a variety of media including painting, drawing, sculpture, and performance. McCoy has exhibited work in both Canada and the United States since 2010; recent exhibitions include the Toronto Biennial of Art (2019) and Calaboose, Montreal (2019). McCoy holds a BFA in Sculpture and Installation from OCADU.
Lucas Regazzi (b. 1995) lives and works in Brooklyn. All of his practices seek to loosen the strictures of procedure and language. He recently co-founded april april, a platform for emerging art and poetry housed within an apartment gallery. Recent exhibitions include Afternoon Projects, Vancouver (2020); In-Residence, Toronto (2020); and Zona Maco, Mexico City (2020).
Apophony Press and performance When the Pot Breaks the Potter Laughs
Rebecca La Marre
performance Nuit Blanche Saskatoon, September 25, 2021
digital project throughout November and December
Apophony Press, a digital project in development by Rebecca LaMarre, launches in November. A platform for publications made by artists, publication formats include printed books and journals, audiobooks, digital publications, and ceramics that act as surfaces and tools for writing.
Rejected wares are expected in ceramics. In a year of making, many pieces will end up in the “ware graveyard.” Potters around the world have traditions of smashing failed pieces to make room for new work. In this spirit, AKA and Nuit Blanche will host a “Smash or Save” sale with artist Rebecca La Marre. Her rejected wares will be posted online, where you can vote on which items should be saved, and which should be smashed in a performance. 50% of the proceeds will be donated to OUTSaskatoon’s Pride Home, to support youth that need safe haven away from their biological families.
Rebecca La Marre is a queer Canadian artist with a writing, research and performance practice. She uses clay and text to give form to questions about what it means to be a person in the world, and how ideological structures, language and ritual shape experience. Her work is exhibited and published internationally. Venues include the Serpentine Gallery, MOMA PS1, and the Darling Foundry. Her writing has been published widely in journals and periodicals, with a forthcoming piece in The Happy Hypocrite this year. She is an emeritus commissioning editor for E.R.O.S. Journal.
AKA is an artist-run centre operating on Treaty Six Land that encompasses the traditional homeland of numerous First Nations, including Cree, Dene, Plains Cree, Nakota, Saulteaux, and Ojibwe, and the homeland of the Métis Nation.
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