Saturday, February 29th 2020, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. @ Studio 303 — FREE
Studio 303’s curator-in-residence for 2019-20, Aaron Pollard, will present an evening tracing the history of a queer body politic over 30 years of Studio 303 programming. Working with 303’s archives, the invaluable support of archivist intern, Abigail Stushnoff, and the lived experience of staff members and artists in the community, this event aims to bring to life and to light the ephemera of Studio 303’s past.
The evening will include video installations with archival footage of Montreal’s queer performance scene, as well as interviews with artists of different generations. It will be a space to kick off your boots, get cozy, and immerse oneself in a rich and playful visual and oral history.
There will be beer, a whisky ginger cocktail, juice, popcorn, and samosas for sale!
Aaron Pollard is an interdisciplinary artist, cultural worker and educator living in Montreal. Under the moniker of 2boys.tv and in collaboration with Stephen Lawson, Pollard has presented performances, installations and single-channel videos to audiences in Montreal, across Canada and internationally. He possesses decades of experience making art and teaching creative processes in correlation to video production, sound, music, projection, installation and performance. He has engaged periodically in curatorial work, having developed programming for Image+Nation film festival in the 1990s and through his contributions to OBORO’s programming as Head of Research for their multimedia sector. He has written essays for exhibitions by Allison Moore and Eman Haram and has published articles and reviews in Parachute, P-Form, The Canadian Theatre Review and Performance Research.
Abi Stushnoff is a transdisciplinary artist with a spectrum of interests including puppetry, analog and digital technologies, somatic dance practices, cyborg theatrics, still and moving image making, among other things. She graduated from Humber College’s Theatre Performance Program in 2018. During her time in Toronto, she developed Out of the Shadows, an original play which was performed in the 2017 Paprika Festival (Toronto). Abi is also a filmmaker with her first short film, Orange You Glad, premiering at the Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival (2018). Abi currently studies at Concordia University, undertaking a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a double major in Intermedia CyberArts and Design for the Theatre. She is currently the performance archive intern for Studio 303’s curator-in-residence Aaron Pollard (2boys.tv) and assistant director for Cathia Pagotto’s latest devised production Marić at the Lake which premiers in March 2020 at Concordia University’s D.B. Clarke Theatre.
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