© Caspian Alavi-Flint
lectures on flesh and death
Francis Marion Moseley Wilson (fmmw) (Oberlin, USA, Glasgow, UK)
March 24, 7 p.m.
Performance Art Series
The search for who we are is often fuelled by a need to find a place where we belong. The notion of place in Canada in 2017 will be significant. Narratives particular to belonging and to social cohesion will be critical. Taking Place is a performance art series conceived as a means to group together eight significant performance artists from around the globe under one roof precisely at a time when the notion of place becomes especially relevant. Place as address, as geography, as territorial attachment. Community. Taking Place was also conceived as a means to reference civil rights and liberation movements, of inclusiveness. Taking one’s place at a time when the notion of equity is equally as climacteric. Intersection, social identity and indefinite borders.
Inspired by humanity’s fear of death and taking action against society’s notions of purity, lectures on flesh and death (l.o.fad) arose from American artist Francis Marion Mosely Wilson (fmmw) personal research. Commencing her performance with two intact dead animals, the artist skins, deconstructs and reconstructs them using traditional taxidermy techniques and pieces from children’s toys, “resurrecting” the resulting hybrids as art objects, specimens, or trophies. Accompanying the action is a monologue and soundtrack blending post-humanist literature, children’s tales and the artist’s testimonies on encounters with death and death rituals.
A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory and Brunel University, fmmw employs taxidermy and performance as hands-on cultural critique to explore how our society seeks to sanitize and undo the evidence of death. She spent four years working under a taxidermist in rural Ohio, and has performed locally and internationally.
Performance : March 24
20 $ Taking Place performance rate
60 $ Taking Place Passport: Illimited access to all 8 performances