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If I were The Apocalypse
Martin O’Brien (Londres, R.-U.)
March 24, 9 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.
If it were the apocalypse, I’d eat you to stay alive. I wouldn’t think twice. I’m the predator, you’re the prey. It’s survival of the sickest! If it were the zombie apocalypse, only the infected could survive. You’d always be hunted unless you give in. Surrender, become a flesh eater too. Only the sick will survive!
U.K. performance artist Martin O’Brien examines the nature of fear surrounding bodies and death. With his performance If It Were The Apocalypse… he probes our deeply rooted fear of death, reminding us that we are all potential prey.
O’Brien suffers from cystic fibrosis, and his practice employs physical endurance, hardship and pain-based practices to challenge common representations of illness and examine what it means to live with a life-threatening disease. His work is a celebration of his body, sufferance in the service of survival.
Performance : March 24
20 $ per Taking Place performance
60 $ Taking Place Passport: Illimited access to all 8 performances