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Venice Biennale


Past Exhibition

"This Area is under 23 Hour Video and Audio Surveillance"

September 4, 2014 - June 30, 2015
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 4, 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Curated by Yan Wu

Presented at the Jackman Humanities Institute, 10th Floor
University of Toronto, 170 St. George Street

Visiting Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Free and Open to the Public

Featuring Kim Adams, Myfanwy Ashmore, Katie Bethune-Leamen, Diane Borsato, Shane Krepakevich and Elif Saydam, Gwen MacGregor and Lewis Nicholson, Kelly Mark, Ahmet Ögüt, Roula Partheniou, Vincent Trasov, VSVSVS, and Lee Walton.

Ahmet Ögüt, This area is under 23 hour video and audio surveillance, 2009. Ink on aluminum plate, 8 x 11 1/2 x 1/16 inches. Laumeier Sculpture Park Collection, with funds from the Mark Twain Laumeier Endowment Fund. Photo courtesy Laumeier Sculpture Park.

The title and subject of the exhibition "This Area is under 23 Hour Video and Audio Surveillance” is a play on Turkish artist Ahmet Ögüt’s site-specific intervention at Laumeier Sculpture Park (USA) in 2009. Obsessed with finding the missing hour plotted in Ögüt’s work and the possibilities it promises, the exhibition presents twelve international artists and collectives whose works carve the secluded 24th hour into the physical space and everyday reality of the Jackman Humanities Institute. Employing a myriad of divergent mediums, forms, and strategies, the artworks act as potential points of entry to modes of play by means of the games each artist devises. In particular, the artists challenge the notions of play regulated by today’s rhetoric of productivity: flexibility, distraction and greed; their works contemplate how the rules of games are constructed and how they might be destroyed: through conscious interaction, forms of application, and transgression. “This Area is under 23 Hour Video and Audio Surveillance” celebrates the power of humour, allowing the viewer to recover from the delusory happiness of ideology towards release into the lucidity of seeing things for what they are.

The project is produced by the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery (Hart House), which is financially supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.

The Jackman Humanities Institute is a fully accessible space. If you require an accommodation for a disability, please contact us to make an appropriate arrangement.


Parallel Programming

Public Events at the Jackman Humanities Institute

Opening Reception
: September 4th, 2014, 4:00 - 6:00 pm


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