Sanded Steps, Standing Over Stones (2017-18)
       
     
       
     
 Images respectively from the live art event Walking, Resting, Place-making (2018), curated by Victoria Stanton, in Montreal, Canada. The performers were Julie Laurin, Frédérique Blanchard, and Nick Yeretsian. Photographs and video by Victoria Stanton, Ed Pien, and Rojin Shafiei.
       
     
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 Texts found from the 'political left', intellectuals from the 1960's (especially May '68 generation) to present, such as Occupy in 2008, are read out by audiences. Texts included Marcuse, Horkheimer, Adorno, Fanon, Meinhoff, Badiou, and Malik, amongst others; and audiences were asked to read such texts aloud.
       
     
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 The work as it appeared in the exhibition Embodied Cartographies (2017), in Bath, UK, curated by Fay Stevens, Bath. Performers Lydia Halcrow, Doug Clark, Jessica Shephard. Photographs by Ryan Wynn.
       
     
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Sanded Steps, Standing Over Stones (2017-18)
       
     
Sanded Steps, Standing Over Stones (2017-18)

Live art event, sand, brooms, papers with printed text.

This work happens in the following way. Four people stand apart and over an area of sand spread over the floor of a public space. In plain view, they gently sweep the sand. Over a few hours each of these four people step from one end of the sand to another. Each slowly sweeps away footprints left from the other. Sometimes one person stops walking. Another walks over, moving them on. 'Move on' another suddenly cries, 'nothing to see!' Another cries 'Under the stones is the beach!' These and other statements are abruptly said, echoing public demonstrations from 1968 to present day. Either way the work goes on, sweeping, stepping, stopping, then walking or pacing again, and so forth… until all the sand is swept across the floor. The collective action becomes traceless. Metaphors of change, work, and everyday life are symbolically cleared. Texts found from the 'political left', intellectuals from the 1960's (especially May '68 generation) to present, such as Occupy in 2008, are read out by audiences. Texts included Marcuse, Horkheimer, Adorno, Fanon, Meinhoff, Badiou, and Malik, amongst others; and audiences were asked to such texts aloud (see video below).

       
     
Sanded Steps, Standing Over Stones

This video documents the work presented live at McGill University, on March 24th, 2018. The work took place under the project Resting, Walking, Place Making, by Victoria Stanton.

 Images respectively from the live art event Walking, Resting, Place-making (2018), curated by Victoria Stanton, in Montreal, Canada. The performers were Julie Laurin, Frédérique Blanchard, and Nick Yeretsian. Photographs and video by Victoria Stanton, Ed Pien, and Rojin Shafiei.
       
     

Images respectively from the live art event Walking, Resting, Place-making (2018), curated by Victoria Stanton, in Montreal, Canada. The performers were Julie Laurin, Frédérique Blanchard, and Nick Yeretsian. Photographs and video by Victoria Stanton, Ed Pien, and Rojin Shafiei.

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 Texts found from the 'political left', intellectuals from the 1960's (especially May '68 generation) to present, such as Occupy in 2008, are read out by audiences. Texts included Marcuse, Horkheimer, Adorno, Fanon, Meinhoff, Badiou, and Malik, amongst others; and audiences were asked to read such texts aloud.
       
     

Texts found from the 'political left', intellectuals from the 1960's (especially May '68 generation) to present, such as Occupy in 2008, are read out by audiences. Texts included Marcuse, Horkheimer, Adorno, Fanon, Meinhoff, Badiou, and Malik, amongst others; and audiences were asked to read such texts aloud.

sanded steps_Montreal2018_12b.jpg
       
     
sanded steps_Montreal2018_3.jpg
       
     
 The work as it appeared in the exhibition Embodied Cartographies (2017), in Bath, UK, curated by Fay Stevens, Bath. Performers Lydia Halcrow, Doug Clark, Jessica Shephard. Photographs by Ryan Wynn.
       
     

The work as it appeared in the exhibition Embodied Cartographies (2017), in Bath, UK, curated by Fay Stevens, Bath. Performers Lydia Halcrow, Doug Clark, Jessica Shephard. Photographs by Ryan Wynn.

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