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Visible Art Activity (John Dumett, Kirsten Forkert)
From April 23rd 2004 to May 29th 2004
Blindspot

"Blindspot" is a critical space in which to question and consider what happens when we stray into places or situations that have no obvious function, location or duration. In a situation without obvious purpose, what do we do and how do we make sense of it? Do we fall back on expectations for what we think should be happening, using what we already know to provide structure, context and purpose?

Cities are organized around a purpose, whether it is to provide access to services or easy movement of people and goods. This deliberate structure manages how we respond to, imagine and use the city. blindspot sidesteps this deliberateness through apparent purposelessness.

We started off wanting to pick locations and then provide directions on how to get there (to meet people there) but we decided we didn’t want to provide alternative ‘maps’ or narratives of the city, or to represent them in a pictorial sense. We also didn’t want to be in the position of having to ‘educate’ or explain, to provide the ‘content’ or answers to questions (according to conventional artist/audience relationships, and, by analogy, other social heirarchies), and so our decision to write this text was to bring people to the same place or similar position that we have in the work. It’s about what we do and say to each other, not the site, nor specifically this city, nor is it about you as audience, nor us as artists.

You can meet with us at 1pm, at the gallery on the following days :
Wednesday, April 28
Friday, April 30
Saturday, May 1
Wednesday, May 5
The blind spot is us.

Working under the name otiose, John Dummett has been active in installation and performance art internationally since 1997, most recently at Mountain Standard Time, Calgary and Factor 44, Antwerp, Belgium.

Kirsten Forkert is a Vancouver-based artist, teacher, activist and occasional art writer. Her practice is inspired by the possibility of ideas of community outside definitions offered by the rhetoric of official culture and/or market. Recent projects have taken the form of walks with groups of people — in which decisions of where to go are made collectively — and activities performed with individuals that draw attention to the politics of how we experience time.