Events > Performance

01 Jun. 2005

Distance Learning, an evening of video and performance

Michelle Kasprzak and Amos Latteier
Zak Margolis
7 pm - 9 pm

In the evening of Wednesday June 1st, Art Metropole is please to host an evening of performance and video that explores the boundaries of technology, education and fantasy.

Amos Latteier delivers a slide lecture performance, Moedl Notes, that explores the idea of “models”, from fashion models, to the Copernican model, to model citizens, to the Domino theory, to Wild West shows, to the Marshal plan, to urban planning, to feng shui. While the performance takes the form of a business presentation, the content chafes against the form of the lecture, producing a simultaneously philosophic and humorous interdisciplinary performance.

Noted Canadian artist and technologist Michelle Kasprzak delivers a telematic lecture live from Montreal using a computer-mediated court reporter’s Stenomask. She delivers Lecture Machine, a talk on the relationship between speech and text; the quest for an insertion of humanity, in the form of the voice, into our relationship with technology; and the endless tasks of learning and interpretation that surround the spoken word.

Filmmaker Zak Margolis, who has tenderly chronicled the life of a disembodied penis, presents Horse a touching and perverse animated love story about a man who turns into a horse.

Michelle Kasprzak was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and currently lives in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She completed her BFA in New Media at Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario in 2000, and in 2006 completed her MA in Visual and Media Arts from the Université du Québec à Montréal, earning several scholarships over the course of her academic career.

Michelle has exhibited and lectured across North America and Europe. She has appeared in publications such as Wired UK and on radio and television broadcasts on the BBC and CBC. Most recently she has delivered lectures at PICNIC (Amsterdam), transmediale festival (Berlin), and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Edinburgh).

Following a decade of practice as a visual artist, her current focus is primarily on writing and curating. In 2006, she was awarded a curatorial research residency at the Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art in Helsinki, Finland, in 2010 she attended the Summer Seminars for Art Curators in Yerevan, Armenia, and in 2011 was a guest of the BAM International Visitor’s Programme in Flanders. In 2006, Michelle founded a leading blog on the subject of curating contemporary art,, which was featured in the LabforCulture publication, Cultural Bloggers Interviewed. She has written critical essays for C Magazine, Volume, Spacing, CV Photo, Public, Mute, and several online journals on a wide range of subjects in the realm of contemporary culture. Her writing has appeared in anthologies and exhibition catalogues in both Canada and Europe.

The results of her curatorial work have appeared in venues worldwide, most recently at the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial (San Jose, US), Cornerhouse (Manchester, UK), across Toronto as part of In-Site Toronto, a collaboration between Wireless Toronto and Year Zero One, at Canada House (London, UK), Holden Gallery (Manchester, UK) Urban Screens Manchester (Manchester, UK), Federation Square (Melbourne, Australia), and the Virtual Museums of Canada/Gallery TPW (Toronto, Canada).

Michelle is currently Curator at V2_ Institute for the Unstable Media in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and is a member of IKT (International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art).

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