Show Title: LAL Deportation Live
Venue: Harbourfront Centre - Brigantine Room
Address: ,Toronto,Ontario, Canada
LIVE MULTIMEDIA PERFORMANCE
FRIDAY AUGUST 10th, 2007
Toronto's Harbourfront Centre. (More info TBA)
Deportation is a multi-facted art installation project headed up by electronic - international - folk - soul - protest music band LAL (Rosina Kazi, Nicholas Murray, Ian de Souza, Santosh Naidu and Rakesh Tewari) featuring the band in a live performance alongside works from Toronto-based multimedia artist Faisal Anwar, Montreal-based projectionist and filmmaker Jose Garcia-Lozano, and Montreal-based DJ/producer/sound technician Moonstarr.
Deportation will integrate live music performance, sound experimentation, video and film projections as well as unconventional uses of consumer technologies (i.e. cell phones) to connect the ways in which technological change and its implementation is blurring the boundaries between both the private and public realms and between security and vulnerability. Its purpose is to create a material and social environment that will encourage participants to contribute to an ongoing discussion about a number of issues that we feel are becoming increasingly critical in the context of the current socio-politicclimate. This project employs what LAL terms "Interference Art" - using art to create dialogue around issues affecting various communities as a means to deconstruct and counter mainstream ideas on what is "best" for us, the global community.
The aim is to address the unsettling positions that we find ourselves in on a daily basis, to increase awareness regarding the concept of being under surveillance, to think about what it means to live in a culture of fear, and raise important questions about what we think of when we think of "terrorists". Who do we fear, and why? Who do we trust and why? Who do we allow access to our personal lives? What is private and what is public? What is too personal to be made public and why? Who is "the public", and what are you comfortable with "the public" having access to? What is "freedom"? Who is watching us, and to what ends? Within the exploration of these questions, LAL aims to plant seeds of personal exploration regarding our own individual freedoms. Over the years, we have seen and continue to observe how these issues affect our daily lives, the lives our friends, families and communities, but also the lives of those we do not know. This project is their attempt to address many of these issues while including numerous histories, art forms and communities.
Deportation is a queer, trans, two-spirited, questioning-positive event, and will be held in a wheelchair-accessible venue.
For artist biographies and project description, please visit www.trytoodeportusall.com
peace and much respect - PTR crew
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