Guest Curator: Barbara Clausen

NOVEMBER 30, 2013 – FEBRUARY 22, 2014

Opening Saturday, November 30, from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Curator’s talk Saturday, November 30 at 3:00 pm

Events January 15 – 19, 2014


Pablo de Ocampo, Andrea Geyer, Sharon Hayes, Maria Hupfield, Adam Kinner, Dorit Margreiter, Monique Régimbald-Zeiber, cheyanne turions, Jacob Wren (among others).

STAGE SET STAGE presents a series of works by artists and thinkers who engage in new forms of research that explore, via the performative, how identity and gender are manifested in relation to site specificity and institutionalism. STAGE SET STAGE will consist of an exhibition and a series of events that investigate how the Self, as a contingent entity, continuously rewrites and constitutes itself into – as well as out of – various cultural, educational and socio-political contexts. Asking how gestures, poses and actions, in various forms of media and visual translation – from the moving image to spoken text or songs – can challenge their instigated, upheld and contested relationship(s) with cultural institutions, from near as well as far.

Each participant will contribute objects, images and records of all sorts, to be presented in the gallery as well as played out during a week of events, performances, screenings and talks scheduled to take place mid-January 2014 at SBC, and at other sites in the city such as a theatre, a site in public space, a bar, or a cinema. The participants will explore the possibilities for change to the linear narrative of the performative by altering the sequence of the event, the ephemera and the discourse that it produces in relation to their work. Each event, object, sound or imaged-based contribution and performative event will in some shape or form exist before, remain, or return to the exhibition space and become part of a growing archive dedicated to SBC’s focus on discourse and living research.

STAGE SET STAGE takes, at the outset, the parallel institutionalization of new forms of performative practices, collective authorship and the historiography of exhibition making. The concept for STAGE SET STAGE developed out of curator Barbara Clausen’s interest in the relevance of performative practices as socio-cultural devices of investigation and tools of insistence as well as resistance.

The core element of STAGE SET STAGE is a mobile structure called Space Set / Set Space, a collaboration between Andrea Geyer and Sharon Hayes from 2012. As a space within a space, this structure will respond to, and create an architectural framework for each phase and work in the exhibition. Space Set / Set Space is a site-specific device that will offer the participants a platform on which to speak about and act out ideas and issues related to identity and space, allowing the visitor to step in and take part, or simply remain an observer.

Barbara Clausen

About Barbara Clausen:

Barbara Clausen is a curator, art historian and professor for performance theory and history at the Université du Québec à Montréal. She has worked at Dia Art Foundation (New York), and Documenta11 (Kassel) and was a participant in the DeAppel CTP in 2000. She has curated a series of exhibitions, symposia and performance events such as After the Act (2005), Wieder ind Wider/Again and Against (2006), and Push and Pull (2010/2011) at the MUMOK (Vienna), Tate Modern (London) and Argos (Brussels). In 2012 she curated the performance series Something to Say, Something to Do, as well as the first retrospective of Babette Mangolte both at VOX, centre d’art contemporain. Clausen writes extensively on performance art and performative curatorial practices and is the editor of After the Act: The (Re)presentation of Performance Art (2006).

This exhibition is part of SBC’s Focus Program on Sovereignty.

Malena Szlam

Coordonnatrice aux Communications et au Développement

Communications and Development Coordinator

SBC galerie d’art contemporain

372, rue Sainte-Catherine O., suite 507

Montréal (Qc) H3B 1A2



La Volonté de puissance : un film de Pablo Sigg

The Will to Power: a film by Pablo Sigg

Cinémathèque québécoise : 15 novembre 2013 à 18 h 30

Galerie SBC : 16, 19 – 23 novembre 2013

Atelier : 16 novembre, 11 h 00 à 16 h 00 (réservation obligatoire)

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