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the body as a fever dream curated by Dallas Fellini

Séamus Gallagher, Eija Loponen-Stephenson, Sheri Osden Nault, Camille Rojas, Lauren Runions, and B Wijshijer

October 9, 2020 - November 7, 2020

Essay by Dallas Fellini

October 9 – November 7, 2020

Séamus Gallagher, Eija Loponen-Stephenson, Sheri Osden Nault, Camille Rojas, Lauren Runions, and B Wijshijer

Curated by Dallas Fellini

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the body as a fever dream addresses the moments in which our understanding of and presence in our own bodies is fluctuating, moments in which we feel we do not wholly exist, moments where our physicality may encounter a limbo state between presence and absence. Eija Loponen-Stephenson, Séamus Gallagher, Sheri Osden Nault, and B. Wijshijer present works that play with the contradictions and duality of a bodily presence/absence. A digital dance performance by Lauren Runions and Camille Rojas acts as companion to the artworks, posing questions around how the body takes form in gallery settings and how meaning is made in the absence of performing bodies.

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Quartet with “Net Interface” and “Mimic, Lake Ontario”

Performed by Camille Rojas and Lauren Runions

Edited by Camille Rojas

Curated by Dallas Fellini

As a part of the exhibition “the body as a fever dream,” Camille Rojas and Lauren Runions enact an improvisational dance performance, inhabiting the gallery space and participating with works “Net Interface” by Eija Loponen-Stephenson and “Mimic, Lake Ontario” by Sheri Osden Nault. With no one present to bear witness to their performance, their actions are instead memorialized through the traces their bodies leave in the space. 

Consume this performance from your work-from-home laptop, surfing between tabs for online shopping, public health stats, tabs for grant applications and mutual aid. 

Consume this performance distractedly as it is the only way we can engage anything right now. 

Consume this performance while committing time theft. 

Consume this performance in the middle of the night. 

Consume this performance on a statutory holiday. 

Consume this performance while thinking of a lover, watch arms pour into gloves and hands cleave to body parts in a way that feels foreign. Memorialize bodily closeness.