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Occurs on Thursday February 16 2017

Approximate running time: 3 hours

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BMO Incubator for Live Arts
1115 Queen Street West
Toronto ON M6J 3P4

Event Notes

× 2894 by claude wittmann asks participants to read outloud from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's report (TRC report, 2015.) Each participant reads the report to a live streaming radio station with the aid of a cell phone and streaming software provided by the artist. Readers start where the last one left and read as much as they want. Sometimes the readings take place in a specific location, but mostly, participants may read anywhere they choose–in their homes, or in public. Participants read as much or as little as they can. Listeners can similarly be anywhere, listening on any device at any time. The connection of the radio provides a special kind of intimacy between readers and listeners. This project started in April 2016. It is on-going, until the entire report (all 2894 pages) has been read or until the project transforms into something more relevant to social change. 2894 is not a Truth and Reconciliation project. It is a Truth project. It is currently co-managed by claude wittmann and Adam Herst.

In 2894: Refusal of MONOMYTHs, claude and Adam facilitate a 3-hour reading session. Audience is invited to attend to listen to readings of the report. Audience is invited to become readers should they wish to. Readers read as much or as little as they choose, to the assembled audience of witnesses.

2894: Refusal of MONOMYTHs by claude wittmann is part of the third and final installment of FADO’s year-long epic MONOMYTHS series. Other works include: Rise and Fall by Serena Lee (MONOMYTHS: Stage 10, Theatre Centre, February 15); Silver & Gold by Nao Bustamante (MONOMYTHS: Stage 12, Theatre Centre, February 17), Staceyann Chin (MONOMYTHS: Stage 13, Rhubarb Festival @ Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, February 18) and CRONE by Tanya Mars (MONOMYTHS: Stage 14, Theatre Centre, February 19).

ABOUT CLAUDE WITTMANN
claude wittmann was born in Switzerland where he worked as a molecular biologist and now lives in Toronto; works as a bicycle mechanic and in performance art; has performed in festivals, in curated events, in self-produced pieces, and in the public space; in butoh-based solos, in intent-based durational process work, in body-directed although very psychological gender identity work, in improvised voice/noise/sound experiments and improvisations, during teaching and on live FM and internet radio. his most recent projects include Radio-Equals (one-on-one egalitarian conversations about equality, broadcast on FM radio and/or internet radio) and 2894 (participative reading on an internet radio of the Truth and Reconciliation's Commission report). claude is concerned by the (in)ability of art in triggering social change.

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