Artist Field Trip, a performance + a Bus Ride hosted by Maria Hupfield for YES! Association/Föreningen JA!, (art)work(sport)work(sex)work, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto Canada.
For this bus tour, I will lead a tour to three downtown Toronto public art space stops, each leading to specific performances centered on the strength of artistic spirit and production. Participants will receive a map handout charting the route prior to boarding the bus; in between destinations readings and snacks will be present.
Saturday July 25th 2–3:30PM
Meet in YES! Association/Föreningen JA!’s exhibition space
The Power Plant
The bus is wheelchair accessible. Please call 416.973.4949 to reserve a spot. Visit http://www.thepowerplant.org for updates.
Please Note: Caregivers are expected to accompany children and youth under 16 years of age
“A series of bus rides will take place each Saturday throughout the exhibition. People and groups based in Ontario who work within visual art, sports culture and sex trade have been invited to host each week’s ride. Bus ride hosts include: Malin Arnell, Asa Elzén from YES! Association/Foreningen JA!, Emy Fem, Sophy Chan, Savoy “Kapow!” Howe, Michele Pearson Clarke, Maria Hupfield, Hazel Meyer and Kait McKinney, Pearl Love Lee, Elene Lam together with Butterfly – Asian and Migrant Sex Workers Support Network, Leslie McCue and Lindy Kinoshameg, Frances Mahone and Megan Ross.
A complete bus schedule is available on The Power Plant website.
The bus rides provide an intimate space, a collective mode of transport, bringing participants together while moving through the infrastructure of the city, offering time and space for collective responsibility, sustained engagement and trust. Before embarking on the ride, participants meet in the gallery, where YES! Association/Föreningen JA! has constructed a bus terminal of sorts, that houses material and objects in relation to the invited hosts’ work and engagements. The space itself is ever-evolving, as documentation from the previous week’s ride is continuously added.
Through both the scope and framework of (art)work(sport)work(sex)work, YES! Association/Föreningen JA!’s project carries both the risks and the possibilities in positioning the institution as a site that can be regularly taken up, challenged and reconstituted by those who create, inhabit, critique and disassemble it.”
Every Saturday 2–3:30PM
beginning 20 June through 5 September 2015
“YES! Association/Föreningen JA! is an art collective, an artwork, an association, an art worker, an institution, a group of people working to overthrow the ruling system of heteronormative, patriarchal, racist and capitalist power structures. Based in Sweden YES! Association/Föreningen JA! puts into practice a structural redistribution of access to financial resources, space and time within the contemporary art sphere through engaging in strategies related to rights discourse and inclusion, radical difference and utopia.
(art)work(sport)work(sex)work aims to map how ideologies, socially accepted norms and legislations govern the conditions of work and participation within the fields of contemporary art, multi-sports events and sex trade, by specifically addressing The Power Plant, the Pan Am and Parapan American Games, hosted in Toronto this summer, and Canada’s new sex trade law Bill C-36. In so doing, YES! Association/Föreningen JA!’s project prompts a series of questions: How are these fields connected and entangled with one another? How are the divisions amongst them demarcated? What governing bodies are given the power to define these demarcations? Who is able to work within each field and what are the regulations that condition ones behaviour within them?