Re: NETCO, Talk and Performace

RE: TOWARDS A MINOR HISTORY OF EXHIBITIONS AND PERFORMANCE
A collection of textual and visual essays based on the exhibition Celebration of the Body organized by Ingrid and Iain Baxter (N.E. Thing Co.) in 1976 in Kingston, Canada, and its reactivation in 2012 in three acts: in Lyon, Saint-Fons and London, by Fabien Pinaroli et al.

Launch of the English-language edition published by the Paris-based it: éditions. The book presents a wide range of responses from artists, curators, and scholars to the 1976 Olympics-themed N.E. Thing Co. Ltd. exhibition held at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre.

Saturday, February 3rd at 4:00pm
Small World Music Centre
180 Shaw Street, Studio 101

What if NETCO … a tactile slide show
A short performance-presentation engaging concepts of counterfactuals by Fabien Pinaroli. This divergent thinking in history will serve certain important features of NETCO veiled since the appearance of photo conceptualism. The performance will also address questions relative to sport, light, and information.

TALK
IAIN BAXTER&
AMY FURNESS
ADAM LAUDER
REBECCA NOONE
FABIEN PINAROLI
CHARLES STANKIEVECH

IAIN BAXTER&
Bio to come.

AMY FURNESS
Bio to come.

ADAM LAUDER
Bio to come.

REBECCA NOONE
Rebecca Noone is a Canadian artist and a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto. Her work brings together conceptual art practices and social scientific research methods in order to explore the everyday encounters and interactions with information, systems, and technologies.

FABIEN PINAROLI
Curator, critic and educator, Fabien Pinaroli lives and works in Lyon. He writes regularly for monographic publications as well as magazines including Ciel Variable (Canada), L’art Même (Belgique) and Zéroquatre (France).
In 2008, he was coeditor of the book Harald Szeemann: Individual Methodology (JRP|Ringier, 2008). and cocurated with IAC (Institut d’Art Contemporain de Villeurbanne) the exhibition Dan Graham, Jef Wall : The Children’s Pavilion. In 2012, he curated the project CoB#2, which resulted from a study based on the archives of the N.E. Thing Co. Ltd at the AGO, Toronto and in the IainBaxter&RaisonnE (Ed. Adam Lauder). He conceived and organized the reworking of an exhibition, Celebration of the Body, produced in 1976 in Kingston, Canada. He reworked the exhibition in different phases and various propositions, including two exhibitions History of Art in the Age of…, Reworking of an Exhibition, Lyon, France, two study days in London, and a publication. The latter, Re: vers une histoire mineure des performances et des expositions(it:éditions, 2014) is published today in English. He also was in 2013 the curator of the monographic exhibition Iain Baxter& at Raven Row, London. In 2015, he organized at Nivola Museo, Sardinia, Italy Castelli di sabbia & IL TOPO with David and Frederic Liver, a retrospective of IL TOPO, the Italian artist-run magazine. During the last years, he gave numerous lecture performances: Some useful notes for In General People… and Re: (IAC LyonVilleurbanne, 2014), CoB#2 / RE: Lorraine’s bread with cereals (Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, 2014), Give Me Honey, Tactile Slideshow (Mamco, Genève, 2015), Livre & Live : Re: & To Sing Foucault (Kunstverein Stuttgart, 2015). In 2016, he worked on Radio-Lumières, a collaborative project revisiting the work of Yoko Ono invited by the Museum of Contemporary Art of Lyon in the context of Lumière de l’Aube, the first retrospective of the artist  in France. In 2018, he cocurate Re: Celebrating the Body at the MacKenzie Art Gallery (Regina, SK, Canada), a multidisciplinary platform revisiting Celebration of the Body featuring contributions by NETCO co-presidents Iain Baxter& and Ingrid Baxter, as well as an international contingent of invited artists. A reactivation rather than a historical reconstruction, the project probes the current relevance of NETCO’s deconstruction of cultural stereotypes of the body with a special focus on questions of ability and the development of a “soma-esthetic.”
CHARLES STANKIEVECH
Charles Stankievech is a Canadian artist whose research has explored issues such as the notion of “fieldwork” in the embedded landscape, the military industrial complex, and the history of technology. His diverse body of work has been shown internationally at the Louisiana Museum, Copenhagen; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; MassMoca, Massachussetts; Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal; Canadian Centre for Architecture; National Gallery of Canada; and the Venice Architecture and SITE Santa Fe Biennales. His lectures for Documenta 13 and the 8th Berlin Biennale were as much performance as pedagogy while his writing has been published in academic journals by MIT and Princeton Architectural Press and the art publishers e-flux and Sternberg. His award winning curatorial projects includeMagnetic Norths at the Leonard & Bina Ellen Gallery, Concordia University and CounterIntelligence at the Art Museum, University of Toronto. Since 2011, he has been co-director of the art and theory press K. Verlag in Berlin. Since 2015 he has been a contributing editor of Afterall Journal. He was a founding faculty member of the Yukon School of Visual Arts in Dawson City, Canada and is currently the Director of Visual Studies in the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto.Studio Stankievech: www.stankievech.net