Office for the Employment of Artists
3905 Boulevard St. Laurent
Sunday, April 17, 2016
11 AM—11 PM
On our one-year anniversary, Atelier Céladon will open an Office for the Employment of Artists for 12 hours only, offering the following services for a nominal fee: love letters, artist statements, loose translations, and head shots. We will only be accepting drop-in appointments, and will offer a full entertainment program in our waiting room during this period. This is a very limited time offer.
*This is part of a fundraising event to finance the second edition of the Diaspora Conference scheduled for fall 2016, our summer programming, and for ongoing maintenance costs including up keeping a web presence. Please see the Common Aliens Collections Fund for more information —>
Common Aliens Collections Fund
As a radical pedagogical project and educational platform existing on the margins of institutional support, we wish to be able to respect the labour of our artists and organizers, and have the financial means to extend our conversations on diasporic ways of being.
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IN THE WAITING ROOM
A series of work to pass the time, all in the span of a single room.
—programmed by Kate Whiteway
Get Ready With Me
video game by Grace An (Pixelles Game Incubator IV)
Get Ready With Me is a dress-up game! Take a look at Grace’s closet and her favourite essential pieces to get inspired to dress up for your day!
The Bad Cat Trip
video game by Noeul K (Pixelles Game Incubator IV)
Cat is sick of this shit. The office makes cat feel like exploding. It's friday night and instead of going out to crowded and expensive bars, cat decides to take LSD. Follow cat on its adventure!!
—shorts & audio stories by Anna Jane McIntyre
As You Are/Comme Tu Es | 1:17 MIN
The Windbag and the Beginning, 5:19 MIN
The Thing About George | 12 MIN
In the Beginning… | 10 MIN
Two animated shorts followed by two audio stories. The soundscapes of these stories features micro and macro tales of the artist’s family, diasporic cultures, the transatlantic slave trade, and the evolution of life on earth through abstract narrative. It includes personal archives from England, Trinidad & Tobago, and Canada.
dir. Jan Švankmajer | 1968 | Czechoslovakia | 13 MIN
In this experimental, surrealist Czech short, a nondescript man is trapped in a sinister flat, where nothing seems to obey the laws of nature.
dir. Jan Němec | 1966 | Czechoslovakia | 20 MIN
This beautiful and morose short film is part of an omnibus called Pearls of the Deep by five directors each adapting a short story by famous Czech author Bohumil Hrabal. In The Impostors, two elderly hospital patients talk about their past professional glories as a journalist and a famous opera star.
—Je Tu Il Elle
dir. Chantal Akerman | 1974 | France, Belgium | 86 MIN
'Je' is a girl voluntarily locked up in a room. 'Tu' is the script. 'Il' is a lorry driver. 'Elle' is the girlfriend.
—"Hotel Room: Blackout"
dir. David Lynch | 1993 | USA | 30 MIN
For a millennium the space for the hotel room existed – undefined. Mankind captured it and gave it shape and passed through. And sometimes when passing through, they found themselves brushing up against the secret names of truth. This episode is the final part of a three-part HBO series all set in a New York City hotel room, number 603 of the Railroad Hotel, in 1969, 1992, and 1936, respectively.
dir. Hitoshi Matsumoto | 2009 | Japan | 93 MIN
A man wakes up alone in a brightly illuminated white room with no windows or doors. When he presses a mysteriously phallic protuberance that appears on one wall, a pink toothbrush materializes from nowhere, clattering to the floor and setting in motion a genuinely bizarre chain of events.
5 à 7
—Launch of Common Aliens: Documents & Office Party
Join us by the water cooler to pick up a copy and celebrate the launch of the publication Common Aliens: Documents, a compilation of archives, essays, and memorabilia from our inaugural conference on diaspora held in October, 2015 in Montreal. Beats by DJ The Aloof Hipster.
—Don't Play With Your Food
performance installation by Yuki KasaÏ-Paré | 8:30 MIN
Six young women around a dinner table interact grotesquely with their food in this mock ritualistic act which tosses ideas of the liberation of the female body through transgressing the rules of food as they relate to gender, the body, and religiosity.
performance and installation by Viku Chan | 60 MIN
In front of a NASA captured solar flare, a female voice orates spoken word from a series of writings called Fatalities of the Flesh. Chan lip-syncs in front of the moving image, a mimicry which invokes both robotic imitation and self-expression and represents conformity to the rules of language and the culture he partakes in, which is nonetheless not his own.
—The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant
dir. Rainer Werner Fassbinder | 1972 | West Germany | 124 MIN
A lush and tormenting chamber drama between three women: Petra von Kant, a caustic has-been fashion designer, her silent and servile maid Marlene, and Karin a young, aspiring star. Desire is the ultimate weapon.
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