Duorama #122 by Paul Couillard and Ed Johnson

September 27, 2014

Centre Island Pier
Centre Island, Toronto Islands

FADO has been proud to present (with various co-presenters including the Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Link&Pin, On Site Gallery, and Sunday Drive) and in several different contexts including the 35th Rhubarb Festival, LONG-TERM performance series, and more) the latest works in the Duorama series, including #114, #115, #117, #119, and #120. Duorama is created by former performance art curator and founding Director Paul Couillard, and founding member Ed Johnson. Partners in life and art, Paul and Ed have been creating the Duorama series for the last 14 years. The series has been sprinkled throughout the year, starting with a Duorama #114 in February, and culminating in Duorama #122 on September 27th.

Duorama #122

For this last image in the series, the artists present a 3-hour turning meditation on the Centre Island pier, a kinetic and visual action designed to connect land, water and sky.

FADO is also pleased to be launching the second in our Golden Book series (which started with Francesco Gagliardi's Film: Rope in 2013) with a 4-book 'zine chronicalling the entire Duorama series to date, from #1 - #120. The books are divided by years, and shows one image for each performance in the series. You can get your Duorama Golden Book at our watery publication launch on the 2:30pm ferry to Centre Island, or the 6:45pm ferry home. LIMITED NUMBER AVAILABLE!

Take the Toronto Island Ferry to Centre Island! The ferry leaves the city every 30 minutes on the half hour. There is a ferry at 2:30, 3:00, 3:30 etc. Join us on the pier. The performance will end at 6pm, and we will take the 6:45pm ferry back to the city.

For more information and a complete ferry schedule, chick HERE.


Details on Part 1 of the series can be found HERE.
Details on Part 2 in the series can be found HERE.

Since 2000, Paul Couillard and Ed Johnson have worked together on the performance art series Duorama. Playful, beguiling and often minimalist, these pieces explore notions of relationship, and draw on collaborative and competitive tensions that underlie all partnerships. Responding to site and examining cultural attitudes toward male intimacy are key elements of Duorama. Recurring themes revolve around shifting interpretations of what is political and what is personal. Many of the works can be read in terms of the current social and political climate surrounding gay culture, offering askance references to issues such as gay marriage, HIV-status, and portrayals of gay culture. To date, 113 Duorama performances have been presented at galleries, festivals and various events in Canada, France, Poland, Croatia, Ukraine, Belarus, Finland, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, the USA, Singapore, Ireland and the UK.


Photo credits:
Duorama #53. October 25, 2002. Struts Gallery, Sackville, Canada. video still.
Duorama #28. January 18, 2002. Neutral Ground, Regina, Canada. video still.

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