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Connolly, Robert Brian (2010) Market Stall Performance - Toronto. Kensington Market, Toronto [Performance]

[img]Image (JPEG) (Documentation of Performance. Artist enagages with public trying to sell surreal items, as part of 7a11d International Festival of Performance Art, Toronto, Canada. Photographer Henry Chan) - Additional Metadata
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[img]Image (JPEG) (Documentation of Site Specific Performance Artwork as part of 7a 11d International Festival of Performance, Toronto, October 2010. The artist tys to sell a part of the Moon to passers bye. Photograph by Henry Chan) - Additional Metadata
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[img]Image (JPEG) (Documentation of Market Stall Performance, Table top detail, as part of 7a11d International Festival of Performance, Toronto, Canada. Photograph taken by Henry Chan) - Additional Metadata
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[img]Microsoft Word (Market Stall Performance Proposal and Toronto Abstract) - Additional Metadata
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[img]Microsoft Word (Review of the Market Stall Performance in Toronto) - Accepted Version
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URL: http://7a11d.blogspot.com/2010/10/brian-connolly-market-stall-performance.html

Abstract

The Market Stall Performance Artwork Toronto was designed site-specifically for a Market Place in the City of Toronto during Fall, October 2010. I tried to sell a series of surreal objects, or engage the public in range of satirical or socio-political activities and interactions. The performance always works best when encountered as a normal stall, unannounced, and not identified as art. It is important that I trade along with or adjacent to the normal artisans and sellers and the less said beforehand the better.In the end I created a Performance on Saturday 23rd of October, on a Street near Kensington Market an alternative Market in the Centre of Toronto. I set up a stall in the morning and in the first instance tried to sell Maple leaves to passers bye. (I had previously collected a series of dry fallen Maple leaves that littered the city streets at that time, each of which I had individually signed and Copyrighted). My attempts were treated with a variety of responses from anger, hilarity, shocked curiosity, to a few actual financial transactions. (The notion to sell Maple Leaves in Fall in Canada is lets say it, either completely stupid or absurd, but to actually do it is something else entirely!) As the leaves blew from the table or were sold they were replaced by other Artistic Wares, which I regularly use within the Performance Strategy. I finished the Performance when the weather broke late afternoon.As part of my Participation in the 7a11d Project I was asked to participate in a Post Performance Seminar on Sunday the 24th. Of October in the Toronto Free Gallery – ‘Performance Art Daily’: along with Maurice Blok and Robin Brass with the host: Paul Couillard. This was recorded on Video to form part of the 7a11d Archive.

Item Type:Performance
Keywords:Performance Art, Canada, Toronto International Festival of Performance Art, Market Stall Performance, Brian Connolly, Artist's Performance, Site Specific Art Performance, Public Intervention Performance
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment
Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment > Belfast School of Art
Research Institutes and Groups:Art and Design Research Institute
Art and Design Research Institute > Space and Place
Date:23 October 2010
Location:Kensington Market, Toronto
ID Code:12062
Deposited By:Mr Robert Connolly
Deposited On:10 May 2011 15:11
Last Modified:19 Apr 2013 14:50

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