Mary Coble presented by FADO Performance Art





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On top of Cinesphere presented by Air France

On top of Cinesphere presented by Air France

On top of Cinesphere presented by Air France

On top of Cinesphere presented by Air France




MONOMYTHS: Stage 7 / Ordeals
Pulse by Mary Coble

Project Description:
In Mary Coble's Pulse, the artist climbs the Cinesphere each day in order to repurpose it as a beacon of protest. A series of Morse Code messages are transmitted from the structure to receivers and relayers positioned throughout Ontario Place island. This collaborative gesture of solidarity merges activist and nautical language to amplify a collective call for action.

This project is a part of FADO Performance Art Centre's year-long MONOMYTHS series. Conceived and curated by Jess Dobkin and Shannon Cochrane, the series contains 14 unique projects and is presented in three sections between February 2016 and February 2017.

MONOMYTHS invites a diverse collection of artists, scholars, and activists to revise Joseph Campbell’s conception of the hero’s journey which prescribes a common pattern to all of the world’s mythic narratives, through performance art, lectures, workshops, and other offerings. This new assemblage of non-linear un-narratives proposes a cultural, political and social feminist re-visioning of the world. The MONOMYTHS perception of the universal journey dispels the notion of the lone patriarchal figure on a conquest to vanquish his demons–both inner and outer–in consideration of community, collectivity, and collaboration. Coble's project enters the MONOMYTHS journey at Stage 7: Ordeals. During this stage of the journey, the hero's choice is either to confront death or face their greatest fear. Coble’s response to illuminating this stage of the journey suggests the necessity of challenging seemingly inaccessible structures and systems (social, political personal), while insisting on the interdependency of a collective effort by employing the communication of multiple bodies, versus attempting to cross this personal bridge alone. Refraining from a heroic narrative of conquering an iconic structure, the piece lends itself to chance and even possibly, failure.

Embracing unpredictability, messiness and failure Mary Coble has worked with performance art for over 15 years, through this time aiming to manifest problems of bodily, societal and symbolic navigation particularly focusing on issues of injustice and normative boundaries. Recurrent themes in Coble’s work revolve around queer politics evolve around the intersection of queer politics and activism. Coble’s work, which has been included in exhibitions such as Queer Objectivity, The Stamp Gallery, University of Maryland (Baltimore, USA); The Great Refusal: Taking on New Queer Aesthetics, School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, USA); Lost and Found: Queerying the Archive, Nikolaj Center of Contemporary Art (Copenhagen, Denmark) and in the traveling archive re.act.feminism #2-a performing archive. Coble has performed live as part of 13 Festivalen, Festival of Performance Art (Gothenburg, Sweden), the Rapid Pulse Performance Festival (Chicago, USA); the MADE Festival (Umea, Sweden); Commitment Issues, presented by FADO Performance Art Centre (Toronto, Canada); Global Feminisms, Brooklyn Museum of Art (Brooklyn, NY) and in Performa 05, Artists Space (NYC, NY). Coble is a Senior Lecturer in the Fine Art Unit, MFA Programs at Valand Academy of Art, Gothenburg University, Sweden.

About FADO Performance Art:
Established in 1993, FADO Performance Art Centre provides a stable, supportive forum for the creation and presentation of performance art In Toronto, showcasing contemporary performance practices within carefully considered curatorial contexts, and focusing on artists who have chosen performance as a primary medium to communicate provocative new images and perspectives.