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FADO EMERGING ARTIST SERIES: SIGHT.SPECIFIC at Xpace Cultural Centre (303 Lansdowne), to March 30, reception 7-11 pm, March 28. Free-$10. 416-849-2864. See listings. Rating: NNNN
Xpace makes performance the focus when it launches the spring season at its newish digs on Lansdowne. Curator Francisco-Fernando Granados has gathered the work of four artists associated with local performance art collective FADO: Cressida Kocienski, Golboo Amani, Basil AlZeri and Maryam Taghavi.
Kocienski began the series March 8 with a reading of Planetaria, the internal monologue of a woman struck by a falling star. Wearing a sculptural meteorite helmet, she ruminated on speech, cybernetics and desire, stopping to give soulful renditions of Hot Summer Night, by Meat Loaf, and the Waterboys' The Whole Of The Moon. She won the crowd over with her winsome earnestness, wearing her quirky heart on her theoretical sleeve.
Fridays and Saturdays until March 30, Amani runs The School Of Bartered Knowledge from 2 to 6 pm on the sidewalk in front of the gallery.
Anyone can walk up to her wooden booth and write a piece of "information" or "knowledge" on a blank index card.
To date, these have included recipes, odd facts, aphorisms, practical wisdom and pieces of general and personal history. She does her best to reciprocate with a piece of information of comparative value. This social interface gently pushes aside the anonymity of the internet in favour of a refreshingly direct and open-ended exchange of information.
On Friday (March 15) at 8 pm, Palestinian AlZeri explores our sense of what it means to be received, setting up a hospitable domestic space (including dinner) through the agency of cyberspace.
Iranian-born Taghavi performs her multidisciplinary Variations On Absurdity on March 22, a work that relates to shifting notions of identity and memory.