Repetition, trust and testimony set the stage for a one of a kind video performance.
I asked friends Mich and Marshall to share a personal story in front of a camera. Both of them arrive at a unified understanding of events when they orally repeat the experience the other has just shared. Part performance, part documentary, this continuous one-shot 15-minute video was created in response to scientific findings I've stumbled upon that demonstrate that a 10-minute active one-on-one conversation between two strangers can durably reduce longstanding ingrained prejudice.¹ (click here for study). These findings inspired this video-performance in addition to bringing the first empirical premise to my recurring exploration of human interaction as an art practice and literal method for social-political transformation.
Canvassers premiered in a solo exhibition curated by Christophe Barbeau in Redd Flagg Gallery in Toronto ON, Canada on February 2017.
Canvassers has been presented in Future Perfect group show, curated by Nadav Assor, in Ammerman Center's Biennial on Technology, Art and Intersections in New London CT, US during February 2018.
Canvassers has been presented in Third Shift group show, organized by Third Space Gallery, in Saint John NB, Canada during August 2018.
This work is distributed non-exclusively by Montreal video art distributor VIDEOGRAPHE : videographe.org
1. Durably reducing transphobia: A field experiment on door-to-door canvassing: Science Mag 08 Apr 2016 | Vol. 352, Issue 6282, pp. 220-224 | DOI: 10.1126/science.aad9713 | Authors : David Broockman | Joshua Kalla