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Call for performance art works about smell and memory, deadline August 1.

Curated by Jim Drobnick (of Display Cult) and Paul Couillard

FIVE HOLES is an ongoing series examining the significance of the body and the senses. Fado invites artists to submit proposals for reminiSCENT, the third installment in the series. We seek performance art works, including those with installational components, that deal with smell and memory. Approximately seven proposals will be chosen to create a simultaneous ensemble of events to be held in the summer of 2003 in Toronto. Our focus will be on Canadian artists.

The title of this project, reminiSCENT, notes the powerful relationship between smell and memory. Extensive documentation in literature and science indicates that no other sense evokes memory as intensely as smell. For Marcel Proust, the aroma of madeleine conjured up the world of childhood; for Helen Keller, smell was a "potent wizard" that transported one across thousands of miles. Fragrances also bear social and cultural meanings, influencing how history is experienced, remembered and passed on from generation to generation. reminiSCENT will focus on the diverse relationships between smell and memory -- whether personal, cultural, social or historical. How do odours influence the creation of the self and the narrative of one's life? How can scents symbolize or mark political moments and historical eras? In what ways are aromas significant to the transmission of cultural memories and identity? How does the commodification of smell -- perfumes, artificial scents, etc. -- generate nostalgia and affect recollection?

Deadline for submissions: August 1, 2002

Please include 1-page proposal, c.v., and documentation of previous work [slides, video, etc.]. Press material optional. Only submissions with self-addressed stamped envelope or funds to cover shipping and packaging will be returned.

Send proposals to:
275B Carlton St.
Toronto, ON
Canada M5A 2L4

More info: fado@interlog.com or (416) 822-3219
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"Art is the demonstrated wish and will to resolve conflict through action, be it spiritual, religious, political, personal, social or cultural." Alastair MacLennan, FF Alumn