What Shall We Do Next? Julien Prévieux

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
4:30pm, 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm Innovation Complex Rotunda

Presented alongside the opening reception for Julien Prévieux's exhibition, The Elements of Influence (and a Ghost).

This performance is FREE and open to the public. All are welcome.

Julien Prévieux, What Shall We Do Next?, 2015-.
Courtesy the artist and Galerie Jousse Entreprise, Paris.

Performance: What Shall We Do Next?
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
4:30pm, 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm

Innovation Complex, (adjacent from Blackwood Gallery), UTM

Choreographed by: Julien Prévieux
Performed by: Allie Hankins, Syreeta Hector, Bee Pallomina, Kaitlin Standeven

A FREE shuttle bus will depart from Jackman Humanities Institute (170 St. George Street) at 5:30pm and return for 8:30pm.

Presented alongside the opening reception for Julien Prévieux's exhibition, The Elements of Influence (and a Ghost).


“The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed,” says William Gibson. Gestures used to activate new devices are patented—for example, the “slide-to-unlock” movement patented by Apple in 2011. Julien Prévieux started to collect these specific movements in 2006. His assumption was that the gestures patented today are the movements we may all have to do in the near future: patents as an archive of gestures to come.

Realizing that technology serves as a purveyor of prescriptive behavior that is increasingly a matter of private property, Julien Prévieux combines patented gestures such as the “pinch and swipe”, Hollywood sci-fi interface gestures such as Johnny Mnemonic’s “swipe to activate,” and the history of the copyright dispute over Martha Graham's choreography into a meta-dance performance that questions technology’s use-function by exploring the poetic potential of movement.



Julien Prévieux has had solo exhibitions at Centre Pompidou (Paris), RISD Museum, (Providence), FRAC Basse-Normandie (Caen), Synagogue de Delme Art Center, Domaine de Kerguennec Art Center (Bignan), among others, and was included in the 10th International Istanbul Biennale and the 2015 Lyon Biennale. His work has been included in group exhibitions at DiverseWorks (Houston), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), Witte de With (Rotterdam), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Santa Barbara), and Kunstverein Hannover. Prévieux received the Prix Marcel Duchamp 2014 and is represented by Galerie Jousse Entreprise, Paris.

Allie Hankins is a Portland-based performer who makes works that toy with the destabilization of personae through uncanny physicality, layered imagery, and a biting wit while trying to suppress her contentious eagerness to please. She is an inaugural member of FLOCK: a new dance centre and creative home to Portland’s experimental dance artists spearheaded by Tahni Holt, and a co-founder of Physical Education, a socially engaged dance and performance body comprised of herself, keyon gaskin, Taka Yamamoto, and Lucy Lee Yim. Physical Education hosts reading groups & lectures, curates performances, and teaches workshops nationally. Allie has been an artist in residence at the Djerassi Resident Artist Program and Caldera.

Syreeta Hector began her career with Toronto Dance Theatre (TDT), and is currently an independent dancer and choreographer. She is proud to be a graduate of The National Ballet School’s Teacher Training Program as well as the School of TDT. Currently, Syreeta is collaborating with Fauxhemian Films Incorporated, choreographing and dancing in short films funded by the Kingston Arts Council and Ontario Arts Council. She has been a faculty member at the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre for over 10 years, and is currently a guest artist at Rosedale Heights School of the Arts and York University. Most recently, she acted as dance captain and lead ensemble dancer on a musical film series called Haunters: The Musical.

Bee Pallomina is dance artist, performer, collaborator, and creator, currently making and performing in work for stage, installation, and film/video. Born and raised in Toronto, she has worked with many independent choreographers, and several dance companies including Dancemakers and Dancetheatre David Earle. Pallomina has appeared in short dance films by filmmakers Magali Charrier, Michael Downing, John Lauener, and John Oswald. Current long-term collaborative relationships include performance and creation with Public Recordings, Saskatchewan dance-artist Johanna Bundon, and multi-media artists Sean Frey and Lee Henderson. She also has an active teaching practice and holds an MFA in contemporary choreography from York University.

A member of Toronto Dance Theatre for eight seasons, Kaitlin Standeven was a collaborator in the creation of five original full-length works by Artistic Director Christopher House. During her time with TDT she had the privilege of working with many affecting artists, most notably Susie Burpee, Deborah Hay, Ame Henderson, and Heidi Strauss. Kaitlin now continues her work as an independent artist having recently engaged with creators Angela Blumberg, Marie-Josée Chartier, and Simon Renaud, and having toured with ProArteDanza and BoucharDanse. Kaitlin was the recipient of an OAC International and National Residency Grant, which she completed in Montreal in the spring of 2016. She holds a BFA from Ryerson University.

Performance Photos

The artist would like to thank Daniel Lebard and Galerie Jousse Entreprise.

The Blackwood Gallery gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the University of Toronto Mississauga.
The Elements of Influence (and a Ghost) is supported by the Consulate General of France in Toronto, the Institut français, the Department of English and Drama (UTM), and the Jackman Humanities Institute Program for the Arts.
The Blackwood Gallery’s 2016–2017 exhibition and program season is sponsored by the University of Toronto Affinity Partners Manulife, MBNA and TD Insurance.