A project by Raimundas Malašauskas and Marcos Lutyens, with Tamara Henderson, Angie Keefer and Maryse Larivière

June 12 – 13, 2014

Gallery TPW is excited to partner with Kunstverein Toronto to present their first project, Hypnotic Show, an exhibition that develops in the mind. Conceived by curator and writer Raimundas Malašauskas with artist and hypnotist Marcos Lutyens, Hypnotic Show was first performed in 2008 and most recently at dOCUMENTA(13). In this ongoing proposition for cognitive exhibition-making, Malašauskas and Lutyens invite a growing list of artists and writers to create scripts for scenarios and objects to be experienced through hypnosis. For the Kunstverein Toronto Hypnotic Show, Tamara Henderson, Angie Keefer and Maryse Larivière have prepared new scripts to be performed by Lutyens.


Cloud engineering from the perspective of plankton
Lecture by Raimundas Malašauskas
June 11, 2014
AGO, Jackman Hall
6:30-8:30 pm
Purchase tickets here: ago.net/raimundas-malasauskas

Hypnotic Show
June 12, 2014
TPW R&D (1256 Dundas St. West)
Session 1: 7:00-8:00 pm, followed by cocktail hour
Session 2: 10:00-11:00 pm, followed by cocktail hour

Two group hypnosis sessions (with post-hypnotic cocktails) will take place at TPW R&D using the newly commissioned scripts by artists/writers Tamara Henderson, Angie Keefer and Maryse Larivière.

FREE but space is limited so please pre-register by emailing info@kunstverein.ca and indicate which session you would like to attend.

June 13, 2014
Hypnotic Show moves to an apartment for a special group hypnosis and dinner session at 7:00 pm. Tickets for the Friday the 13th session are $40 (dinner included) or $20 for members. RSVP at info@kunstverein.ca to reserve a spot and to receive details on the extra-scenic downtown Toronto location.

June 17, 2014, 7:00 pm
TPW R&D (1256 Dundas St. West)

Tamara Henderson will deliver her multimedia presentation, Corpse Reviver. Through a cast of characters – Maze Esteem, Sea Bronze, Wake of Limbs, Question Mark Mug and Drift Statuary – and in a sequence of scenarios – What’s Up Doc and Gliding in On a Shrimp Sandwich – Henderson investigates the place of writing in her practice.

Henderson works with 16mm film, sculpture, painting and printed matter, maintaining an affirmative pursuit towards hallucinatory plot twists, a labyrinth dedicated to the idea of scrutinizing sculpture as character. She decodes and transforms her nocturnal journalism, hypnosis sessions and “evergreen minutes” into sprawling, cryptic screenplays to conclusively embody them in form and film.

Post-performance, Henderson will join Kunstverein Toronto Directors Kari Cwynar and Kara Hamilton along with Kim Simon, curator of Gallery TPW, for a participatory, post-hypnotic debrief reflecting on the previous week’s events and considering the relation between art and mind.

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Raimundas Malašauskas was born in Vilnius, curates in the world, writes occasionally. Selected curated projects include Oo, Lithuanian and Cyprus pavilions in the 55th Venice Biennale, 2013; Fusiform Gyrus, Lisson Gallery, London, 2013; Weather Permitting, 9th Mercosul Biennale, Porto Alegre, 2013; Repetition Island, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2010; Satellite Series 4, Jeu de Paume Museum, Paris, 2010 – 2011; Into the Belly of a Dove, Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City, 2010; CAC TV, CAC Vilnius 2004 – 2007 and BMW (Black Market Worlds), IX Baltic Triennial, CAC Vilnius, 2005. Raimundas Malašauskas recently worked as one of the agents of dOCUMENTA 13. Paper Exhibition, a book of Malašauskas' selected writings, was recently published by Sternberg Press. Iterations or documentation of his projects can be found at: www.rye.tw

Marcos Lutyens is an intermedia artist who has exhibited internationally, including at dOCUMENTA (13), the Tate Modern, LACMA, the Pompidou Centre, the Royal Academy and other museums and institutions internationally. He has worked with various tools and approaches to explore the processes of the mind. Lutyens engaged in experiments with Dr. V. S. Ramachandran, Director of the Center for Brain and Cognition, at the University of California, San Diego to explore the brain's neural pathways in the synesthetic mind. His work with the mind, has lead him to develop events and exhibits that reflect research with specific social or ethnic groups such as the Muxhe, from the Zapotec culture in Southern Mexico. Building on his investigations into consciousness and social dynamics, Lutyens has worked on large-scale projects that involve the broader surroundings. Works include data tracking or feedback from pedestrian interactions, pollution and air quality levels, brain wave monitoring, animal communication and other dynamics that are generally invisible to the casual observer, and yet as important to us as the subjective processes of the inner mind.

Tamara Henderson is an artist from Sackville who lives and works in an itinerant fashion. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at Rodeo, Istanbul (2013), dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel (2012); On the Tip of My Tongue, Magasin 3 (2013), Western Front, Vancouver (2013). Recent solo exhibitions include: Evergreen Minutes of the Phantom Figure, Nuremberg Kunstverein (2013) and Bottles Under the Influence (with Julia Feyrer), Walter Phillips Gallery. Henderson was also a short-list finalist for the Sobey Award (2013). Upcoming exhibitions include Galerie Nordenhake,Stockholm, Apartment, Vancouver, and Graz Kunstverein, Austria.

Angie Keefer is a New York-based writer, editor, amateur engineer, and occasional librarian whose speculative non-fiction traces circuitous routes through highly specialized information. Along with Dexter Sinister, she is co-founder of The Serving Library, a non-profit artists' organization dedicated to publishing and archiving in a continuous loop; and co-editor of The Bulletins, The Serving Library's bi-annual publication.

Maryse Larivière is an artist whose practice encompasses dreamed realities, psychoanalytic examinations, reposts to published work, reiterations and collaborations. Her work inhabits performance, video, sculpture and writing, among other media. She has recently exhibited at Parker Branch (London), Clint Roenisch (Toronto), and Cité des Arts (Paris). Her unorthodox art writings have appeared in Esse arts+opinions, Pelt and Pages of Vapour. Originally from Montreal, Larivière received her MFA from Guelph University, Canada.

About Kunstverein Toronto

Kunstverein Toronto is a nomadic exhibition platform operating alongside its partners in Amsterdam, Milan and New York. Initially moveable in both time and space, Kunstverein Toronto is dedicated to experimentation, discussion and hospitality in art and exhibition practices. Fundamentally, Kunstverein Toronto seeks to foster exchange between local and international conversations and contexts. A not-for-profit institution, Kunstverein Toronto is supported through membership. We program in dialogue with a local advisory board as well as an international group of artists, curators, thinkers, and enthusiasts.

Kari Cwynar
Kara Hamilton