A User's Guide to Authenticity is a Feeling

Feb 5 — 6, 2020

Performance, Reading, Talk


Grand Luxe Hall, Western Front


8:00 p.m. (Feb 5) and 6:00 p.m. (Feb 6)


A User’s Guide to “Authenticity is a Feeling” was a presentation by Jacob Wren about his memoir Authenticity is a Feeling: My Life in PME-ART (2018). Inspired by his involvement with the collective PME-ART over twenty years, Wren’s book presents a hybrid of history, memoir, and performance theory. Following suit, his presentation on Authenticity is a Feeling took the form of a conversational, experimental lecture where he shared excerpts from the book as well as unpublished anecdotes about his artistic career to entertain, inform, and make a case for the relevance and value of performance as a mode of resistance.

Producer: PME-ART

Production and Technical Manager: Nikita Bala

Costumes: Claudia Fancello

Lighting: Paul Chambers

Presented in partnership with PuSH International Performing Arts Festival and with the support of Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Conseil des arts de Montréal and Alliance of International Production Houses by the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media. Created in residency and co-produced by La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines, Inkonst and FFT Düsseldorf.

Western Front is a non-profit
artist-run centre in Vancouver.

We acknowledge the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations as traditional owners of the land upon which Western Front stands.