Scrivener's Monthly: Will Holder and Kaisa Lassinaro Presenting on Silvia Federici and Agnes Martin

Sep 9, 2013

Performance, Screening


Grand Luxe Hall, Western Front


7:00 p.m.


Scrivener’s Monthly hosted Will Holder and Kaisa Lassinaro for an evening of presentations in the Grand Luxe Hall. The event began with a performative reading by Holder in which he recited Silvia Federici’s lecture “People vs Freedom on land, animals and women,” by way of an anecdote describing his experience watching Federici present the same talk at Toynbee Hall, London. A podium positioned at the top of four stacked risers constituted the set in which Holder re-enacted Federici’s posture and prose, which explored the historical parallels between capitalist development and witch hunting. The hour-long performance was an iteration of Holder’s ongoing series, for single mothers, in which he presents the work of various queer and women writers.

The second half of the evening consisted of a screening of Agnes Martin 1974: An Interview (1974). Introduced by Lassinaro, the film was presented in the context of a forthcoming printed compilation of interviews from the Video Data Bank conducted between 1974–88 by feminist video artists and founders of the Video Data Bank, Lyn Blumenthal and Kate Horsfield.

Scrivener’s Monthly was a series of public presentations that explored the space between material practices and spoken words. Set alongside exhibitions at Western Front, this experiment in “not publishing” involved readings, performances, and other articulations.

Video documentation of this event is available upon request.
A yellow sandwich board situated amongst foliage that reads Scrivener's Monthly, a periodical that talks, with Will Holder and Kaisa Lasisnaro presenting on Silvia Federici and Agnes Martin on September 9th, 7pm at Western Front Vancouver, in all capital letters.


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