Agency: Assembly, performance

A few participants at the Assembly Thing 002296 (Mount Whymper), VOX, September 15, 2018.

Photo: Valérie Morin.

View of the Assembly Thing 002296 (Mount Whymper), VOX, September 15, 2018.

Photo: Jean-Marc Perin.

View of the Assembly Thing 002296 (Mount Whymper), VOX, September 15, 2018.

Photo: Jean-Marc Perin.

Agency, Thing 002296 (Mount Whymper) from the Assembly (The Radical Imaginary: The Social Contract), 2018. With the courtesy of Warkworth Institution.

Photo: Kobe Matthys.

Performative assembly by Agency
Saturday, September 15, 2018
at 3:00 pm

Admission is free, but seats are limited
Booking: info@centrevox.ca

Assembly, exhibition

Agency” is an international initiative founded by Kobe Matthys that has offices in Brussels. Since 1992, Agency constitutes a growing “list of things” mostly derived from judicial cases and controversies involving intellectual property. Agency calls these things forth via varying “assemblies” such as exhibitions, performances, and publications.

For Assembly (The Radical Imaginary: The Social Contract), Agency calls forth from its list Thing 002296 (Mount Whymper). In some former British colonies like Australia, New Zealand, and Canada, “Crown copyright” exists to control symbols used to identify said Crown: government publications, legal codes, judgements, etc. Thing 002296 (Mount Whymper) prepared for VOX recalls a conflict that opposed John Hawley and the Correctional Services of Canada around the painting Mount Whymper. When the case Hawley v. Canada was heard in court on April 24, 1990, the Federal Court had to decide if the copyrights of the artwork made by John Hawley while he was incarcerated actually fell under a “work-for-hire” by the Crown.

Exhibition

The Radical Imaginary: The Social Contract
2018.09.13 - 12.15

The group exhibition The Radical Imaginary: The Social Contract is the first project in a series of exhibitions about the Institution and its history, seeking to understand how artists have either associated themselves with or been opposed to it, gradually inflecting its positions. The judicial system is the institution studied in this initial component.

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Assembly, performance

Agency calls an assembly where a group of individuals from various backgrounds related to the case Hawley v. Canada will be invited to respond to the controversy it raises. This assembly is not meant to re-enact the judgment, but rather to evoke the hesitation experienced in court. The artist Kobe Matthys will be joined by an ex-inmate, a penitentiary’s cultural programmer, an art historian, a professional painter, a criminologist, a criminal and prison lawyer and a copyright lawyer. The performance, which will take place inside VOX’s exhibition space, will last approximately two hours and be divided in three parts: first the moderator will introduce Thing 002296 (Mount Whymper) and situate the controversy; everyone present will then read out loud fragments from the court report; finally, we will speculate around the case via a more open discussion with all invited guests.