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Courtesy of Julieta Maria

Eyeblink: Fires

Thu March 15, 2018 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Ticket sales for Eyeblink: Fires are now closed. There will be a limited number of tickets available at the door beginning at 7 pm.
$10 General / $8 Gardiner Friends, Pleasure Dome Members, Students

Co-presented by FADO Performance Art Centre, Gardiner Museum and Pleasure Dome

In support of the Gardiner Museum’s exhibition YOKO ONO: THE RIVERBEDEyeblink is a three-part monthly screening and performance series that draws inspiration from Ono’s 1960s and 1970s filmmaking.

7 pm: Doors open
7:45 pm: Event starts

In Yoko Ono’s early Fluxus films, Eyeblink and One (Match), the artist watches in steady, fixed-frame contemplation the simplest of gestures, managing to distill cinema to its essentials in a shot-countershot duet of light and vision. This screening and performance event, co-presented by FADO Performance Art Centre, the Gardiner Museum and Pleasure Dome, will explore the intertwined lineages of trauma and survival.

Myung-Sun Kim will present a new performance work. Kim’s work explores ideas around foodways, undocumented history, war, fiction, memory, trauma, resilience, and community care. She is interested in the sharing of lived experiences and methodologies that may evoke a collective sense of empathy and a deeper understanding and care for the differences that exist within our complex intercultural communities in ways that provides sustenance.

Julieta Maria’s elegant, performance-for-camera shorts concentrates lifetimes of study and digestion into exquisite frames. The artist uses the material of her body to reflect on the violence of her native Colombia, or the exile of her Palestinian father. Pleasure Dome curates a mini-retrospective featuring a program of seven shorts, as well as two smashed reconstruction loops installed in the Gardiner’s lobby.

Admission includes entry to YOKO ONO: THE RIVERBED.


Established in 1993, FADO Performance Art Centre is a not-for-profit artist-run centre based in Toronto, Canada. FADO provides a stage and on-going forum in support of the research and development of contemporary performance art practices in Canada and internationally. As a year-round presentation platform, FADO exists nomadically, working with partner organizations and presenters, and utilizing venues and sites that are appropriate to individual projects. FADO presents the work of local, national and international artists who have chosen performance art as a primary medium to create and communication provocative new images and perspectives.

Pleasure Dome is an artist-run exhibition collective dedicated to the presentation of artist’s movies. Since the fall of 1989, PD’s porous board structure has ensured a shape-shifting openness to new artists, forgotten histories, and fringe presentation models. We have published books, posters and zines, organized tours, made zillions of studio visits and partnered with orgs the size of small asteroids and others that require specialized science gear just to pick them out of the landscape. We believe in artists first, the voice of the artist, the payment of artists. Everything else follows from that.

Header image: Still from Julieta Maria’s Limpia (2013). Image courtesy of the artist / Pleasure Dome.

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