Zeesy Powers: I Will Tell You Exactly What I Think of You
March 6, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 6th, 7-9 pm
Book edition launch & Public performance: Saturday, March 8th 1-5 pm
One-on-one performance with artist, by appointment
Parking at rear of building
At WAAP, Zeesy Powers is going to tell you what she thinks of you in front of an audience, and put it in a book. Participants are given the option of having their names included or excluded, but the content becomes a matter of public record. For an added fee, she will write your session down for you in poster format.
A premium service will be offered for serious collectors. This involves a private one-on-one session, by appointment, on Saturday, March 8th, which will be digitally transcribed. After this reading, the only existing record will be transferred to a USB key in a custom case, of which the collector will be the sole owner. All other copies, video-, audio- and text-based, will be erased, and the experience will become the collector’s entirely to disseminate or destroy.
Why do this? Participants have a variety of motives for putting themselves in the often uncomfortable position of having another use them as a form for the artist to discuss her own prejudices, opinions, fantasies and unquestioned beliefs. Viewers discretion advised: for entertainment purposes only.
Zeesy Powers is an interdisciplinary artist who works with your unstated expectations. She has produced several performance works for live audiences and video. By setting up a series of conditions, she creates situations that cause participants to question their relationship to the unstated rules of social interaction. Since 2007 she has been performing I Will Tell You Exactly What I Think of You, examining the desire to see ourselves reflected in another, and how this is complicated by degrees of publicity, from theatrical to digital. Her project Subjects employs these same tactics, questioning and subverting mass media forms and revealing the means by which narratives are manipulated in the formation of archetypes.Zeesy’s performances and videos have been shown in New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, Montreal, Toronto, Mexico City, and southern Japan. This is her first performance in Vancouver.
On the day of the public performance, Thursday, March 6th, at 7 p.m., the signed and numbered WAAP book edition, 8 Stories, the first collection of short stories by Zeesy Powers, will be launched.
Signed and numbered edition of 50 with original 4 x 6″ watercolour by artist, $75.00