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Radiant Temperature of Openings: A Prologue

Radiant Temperature of Openings: A Prologue

Parastoo Anoushahpour, Faraz Anoushahpour, Ryan Ferko

Dec 9 - 27, 2015

Opening December 9, 8 pm

++ Book Launch for If I can't dance I don't want to be part of your revolution reader, Rereading Appropriation, 6 PM

In the mid­ 1950s the Ontario government announced its plans to build a hydro­electric dam near Cornwall, Ontario, on the Saint Lawrence River. When the engineering plans were released for the project, it became clear that the towns along the north shore of the river would be forced to relocate, as that land would soon be submerged under a new artificial lake feeding the dam. 

The alteration of this landscape, as part of the Saint Lawrence Seaway project, was promoted as an essential part of a modernizing society, calling for the destruction of one type of community in order to construct a new one. This event was documented and archived from three separate perspectives – that of Ontario Hydro, the Ontario Government, and the community’s themselves in anticipation of their gradual submergence under water. This exhibition marks the first in a series of openings into the context of this region, treating these archives not as a source for rational narration, but rather as a source of mystery, ambiguity, and instability. As a prologue to the unnatural disaster of the flooding of the Saint Lawrence River, this exhibition considers how the colonial inhabitants of a land narrate their own relocation.

Parastoo Anoushahpour, Faraz Anoushahpour, and Ryan Ferko have worked in collaboration since 2013. Currently based in Toronto, their recent film and installation work has been shown at Projections (New York Film Festival), Wavelengths (Toronto International Film Festival), Media City Festival (Windsor/Detroit), Experimenta 2015 (Bangalore), Crossroads Festival (San Francisco), Codec Festival (Mexico City), and ZK/U Centre for Art & Urbanistics (Berlin).

An accompanying publication includes commissioned writing from Aisha Sasha John and Felix Kalmenson.

This project is generously supported by the Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council. 

With thanks to the Lost Villages Historical Society (Long Sault, Ontario).


Starting at 6:00pm, 8-11 will host If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution’s launch of its latest reader, Rereading Appropriation. This reader compiles texts read in, and shared by, If I Can’t Dance’s four sister reading groups that were convened in Amsterdam, New York, São Paulo and Toronto at a monthly rhythm across Edition V — Appropriation and Dedication (2013–2014).

Rereading Appropriation reconsiders the artistic strategy of appropriation through later elaborated theories of affect, to explore how an understanding of 'reciprocal investment' reconfigures appropriation as an act that is based in connecting, acknowledging and being porous to material. 

The reader include texts from art history, feminist theory, political economy, anthropology, and artists, among others, by Richard Bell, Eduardo Viveiros de Castro, Adriana Cavarero, Darby English, Alfred Gell, Corinn Gerber, Isabelle Graw, Emma Hedditch, Bruce Hainley, Melanie Klein, Teresa de Lauretis, Sherrie Levine, Karl Marx, Helen Molesworth, Fred Moten, Adrian Piper, Henrik Olesen, Pauline Oliveros, Craig Owens, Suely Rolnik, Peter Stallybrass, Hito Steyerl, Ian White, and Slavoj Žižek. It also includes, essays by Kelly Kivland, Claudia Medeiros, Rachel O’Reilly, Alex Martinis Roe, the São Paulo Reading Group, the Toronto Reading Group, and Vivian Ziherl, and artist pages by Christian Nyampeta.

The third in an ongoing series of readers, Rereading Appropriation joins the previous titles (Mis)reading Masquerades and Reading/Feeling, which originate in the research field that demarcate each of If I Can’t Dance’s two-year Editions, and are designed by Joris Kritis and Julie Peeters. 

Rereading Appropriation
Edited by Tanja Baudoin, Frédérique Bergholtz and Vivian Ziherl
Design by Joris Kritis and Julie Peeters
Distribution by Idea Books in selected bookshops worldwide
Published by If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution, 2015
$30 CDN

If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution is an Amsterdam-based organization that produces art works and thematic programmes. Departing from a spirit of open questioning and long term enquiry with artists, If I Can’t Dance is dedicated to exploring the evolution and typology of performance and performativity in contemporary art.