Pam Patterson

Pam Patterson

Photo by Miklos Legrady


In celebration of the Edmonton-based company, The Brick, and in acknowledgement of other “brick” denotations, Brick, as performance, sets out to concretize cultural, political and social phenomena. “Brick”, as noun, identifies a component used for constructions which contain, shelter, and protect and also is used to identify a person who is solid and dependable. But for those of us whose participation in society is partial due to class, race, age, or ability the “brick” acts to separates us from accessing services, needs and spaces. Brick is a dance performance with appliances and bodies!

  • Friday 19 September: lecture at the University of Alberta Fine Arts Building room 2-30 at 2:00 pm
  • Saturday 20 September: performance at 3:30 pm at Latitude 53

Artist’s Statement

My current work explores the body politic as I use my surgically altered, aging, and disabled body as a grotesque and challenging site for cultural intervention. My intention is to develop a new work relevant to the site and to Edmonton for Visualeyez with individuals interested in working with/in disability art and movement.

Call For Participants

This year’s Visualeyez theme is movement – how the city moves us and how we move the city. We will be looking at our relationship to our urban environments and how we navigate these spaces in our daily lives.

Pam Patterson is an internationally recognized performance artist, educator and scholar based in Toronto and she is looking for individuals and disability artists for a movement-based performance(s) of Brick for Visualeyez Sept. 16-21 2014.

Brick will explore our personal movement patterns, frustrations and found joys. Our “bricks” are the institutions we navigate, the objects we use (or are unable to use), and the relationships we have with both. Our movement-in-context becomes an educational instrument for social change.

The performance is basically a dance/poem with objects: dryers, vacuum cleaners, Lazy boy chairs, low tables…. We will try and make sure you can choose one that “moves” you! Personal assistants are welcome and will participate as creative enablers.

Performers will improvise and repeat in performance three solo/group gestures/aktions/sounds including: an umbrella protest “walk”, a personal “dance” in which you find and repeat a gesture that relates to/supports and powerfully responds to your own movement patterns, and a “dance”-with-object. Still tableaus punctuate the movement piece and work with timed cheorography. We may also write a joint poem/text and incorporate this into our own sound scape. Check out Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall

What we will require from you as a participant:

  • We will meet twice before we perform (about 1 ½ hours each time) to chat, workshop together, and set a framework/cues for the performance.

  • You will need to wear comfortable clothes, bring anything/anyone you need to meet your own comfort/communication needs (please let us know of any specific accommodations you require as well), bring a personal assistant if needed, have an idea for a furniture or appliance you would like to work with and a black umbrella!

  • What you will need to bring for the performance, what to wear, where to go, and when to arrive will all be discussed when I we meet for our workshops.

It is going to be fun and interesting, I think. And enjoying the process is the only reward or incentive I can give you as this is an unpaid gig. Apologies.

Pam Patterson


Pam Patterson (PhD) has been active for over 35 years through various capacities in women and gender studies, visual culture, and art education. Her research, performance, and teaching have focused on contemporary culture, community practice, feminist art education, art and education mentoring, performance art as pedagogy, and innovation, inclusion and access in art education. As a performance and visual artist she was a founding member of FADO Performance Inc. and ARTIFACTS and exhibits and performs internationally. Her current work explores the body politic as she uses her surgically altered and aging body as a grotesque and challenging site for cultural intervention.

Ontario Arts Council