Posted by Cian Cruise on September 25th, 2015
My laptop’s charging in the AC stand and my cell phone’s daisy chained to the USB port, both hungry for power after a week of labour. A BBQ pork steamed bao works its way down my gullet. People mill about the airport, wandering from gate to gate, towing children or luggage or time. I just said goodbye to Guadalupe and Luciana, who’re heading back to Van city for the Live Biennale. The other artists have already left, their homes spread across the wide expanse of this nation. My flight’s in an hour or so. All of a sudden the festival’s over, I can feel it in my bones.
Posted by Cian Cruise on September 23rd, 2015
Mathieu Léger is going for a walk. His work, The Distance Between Us, is a perambulatory tour at both the micro and macro scale. He spends approximately two or three months a year at home, the rest is invested in residencies around the world. Residencies where he walks to an interconnected series of nodes that provide waypoints for continuous travel. In a sense, each residency or festival is yet another node on an even larger map. In my head, I picture a manifold map of his many walks animated like a great sprawling mass of tentacles. He says that, thanks to GPS tracking his every step, he’s been working on just that.
He is careful in how he describes the map, the route, and his action, because these details reveal a world of subtle exchange. A bit of a spaz, I stumble over the way he describes his work. I ask about “The End” of one walk, and he looks at me over his beard, a smile twinkling in his eyes, and tells me that it isn’t an end, but a bouncing off point, an intermediary through which his journey moves. And I realize that I’m thinking in a box. I’m thinking in terms of the festival only, in terms of the performances and actions ahead, and he is trying to bring me somewhere else. (more…)
Posted by Adam on September 9th, 2015
During the festival, Moncton-based artist Mathieu Léger will be leading four experimental wanderings through the Edmonton area, on routes set by his first action: piercing a map of the city to discover origin and destination points.
The Distance Between Us is founded on the premise that people rarely explore the place within which they live. This project proposes random locations to visit through a map being folded and then pierced. The resulting holes then become destinations to be walked to and visited, demanding curiosity and creating a journey that opens us to observation and discussions about our routines and regular déplacements.
Join Mathieu at the gallery at 2:00 pm on Tuesday September 15 to witness the invention of these routes, and on the first walk leaving at 3:00 the same day—and find more about his work, as well as the tentative schedule of his other three walks right here on his artist page.