The Laboratory of Feminist Pataphysics (LFP) proudly
presents its latest Prototypes for Ateliers of the Near Future at
Stride Gallery in Calgary from April 16 to May 28, 2010.
LFP's founder, Mireille Perron created a series of 13 small-scale models of
Ateliers of the Near Future. Not fearing time wrap, she invited 13 emerging
artists* to propose work in response to the imagined facilities. Artists
have a long history of creatively using objects, building, and structures
discarded of left vacant during economic downturns. Moreover, there is a
long imaginative tradition involving the fabrication of prototypes and models
for alternative ways of working/living/being. LFP's series of ateliers pursue
and combine these two traditions. Tin toys mostly intended for little girls have
been saved from disgrace. Metaphorically they stand for the remains of previous eras.
This deviation from their previous function allows them to form the core of Ateliers
for the Near Future. Ateliers representing a vast range of practices such as fibre/textiles,
ceramics, glass, jewellery/metals, photography, printmaking, creative writing, film, digital,
and mixed-media are portrayed. The diversity of artistic practices is celebrated for its
ability to combat rampant corporate conformity leading to a stunting of creative potential.
Most Ateliers of the Near Future include gardens as part of their experiment with the
cultivation of various aspects of the self. LFP's ateliers are neither utopian nor
dystopian models. They demonstrate the same ingenuity and resourcefulness artists
perform daily "making due" while salvaging the wreckage left behind by neo-liberal
Tim Beliveau &
Ryan Marsh Fairweather,
Mikhel Proulx and
On the night of the opening LFP
distributes around 150 envelopes containing Mesclun seeds with the
following text on each envelop, plus LFP logo:
LFP encourages you to plant these mesclun seeds,
grow them with TLC, and savour the resulting salad of various greens.
Warning: the side-effect of degusting LFP's home
grown salad includes a sudden desire to perform Feminist Pataphysical Interventions
(social experiments that masquerade as works of art.)
Mesclun seeds: Mix of greens for salad. Plant
seeds after last frost, sow ¼ inch deep. Keep seedbed evenly moist until
seedlings emerge in 1 to 2 weeks. Cut and grow again a few times before replanting.