aGender: Nina Arsenault In Conversation with Poppy Jackson16. Oct - 21. Oct 13 / ended ]performancespace[
Restock, Rethink, Reflect #3: Live Art & feminism: Long Table with Lois Weaver: 7pm - 10pm + Performance commences 10pm - Late
aGender: Nina Arsenault In Conversation with Poppy Jackson
16th October till 21st October 2013
Digital Residency: http://a-g-ender.tumblr.com/
Closed to Public. Digital Residency Live:
Restock, Rethink, Reflect #3:
Live Art & feminism: Long Table with Lois Weaver:
7pm - 10pm
+ Performance commences
10pm - Late
6pm - 12midnight
6pm - 12midnight
6pm - 12midnight
6pm - 12midnight
Performance Trace Exhibition:
11am - 4pm
Nina Arsenault (born January 20, 1974) is a Canadian transgender columnist, freelance writer, live artist, actress and sex-trade worker.
She was born Rodney and grew up in a trailer park in Beamsville, Ontario. She has two master’s degrees. At one point prior to her transition, Arsenault was an instructor at York University, where she taught acting.
She has said her moment of truth about what she was came in August 1996 and her transition was in full force around 1998. By 2007 she had undergone over $150,000 in cosmetic surgery in her transition, financed through work in the sex trade.
Arsenault wrote a regular column on transgender issues for 36 issues of fab, a biweekly Toronto-based LGBT magazine. Her last column was in early 2007.
She has appeared on the television series Train 48 and KinK, as well as the Showtime movie Soldier’s Girl.
She had a well-publicized encounter with Tommy Lee where he flirted with Arsenault for some time before discovering that Arsenault was transgender, and subsequently left in a hurry.
Arsenault appeared in a one-act play written especially for her by Sky Gilbert in November 2007 entitled Ladylike. She is also in the process of writing her memoirs, to be called The Silicone Diaries and has done a one-woman stage show by the same name.
She appeared also in The Jon Dore Television Show, appearing the episode “Manly Man”. She stated the reason why she does not want to remove her male genitals:
"I work as a dancer in a club that caters to men who like "transsexuals." They want us to have beautiful breasts, you know, to be sexy like females but they want that one thing to be different."
In 2010, she performed an autobiographical play entitled i was Barbie.
In 2012, she performed for 40 Days and 40 Nights as part of the inaugural SummerWorks Live Art series in Toronto. For this performance, she spent 40 days undergoing a spiritual experience and opened the last 11 days to the public. As part of this performance, she spent two hours a night whipping herself while riding an exercise bike.
She is the subject of the book Trans(per)forming Nina Arsenault - An Unreasonable Body of Work, edited by Judith Rudakoff, published in April 2012.
Poppy Jackson makes body- and action-based works exploring violence as creative catayst, female sexuality, nomadism and the boundaries between ‘inner’ and ‘outer’ spaces.
Her work has been presented internationally, most recently at Grace Exhibition Space in New York. Jackson received a BA (Hons) in Visual Performance from Dartington College of Arts and is currently a Masters student of Goldsmiths University. She is an Associate Artist of ]performance s p a c e[ and Project Director of Liminal Bodies, the international network for nomadic artists.
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“Jackson’s performances strike a balance of displaying a universal relevance and being immersed in their own visual language, turning everyday and found materials into beautiful alchemical, transformative and other-worldy symbols. One might consider her work life-affirming, not in a sentimental sense, but in connecting with the rawness of physical experience and of life-force itself. She is an artist who seems to live her work, and whose work emerges from her life practice.”
Dr. Paul Hurley
“Poppy is truly an entrepreneur of her own accord and an integral cog in the wheel of the next generation of performance art not only in the UK but globally.”
Hugh O’Donnell – Co-Director, Bbeyond
”The sensory seduction of Poppy Jackson’s Untitled stuns. Amid birdsong, smells of melting wax and poster paint, a woman with red bunting wrapped round wrists balances on a birthday cake in the yellowy light of a summer’s day”
“A highlight is Poppy Jackson, a performance artist, who gives a bodily show involving thick, black, treacle-like paint and her hair. Commanding her audience throughout the performance, she appears stoic and in control, using the walls of the cell as her canvas, though remaining within them, raising questions of power and heightening the relationship of the audience and the artist.”
P&B Cultural Showcase
“I felt how you felt”
Audience member, Project Theatre, Dublin
“She presses play - sound of birds. Bare feet hover over the iced cake and then gently press down – cake oozes, cake breaks, cake gets stuck to feet. Four or five small black wooden sticks (broken) ghetto blaster, blanket, cake, candles, bunting, Crack, crack, crack, crack……the sticks breaking through the bird song. Delicately wraps the bunting round her hands - hands become elongated by bunting, red juice oozes over body. Becoming a bird. Nothing more than necessary. What is it that is so good about making a mess?”
In Conversation is a series of three digital residencies (FORMative, aGender, Install-Action)coupling artists working at the intersection of methodologies. The project will see three pairings of creatives exchange ideas across a five month period resulting in a three week programme (one week per residency) of interdisciplinary exhibitions. These may take any shape; from a symposium or performance, to the production of a written document or installation.
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