Residency for Artists on Hiatus

Satellite Office

Reading Room
451 St. Jean Street

December 20, 2017 - February 28, 2018

About

In conjunction with the exhibition L’OFFRE, on until March 11, 2018, DHC/ART has invited Residency for Artists on Hiatus (RFAOH) to set up a satellite office in the reading room, where they will conduct multiple events that will offer visitors opportunities to embrace the notion of “hiatus as a gift.”

RFAOH is an online residency available to artists who, for one reason or another, are not currently making or presenting art. Residents are selected based on their proposals of “on-hiatus” activities (or non-activities) through international calls, and post periodic reports on their “non- art” endeavour on the RFAOH website. As the pressure for artists to keep up with the demands of the institutionalized artworld increases, RFAOH allows artists freedom from the obligations of being an artist, and offers a space for reflection on alternative modes of creative living. Since 2013, RFAOH has hosted 19 artists on hiatus worldwide. Its third residency term ended this past July, and the co-directors are currently working on an upcoming publication, RFAOH Annual Reports.

The programme of events offered in the temporary office space encourages visitors to expand their perceptions about artists’ identities and practices. These events may also help participants to simply relax or get inspired, while nurturing sensitivity towards alternative modes of “achievement” and creative communication.

Programming

Open Office Wednesdays + On-Hiatus Proposal Review and Non-art Therapy (by appointment)

Every Wednesday, RFAOH’s co-directors will be working in the satellite office on their upcoming publication. Gallery visitors are welcome to stop by to chat with the directors and learn about RFAOH. Also, by appointment, the co-directors will review proposals of non-art projects by artists interested in applying for a future RFAOH residency. These 30-minute sessions may also serve to openly “discuss” hurdles of living as an artist or negotiating life within the artworld.

Please make an appointment for the proposal review session via email: [email protected].

December 20, January 10, 17, 24, 31, February 7, 14, 21, 28
From 1:30 PM to 7 PM

Weekend Afternoon Free Workshops and Artist Talks on Non-art Activities

On Saturday afternoons, co-directors and special guest artists will offer drop-in workshops and lectures on a wide range of subjects other than art.

All are welcome—dates and details of each workshop will be updated on RFAOH’s calendar and DHC/ART’s Facebook event page.

FUNCTIONAL Origami
January 13, 2018
Format: drop-in; approximately 20 minutes
From 1 PM to 5 PM

Learn 3 Guitar Chords (Because You Only Need 3)
January 20, 2018
Format: drop-in, up to 2 participants at a time; approximately 20 to 30 minutes
From 1 PM to 5 PM

The Unknown History of Macrobiotics as Politics (+ Recipes)
February 10, 2018
Format: presentation
From 2 PM to 3 PM

Dubious Self Defense: What To Do When Someone Grabs Your Wrist
February 17, 2018
Format: drop-in, up to 3 participants at a time; approximately 15 minutes
From 1 PM to 5 PM

Guest artist lecture/workshop: Online Meditation by MomenTech (RFAOH ex-resident 2013-2014)
February 24, 2018
Format: presentation/workshop
From 2 PM to 3 PM

Guest artist’s talk by Rob Santaguida (RFAOH ex-resident 2016-2017)
March 3, 2018
Format: presentation, followed by a casual gathering
From 3 PM to 4 PM

Biographies

Montreal-based Shinobu Akimoto and Matthew Evans have run Residency For Artists On Hiatus (RFAOH) as co-directors since 2013. For their other practices and musings in life, please visit their websites: shinobuakimoto.com and thepopmodule.com.

For more information about RFAOH, please visit: residencyforartistsonhiatus.org.

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Photo: Residency for Artists on Hiatus (RFAOH), 2017