Robert Bean: Thing Site Artist Talk (Informal)

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Robert Bean: Thing Site   Artist Talk (Informal)
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MEET THE ARTIST: Please join us for an informal talk and tour by Robert Bean for his new solo exhibition 'Thing Site'.

Robert Bean: Thing Site runs April 14 – May 7, 2016
Circuit Gallery @ Prefix ICA
401 Richmond Street West, Suite 124, Toronto, ON, M6R 2G5

Artist Talk (informal): Saturday, April 16, 1-4 PM
Closing Reception: Friday, May 6, 6-9 PM
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11 AM – 5 PM


Circuit Gallery is pleased to present, as a Featured Exhibition in the 2016 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, a solo exhibition of new work by Canadian artist Robert Bean which considers the importance of ‘Things,’ historic sites used for social and political gatherings.

In Nordic and Germanic culture, the Thing was a public assembly where governance, laws, and dispute resolutions were discussed and negotiated. The gatherings were organized in open-air locations with distinctive characteristics as well as effective acoustic resonance. The practice of “making things public,” a description initiated by French philosopher Bruno Latour, has contemporary implications for how we represent, experience, and utilize public space for the potential of expressing democratic principles.

The exhibition is based on two Thing sites: the Althing in Iceland and the Thingstätte in Heidelberg, Germany. The Althing is one of the most celebrated tourist attractions in Iceland, while the Thingstätte in Heidelberg recalls the propaganda narratives of the Third Reich prior to the Second World War. The original purpose of these sites, however, is not reflected in their contemporary uses. Tourism, access to the natural landscape, geological landmarks, walking paths, ruins, outdoor concerts, theatrical reenactment, training locations for athletes, and festival venues are just some of the current uses of these Thing sites.

The exhibition is accompanied by the essay ‘Rendering Things, Gathering Sites,’ by Jayne Wilkinson, a Toronto-based writer, editor and curator. In her essay, she explores Bean’s exhibition as a multifaceted interpretation of “the thing,” by considering the etymological fluidity of things – as objects, sites, landscapes and assemblages.

"In combining traditional photography with computer-generated imagery, an architectural model, and a short video, Bean’s project asks how we might render difficult histories visible in the present. Through shifts in language, form and perception, the works offer new ways to interpret things, and thing sites, as objects entangled within the histories of politics and the politics of history."

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By: Circuit Gallery