IdeaAssassins @ Visualeyez 2009

IdeaAssassins will be presenting their performance Project No. 66 – In a Pool as part of Latitude 53’s Performance Art Festival, Visualeyez. We have posted the following videos as a way to extend the performance. We would love for you to respond to the videos in any way you see fit. Your responses will become part of Project No. 66 – In a Pool.

Kim’s Pool Story – Video One

Kim’s Pool Story- Video Two

Performance Date / Time / Location

Friday September 18th / 10 PM / Scona pool, 10450 72 Avenue, West entrance

Sunday September 20th / 10 PM / Scona pool, 10450 72 Avenue, West entrance

Performance Summary:

This performance includes water, live bodies and projected online material. This performance will force spectators in real time and space, to situate—and if they choose, implicate—themselves in the event.

Additionally, while the project will center around the proposed live event, we will begin the performance—and relationship with potential audience members— on our blog and on YouTube. During the live event, each participant will receive an artist book multiple which will serve to extend the performance further.

Artist Statement:

As IdeaAssassins one of our main goals is to engage—via performance—with intersections between theory and practice. All of the theories that we have previously engaged with, and continue to explore are heavily mediated by the notion of water. We seek to both activate and explore contemporary forms of subjectivity, which are inherently fluid and unstable. Fueled by the placement of technology on the body, subjectivity becomes an expanded notion that takes into account and questions the body, the mind, and the tools we use in quotidian existence. This project attempts to perform and problematize these contemporary notions of the subject, and highlight forged connexions, broken binaries, and saturated, hypermediated modes of perception.


8 Responses to “IdeaAssassins @ Visualeyez 2009”

  1. 1 Piet
    September 15, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    “Swimming is being almost a little holy”
    (Paul Snoeck)

  2. 2 Christina Gray
    September 15, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    I don’t understand why you can’t just make normal theatre. You had so much potential!

  3. 3 Heidi
    September 16, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    I tried to do a video response, in goggles and a bright green swimming cap, but I am technically illiterate, apparently. So here is my written response.

    My favorite water experience was, last summer I was on holiday in Spain…

    Nope, just kidding. I’m more verbose than that.

    I was nine and on my grandfather’s sailboat moored at a log boom of the coast of Vancouver. We’d been at sea for 2 weeks, it was dusk and I was in the ocean, lazily treading water and wishing for a more cosmo vacay. A furry head popped out of the water a few feet from me. A sea otter proceeded to roll and preen and splash and generally show off for me, his only audience. At one point we were practically nose to nose; there was a lot going on in those liquid brown eyes up close. Something unclear to me scared him away and he slid off without a sound. I stayed there for a few minutes, waiting for him to come back. Then, although I didn’t want to, I swam over to the collection of logs that was my temporary front yard and ran to tell my family. They were less impressed than I thought they should be.

  4. 4 Genevieve Cashman
    September 17, 2009 at 2:04 am


    I am sure the mouse does believe in a higher power. But can mice believe in higher powers? Do they have that capability? That line actually makes one think about that sort of thing! Can any animal believe in a higher power? Have they ever considered that? I must say though, if I had seen a mice trying to swim, you better believe that I would have flipped out and not tried to help it!

    Swimming is healthy and is good for meditation. Surrounding yourself in a body of water is a calm technique. I love swimming!

    Great job keep it up!

    Gen 🙂

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