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Out of Site: documentation
Samantha Mogelonsky, Talie Shalmon, Lisa Visser
March 14 - April 28, 2006


Out of Site is an off-site series of temporary art projects presented in out of the way, overlooked and/or transitory spaces around Queen’s University campus starting March 25th through April 17th, 2006. Three artists from the Fine Art program at Queen’s will install temporary artworks which animate and respond to the sites. The project room will operate as a hub where documentation and other ephemera connected to the projects will be displayed. Click here to find out more about this project.

Lisa Visser
Lisa Visser, Untitled or Confessions of a 22-year-old female on a concrete wall

Lisa Visser's project proposes to create and remove barriers, invite the audience to exchange personalized details of their lives, and to enact ritual. The site-specificity utilizes the function of the space while employing the use of discrete note-worthy actions that will create an alternate space.

The work will include a blog, a 12 hour performance meant to cleanse the terrain and prepare it for the installation and finally the installation which will include a confession box.

Samantha Mogelonsky, In Formation

Samantha Mogelonsky's project will be an attempt to actively engage this somewhat empty and neglected space. On a formal level, the presentation of this proposed installation will seek to balance the physical space by echoing the triangular patterning of the concrete blocks and adding a directional viewing element from the benches.

From a conceptual standpoint, this project intends to reclaim this de-historicized space by using the metaphorical elements of the bird and birdcage. Just as a transitional space is prone to change in purpose and a migratory population of people, the bird through its physical presence can be seen as a representative of both territoriality and change. The birdcage can be viewed as a structural home, nest and enclosure for information.

The final installation will work with the existing structure of the Queen’s Archive as a site for the flow of information and record of history by using the birdcage as a figurative representation of “the archive”. The presence of cast birds will symbolize a recovery of the space for that purpose, while at the same time, creating a dynamic and interesting installation that will question the function of the Medical Quadrangle from a structural and historical perspective.

Talie Shalmon, Pigeon Alley

Shalmon plans to activate the courtyard that runs between the John Deutsch University Centre (JDUC) to the Physical Education Centre (PEC) in order to draw attention to this neglected space and its reputation as a home to pigeons by means of a participatory artwork. For an hour or two each day, she will invite passersby to join her in her activity of making paper pigeons and listening to pigeon stories.