Embodying Nature: Relating to Geography

On August 18, 2013, Johannes Zits and Victoria Stanton presented a new performance at Artscape Gibraltar Point on Toronto Islands. Embodying Nature: Relating to Geography began with the premise that our surroundings are more than a passive backdrop. Staying away from references that venerate or fix nature in the realm of the sublime, while attempting to approach the built environment from an alternative perspective, we looked into how movement and interactions can question the limitations imposed by dominant histories and constructs. It is our view that through acts of investigative exchanges between ourselves and the spaces we negotiate, that we may begin to open up a dialogue about our relationship to ā€œplace.ā€

This first-time collaboration was carried out over a two-week time period collects actions from a variety of locations across the Island. Performances for the camera ā€“ and for each other ā€“ culminated in a public presentation of performances for an audience.

This piece was realized through the financial support of the Established Artist's Grant from the Ontario Arts Council in 2012.