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THE LAST MATCH

KUš

MAY 7 - 12, 2014

 

kuš and Videofag present The Last Match

Part of The Toronto Comic Arts Festival

May 7th - 12th

Opening Reception May 8th, 7:00pm-9:00pm

Free to Attend

 

Since 2009, the Latvian comics magazine kuš! has invited international comic artists to draw their interpretations of "the last match" on paper snips the size of matchbooks. At this size, these little artworks are easily collected in just a few tiny boxes – BUT – when exhibited together as The Last Match, the collected drawings are taken out and hung on matchsticks, showing that together you can make something big out of something small.The Last Match is made up of contributions from more than 380 artists, from over 52 countries. This international exhibition has traveled from Riga to Lisbon, Linz, Lucerne, Leipzig, Erlangen, Haarlem, Tbilisi, Prague, Poznan, St. Petersburg, Bologna, Graz, and Ljubljana, and it's making it's Toronto/Ontario/Canadian/North American debut with TCAF! We're so excited!

 

Co-presented by Videofag in Kensington Market, The Last Match will be up from May 7th-12th. There will be an opening reception on May 7th, from 7:00-9:00pm, which we highly recommend attending. With so many pieces, you'll want to spend time with it all!

 

The exhibition is being brought to TCAF thanks to the kuš! editors David Schilter and Sanita Muižniece, and will be accompanied by a matching wall painting by Patrick Kyle. For more information on The Last Match, as well as photos of it from previous showings, please visit the kuš website.

 

“Matchmonster” illustration by Oskars Pavlovskis.

HUNGRY BOTTOM COMICS

ERIC KOSTIUK WILLIAMS

MAY 15 - 18, 2014

 

Join us in celebrating the simultaneous release of Hungry Bottom Comics 3 and The Collected Hungry Bottom Comics - the final releases from Eric Kostiuk Williams' queer memoir project! This special four-day exhibition will feature over 60 original, 11x15 comic book pages mounted in Videofag's main space, spanning three issues and over two years of work.

 

OPENING NIGHT is Thursday, May 15th - 7-9 pm!

 

We'll have books and original artwork for sale,a reading from the comic,a selection of awesome tunes*,and a special performance from the prettiest girl in the West End, Allysin Chaynes!

 

*including: Moloko, Kate Bush, David Bowie, of Montreal, Bjork, Massive Attack, fka twigs, Kylie Minogue, Hercules and Love Affair, Royksopp, Goldfrapp, Peaches, Omar Souleyman, RuPaul, Siouxsie and the Banshees - and more!

STRUGGLED REAGANS

DIRECTED BY GREGG GOLDING

JUNE 7, 2014

 

77 mins HD, Color-Directed by Gregg Golding

 

"Morphenominal" - San Francisco Bay Guardian

 

"I Have No Idea What This Is, But I Love It So Much" - io9.com

 

"This is Crazy" - PFFR

 

It's Morphin' time!

 

The Toronto Premiere of Struggled Reagans at VideofagDO NOT MISS THIS HISTORICAL MOTION PICTURE EVENT! Exclusive Q&A and live appearance of the elusive Reagans!!! Plus....special Giveaways

 

There's a tumor in the collective unconscious, and it's up to 6 young people to draw on its power and become the Struggled Reagans! Armed with Metaphysical super powers, A giant robot, and perverse sexual fetishes, they can defeat an ancient Hindu god and his googley eyed monster...Right?

SUPER DIVINER (ENTREAT - PART ONE)

RM VAUGHAN

JULY 29, 30, 31

 

A new performance by RM Vaughan

July 29, 2014 6:44pm to 8:44pm

July 30, 2014 6:43pm to 8:43pm

July 31, 2014 6:42 pm to 8:42pm

 

Admission Free

 

Super-Diviner is an experiment.

 

Toronto multi-media artist RM Vaughan has been reading Tarot cards and participating in occult rituals since his early teens.

 

Now he wants to know: Is he actually psychic?

 

Super-Diviner seeks to both re-arrange and undermine traditional systems of divinatory revelation (aka "fortune telling"), by disrupting the format of the familiar, one-on-one/single-signifier-deck Tarot reading. And, by dislodging the worn tropes of the "Tarot reading", Vaughan hopes to discover whether or not he is a psychic conduit.

 

The performances will take place for exactly two hours before sunset, three days in a row.

 

Visitors to the gallery will be instructed to enter alone, and not to speak or otherwise communicate with Vaughan. Vaughan will not be visible and is not permitted to ask questions of the visitor. All facial cues, verbal cues, and other non-verbal cognitive transactions between "Reader" and "Receiver" will thus be made opaque to both parties.

 

The visitor will select three cards from a pile of assorted divinatory decks, divinatory cards both well-known and obscure. The visitor will not be able to see the horde of cards and will use his/her own intuition in choosing them from an opaque bowl.

 

By breaking up multiple divinatory decks and throwing them into a common (and occluded) lot, Vaughan seeks to negate the innate, hierarchical systems present in each deck as well as the act of "card shuffling" and how it determines the Receiver's psychic "readiness" and receptivity -- and, overall, to create a far more random selection of potential divinatory prompts for both the visitor and the reader.

 

Once selected, the visitor's cards will be delivered to Vaughan via a simple mechanical exchange, an obscured sliding door, and Vaughan will pronounce his reading of the cards to the visitor from behind a veiled space.

 

The end of the reading is signalled by Vaughan's returning of the cards, via the sliding door, to the visitor, who then must leave. The visitor takes away the given reading and decides for her/himself if Vaughan possesses psychic abilities, or does not. The visitor is free to relay their discoveries to the docent, or not.

 

Super-Diviner is the first instalment of Entreat, a three-part "physic investigation" project involving performance and the creation of divinatory objects. Parts two and three will manifest over the coming 12 months, in various locations.

 

About the artist: RM Vaughan is a Toronto-based artist and writer. He is the author of 9 books and hundreds of articles on culture. His collaborative video works play in festivals around the world. Please visit www.rmvaughan.ca