Epicenter Revolutions A Non-Binary Durational Performance Investigation into Internal Transformations and Identity by Enok Ripley, Eish Van Wieren, Mycelium, and Holly Timpener
3997 St. Laurent Blvd, Tiohti:áke (Montreal)
Epicenter Revolutions is a performance event that investigates internal transformations within performance art. All artists in this project are transgender and/or non-binary. In their works, the artists examine how internal transformations felt within durational action(s) support transgender and non-binary identity and act as a form of political resistance. Transgender and non-binary bodies simply occupying space is an act of resistance towards heteronormative ideals in which everyday, lived experiences guide the construction of identity and community in public and counterpublic spaces. This event illuminates how transgender and non-binary bodies engage in durational performative action to listen, activate, and understand the personal and political affects of their lived experience. The artists insist that the acknowledgment and engagement of micro-changes felt by transgender and non-binary people creates resistance to oppression, heteronormativity, and gender binaries, ultimately creating systematic change, social justice, and united spaces where non-normative identities can flourish.
The presented works are durational and so there is no need to attend for the entire six hours.
To witness, please come any time between 1 and 6 pm.
Learn more about the artists and exhibition here
Holly Timpener is a queer non-binary performance artist working in depth with themes of queer trauma and queer resistance. By balancing their personal experience, knowledge and memories with insight gained through community research, Timpener investigates “The Personal Is Political” in a modern sociopolitical context. Timpener has held several international residencies and worked with multiple festivals including Month of Performance Art – Berlin (2013), Sled Island Festival – Calgary (2013), Nuit Blanche – Calgary (2014), and Nuit Blanche – Toronto (2015). Their work has been featured at Stride Gallery (Calgary AB, 2015), The Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto ON, 2014/2016), and Espacio Centro Gallery (Oaxaca, Mexico, 2015). They have gone on to work with La Pocha Nosta at Montreal Arts Interculturels (2017), the Paseo Festival (2019), and Encuentro in Mexico City (2019). In 2018, Timpener performed at RIPPA Montreal, Buddies In Bad Times Theatre for the Rhubarb Festival, and collaborated on a performative film with Rojin Shafiei for Never Apart Gallery in Montreal. In 2020 Timpener collaborated with VestAndPage in correlation with the Venice International Performance Art Week, performed virtually at the Drip Performance Festival (Liverpool, UK) and worked with The Holy Gasp to present a 9-hour durational performance entitled Grief. Most recently Timpener has been collaborating with artist and friend Tess Martens on live and virtual works for FADO and the Lots of Love Festival.
Timpener is also a founding member of the collective NO OBJECT, collaborates with sister Jackie Timpener as KINSFOLK and in 2019 established a queer performance event entitled Pi*llOry that shows three times a year in Toronto.