Stage 3 Warped Acts

Fri Nov 25, 2011 - 8:00 pm - Sat Nov 26, 2011 - 1:00 am @ Gendai Workstation, 1265 Bloor Street West

Door opens at 8pm
Free Admission (Limited space. Please be on time.)

"The Scene contains the act." - Kenneth Burke

08:30pm - Exits and Entrances , magic performance by Joe Culpepper

09:30pm - Silent Round Table Discussion on Magic and Performance Art

10:30pm - Perhaps a Magic Lantern...


Exits and Entrances
Is there not something inherently magical about the entrances and exits of homes, places of work, or galleries? To enter is to suddenly appear. To exit is to suddenly vanish. Both of these acts can only occur by crossing a structure's thresholds -- by breaching those liminal boundaries -- that separate the inside from the outside; the interior from the exterior. "Exits and Entrances" is a performative study of this act of breaching, a meditation on the fantastic ways in which our bodies penetrate the time, place, and space, for instance, at Gendai?

Length: 15 minutes (Ephemeral -- it will be important that all of those who wish to see the performance arrive on time!)

Joe Culpepper is a practicing magician and a PhD student in Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto. His dissertation is titled Reception and Adaptation: Magic Tricks, Mysteries, Con Games. He can usually be found writing in his office at Robarts library, reading in a collection of rare books or performing on stage. His latest article "Births, Deaths and Reincarnations of Reception Theory" was published in Frame 24.1 (May 2011).

Silent Round Table Discussion
An experiment in participatory spectator-response and open dialogue.

Perhaps a Magic Lantern...
Magic Lantern is an early type of image projector developed in the 17th century. A lantern and some sample slides will be on display, and, with a little luck, this apparatus will be brought to life. Due to the nature of this artifice, last minute cancellation of the program might fall in the range of foreseeable circumstances.


Warped Acts, the second occurrence of Stage 3: Architectural Construction of Gendai's 2011 Fall project Feasibility Study, traces the potential trajectories paved by its precedent Opening Lines and explores the idea of movement as an architectural element. Feasibility Study is an alternative renovation strategy where the process is slowed down, broken into three stages, and made transparent to the public.

Related Events

Stage 1 Opening Performance

Fri Sep 9, 2011 - 8:00 pm @ Gendai Workstation, 1265 Bloor Street West

Stage 3 Opening Lines

Fri Nov 11, 2011 - 7:30 pm @ Gendai Workstation, 1265 Bloor Street West

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