Wheelchair Accessible Venue
Heather Lenz / 2018 / USA / 80 min / FREE
TOPIC: CELEBRITY, INSTITUTIONALIZATION, POP CULTURE, VISUAL ART
TYPE: FILM, PANEL/Q&A, VISUAL ART
Trace the tumultuous and triumphant journey of Yayoi Kusama, the Infinity Mirrors visionary who overcame mental health struggles to become the biggest-selling female artist in the world. Emerging as a rival to Andy Warhol in the ‘60s, the Japanese artist battled with childhood trauma, prejudice and depression, voluntarily spending over three decades living in a Tokyo psychiatric hospital and using art therapy as a way to cope. Kusama: Infinity beautifully delves into her astonishingly prolific career, the influence of her dazzling polka-dotted visions—which she describes as “art medicine”—and the power of embracing weirdness.
Followed by a Q&A with special guests and subject matter experts.
In partnership with Bell Let’s Talk and Hot Docs, we’re showcasing a series of free docs-and-conversations about mental health leading up to and on the 10th annual Bell Let’s Talk Day. Join the conversation to break the stigma around mental illness and help create positive change. Each doc will feature a post-screening Q&A with special guests and experts.
In recognition of the potentially triggering content of the participating films, supportive listeners will be present at each screening.
Tickets: FREE (maximum of two per person). Available as of Tuesday, January 7.
The Workman Arts Chapel has stairs up from the street into the building and into the theatre and stairs down to the washrooms.
Slow pulsing light used in this performance.
Forever Epic Films / Created by Lisa Anita Wegner and Scott White / 60 min
GENRE: PERFORMANCE ART
Intangible Adorations is an immersive theatrical experience that explores the impact of celebrity worship on the mental health of the famous, and on those who become infatuated with celebrity. Audience members will gather in the Hall of Celebrity, have the opportunity to learn the best way to approach someone famous, and then experience an iconic piece of performance art in the Red Chapel enacted by a celebrity whose identity is concealed by a morph suit. Will they reveal their identity, or will they choose to remain anonymous? That will be up to the individual who represents the ICON each night. Who in the audience will have the courage to participate in a celebrity panel where they’ll get a taste of what it feels like to be famous?
Creators: Lisa Anita Wegner and Scott White
Lighting Design and Effects: Carl Elster
Original Music: Pink Moth
Co-producers: Haus of Dada, Workman Arts, KC Cooper and Meek
Performers: KC Cooper, Emily Gillespie, Amy Loucareas, Meek, Jane Smythe and Lisa Anita Wegner
The creators would like to acknowledge the OAC for Exhibition Assistance for Intangible Adorations: The Icon Experience.
Celebrity and Anonymity: An Artist Talk and Q&A
A discussion of Intangible Adorations with creator and performer Lisa Anita Wegner and collaborator Scott White on Saturday, October 19 after the 2:00 pm show, moderated by Lisa McKeown. The discussion will touch on the nature of modern celebrity culture, celebrity worship syndrome and the origins of this version of Intangible Adorations. The panel will also discuss the significance of Lisa’s journey with mental and physical health, the relevance of finding anonymous expression, and how this piece fits into Lisa’s larger universe of therapeutic performance and film work.