L'habit / The suit

vida simon

L'habit / The suit

As part of Animals and Children

Curator—Rachel Echenberg

  • Performance
© Vida Simon, The Suit / L'habit, Galerie B-312, 2009—Photo: John Sellekaers

Vida Simon’s installation/performance work has been presented in a wide range of contexts ­ galleries, performance festivals, residencies, and site-responsive projects in public and private spaces. Her work has been shown in Montreal, Canada and internationally, most recently in Chile and Lithuania. As an extension of her practice, Vida often collaborates with others and teaches drawing classes for all ages.

Christian Richer (Élément Kuuda) is an ambient sound artist who has been steadily researching analogue technologies and the production and dissemination of sound via digitally captured field recordings and magnetic tape. Richer has released three albums, has composed soundtracks for art videos, short films and animation projects, and has performed his dynamic and captivating ambient sets in Montreal, Ottawa, and Washington.

Rachel Echenberg is a multidisciplinary artist who works primarily in performance and video. She has curated several art projects from her position as an artist.

14 November 2009


Saturday 14 November 2009 at 5:00 PM

As a part of Animals and Children, this performance is inspired by a child’s suit. This found object, belonging to another era, appears to be a shrunken version of a grown up’s clothing. The oddly miniaturized adult shape combined with the tactility of the wool and fur materials give the suit a creature character of its own: a collaborator within this improvisational piece. Not knowing the clothing’s specific history allows for a continual projection of possible scenarios – historical and imagined – creating shifts between the present moment and an unfolding narrative. The Suit is the second instalment of Vida Simon’s work in the Animals and Children series. This time she moves from the exterior expanse of Leopold – a work in which the artist created an animal that dwelled in the shadows of an old industrial building - into the interior focus of the gallery. This work brings her investigation of the child/animal dynamic to a more intimate space, thus allowing her interaction with the other creature to become more physical and pronounced in its relation to her own body. Both pieces in this series emerge from Vida Simon’s ongoing live research with children that crosses into the many aspects of this artist’s work.

30 April to 30 May 2009 : Monique Moumblow—Arko Preeka
12 September 2009 : Vida Simon—Leopold
22 to 27 September 2009 : Darren O’Donnell (Mammalian Diving Reflex)—Haircuts by Children
8 to 10 October 2009 : Suzanne Joly— Prendre mon T avec elle…
12 November 2009 : Soirée vidéo—Avec des artistes du Canada et de l’étranger
14 November 2009 : Vida Simon— The Suit/ L'habit