OPAF5_Guillaume Dufour Morin

Guillaume Dufour Morin (Rimouski, Canada): Following Non-existent Beings Piece
  • duration 30 min
  • Watch: 13th August 2017 at 4 pm UTC

DESCRIPTION: Following Non-existent Beings Piece is the shadowing of random imaginary beings in Montreal streets. In 1969, performance and conceptual artist Vito Acconci randomly selected and then followed individual passersby  he encountered in New York City during 21 days, maintaining his pursuit until the person entered a place he can’t go. The process of Following Piece varied in length from a few minutes to several hours. Though this stalking was aggressive, the artist put himself to the service of this scheme, becoming ‘almost not an I anymore”. Taking the appearance of a person walking in the streets alone with his phone, Following Non-existent Beings Piece is a reinterpretation of the Vito Acconci’s action where the follower ignores each individual passerby and trails non-existent beings.

BIO: Guillaume Dufour Morin is a performance art and creative writing artist living in Rimouski, Québec, Canada. Focusing on tactical détournement of social hygiene prescriptions and slogans, his practice consists mainly of performances, interventions and furtive actions. Since 2013, his art have been deployed in events, festivals, workshops, symposiums, artist residences, exhibition spaces and public spaces, either individually or collectively, in Quebec and more recently in Slovakia. In 2017, his work is exhibited in collective expositions with VOIR À L’EST – contemporary art. Since June 2017, he is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Caravansérail, an artist-run centre in Rimouski.