Overland Station: par voie de terre – Artist performance and reception
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Weston Family Learning Centre
Art Gallery of Ontario
Free public event
6:30-9:30pm: Performance and reception, during which time guests are welcome to mingle and meet the artist
7:15-8:00pm: Artist talk and Q&A
Join us for an artist performance and reception with Aimée Henny Brown, the artist at the centre of the project Overland Station: par voie de terre. Having arrived at Toronto's Union Station earlier in the day – at 9:30 ET, to be exact – Brown will be at the AGO to share stories of her outbound route from Vancouver, which she started on May 13th. Join us in marking the mid-way point of this unique project, before Brown sets off on the return leg of her journey.
Donning the uniform and assuming the persona of an early twentieth-century rail station agent, Brown will distribute the handmade letterpress tickets, printed broadsides and blank telegrams that have accompanied her on her journey thus far. In doing so, her performance will recall a time when the Canadian rail network – and the country it traversed – was in its infancy. As the person responsible for issuing and receiving rail tickets, news bulletins and personal correspondences, rail station agents played a central role in bridging this expanse. From within her own station agent booth – a foldaway structure that will be set-up and taken-away on the night – Brown will engage with guests, distributing handmade printed materials and inviting them to make some of their own.
Follow Brown's route from Vancouver to Toronto and back at overlandstation.ca, a travel and research blog featuring photographs and other materials from Brown's site-specific performances and full, round-trip journey.