Private Investigators : Undercover in Public Space

Walter, Kathryn and Maclear, Kyo. Private Investigators : Undercover in Public Space. Banff, Alta: Banff Centre Press, 1999.

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Abstract (English)

Publication documenting a project in which eight women artists (Private Investigators) participated in a three-week long series of performative interventions for which Banff was used as a stage set. Walter situates the artists’ works within the contexts of situationism and feminism, and suggests that the artists employ irony, parody and masquerade as forms of social critique. The author also provides descriptive analyses of each work, which are accompanied by Maclear’s “eyewitness accounts” of the site-responsive interventions. Issues discussed include: tourism, private and public space, the social construction of sex, lesbian identity and aboriginal spirituality. Includes selected journal entries by Chen and Michalofski on their “Oracle Brand” performance; brief texts by Radul on the public display of affection by heterosexual couples; transcribed field reports by the Lesbian National Parks Rangers (Dempsey and Millan); a brief statement on the significance of Niro’s and HeavyShield’s braid; a note on Kennedy’s “Windows” website. Brief biographical notes. 10 bibl. ref.

Types: Catalogues > Exhibition catalogues
All Contributors: Walter, Kathryn (Curator); Walter, Kathryn (Author); Maclear, Kyo (Author); Crowston, Catherine (Prefacer)
Dossier: 352 - WALTER PHILLIPS GALLERY, BANFF CENTRE FOR THE ARTS (Banff)
Collation: xii, 84 p. : 32 ill. ; 14 x 22 cm
ISBN: 920159613
Language of Publication: English
Publishers: Banff, Alta: Banff Centre Press
Artists: Chen, Millie; Von Michalofski, Evelyn; Kennedy, Kathy; Niro, Shelley; Heavyshield, Faye; Radul, Judy; Dempsey, Shawna; Millan, Lorri
Critics / Curators / Historians: Walter, Kathryn
Art Organizations: Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff Centre For The Arts (Banff)
Event Statement: Performances presented in and around Banff for three weeks in July 1997.
Keywords: TOURISM; MASQUERADE; LESBIAN IDENTITY; PUBLIC SPACE; SITE; BANFF
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Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2001
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2012 17:13
URI: http://e-artexte.ca/id/eprint/13691
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