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14 Jan 2004 – 29 Feb 2004
Rainer Ganahl. Seminar/Lecture, Laverne Comtois, Jean Stevenson, Lucy Kumak, Henriette McKenzie, Michèle Audet, Nakusset Fam, etc., International Women’s Day, Journée internationale de la femme, Native Friendship Centre of Montreal, Montreal, 3/8/2000. Colour photographs, AP 1, 20 x 40 in. Courtesy of the artist and Paul Petro.
With works in various media by Michael Fernandes, Rainer Ganahl, Mike Hein, Suzy Lake, John Marriott, Lani Maestro and Adrian Piper, Lecture Notes has plenty to say about the giving and receiving of lectures. Selected works document or recreate the lecture as a teaching situation, content-free spectacle, celebrity forum, or occasion for daydreaming, among other possibilities. Some are funny; others, unsettling. All are relevant to one of Metro’s most established industries: post-secondary education.
Rainer Ganahl represented Austria at the 1999 Venice Biennale. His activist work engages with the forms and content of education and politics, whether through publishing, exhibitions, or public actions such as the Reading Seminars. Ganahl presented the Frantz Fanon Reading Seminar at the gallery in February.
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