May I Take Your Arm? (2018-2021)
A live, interactive, performance installation re-imagined into a 7-part multidisciplinary follow-at-home experience.
Artist team: Alex Bulmer, Tristan R. Whiston, Anna Camilleri, Becky Gold, Wy Joung Kou, Charles Ketchabaw & Katie Yealland
Blind artist Alex Bulmer takes the arm of people in her new neighbourhood. Together, they walk, listen, and share life stories — an architecture of place emerges. Experience their journeys through these multi-sensory moving-portraits that consider the past, illuminate the present, and evoke possible futures.
Where There Is Smoke (2017-2021)
Audio and video installation featuring women firefighters’ stories
Artist team: Anna Camilleri, Tristan R Whiston, Wy Joung Kou, Aidan Morishita-Miki, & Katie Yealland
Storytellers: Over 25 women firefighters from across Canada
Where There is Smoke is an audio and video installation featuring women firefighters’ stories of standout and workaday moments from the community and the fire hall; a multi-dimensional portrait of career and volunteer firefighters with a diverse range of experiences and perspectives on camaraderie, fire science, training, and being one (or a few) amongst many. The latest audio iteration also includes stories from women and non-binary firefighters working during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A series of workshops and events that explore intersectionality in the arts.
As an organization led by artists who embody disabled and enabled experience, we often grapple with the pedagogy of inclusion: “Who is including who?” While methods of ‘access’ and ‘inclusion’ are often tacked on after an artwork has been created, Deaf and disabled artists and audiences are often positioned on the periphery.
These concerns go to the root of how we create, which is to dismantle systemic barriers that limit the participation of many.
Drift Seeds (2017)
A collaborative, outdoor performance
With live audio description and integrated ASL
Rock Robin, the self-appointed leader of the land, has been brought down and someone must take responsibility. Sparrow confesses amidst rumours of a cover up, and a group of activists parody the state in a mock funeral procession while finding out what really happened.
A performance installation
Created by Tristan R. Whiston, Moynan King
Whiston’s voice changing as he transitioned ‘from female to male’ turns into a universal experience that asks: How do we reconcile who we have been, with who we are now, with who we are yet to become?
An interdisciplinary performance
Written and performed by Anna Camilleri, Ivan Coyote, Lyndell Montgomery, Leslie Peters
Queer tales. True, except when they’re not. This collection of stories swell and implode the spaces between cultural institutions and queer landscapes, between female and male, between tightly produced performance and kitchen table talk.
Never Man’s Land (2008)
An interdisciplinary performance
Written and directed by Tristan R. Whiston
Starring Anna Camilleri, Christopher Cauley, Canon Cook
Using Peter Pan as a frame of reference to explore issues of gender identity, Never Man’s Land is a contemporary tale about a transgendered person who doesn’t know how to grow up amid the conflicting messages of their body.
Sounds Siren Red (2004–06)
A one-woman performance
Written and performed by Anna Camilleri
Directed by Tristan R. Whiston
Video art by Leslie Peters
A lyrically infused exploration on generational violence, Sounds Siren Red draws from Camilleri’s memoir, I Am a Red Dress: Incantations on a Grandmother, a Mother, and a Daughter (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2004).