During Red Dress Productions’ 2018 fall semester artist residency at the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus – Department of Arts, Culture & Media, artists Anna Camilleri and Tristan R Whiston focused their research on interactive, community-engaged work with students. Their work as artists in residence included guest presentations and workshops in ACM classes for Theatre students, participation in the Hart House Human Library Project, and office hours open to all interested students, staff and faculty as an opportunity for one-on-one conversation and critical feedback.
Performances & Installations
Anna and Tristan worked regularly in the Special Topics class in Community-Engaged Performance, and led creative laboratories for students featuring socially-engaged and collaborative art activities. This culminated in a public performance called Saiph Space held on November 27, 2018 from 10 – 12 in the Leigha Lee Browne Theatre. Saiph Space included original audio compositions, live performance, and audience interaction.
Where There Is Smoke
Where There is Smoke is a sound-immersive installation, with video, featuring women firefighters’ stories of standout and workaday moments from the community and the fire hall; this installation followed a series of arts-based workshops and interviews in Toronto, Hamilton, and Kitchener/Waterloo with women firefighters. The installation was open to the UTSC community on December 4 and 5, 2018 at Gallery 1265 with a closing reception on Dec 5.