Spatial Practice as Social Sustainability: Case Studies from le/the SensoriuM

By Natalie Doonan.

Published by The International Journal of Sustainability in Economic, Social and Cultural Context

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This paper focuses on the production of publics by performance art that is located outside of institutional (gallery/museum) settings. The two case studies presented provoke considerations of the roles of participatory performance art in relation to social and cultural sustainability. Introducing Miriam Simun’s The Lady Cheese Shop and Atom Cianfarani’s CONSUME LOVE, I argue for their contribution toward a democratic public sphere through affective engagement of participants. These are the first two projects I have curated through the new creative platform le/the SensoriuM (www.lesensorium.com). Located in Montréal, le/the SensoriuM presents an ongoing series of performance art events, with the goal of generating discussion through and about food. This article is the first piece of critical writing to address either The Lady Cheese Shop or CONSUME LOVE, although each was performed in New York before its iteration through le/the SensoriuM.

Keywords: Performance Art, Public Art, Public Space, Spatial Practice, Social Practice, Social Sustainability, Urban Planning, Sustainable Cities, Food Studies, Creative City

The International Journal of Social Sustainability in Economic, Social and Cultural Context, Volume 8, Issue 3, pp.97-110. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.767MB).

Natalie Doonan

PhD Humanities Candidate, Online Sessional Instructor, Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies, Faculty of Culture + Community, Concordia University, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Natalie Doonan is a multimedia and performance artist currently based in Montréal, Canada. Her current research focuses on artists who perform in public spaces, incorporating tours and tastings into their work. She is a PhD Humanities candidate at Concordia University, in the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture. She also works in course development and teaching at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Her work has been exhibited inside and outside of institutional spaces, nationally and internationally. She is co-founder of the Vancouver-based artist collective, The Miss Guides, and founder of le / the SensoriuM.