“[T]he creator manages to bring the past to life, to question the present, and even to formulate some hopes for the future.”
After 20 years with PME-ART, co-artistic director Jacob Wren felt he should mark the occasion with something special—so he wrote a book. In keeping with the collective’s practice, Authenticity Is a Feeling blurs the lines between several genres: personal memoir, official history, manifesto… In the end, Wren and his co-conspirators decided to turn this book about performance into a performance itself. Thus we have this User’s Guide—an artist’s talk of sorts, but one that tilts toward the unconventional end of the spectrum.
Wren speaks to the audience, displays photos, plays music, dances and even disrobes; the goal is to entertain, to inform, to make a case for the relevance and value of performance art as a mode of resistance—as something that can make a difference in this troubled world.
PERFORMER Jacob Wren, with the explicit or implicit contributions from PME-ART’s collaborators COSTUMES Claudia Fancello LIGHTING Paul Chambers PRODUCTION & TECHNICAL MANAGER Nikita Bala
PRODUCED BY PME-ART CREATED IN RESIDENCY & CO-PRODUCED BY La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines (Montréal), Inkonst (Malmö), FFT (Düsseldorf) SUPPORTED WITHIN the framework of the Alliance of International Production Houses by the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media SUPPORTED BY Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Conseil des arts de Montréal