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Duplex Non-Local Residency: Jennifer Laiwint
August 28th – September 28th, 2019
Jennifer Laiwint's residency ran from August 28th to September 28th, 2019. During her residency Laiwint stayed at an apartment generously provided by Artspeak, gave an artist talk at the Western Front, and presented her work at Dynamo Arts Association. Throughout her residency period Laiwint worked on her film Tim's Success Story. An excerpt of this film was presented at Dynamo Arts Association on September 27th, 2019. We would like to thank Artspeak, the Western Front and Dynamo Arts Association for their kind and very generous support. Thank you!
About Tim's Success Story: Tim spent most of his life in solitude and silence, until the discovery of an online masculinist self-improvement community opened a pathway for him to overcome social anxiety. Tim’s Success Story follows this 28-year-old man as he embarks on an all consuming quest for love and self-improvement using various male-oriented self-help programs and dubious YouTube gurus as his guides.
About Jennifer Laiwint: Jennifer Laiwint is a Toronto based visual artist and DJ who works across the disciplines of video, text, sound and movement based performance. She is a graduate of York University’s Visual Arts Program and completed a one-year work-study program in Visual and Digital Arts at the Banff Centre. Laiwint’s practice takes a research and process oriented approach to explore the links between self-improvement culture, loneliness and social performance. She investigates what draws people into programs that offer promises of transformation and how our attempts towards self-actualization can be translated into movement, video and text. Her current work looks at how self-help messages get used and manipulated within online masculinist communities, such as Pick Up Artists. She has developed her work in residencies at the Banff Centre and NARS foundation in New York and has exhibited in galleries and festivals across Canada and The United States, including Xpace, the Art Gallery of Mississauga, SummerWorks Performance Festival and Flesh Crisis Performance Art Festival Jennifer is a board member at Pleasure Dome and has a monthly DJ residency at Halfmoon BK, a community radio station in Brooklyn, New York.
Jennifer Laiwint being interviewed by Erik Hood for Artspeak Radio Digest (CFRO 100.5 FM) on September 10th, 2019
Jennifer Laiwint giving an artist talk in the Western Front's Luxe Hall on September 11th, 2019
Screening of Jennifer Laiwint's film Tim's Success Story at Dynamo Arts Association on September 27th, 2019
Film still from Tim's Success Story