PLAY: How to Eat a Chair, Life as Art, Art as a Game

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PLAY: How to Eat a Chair, Life as Art, Art as a Game

with Francine Royer (Calq, QC), Ayeh Naraghi (UNESCO), David Panton (Acme Studios, UK), Sebastien Sanz de Santamaria (Residency Unlimited, NY), Naomi Beckwith (Studio Museum in Harlem, NY) and Pierre Beaudoin, moderator

Performance

PLAY: How to Eat a Chair, Life as Art, Art as a Game
Saturday, October 9, 2010 at 3 pm
at OBORO
$10 - entry fee

OBORO welcomes Mexican artist, curator and cultural activist Juan José Díaz Infante to Montreal for 2010 Res Artis Conference.

As part of his performance, Díaz Infante will demonstrate how to eat a chair as he speaks of different ways of making art today. Audience will be encouraged to try.

Play informs Juan José Díaz Infante's work, be it his OBORO performance, or his participation at the Res Artis Conference. In this spirit, the artist organized the multidisciplinary festival Play! in Mexico City last Spring. With a nod to former chess players Marcel Duchamp, Bobby Fischer and Che Guevara, Juan José Díaz Infante conceives of play as a way of knowing and as an opportunity for meetings, but also as a keen starting point for creative endeavors.

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Juan Jose Díaz Infante

Transdisciplinary artist and curator, Juan Jose Díaz Infante is a communications and technology consultant for several companies, institutions and governments. In 1997 and 2000, he worked for IFE, Electoral Institute, to conceptualize the country's first democratic elections in 60 years. In 2008, he worked for Tata Consulting, transistioning to Open Source Software for the IMSS, Mexican Social Security Institute (the largest client of microsoft in Latin America). In 2008 and 2009, he worked for the Secretary of Culture DF, consulting for 70 art collectives in a pilot to generate cultural enterprises. He has published 26 books and nine art videos. Chief curator of Transitiomx03, founder and director of Play Festival and of the International Encounter of Art and Science ECAM, he has been working on the conception of ART BY Gallery, a virtual and physical gallery dedicated to technology. His personal works includes visual poetry, video, photography, performance, installation, music and digital art, and have been shown in major museums and galleries.