In her performance 'single use salmon plogging,' Ayumi Goto runs the Toronto Waterfront Marathon as the half-human/half-salmon geisha gyrl, addressing labour, responsibility, and the impact of environmental disaster. The work is dedicated to the late Anishinaabe grandmother and Water Walker Josephine Mandamin, who circumnavigated the Great Lakes to raise awareness about water pollution, and David S. Buckel, a lawyer, environmental activist, and runner, who self-immolated to protest humanity’s addiction to fossil fuels. Short Format Series Created & Produced by Aliya Pabani and Angela Shackel.
In expanding dialogues around the inaugural Toronto Biennial of Art, selected artists discuss their practice and processes in a series of short format podcasts. Interviewed artists and collectives include Adrian Blackwell, Ayumi Goto, Caroline Monnet, Diane Borsato, Isuma, Jeneen Frei Njootli, Life of a Craphead, Lisa Steele and Kim Tomczak, Maria Thereza Alves, Syrus Marcus Ware, and Tsēmā Igharas.
Music: Pictures of the Floating World, Bumbling, 2019; LUCA; Blear Moon, Recalling, 2019.
Image credit: Rinrigaku, 2016. Documentation by Yuula Benivolski