In the fall of 2011, I headed to Oshawa with performance artist Michele Sereda to set up the installation and performance piece ‘The Office of Identity Collection’. An empty storefront in downtown Oshawa was transformed into a mock 1950’s government office. Local people stopped in for a coffee and an interview.
Michele Sereda posed as an officious secretary who processed participants before sending them into the back office for a one on one interview with me.
The Robert McLaughlin Gallery coordinated the public engagement project. This resulted in my exhibition of Oshawa specific work, ‘The Office of Identity Collection’ at the gallery in 2012. This earlier body of work combined video on monitors with paintings from the area.