Liam Gillick

Photo: Courtesy of the artist

Pour la Simulation… Three moments of art, climate and collection

Thursday, November 30, 2023
6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. EST
National Gallery of Canada Auditorium, livestreamed on Zoom
380 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, ON K1N 9N4

A Variability Quantifier is an artwork by Liam Gillick installed on Fogo Island as part of the National Gallery of Canada National Outreach initiative.

This lecture will place the work in context of two other projects by the artist that also address the climate emergency and global heating. Considerations of climate and collecting involve rethinking time and place. Questions of interpretation, duration and care are heightened when attempting to conserve artist’s contribution to the discourse of global heating. This lecture will position the works in relation to the way other projects by the artist have been collected and looked after in the public and private sphere.  

In English with simultaneous French interpretation, followed by a bilingual question period. 

Free event. Included with Free Thursday Nights ticketing. Onsite capacity will be limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis.  If you are unable to attend live, this event will be available in the weeks following the event on the Gallery's YouTube channel.

To watch the live broadcast from home via Zoom please register here.

This event is part of Acquiring Differently Colloquium taking place from November 30 to December 2, 2023.  

The colloquium is jointly produced by the National Gallery of Canada (NGC) and the Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO) as part of the CIÉCO Research and Inquiry Group's Partnership New Uses of Collections in Art Museums. 

Liam Gillick

Photo: Courtesy of the artist

Liam Gillick works across diverse forms, including installation, video and sound. A theorist, curator and educator as well as an artist, his wider body of work includes published essays and texts, lectures, curatorial and collaborative projects. Gillick’s work reflects upon conditions of production in a post-industrial landscape including the aesthetics of economy, labour and social organization. Recent solo exhibitions took place at the Pergamon Museum, Berlin, 2023, the Gwangju Museum of Art, Korea, 2021 and Madre Museum, Naples, 2019. Important exhibitions also include Documenta X 1997, Istanbul Biennial, 2015, German Pavillion Venice Biennial in 2009, and 2023 Shanghai Biennale.


Josée Drouin-Brisebois

Photo: Courtesy of David Irvine

Josée Drouin-Brisebois is Producer and Senior Manager of National Outreach at the National Gallery of Canada, where she was formerly Senior Curator of Contemporary Art. She curated the 13th Kaunas Biennial (2022) and was instrumental in organizing the Canadian participation at the Venice Biennales: Steven Shearer (2011), Shary Boyle (2013) Geoffrey Farmer (2017) and Isuma (2019). She has curated exhibitions in Austria, Lithuania, Italy, and Canada. Recent projects include the commission of artworks by Christian Boltanski, Geneviève Cadieux, Liam Gillick, Rashid Johnson, Lina Lapelytė, Laura Lima, Pakui Hardware, Augustas Serapinas, Emilia Škarnulytė and Althea Thauberger, among others. Her writing on contemporary art has appeared in a variety of publications and periodicals in Canada and abroad.


Thursday, November 30, 2023, 6:00 p.m. 7:15 p.m.
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