• Chantal Bélanger, Véronique Malo, karen elaine spencer, Jean-Ambroise Vesac : Une étendue apparemment infinie et tentaculaire Sept. 10 → Oct. 23, 2010,skol, 372 sainte catherine, suite 314, montréal, québec.
  • my contribution:
  • artist: karen elaine spencertitle: transient traces (postcards)

    year: 2008, 2009, 2010 – ongoing

    location: http://www.transienttraces.wordpress.com and anywhere the mail is delivered

    postcard history: the où je suis n’est pas qui je suis (where i am is not who i am) postcard image is taken from my dream listener intervention at l’état d’urgence in 2007. the postcard, subsequently produced for l’état d’urgence, 2008, was distributed on site to convey the message that where one sleeps does not define who one is. for transient traces the original postcard is stressed or damaged through folding, ripping and staining.

    project: communicate with the “housed” as if they were the “unhoused” –deliberately blur boundaries through a directed miss communication.

    selected text lifted from the homeless nation web site as a “ready-made” is transcribed in quotation marks on the back of the postcard. the postcard is then sent to an artist, educator, politician or communicator. all the names and addresses of postcard recipients are found via the web.

    the project deflects communication from the homeless nation networking site whose members represent a certain social/economic status toward individuals of a different social/economic status. transferring text from the homeless nation site to the postcard redirects a text that is intended to be disseminated to a specific community to infiltrate, one-by-one, the target community. the work performs by communicating “as if” the target community is part of the homeless community. the boundary defining the “unhoused” community from the “housed” community is transgressed to render the distinction momentarily suspect.

    the text selected from the homeless nation website is used as a means of infiltrating one sphere into another. permission is not sought from the original “author,” the project performs the position that information disseminated through social networking sites is in the public domain and open for fair use.
    :as of september 2010: 2136 postcards mailed/130 blog posts/217 tweets

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