Ashna Jacob | The Garage Residency
June 12–September 24, 2019
Experimental performances in conjunction with Open Patio Saturdays
Final Performance | Saturday, September 24
Ashna Jacob wants to play games. Throughout the summer, the artist will be using The Garage as a studio as well as a performance space to conduct experiments with tabletop games. Realizing her lifelong dream of just spending all summer playing games, the artist will be exploring the possibility of using games as a tool for artistic research and performance. Board games offer the possibility of intimate collaboration with audiences, as well as the lonely contemplation of playing alone. From old classics like chess and solitaire, to quirky VHS games, to her childhood board games that are missing half the pieces, the artist will use the games to build community with her audience while exploring broader themes of power, vulnerability, collaboration, and competition. Performance often indicates entertainment (for whom?), and the artist will experiment with the link between interactive performance and entertainment through these games.
Coinciding with Latitude 53’s Open Patio events every Saturday of the summer, Jacob will be present in the Garage space undergoing research, until specific performance dates are announced. Experimental performances will take place throughout the summer, and the residency will culminate with a final performance on September 14 based on her research in the previous months.
Ashna Jacob is a designer and visual artist based in Edmonton, Canada. A graduate of the Bachelor of Design program at the University of Alberta, she specializes in Visual Communication Design and Printmaking. With a strong background in print and prepress work, she uses both illustration and photography in her design. Central to the artist’s explorations are themes of humour, the gamble, high stakes and the illusion of equality as it relates to performance. Jacob’s previous performance work has exposed the struggles of following societal expectations, especially those that form around identity.