ART GALLERY OF SOUTHERN MANITOBA, BRANDON September 28 to November 18
During the run of Jennifer Chan’s exhibition “The Blue Pill,” visitors logging on to public Wi-fi will be confronted by an updated, intersectional version of a notorious radical feminist treatise.
JENNIFER CHAN: The objective of the locally hosted piece is to Òforceó or attract Brandonites to check out my work while making them read the Society for Cutting Up Misogynists, a collaborative rewriting of Valerie Solanasõs S.C.U.M (Society for Cutting Up Men) Manifesto (1967). At the end, they are rewarded with Internet access. At airports and Starbucks, we agree to read or scroll through some terms of service before we login to use free Internet. But we donõt know what weõre complying to.
Presenting something radical and upsetting is a deliberately educational initiative: either way they have to choose a red-pill or blue-pill route, and both will end up on the page with Society for Cutting up Misogynists. Since I started working at an ofþce, my life and thinking have changed 180 degrees. Thereõs a lot of ennui and privilege; IÕM realizing that people in the working world are pretty basic in their messaging and desires. Advertising and this idea of Òthe common personó has informed me more. I havenõt been able to run away from that.
Jennifer Chan foot in mouth (installation view) 2015