JEN­NIFER CHAN

ART GALLERY OF SOUTH­ERN MAN­I­TOBA, BRAN­DON Septem­ber 28 to Novem­ber 18

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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

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