Pull Participatory Performance and Artist Talk with Mary Mattingly

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
12:30 - 5pm

Thursday, September 25, 2014
9am - 12pm

Co-presented with Sheridan College



*All events are FREE and open to the public.

Mary Mattingly, Pull from the House and Universe Series, 2012
Performance & Artist Talk

Help! Join artist Mary Mattingly in a collective pull of her 140lb spherical bundle of personal objects. As we pull, roll, and drag the boulder across the suburban terrain between Mississauga and Oakville, we will take stock of the environmental and societal impact of our personal consumption and the weight of our commodified world.


Artist Talk: 12:30 - 1:30pm
Annie Smith Arts Centre Mezzanine, Sheridan College
(1430 Trafalgar Rd., Oakville)

FREE Shuttle Bus: 1:30pm - 2pm
Departs Sheridan College at 1:30pm, arriving at 2pm at UTM

Collective Pull: 2pm - 5pm from UTM to Oakville
Departing e|gallery, CCT Building (UTM) for Annie Smith Arts Centre (Sheridan College, Oakville)


Collective Pull: 9am - 12pm from Oakville to UTM
Departing Annie Smith Arts Centre (Sheridan College, Oakville) for e|gallery, CCT Building (UTM)

How to Participate

To participate, email blackwood.gallery@utoronto.ca by Monday September 22 at 5pm.

*All events are FREE and open to the public.

About the Project

As if to prepare for imminent catastrophe, Mattingly has been divesting herself of personal possessions. Over several months, she archived every object she owns and traced their histories—“how it came into her life, its distribution via complex global supply chains, as well as where the raw materials for its manufacture were sourced.” Mattingly then bundled her personal property into a boulder-like sphere bound together by twine and dragged it across the Bayonne Bridge from Staten Island to Bayonne, New Jersey; and along King Street from Kitchener City Hall to Waterloo Public Square. For this performance, she (with help from the public) will pull it from Mississauga to Oakville, and back again.

About the Artist

Mary Mattingly is an artist based in New York. Her work has been exhibited at the International Center of Photography, Seoul Arts Center, The New York Public Library, the Palais de Tokyo, and the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum. She recently participated in MoMA PS1’s EXPO 1 with Triple Canopy Magazine and the smARTpower project in the Philippines with the U.S. Department of State and the Bronx Museum of the Arts. In 2012, she launched the Flock House Project: three spherical living-systems choreographed throughout New York City’s five boroughs. Mattingly also founded the Waterpod Project, a barge-based public space containing an autonomous habitat that migrated through New York’s waterways.



Co-presented with Sheridan College. Generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.