The Reading Wand, The Collector, The Lady Derringer

Performance and Talk with Daniel Barrow

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Performance begins at 7pm in

Erindale Studio Theatre

FREE and open to the public. All are welcome.


Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Other Life-formings  on view at the Blackwood Gallery from January 13–March 7, 2020.

Daniel Barrow, Vanitas, 2014. Courtesy the artist.

Opening Reception & Performance with Daniel Barrow
Wednesday, January 15, 5-8:30pm
Blackwood Gallery
Performance begins at 7pm in Erindale Studio Theatre

Over the last fifteen years, Daniel Barrow has used obsolete technologies to present queer pictorial narratives by merging the methods and cultural histories of cinema, comic books, animation, shadow puppetry, and magic lantern shows. He is best known for creating and adapting comic book narratives to "manual" forms of animation by projecting, layering, and manipulating drawings on an overhead projector. In this performance and talk, Barrow discusses his practice and performs excerpts from a series of works-in-progress including The Reading Wand (about an imaginary object of reading and translation technology with an animatronic head), The Collector (the story of a puritanical teenage queer who fetishizes the kind of famous portraits with eyes that follow the viewer from one end of a gallery to the other), and The Lady Derringer (an experimental short named after the miniature gun designed to fit neatly into a woman’s pocketbook).


A FREE shuttle bus to Blackwood Gallery will depart from Mercer Union (1286 Bloor St W, Toronto) at 5:30pm and return to Mercer Union at 8:30pm.

Artist Biography

Montreal-based artist Daniel Barrow works in video, film, printmaking and drawing, but is best known for his use of antiquated technologies, his “registered projection” installations, and his narrative performances using overhead projection. Barrow describes his performance method as a process of “creating and adapting comic narratives to manual forms of animation by projecting, layering, and manipulating drawings on overhead projectors.” Barrow has exhibited widely in Canada and abroad. He has performed at The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; MoMa PS1, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen; TBA festival, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art; and the British Film Institute’s London Film Festival. Barrow was the winner of the 2010 Sobey Art Award and the 2013 Glenfiddich Artist in Residence Prize.

Installation Photos

The Blackwood Gallery gratefully acknowledges the operating support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the University of Toronto Mississauga. Special thanks to Peter Urbanek and Michael Slater at Erindale Studio Theatre, Department of English and Drama.

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Related Exhibition

Other Life-formings
January 13-March 7, 2020