In this double bill, Aki Onda will perform the multi-media Reflections and Repercussions, followed by …Crow meets Salmon, a collaborative performance by Ayumi Goto and Peter Morin. 

Reflections and Repercussions explores the interplay among luminosity, acoustic, and architectural relationships within the space. Performing with various types of lightning equipment such as theatre lights, flashlights, bare light bulb, mirrors, and other objects, Onda arranges and rearranges the tools composing the visual and aural as a total environments. The complex relationship between the concrete and the ephemeral is explored.

Being is made in relation to …Crow meets Salmon, a performance by Goto and Morin, moving together and apart with respect to all that has accumulated in these sites, locations, histories. Crow-Salmon-Human relations reflect on the interconnections between sky, water, and land, and the mutability of forms to make a joyous sound for creating joyful kinships.

These performances are a part of the Biennial’s weekly Performance and Reading Program: Isonomia in Toronto, a series which takes place within Adrian Blackwell’s two interrelated structures at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E and the Small Arms Inspection Building. Invited guests include poet CAConrad, artists Camilo Godoy and Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Apache violinist Laura Ortman, Sister Co-Resister, and percussionist Marshall Trammell.

Image: Aki Onda, Ayumi Goto, and Peter Morin at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E, part of the Performance Program: Isonomia in Toronto seriesPhoto: Sue Holland.

Performance Program: Isonomia in Toronto

259 Lake Shore Blvd East
259 Lake Shore Blvd East
Toronto ON
M5A 3T7

November 29


Aki Onda (born in 1967, Nara, Japan; lives in New York, USA). He is particularly known for his “Cassette Memories” — works compiled from a “sound diary” of field-recordings collected by using portable cassette recorder over a span of last three decades. He creates compositions, performances, and visual artworks from those sound memories often collaborating with filmmakers, visual artists, musicians, and choreographers. He has presented his work at The Kitchen, MoMA, P.S.1 MOMA, ISSUE Project Room, Blank Forms, ICA Philadelphia, REDCAT, Time-Based Art Festival, Images Festival, Novas Frequências, documenta 14, Louvre Museum, Palais de Tokyo, Fondation Cartier, Présences électronique, Argos, Bozar, Wiels, ICA London, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Counterflow Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Impakt Festival, La Casa Encendida, Caixa Forum, Serralves Museum, Nam June Paik Art Center, Sound Live Tokyo, Hara Museum and many others.

Ayumi Goto (born in Surrey, BC, Canada; lives in Toronto, ON, Canada) is a performance apprentice, based in Toronto, traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, Huron-Wendat, Anishinaabe, and Mississaugas of the Credit First Nations. As diasporic-Japanese, she at times draws upon her cultural heritage and language to creatively reconsider sentiments surrounding national culturalism, migrations, activist strategies, and land-human relations. Ayumi has made performative interventions in London, Berlin, Kyoto, and across this land presently called Canada. Her practice is deeply influenced by Shirley Bear, Roy Miki, Cheryl L’Hirondelle, Adrian Stimson, and Peter Morin.

Learn more about Ayumi Goto’s practice by listening to episode 4 of the Toronto Biennial of Art Podcast “Short Format”, available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify.

Peter Morin is a grandson of Tahltan ancestor artists. Morin’s work highlights cross-ancestral collaboration and deeply considers the impact zones that occur between Indigenous ways of knowing and Western Settler Colonialism. Morin’s practice has spanned twenty years so far, with exhibitions in London, Berlin, Singapore, New Zealand, and Greenland, as well as across Canada and the United States. Morin currently holds a tenured appointment in the Faculty of Arts at the Ontario College of Art and Design University in Toronto.