Taste: Sky Fairchild-Waller

One of the five sense, taste is the sensation in the mouth that perceives flavor. It also describes one’s likes and dislikes and describes esthetic standards. Over the next few months, The Present Tense will feature works that explore the complexities of “Taste”. Sky Fairchild-Waller starts us off.

“A video back-projected onto a large screen within an ornate frame produces intersubjectivity between the viewer and a pseudo-mirror emitting an unfamiliar ‘reflection.’ Homogenized milk is poured down the subject’s face while he recites inaudible excerpts from Samuel Beckett’s Not I, dubbed with audible excerpts from Michel Foucault’s Les Mots et Les Choses and Ernest Hemingway’s To Have and Have Not, in order to examine the analogous ideological construction and revision of gender and grammar.” – Sky Fairchild-Waller

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Conceived and created by Sky Fairchild-Waller
Performed by Miles Forrester
Audio recordings by Lauren Bacall and Vincent Manuele

Koerner Award-winning multidisciplinary artist Sky Fairchild-Waller studied at the National Ballet School of Canada before completing his formal education at York University. His video and performance work have been presented across Canada, the USA, Italy, and Switzerland, and in 2011, the psychogeographic performance intervention he created with Cara Spooner was selected to represent North America at the stromereien11 Performance Festival Zürich biennale. He presently serves as Artistic Associate for Performing Arts at Harbourfront Centre, Canada’s largest multidisciplinary arts centre.

Select credits also include performing in Death in Venice (Canadian Opera Company), Kiss (Art Gallery of Ontario), and The Ballad of Roy & Silo (BravoFACT); choreographing Of a Monstrous Child (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre) and Bella: The Color of Love (Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts); as well as artistic producing Dachshund UN (World Stage). His work has been published in Border Crossings, the Existere Journal of Art & Literature, Giornale dell’Umbria, and KATALOG, and has received support from the Canada Council for the Arts, Die Schweizerische Post, Kunststiftung NRW, the Metcalf Foundation, the Vancouver Foundation, and the Royal Bank of Canada.