A partnership with Duplex artist-run centre, Western Front Media Arts is pleased to host this talk by the first Duplex artist-in-residence, Jennifer Laiwint. Laiwint will offer an introduction and screening of a her new experimental documentary project that is currently in development. Tim’s Success Story follows a 28-year-old man on a quest to find love and become his best self, using various masculinist self-help programs and YouTube gurus as his guides.
Jennifer Laiwint is a Toronto based visual artist and DJ who works across the disciplines of video, text, sound and movement based performance. She is a graduate of York University’s Visual Arts Program and completed a one-year work-study program in Visual and Digital Arts at the Banff Centre. Laiwint’s practice takes a research and process oriented approach to explore the links between self-improvement culture, loneliness and social performance. She investigates what draws people into programs that offer promises of transformation and how our attempts towards self-actualization can be translated into movement, video and text. Her current work looks at how self-help messages get used and manipulated within online masculinist communities, such as Pick Up Artists. She has developed her work in residencies at the Banff Centre and NARS foundation in New York and has exhibited in galleries and festivals across Canada and The United States, including Xpace, the Art Gallery of Mississauga, SummerWorks Performance Festival and Flesh Crisis Performance Art Festival. She is currently the non-local artist in residence at Duplex Artists’ Society in Vancouver. Jennifer is a board member at Pleasure Dome and has a monthly DJ residency at Halfmoon BK, a community radio station in Brooklyn, New York.
Duplex is an artist-run gallery and studio located in Vancouver, BC, on the unceded lands of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples. In response to the resources, space and conversations regarding contemporary art in the city of Vancouver, Duplex supports emerging artists, experimental projects, and interdisciplinary art practices in the form of exhibitions, performances, screenings, readings, concerts, book launches, etc. Projects are curated and organized by Duplex artists and collaborators.