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Calculating Upon the Unforeseen curated by Clara HalpernThe Forest, 2017

Rendering, 2017

Will Kwan - Toronto, Canada

Performance 6:58pm - 2am

The Forest is a performance that plays with the force and fragility of the human voice and the capacity of words to connect people across time and space. Inspired by the low-tech ingenuity of the “human microphone” – a technique used to convey speech at protests and rallies when the use of amplification is restricted – the performance relies on the voice-to-voice connection to carry the messages of a speaker through the gathered audience.

Occupying and radiating from the centre of the AGO, the words and stories that flow through the “microphone” are fragments of poetry and poetic text dating back to 1100 BC, by writers from around the world. They reflect on expanded conceptions of time, struggle and human evolution, while embodying a slowness that resists the pace of contemporary life.

Share your experience of the performance with #TheForestAGO.

Digital Echo 2 – 7 am

As quickly as a group comes together, it disappears, leaving only silence and traces of the crowd. Read the script left behind by the performers. Watch how the performance unfolded by looking back at #TheForestAGO on social media.

The Forest is co-curated for Nuit Blanche Toronto by Adelina Vlas, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at Art Gallery of Ontario.

Will Kwan is a Hong Kong-born, Canadian artist whose work examines how inequality is created and perpetuated through economic systems and cultural narratives. His work is held in the permanent collections of the M+ Museum in Hong Kong, Folkestone Artworks and Hart House and he has exhibited internationally at MoMA PS1, New York, and ZKM in Karlsruhe, as well as biennales in Liverpool, Folkestone, Montreal and Venice. In Toronto, he has participated in exhibitions at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto and The Power Plant.

Performance and Installation


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AGO Art Gallery of Ontario, Walker Court

317 Dundas Street West

Suitable for all ages


Performance 6:58 pm – 2 am Share the experience of the performance with #TheForestAGO. Digital Echo 2 – 7 am

This project is indoors.