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Red Hair Girl


Wellington 2020

Shauna Janssen +

A performative installation conceived by Montreal based transdisciplinary artists Stephen Lawson and Aaron Pollard ( This iterative project has been presented in various cities since 2009, with Pollard and Lawson collaborating with urban curator Shauna Janssen. boutiqueARCADE is a site-responsive ‘pop-up’ retail outlet features a special collection of shoes and shoeboxes that contain miniature dioramas and cinematic performances that centre on forgotten and displaced parts of the urban landscape. The concept for this travelling project is inspired by urban environments where it has been presented, Charles Baudelaire's notion of 'the flâneur', and Walter Benjamin’s Arcades Project: a reflection on allegory and the ruins of nineteenth century Paris Arcade. The collection of scenes contained within the shoeboxes make up a larger urban imaginary, a fictional narrative of the city, or a particular urban location or neighbourhood.
The miniature scenographics inside the shoeboxes are revealed using a variety of methods, from simple static maquettes or tableaux, to more technically involved stereographic 3D video and audio works, and participatory works (ie. chatbooks or maps) that invite viewers to inscribe their own reflections on the city.

Working together since 2001 as the collaborative art duo ', Stephen Lawson and Aaron Pollard have pursued an art practice that traverses disciplinary boundaries and political frontiers. Active internationally, their collaboration emerged from Montreal’s wildly eclectic cabaret scene. Subsequently they have toured a wide repertoire of transdisciplinary art works and performances to museums, galleries, theatres, clubs, artist-run centres, universities and festivals, including the Havana Biennial, el Laboratorio Arte Alameda in Mexico City, Triennale Québécoise at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, the LOKAL festival in Reykjavik Iceland, Under the Radar Festival in New York City, and the Hemispheric Institute biennial Encuentros.

Shauna Janssen is a Montreal based urban curator with a background in professional theatre practice and performance studies. Her work focuses on intersections between site-responsive, critical, spatial, interdisciplinary, and socially engaged urban art practices. Janssen has created and staged collaborative site responsive works and installations in Quebec, Germany, Australia, Italy, Chile, and New Zealand.

boutiqueARCADE concieved by Stephen Lawson & Aaron Pollard. Curator: Shauna Janssen

Supported by Concordia University, Canada Council for the Arts, and Wellington City Council Public Art Fund.

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