Portrait of a Timekeeper

Portrait of a Timekeeper

Emily DiCarlo

Toronto Outdoor Art Fair
Nathan Phillips Square
September 18-20, 2015


Situated on the Nathan Phillips Square event stage, Portrait of a Timekeeper tests the limits of the human body in the face of relentless punctuality. In the absence of a public clock at the current Toronto City Hall, DiCarlo performs an endurance-based test to manually keep time for the duration of the art fair, transforming the stage into a functional site of temporal measurement. Through repetition and inevitable human error, DiCarlo struggles to calibrate her internal clock with Old City Hall’s clock tower chimes; using repurposed bells to express the expected 15-minute marked intervals, resulting in a cacophonic duet.

About Emily DiCarlo

Emily DiCarlo is a Toronto-based visual artist who works predominantly in sculpture, video, and performance. She has exhibited her work both locally and abroad including, but not limited to: MU Eindhoven artspace (The Netherlands), The Noise Project at 99 Gallery (Toronto), The Orthodox Academy of Crete (Greece), NXNE Music Festival (Toronto), L’Oeil de Poisson (Quebec City), and The Hungarian Museum of Travel and Tourism, Budapest, (Hungary). She has presented her theories and criticisms as part of the 14th Triennial Conference of the International Society for the Study of Time (Monte Verde, Costa Rica) and International Artist-in-Residency Summer Program organized by the Hungarian Multicultural Centre (Budapest, Hungary). Her writing has been published in 1W3KND: On Social Practice and Collaboration, 48 Hours at a Time (Broken City Lab) and artist book Hydra Era (L’Œil de Poisson).