In May of 1985 a group of Toronto writers put on a day-long ‘writers-in-performance’ event called L’Affaire Pataphysique at a Queen Street West art gallery, Artculture Resource Centre, (ARC). The event was a performance event aimed at demonstrating artistically the Pataphysical approach to understanding.   Pataphysics, while being famous for its stubborn resistance to definition, can be understood as a branch of philosophy or science examining imaginary phenomena that exist in a world beyond metaphysics, or, the science of imaginary solutions.  In keeping with Pataphysics usual undertone of spoofing the seriousness of conventional thinking, L’Affaire Pataphysique was modelled on a Fair, and the art gallery was transformed into a Fair Grounds, with each of the 14 performers manning a booth at the Fair, with something to sell or give away to the public who wandered from booth to booth being entertained throughout the day by the performers who were each called upon at some point to showcase their Pataphysical wares in a performance, reading, lecture, dance, or, in one case, a demonstration of the art of sautéing fiddlehead ferns.  The fair was a conceptual performance event with each performer in persona, creating a carnival atmosphere in which the seriousness of quotidian life was replaced by the greater seriousness of revealing the true nature of things as seen through the lens of the Pataphysical imagination.

See L’Affaire Paraphysique Part 1

Michael Dean,
Director of the Institute of Linguistic Onto-Genetics
Co-ordinator of L’Affaire Pataphysique

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