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Access: Tibi Tibi Neuspiel and Geoffrey Pugen at NSC
Access: Tibi Tibi Neuspiel and Geoffrey Pugen at NSC
January 25th, 2012 7:00pm - January 25th, 2012 9:00pm
Join the Ministry for an evening with artists Tibi Tibi Neuspiel and Geoffrey Pugen at Neubacher Shor Contemporary where they will discuss The Tie-break, their collaborative installation and performance project in which they replicate the classic Wimbledon championship match between Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe.

Originally created for and performed at Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2011, The Tie-break is a performative re-enactment of the all-time classic fourth set tie-break at the Wimbledon Gentlemen's Singles Finals between Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe in 1980. Considered by ESPN to be "the most riveting episode in the sport's history", this epic battle is recreated, serve by serve and bounce by bounce, by the two Toronto-based artists.

Though a perfect reproduction of the match is impossible, Tibi Tibi Neuspiel, originally from Ottawa, and Toronto-born Geoffrey Pugen undertake a sincere attempt to synthesize the historic championship-deciding set. Mediating historical information through performative re-enactment, The Tie-break celebrates the game of tennis and seeks to allegorically explore the relationship between conservatism and risk. The exhibition at Neubacher Shor Contemporary will include a number of additional artworks created by the artists about the performance. The artists will discuss these artifacts, the original match, their re-enactment during Nuit Blanche, and the complicated yet quirky related controversy caused by The New York Times Magazine.

Tibi Tibi Neuspiel is best known for his sculptural works, many of which directly reference the consumer packaged goods so prevalent in Western culture. He is a prolific producer and exhibitor and his works have been shown in many venues including at Art Basel in both Miami and Basel, and the NY Art Book Fair at MOMA PS1 in New York City.

Geoffrey Pugen explores relationships between real and staged performance by altering and manipulating images in his work. Working with digital film, video and photography, he examines our perceptions of how history, documentation and simulation intersect. His works have been shown in many important international exhibitions including Berlin Transmediale 05, Australia International Digital Art Awards, Poland 12 International Media Art Biennale, and the Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art.

Neubacher Shor Contemporary is one of the newest and most exciting galleries in Toronto's west end gallery district. Marking the return to the scene of Manny Neubacher and Anya Shor after a short sabbatical, the opening of their new gallery in 2011 marks their fresh attempt to showcase, nurture and develop exciting new talent and provide an innovative program of curatorial projects, multi-disciplinary performances and unique cultural experiences. Both Manny and Anya will attend this event and take part in a question and answer session with the artists and members of The Ministry of Artistic Affairs.

Neubacher Shor Contemporary
5 Brock Avenue
Toronto, Ontario, M6K 2K6
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