February 14: Canvassers


Video performance on the political potential of impromptu face-to-face self-revelation.


I asked friends Mich and Marshall to share a personal story in front of a camera. Both of them arrive at a unified understanding of events when one’s story is orally taken on by the other. Part performance, part documentary, this continuous one-shot 15-minute video was created in response to scientific findings I've stumbled upon that demonstrate that a 10-minute active one-on-one conversation between two strangers can durably reduce longstanding ingrained prejudice. These findings inspired this video-performance in addition to bringing the first empirical premise to my recurring exploration of human interaction as an art practice and literal method for social-political transformation.

Canvassers premiered in a solo exhibition curated by Christophe Barbeau in Redd Flagg Gallery in Toronto ON, Canada on February 2017.

Veronica Mockler was born in 1991 on unceded Indigenous Land, today known as Quebec City, in a franco-anglo family of Irish refugee and French settler lineage. She graduated with Distinction from Concordia University (BFA Studio Arts, 2015) in Tiohtià:ke/Mooniyang/Montréal after completing her final year of studies in the Republic of Ireland. Veronica has since returned to Tiohtià:ke/Mooniyang/Montréal where she lives, listens, learns and works as a professional socially engaged artist. Mockler is currently a student researcher at Concordia University in the Acts of Listening Lab at the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling. Marginalized and working-class knowledge is at the centre of her practice in social pedagogy, non-fiction media art, oral history, and performance art. Her work has taken shape in exhibitions, publications, festival screenings, conferences, workshops, and within community, public and governing institutions, most often in Canada, with specific events in Uruguay, Germany, Scotland, the North of Ireland, and the United States.