For LIVE 2015 Swintak will be creating a new work in response to a two-week residency prior to the festival in August 2015. The new work will combine non-invasive consumer grade thought controlled computer interfaces, an inherent interest in the invisible behavioural laws of architectural space, and collaboration with a couple of friends from high school who she hasn’t seen in over ten years. Though it is nearly impossible to tell what form the work may take, expect one scheduled spectacle and a series of ad hoc improvisations… rumoured possibilities include an arts administrator stress controlled hovercraft, guided outdoor excursions, and thematically infused afternoon garage gatherings that aim to question the role of performance art both within and outside of the art audience context.
Swintak’s large-scale site-generated projects have included moving almost an entire house by hand without the aid of machinery, creating the most banal rollercoaster ever made in the head office of an energy drink corporation, building a full-size ship through collective improvisation, running an election party campaign for the Irish underworld, transforming a city dumpster into a luxury boutique hotel, attempting to give a shed consciousness and producing a series of impossible project proposals. She has exhibited at galleries, festivals and museums including the The Powerplant (Toronto), Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), Kuandu Museum of Modern Art (Taipei), European Cultural Congress (Poland), Nuit Blanche (Toronto), Hessel Museum (New York), Model Niland (Ireland) and Confederation Centre (Charlottetown). Recent residencies include the Place and Responsive Architecture P.A.R.E. (Topological Media Lab, Montreal), Tapei National University of Art (Taipei), and Château de la Napoule (Mandelieu, France). Recent recognitions include Joseph Armand Bombardier Scholarship (SSHRC), Canada Council International Residency at La Cité Internationale des Arts (Paris), and Alumni New Works Award at the Headlands Centre for the Arts (San Francisco). She is Co-Founder of Don Blanche, an experimental off-grid artist residency in rural Ontario and is currently an MFA Candidate at Concordia University (Montreal).