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Exterior view of Everybody else is wrong at Pavilion Projects
Exterior view of Everybody else is wrong at Pavilion Projects

Everybody else is wrong was a major solo exhibition of new work by Iain and Jane in Pavilion, a 2,500 sq ft old arcade on Montreal's high traffic main strip. Everybody else is wrong is a process-led project, produced in Montreal with mass public participation. In the month leading up to the exhibition a flyer, newspaper and magazine campaign targeted the local community. Participants were invited to make a 'mix-tape' for someone they love or have loved (requited or otherwise). The submitted inlay cards for these tapes were collated and displayed throughout the show's duration, alongside a 30 minute single channel video work, Everybody else is wrong, and a series of 13 large poster works.

Installation view of Everybody else is wrong at Pavilion Projects
Installation view of Everybody else is wrong at Pavilion Projects

In the week before the exhibition opens Iain and Jane filmed 13 people talking directly to camera about what some of the songs on their tapes mean to them, about the person they made the tape for and about how the music they've selected operates in their relationship. This footage was then be edited on site into a fast-paced dynamic video work, which jumps back and forth between participants, drawing implied relationships, dropping into abstract declarations, confessions and half-baked narratives. All references to the 'act' of making the mix-tape are removed magnifying the words of the participants and their inability to express their intentions and emotions becomes gut-wrenchingly familiar.

Selection of submitted cards to Everybody else is wrong at Pavilion Projects
Selection of submitted cards to Everybody else is wrong at Pavilion Projects

Pavilion is an ambitous curatorial project initiated by Robin Simpson and Maryse LaRiviere. It is a temporary structure that acts as a nomadic cultural centre. While focusing on contemporary art it also lends a sympathetic ear towards emerging music and other public arts such as fashion. Pavilion is a cross-cultural space that embraces the relationships between street culture, pop-culture and the visual arts.

Iain and Jane give a talk about the project at Concordia, MontrealIain and Jane give a talk about the project at Concordia, Montreal

Everybody else is wrong, the video work, was screened in the space throughout the exhibition with seating for visitors. The inlay cards from the 13 film participants were made into large poster prints and exhibited around the space.

Installation view of Everybody else is wrong at Pavilion Projects
Installation view of Everybody else is wrong at Pavilion Projects

During the exhibition of Everybody else is wrong several events were organised in the space to attract the community into the space - including performances from emerging Montreal-based bands Wolf Parade, The Arcade Fire and The Hidden Cameras.

Poster for the closing party of Everybody else is wrong featuring The Hidden Cameras and The Arcade FirePoster for a party at Everybody else is wrong featuring The Hidden Cameras and The Arcade Fire

Each night when the exhibition space closed the front windows of the space became a screen. And, overnight a series of slides of sumitted inlay cards were projected onto a screen in the front window of the space, viewable from one of Montreal's busiest streets.

Exterior view of Everybody else is wrong at Pavilion Projects
Exterior view of Everybody else is wrong at Pavilion Projects

Everybody else is wrong
Pavilion One
1206 St. Laurent
Montreal, Canada

February 2004
Open daily. Free admission
For more information, visit the exhibition web site:
www.pavilionprojects.com


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The closing party of Everybody else is wrong featuring The Arcade Fire
The closing party of Everybody else is wrong featuring The Arcade Fire

The closing party of Everybody else is wrong featuring The Hidden Cameras
The closing party of Everybody else is wrong featuring The Hidden Cameras

The closing party of Everybody else is wrong featuring The World Provider
The closing party of Everybody else is wrong featuring The World Provider


 

 

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Work in the show
Everybody else is wrong

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Related works
Anyone Else isn't you
Fucked up lover
Love fucks you up
I love you to the moon and back
I've built my world around you
Sounds like Chris Starling
Slimvolume
Everything Magazine

Related essays
'Anonymous Lovers' JJ Charlesworth, 2005
'The music is all that matters...'
Momus, 2005

'Tape Me I'm Yours'
Steve Lamacq, 2005

'Love letter, love letter'
Dan Howard-Birt, 2001

Related shows
Biennale!
Yugoslav Biennial
Anyone else isn't you
Modern Love in London
Modern Love in Dusseldorf

Supported by
Pavilion Projects
British Council



 
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