The Copycat Academy — A weeklong masterclass with an absent master

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A project by Hannah Hurtzig. Commissioned and produced by the Luminato Festival.


 The Copycat Academy takes the work and biography of an artist as the model for its curriculum. Over a one-week, intensive learning experience an artist’s method of production will be hijacked and subjected to a temporary parasitic inhabitation. The 2014 pilot will start with one of the most influential artist collectives of the late 20th century, Toronto based General Idea. This is meant to be idolatry and cult. Or more precisely an act of mimicry. Or more accurately it is a critical test of thought and practice, a laboratory where 20 participants can observe the emergence of meaning while they occupy and replicate themselves in the host. It’s a master class with an absent master. For the next edition we will choose another master. Confirmed faculty to date for The Copycat Academy include: Bruce LaBruce, Kendell Geers, Terence Koh, Guy Maddin, Philip Monk, Mårten Spångberg, Chrysanne Stathacos.

No more than 20 artists will be selected to participate in The Copycat Academy. All participating artists will be provided with accommodation and per diem for the week, as well as access to other Luminato Festival events. Note: limited travel support for artists from outside of Toronto is available.


June 9–15, 2014

The Theatre Centre, Toronto, Canada

Check out the faculty listing, curriculum and

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