Epistolary novella, prose and poetry, 2017

Orgazing is an epistolary novella set on the remote Scottish island of Staffa. A woman, held captive in an institution built atop Fingal’s Cave, addresses her beloved about their failed revolution, her attempt to transform writing into telepathic singing, and her effort to develop this mode of communication while incarcerated. Shifting between prose and poetry, word and birdsong, Orgazing explores the limits of body and voice, articulating an unsettled longing for metamorphosis. The themes explored in the artist’s book Orgazing include the sinuous paths of feminine desire, the wandering fluxes of nature and culture, and the concerted and agential relationship between mind and body in the making and thinking of art.

An inter-genre work in dialogue with the traditions of écriture féminine and the parallel text, Orgazing is an erotic epistolary novel that is really a meditation on art and its institutions that is really a blueprint for how to transform writing into telepathic singing.

Edited by Michael Nardone (soundobject), the novel Orgazing along with a new black-and-white 16mm film, a suite of sculptural works, and a sound work by Cosima Friesen and sculptures, composes Larivière’s project Under the Cave of Winds, that was on view at Untitled Contemporary Art, Calgary from June 23 to September 26, 2017.


ZUTIQUE 3: Maryse Lariviere, Diana Hamilton & Mark Johnson, at GAMMA (2030 Avenue Joly, Montreal) Saturday, November 18 2017, 8:30 PM.

Tower of Babble: Steffanie Ling, Jacquelyn Ross, Maryse Lariviere & Joseph Del Pesco, presented by Art Metropole, THE IMPERIAL PUB 54 Dundas St E, Toronto. Sunday October 29 2017, 8-10PM.

Flotilla Book Launch, with a reading by Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, Nautilus Bookstore, 150 Kent Street, Charlottetown, PEI, September 23 2017, 3PM.

Brunch Launch: Amy Fung, Maryse Larivière, Sky Goodden, Maria Fusco, Kristy Trinier, Emmanuel Iduma & Jennifer Krasinski at Never The Same: What (Else) Can Art Writing Do? conference, Contemporary Calgary, September 17 2017, 1-3PM.

My Caveat, Your Excavation, a reading with Helen Hajnoczky and Maryse Larivière
followed by a dialogue with Michael Nardone at Untitled Art Society, Calgary, Thursday, 6 July 2017, 7PM.