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Cassils presents

Becoming an Image

  • Friday 16 June 8pm

The Spire

60 mins


Becoming an Image is a performance designed for the camera. Taking place in a blacked out room, the only elements in the space are the audience, a photographer, the performer and a block of clay weighing 2000 pounds. In the darkness, Cassils uses their skills as a boxer and MMA fighter to unleashing an assault where they beat the clay, molding the form.

Originally commissioned by the ONE Archives (the oldest active LGBTQ organization in the United States.) Becoming an Image addressed LGBTQ archives and the Ts and Qs often missing from historical records, which exist outside of the lens.

Cassils is originally from Montreal and now lives and works in Los Angeles. An internationally renowned multidisciplinary artist, Cassils is also founding member of the Los Angeles based performance group the Toxic Titties.

Supported by Canada Council of the Arts.NB. This performance takes place in a blacked out room. For any access questions please contact

Becoming an Image Performance Still No. 5 (National Theater Studio, SPILL Festival, London), 2013 photo: Cassils with Manuel Vason. Image courtesy of the artist and Ronald Feldman Fine Arts
This show contains flashing lights.
If you have a Companion/PA then they can accompany you for free, please send an email to to arrange a ticket, and let us know if you have any further access requirements. Ear plugs are available upon request.

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