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Demo Model, 1978

“…Demo Model is…a demonstration of varieties of communication (an inventory of codes, semiotic analysis), with and through diverse technological devices as well as the performer’s body being both transmitter and receiver; its fragmented ‘narrative’ carried by these various codes.”
– Philip Monk, Is Toronto Burning? 1977 | 1978 | 1979 Three Years in the Making (and Unmaking) of the Toronto Art Scene, Art Gallery of York University, 2014.

Length: 21:20

photo: Zontal

photo: Zontal

Performance history:
15 Dance Lab, Toronto, July 4-8, 12,13, 1978
La Mamelle Art Inc., San Francisco (La Mamelle/A Space Literal Exchange), August, 1978
Dance in Canada Conference, Vancouver, August 1978
Tele-Performance, Fifth Network, Toronto, September 7, 1978

click here to view polaroids shot by the artist of the audience
click here to view posters
click here to view video


“Common Carrier”. Philip Monk. Modern Drama. Vol XXV, No. 1. ed. Jill Levenson. University of Toronto. 1982.
“Automotons/Automorons”. AA Bronson. Performance by Artists. ed. AA Bronson & Peggy Gale. Art Metropole. Toronto. 1979.
“Elizabeth Chitty: Demo Model”. interview by Peggy Gale. Centerfold. December 1978. 8-12.
“Demo Model”. Elizabeth Chitty. Spill. #12. – click here for these artist’s notes

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