Gurotszta

gurotszta

gurotszta

gurotszta

The instinctual, insatiable human urge towards transcendence—
Continuity and connectivity with the infinite and ourselves—
Ritual, the universal need, as crucial as eating and breathing—
Join Gurotszta—physically, intentionally engage—
Let us come together to play our part in this deliberate activity—
Consider and commit ourselves to this communal act—
Sincere and silly coexisting, the sacred and profane—
Grounded and flourishing, this is real, this is play—

Through the use of post-modern, culturally sensitive
plant worship ceremonies, Gurotszta honours
natural life, asserting a necessary place for intentional
actions as a means of combatting contemporary alienation.

 

Jonathan Rotsztain's Trees, Gurotszta's 2012 Centre for Art Tapes
Media Arts Scholarship film debut. Trees was an official selection
at the inaugural Outlier Film Festival in 2013.

In Blurotszta, Gurotszta confronts the sterile power of Toronto's Bay Street
during the cold of winter. Satirizing corporate culture, manufactured landscapes
and a lack of human scale consideration, Gurotszta mourns the lack of natural
beauty, spirituality and public space pervasive throughout the Financial District.
The film evokes the pain of disassociation and dislocation and the
contradictions inherent across the contemporary cityscape

Blurotszta was a Studio Honourable Mentions at ARTSIDEOUT 2017.

 

Gurotszta performed The Great Garlic Gazing pageant
and ceremonious garlic planting at White Rabbit 2014 launched
via the Trees Outside My Parents House teaser video.
Garlic sprouted and supported the seed of human communities
and continues to sustain our survival. We praise and worship the garlic.

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Photos by Courtney Harris, Eli Gordon, Hillary Nette,
Susan Wolf, Ryan MacLean and Matthew Whiston

Building off the Gurotszta performances, Rotstzain led how-to ritual workshops
during the May 2016 Asylum Arts International Artist Retreat in Garrison, NY
and at the July 2016 Hillside Musical Festival in Guelph, ON.

Hillside photos by Daniel Rotsztain

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