Excerpts from The International Encyclopedia Of Surrealism (Bloomsbury, UK, 2019)


From the article "Canada" by Steven Harris:

"...Hausner has contributed to a wide range of surrealist publications, as have her friends and colleagues William A. Davison (b. 1962) and Sherri Lyn Higgins (b. 1966), two multidisciplinary artists who moved to Toronto from Nova Scotia and who, like many younger contemporary surrealists in Canada, came to surrealism through punk rock or industrial music by groups like Throbbing Gristle and, especially, Nurse with Wound. Davison and Higgins have focused on chance and automatic processes in their work, and have been equally drawn to magic as a mode of engagement with the real. In 1984, while still in Nova Scotia - and before becoming aware that there were still groups and individuals who identified as surrealist - Davison invented the term "Recordism" to describe the projects he was engaged in, and from 1994 to 2004 he and Higgins maintained the International Bureau of Recordist Investigation."


From the article "Musical Performance" by Johannes Bergmark and Mattias Forshage:

"...In Toronto, the Recordist collective and William Davison formed a number of groups or alter egos. They often perform in costumes and masks, with home-made instruments and objects with electronics. They are very active in the local experimental music and arts scene and also have regular collective drawing and collage sessions."


The International Encyclopedia Of Surrealism online