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Weekly Walk Officially Announced

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Sitting at the foot of Mount-Royal, the Faculty of Education overlooks the incredibly lush terrain of one of this city’s most important landmarks. The Weekly Walk takes advantage of this proximity, inviting students, faculty and staff to come join me every Friday to journey up the steps and onto the trails from 3 – 4pm. The Weekly Walk is a moment to reflect, recharge, or to reconnect (with oneself, with nature); to problem-solve, zone out or just get outside for an hour… It is generally a silent walk, but exceptions can be made to have a Walk & Talk if this is specially requested by a participant.

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Canadian Silence as Part of the New Performance Turku Festival

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I am delighted to announce that I will be presenting a durational and site-specific performance piece during the New Performance Turku Festival this October 2017: Canadian Silence (yes, indeed, as part of the current iteration of the Doing Nothing project!)

New Performance Turku Festival is an international festival for performance and live art, organized annually around Turku, Finland – this year between October 6-8th.

The festival showcases the most interesting phenomena in performance and Live Art. This year the themes are political performance and site-specifity – in the beginning of October a range of top artists will take over the urban city space, as well as performance spaces and galleries. The programme consists of site specific performances, performances for video, festival clubs, seminars and workshops. Within the festival there’s also Kiertoliike forum and event for Finnish dance professionals, organized by the Dance House Finland and Regional Centres for Dance.

Artists for New Performance Turku Festival 2017 are:

Rachel Echenberg (CAN)
Victoria Stanton (CAN)
Scottee (UK)
Tomasz Szrama (FIN/PL)
Kurt Johannessen (NO)
Irma Optimist (FIN)
John Court (FIN)
Denis Romanovski (SWE)
Hiroko Tsuchimoto (SWE/JP)
Sandrina Lindgren & Antti Tolvi (SWE/FIN)
AKU (FIN/GER)
Fake is fabulous inc. (FIN/CH)
Ignacio Pérez Pérez (FIN/VE)
Maija Hirvanen (FIN)
Pilvi Porkola (FIN)
Eero Yli-Vakkuri (FIN)

– Read more about the festival here –

A New Book Is Launched! TouVA Presents: The 7th Sense / Le 7e sens

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TouVA Proudly Announces the Launch of the new publication, The 7th Sense!
TouVA est fière d’annoncer le lancement de la publication Le 7e sens !

The 7th Sense: Practicing Dialogues / Practicing Workshops / Practicing the Daily Performative / Practicing Performance Art

Comprised of essays, a glossary, as well as contributions by 30 contemporary performance artists, The 7th Sense surveys the performative in, with and through language. It explores a vocabulary as a process of naming, and of articulating what happens before, during and after a performative action; to express what is experienced by the artist who proposes a work, and by the audience who receives it.

The TouVA collective presents a series of reflections which are to be understood in relationship to their artworks, and to the workshops that Sylvie Tourangeau, Victoria Stanton and Anne Bérubé have both taken or facilitated. Three practitioners’ voices offer multiple perspectives, plural yet singular, to consider the performative as an art, or as a way of life; they delineate a kind of pathway that invites the emergence and recognition of an increased sensibility in this vibrant and fleeting performative: a 7th Sense.

ISBN 978-2-923612-54-6
$40 (special launch price: $30)
360pp
Published by SAGAMIE édition d’art and M:ST

About TouVA
Founded in the spring of 2007, the TouVA Collective (Sylvie Tourangeau, Victoria Stanton and Anne Bérubé) – a group of artist-researchers interested in a profound exploration of “the performative” – has been researching the practice of performance through multiple frameworks and approaches: presenting relational/site-specific performances and dynamic artist talks, along with conducting workshops and offering coaching to artists in a variety of contexts – including international festivals.

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MONTREAL LAUNCH DATES

▷ October 3rd, 2017
Artexte, 2 Sainte Catherine St. E, #301
• 6 – 8pm: Double launch with More Caught in the Act
as part of VIVA! Art action festival
http://vivamontreal.org/2017/projects/#book-launch

▷ December 8th, 2017
Skol, 372 Sainte-Catherine St. West, #314
• 5 – 7pm: Launch, presentation & book signing
• 8 – 11pm: Gala Performance Soirée
http://skol.ca/en/programming/le-7e-sens-publication/

▷ December 10th, 2017
Skol, 372 Sainte-Catherine St. West, #314
• 2 – 4pm: Performative conference
http://skol.ca/en/programming/le-7e-sens-publication/

MORE LAUNCH DATES

▷ Calgary
October 14th, 2017
Untitled Arts Society, 343 – 11th Avenue, SW
• 3 – 5pm: Performance procession with participants of the intensive performance art workshop, Infiltrating and Relational Practice in Public Space II (as part of the City of Calgary’s Public Art 101 Sessions)
• 7 – 9pm: Launch, presentation & book signing (with publisher M:ST)
launch info on Facebook

▷ Sept-Îles
November 10, 2017
Musée régional de la Côte-Nord, 500, boulevard Laure
• 6 – 8pm: Launch, presentation & book signing

▷ Carleton, Gaspé
November 16, 2017
Centre Vaste et Vague 774, boulevard Perron
• 7 – 9pm: Launch, presentation & book signing

SPECIAL LAUNCH PRICE $30

Stay tuned for more launch dates announced in Quebec and beyond in 2018
http://touva.net (NEW WEBSITE also being launched on Oct. 3rd!)

Doing Nothing in Quebec City: Waiting at the Bureau de l’a – POST –

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To kick off the 2017-2018 programming on the theme of POST-, Folie/Culture artist-run centre in Quebec City has invited three guest artists (Alexandre Bérubé, Julie Laurin, and yours truly) to create art in The a-Post Office, a portable structure set up in strategic locations in Quebec’s city centre.

Investing the space of The a-Post Office for two days, we have each been invited to meet the public in a bustling public space to create and build relationships with neighbourhood residents through dialogue, “assembly line” productions, collaborative creations, and much more. Artists in residence have carte blanche to follow our inspiration.

My proposed project, taking inspiration from the idea of the Post Office combined with my current work around Doing Nothing, has me inside my little kiosk, standing around waiting. This Office on wheels will be my site of pause: A Waiting Room (Salle d’attente) where I consider what it means to wait, and demonstrate waiting (as we once did when, in a previous era, when we mailed letters and had to be patient about getting a reply). As I spend this time thinking about waiting, I will also sit and wait, and invite people to come and tell me their stories about waiting…or to simply sit and wait with me. Eventually, something will come.

September 14 and 15, 2017
Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste public square (front steps),11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Wrap-up viewing: September 15, 5 p.m.

– Read more here –

Resting, Walking, Place-Making at McGill University: P. Lantz Artist-in-Residence for 2017-18

How Place is Performed Mind Map

Nothing continues!… I am THRILLED to officially announce Cycle 2 of the Doing Nothing project! Taking place over 2017-2018, Resting, Walking, Place-Making: The Invisible, Liminal Spaces in Art is being hosted through the Department of Integrated Studies in Education in the Faculty of Education at McGill University as part of their P. Lantz Initiative for Excellence in Education and the Arts. Working alongside Aaron Richmond, we’ll be two Artists-in-Residence, on campus for the academic year.

– Read more on my blog –

– Read more on McGill University’s website –

Photo Residence at Centre SAGAMIE

I have the pleasure of once again being back in residence at Centre SAGAMIE, an artist-run centre specializing in supporting artists’ experimentation in digital print production.

The occasion that brings me there is Ghost Stories/ Histoires de fantômes/ Historias de Fantasmas, the second stage of a research & creation project that took place almost five years ago.

The brief capsule: In 2012, I visited Mexico for the first time. I was stationed in Real del Monte, a former mining community in the mountains, being one of a small group of participants in an interdisciplinary arts residence. My project saw me carrying out performative research, engaging principally in social transaction: spending time and taking time – to wander, listen, and discover. Personal exchanges and shared experiential encounters between people and a local landscape were the focal point of an extended and reflective investigation into the process of acclimatization: of how we come to understand a place, and feel some sense of “belonging” – of how “place” is indeed constructed. Through geopoetic meanderings, one-on-one encounters and performative collaborations, these explorations considered the many and varied ways of embodying transitional, liminal, “in-between” spaces (physical, emotional, and psychological).

While in residence, I studiously documented all aspects of my visit with the intention of developing an eventual series of images. I thought I would be depicting what I saw. But then I began capturing things that weren’t quite there. How to depict the imperceptible? Wishing to not name it specifically but instead to invoke via the residue of these encounters, these images will be the trace of a trace – the documentation of performative encounters now being mined to reveal this space between space, where what we see in front of our eyes might not tell the entire story, and where what we feel (beyond our five senses) might contain valuable information that our body imperceptibly receives.

…And so, with all this floating in the ether, working alongside technician extraordinaire Etienne Fortier (quite honestly, another collaborator in the creation process), over the next week I will play with fabrics, textures, and layers in an attempt to bring this vision to life as it moves toward the next manifestation: an exhibition of this performative work.

The First Yearlong Cycle of Doing Nothing Comes to an End

Watching the Apple Trees Lose Their Blossoms, May 2016, Photo by: Csenge Kolozsvári

The Sanctimonious Sect of Nothing Is Sacred Presents:
Watching the Apple Trees Blossom (le début est la fin d’un cycle continu)
A project (for life) by Victoria Stanton

Sunday May 14, 2017

2pm to 3:30pm: collective non-action under the apple trees in Parc Atwater-St-Charles (corner of Thomas-Keefer and Saint-Patrick, south side of the Lachine Canal, 2 minutes by foot from Atwater Market)

4pm to 5:30pm: finissage at the DARE-DARE trailer

As part of DARE-DARE’s 2016-2017 cycle of programming, “La Société des Rendez-vous,” The Sanctimonious Sect of Nothing Is Sacred proposed a yearlong residence in which I instigated publicly held “non-events”: collectively enacted moments of downtime in a variety of public locations, mainly around the South West of Montreal. Non-active (and largely invisible) actions were carried out alongside a program of curated dialogues (Talking About Nothing With…) in which artists, researchers, thinkers and practitioners of various disciplines – both within and outside of the arts – were invited to present their reflections in an open format around the idea of Doing Nothing. The ensemble of gatherings generated extensive discussions around the complexity of this quest: What does it even mean to “Do Nothing?” Is it a state of “pure being?” Or does it simply mean “not working?” (As in, “if I’m not working I’m doing nothing.”) Is it a form of resistance? Is it an assertion of Freedom? Is it necessary for our wellbeing? Doing Nothing is clearly paradoxical, and perhaps quite impossible to do. At the same time a general consensus repeatedly rose to the surface: that there is a need to carve out such spaces (and times) for deep pause within our personal lives and within our professional sectors – albeit that this is a very difficult thing to actually (or consistently) do. Sitting with the intricacies of these questions it has become clear that the affirmation of such (non)activity is an inherently political act; it challenges notions of productivity, what constitutes “failure” (and success) and reconsiders “non-productive” uses of time.

…And what about bringing this quest into an art context? The opportunity to embark on this slippery, if not contradictory task (that of Doing Nothing) within the frame of DARE-DARE’s mandate became an instance of prolonged embodied research into the more imperceptible areas of art-making and artistic process. Exploring the invisible, liminal spaces in art has been a long-standing preoccupation of mine, and The Sanctimonious Sect of Nothing Is Sacred became an invaluable container, and occasion, within which to delve even more deeply into this fertile area of performative practice.

…And so…How to wrap up a project that I know needs to keep going? I feel like I’m left with as many questions as when I started. But this is encouraging; I think my questions got more interesting. And as all good things must come to an end, this finissage marks what I think of as one end – the completion of a first cycle. The Sanctimonious Sect of Nothing Is Sacred began exactly a year ago, under the blossoming apple trees just as their bloom was in descent. We come back to the same spot, this time at the commencement of the blossom season, to mark new beginnings, and to celebrate a full year of… Nothing.

I will continue to enthusiastically insert this Nothing into my everyday, however; to see/accept/appreciate Nothing as Something and hold the space of Nothing in the company of others who wish to continue to accompany me in this quiet, open, sacred, and decidedly un-productive, lifelong project.

« Nous terminerons là où nous avons commencé; nous recommencerons là où nous allons terminer. »