Interview with Linda Mary Montano in 14 YEARS OF LIVING ART Retrospective Anthology

I am thrilled to announce that an interview I did with pioneering American performance artist, Linda Mary Montano (originally in Ascent magazine) is being republished in anthology and retrospective publication celebrating her life and her work. Linda Mary Montano: 14 YEARS OF LIVING ART is being launched this Sunday May 27, 2018, 1pm, at The Golden Notebook, 29 Tinker St., Woodstock, NY.

This 220-page portable archive published by C.X. Silver Gallery Press in Brattleboro, Vermont, features Montano’s journal writings during 1984-1998, 18 of her ecstatic tantric tales, 52 of her drawings, 119 photo documents related to her performances, and 13 essays and interviews by art historians, curators and writers. Via Montano’s instructions, an Art/Life recipe is made available for the reader to practice making life a work of art. Preview book or order a copy.

Contact: C. X. Silver Gallery Press
Adam Silver, Publisher
Voicemail: 802-257-7898
Email: info@cxsilvergallery.com

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Roadside Attractions in Collective Exhibition at Galerie L’UQO

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La Galerie UQO Presents:
tout contexte est art

From May 2 – June 9, 2018
Opening reception May 2, 2018, 5 – 7pm
Galerie UQO, 101 Saint-Jean-Bosco, Gatineau, QC
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In a whole other context – where tout contexte est art – I am again revisiting a piece from almost a decade ago (Roadside Attractions, Hull), to reconsider the gallery space as another kind of “art work.” This text, written by curator Jean-Michel Quirion, explains it best:  “La Galerie UQO est art. Le contexte de cette exposition — circonscrit d’instants performatifs, d’interventions intrusives, furtives ou duratives, d’actions comme d’inactions imperceptibles et quasi invisibles, qui s’immiscent et se disséminent à même la structure institutionnelle de la galerie — est tout. Certaines propositions sont spécifiquement élaborées pour le contexte, alors que d’autres sont itérées et remaniées afin d’intégrer momentanément et spontanément les fonctions de la galerie (son espace de diffusion, son organisation, sa gestion) et de son milieu (l’université, son quartier et sa communauté diversifiée). Dès lors, le contexte de la Galerie UQO est un tout dans lequel tout est art.” …Coming back to the Roadside Attractions series in which micro-interventions were placed around the city of Gatineau (formerly Hull), the gallery will become a site of play where past actions are reactualized on screen and in “real time” – through the intermingling of video and durational performative actions this time inside the walls of the gallery. This piece appears alongside works by Steve Giasson, François Rioux, Jon Sasaki and La fatigue culturelle.

Historias de Fantasmas / Histoires de fantômes/ Ghost Stories in Solo Exhibition at L’institut culturel du Mexique à Montréal

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L’institut culturel du Mexique à Montréal Presents:
Historias de Fantasmas / Histoires de fantômes/ Ghost Stories

From April  28 – May 24, 2018
Opening reception May 3, 2018, 5 – 7pm
Instituto Cultural de México Montreal / Galerie Espacio México
2055 Peel St., Montreal, QC

My performative practice – predicated upon human interaction and our relationship to place – comes into the realm of the gallery, proposing a series of ephemeral images in an exhibition curated by César Damián. Emerging from a residency in Real del Monte, a former mining town in Hidalgo, Mexico, floating filmy surfaces poetically render various experiences of “unexpected” meetings; elements of being in place/being in relationship that often sit at the intersection of im/perception. How to depict the un/knowable? Wishing to not name it specifically but instead to invoke via the residue of these encounters, printed and projected portrayals become the trace of a trace – the revisiting of performative engagements 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.

What Goes Around Come Around at Live Art Denmark

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Live Art Denmark Presents:
What Goes Around Comes Around

April 19 & 22, 2018, 5pm – 8pm
Brandts Museum, Odense, Denmark
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For the 2018 edition of Live Art Denmark’s Live Art for Kids festival, I’ve been invited to reenact my “people feeding each other” performance. This time: it’s the kids that get to feed the adults in reworked version called What Goes Around Comes Around. The backstory: I have struggled with food and eating for years. Food is a complex system and I am convinced that how we relate to it as adults largely comes from our experiences in childhood. My mother, for example, being from a poor family had very little of it growing up. Now her fridge and cupboards are always full to bursting. I, on the other hand, had abundance but was surrounded by people who constantly “needed to go on a diet.” Food is there but is always threatening to do harm (or disappear). You can see where all this tangled spaghetti comes from. My stage-based and relational performance art practice has therefore visited this theme in various ways over many years. Inspired by a previous piece in which guests in a restaurant were invited to feed each other for the duration of a meal (the ESSEN performances which took place in several cities with several iterations), in Live Art for Kids I am coming back to this work, moreover to the “ground zero” of the time in our lives when this complication starts to flourish. Asking kids how they feel about food (and eating), our conversation will give them the floor – but will happen while they spoon-feed their parents (and any other amenable, friendly adults who happen to come by…).

A Day of Reflection: Resting, Walking, Place-Making

The P. Lantz Initiative for Excellence in Education & the Arts, along with the McGill Institute for Human Development and Well-Being and the McGill Art Hive Present:

Resting, Walking, Place-Making: How Do We Talk About Invisible, Liminal Spaces in Art?

March 23, 2018, 10am – 6pm
Art Hive, McGill University, 3700 McTavish, (1st floor) Montreal
Free and open to the public
For more information and complete schedule

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.

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 –