What Goes Around Come Around at Live Art Denmark

the "people feeding each other" performance

Live Art Denmark Presents:
What Goes Around Comes Around

April 19 & 22, 2018, 5pm – 8pm
Brandts Museum, Odense, Denmark
– more information –

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 –

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 –

stanton - la salle d'attente

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 –