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3e impérial launched its newest publication, L’envers de l’endroit (the underside of site) last night and what a beautiful catalogue they made. Covering projects from 2008 to 2013 programmed through their artist-run centre in Granby QC, this publication focuses on “artworks that infiltrate the real.” A must have for anyone interested in infiltrating/furtive/intervention/relational practices in the visual arts. Here is a little preview of my project, as written about by Denis Lessard:



Call For Participants: Performance Art Workshop in Toronto!

November 20-22, 2015

Between Intimacy and Architecture: subtle and relational performance in public place

… The November workshop wraps up the 2015 cycle as the last in a series of workshops that I will be giving at Artscape Youngplace within their Resident Teacher’s Program. If you’ve been curious and considering embarking on this amazing experience, now is the time!!

How do we listen to each other? How do we interact? How do we respond to the landscape around us? How do we engage with time and space? Cultivating attentive awareness, empathetic presence and peripheral vision, through exercises and constructed situations/performance presentations, this performance art workshop will explore the multiple and very personalized ways in which we experience and foster intimacy and connection – in ourselves, towards others, and in relation to place. We will explore the ways in which a “non-productive” use of time, as carried out in public (place) activates a space as well as looking at how notions of “in-between,” (the spaces between thought and action, between actions, between each other, between ourselves and the spaces around us) can become material that feeds performative action/presence.

Since 2001 Victoria Stanton has been developing an expanded performance art practice combining public intervention and transactional/relational processes within a variety of communities and contexts across Canada and internationally. She has facilitated several workshops with TouVA (a collective comprised of Stanton, Sylvie Tourangeau and Anne Bérubé) and been developing a pedagogy via the exploration of human geography, architecture and the body as well as the micro-event – elements that have become fundamental to her workshops. She has previously given classes in Montreal (RAIQ, SKOL) Durham (Words Aloud Festival), Toronto (Hub 14, Artscape Gibraltar Point, Artscape Youngplace), Sudbury (Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario), Mexico (Centre FRONDA), and Melbourne (Overload Festival).

Location: Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street, Toronto
Dates: November 20 – 22, 2015; 10am-5pm daily
Cost: $300
Max number of participants: 12
For more info and to register contact info@bankofvictoria.com
Deadline to register: Nov. 13, 2015 ($50 non-refundable deposit reserves your spot)



“This workshop was excellent! Victoria is an incredibly generous and wise teacher. I am so impressed by how she leads : attentive to the needs of the group, taking time to reflect, discuss. A great balance between practice and theory.”

“As a university professor, I was extremely impressed by Victoria’s finesse and confidence in the room. She is subtle and deft in her ability to guide and shape our conversations without imposing in any way or intervening in the time and space that people need to tell their stories and express their nuanced perspectives. She let things unfold at their own pace and made the workshop collaborative in the best possible way – so that we were all sharing skills and learning from each other almost as much as from her. This workshop has inspired me to introduce similar methods into my teaching, which has produced incredible results.”

“I learned more Victoria’s week-long workshop than I have in 5 years of art school.”

“Aside from Victoria’s impressive knowledge of the discipline, which I trusted all along, I was moved by her capacity and willingness to listen deeply to the issues we were all grappling with in our work as participants, and nurturing a safe space for us to re-visit them from a new place.”

“I like the workshop structure very much. Masterful. Plus the time and opportunity to integrate and test experiential and discursive realizations/dilemmas.”



November 11, 2015

3e impérial centre d’essai en art actuel will finally be launching its long-awaited catalogue, L’envers de l’endroit. The underside of site.

This catalogue explores infiltrating art practices as carried out through thirteen projects and chronicled by six authors, in the town of Granby, Quebec. My project FatherWork-MonTravail is among the projects discussed in this publication.

The ensemble of infiltration-based artworks includes:
Emma Waltraud Howes, Karen Elaine Spencer, Émilie Rondeau, Stéphane Gilot, Patrick Bérubé, Véronique Malo, Ani Deschênes, Douglas Scholes, Victoria Stanton, Magali Babin, Raphaëlle de Groot, Sylvaine Chassay, Christian Leduc & Marc-Antoine K. Phaneuf.

With essays by:
Dominic Marcil, Ronald Richard, Guy Sioui Durand, Jérôme Delgado, Denis Lessard, Véronique Leblanc, Martin Dufrasne.

Launch in Granby
Jeudi 5 novembre 2015 – 18 h à 20 h
Lieu : 3e impérial, centre d’essai en art actuel, 164, rue Cowie, suite 310, Granby (Québec)
Avec la collaboration de Réseautage art et culture Montérégie.

Launch in Montréal

Mercredi 11 novembre 2015 – 16 h 30 à 19 h
Lieu : Librairie Formats, 2 rue Sainte-Catherine Est, espace 302, Montréal.
Avec la collaboration de la Librairie Formats.

Edited by Danyèle Alain
with collaboration of Patrick Beaulieu
Graphic Design by Pata Macedo
Texts in English and French
352 pages, colour reproductions, 2015
ISBN 978-2-9809723-4-8
30 $

Full details here


ORANGE – Triennial of Contemporary Art About Food

September 7-11, 2015

ORANGE is a recurring arts event that functions like a living laboratory to explore issues related to art and the agri-food industry through exhibitions, interventions and seminars. By showcasing the works of professionals from Quebec, elsewhere in Canada and abroad at locations around the city of Saint-Hyacinthe, ORANGE aims to, among other things, promote the visual arts across the country and especially in its host region. Each edition is followed by a publication that builds on the reflection initiated by the event and documents the participating practices.

For the 5th edition, LES VISCÉRAUX, ORANGE decided to create a dedicated performance residency program, of which I am a part. Continuing my exploration of our individual relationships to food, I have proposed to accompany willing participants (residents of Saint-Hyacinthe) on their grocery shopping excursions as well as offering these same participants the possibility of cooking their favourite meal in their own kitchens. Working alongside three other artists (Céline Boucher, Éric Ladouceur and Arkadi Lavoie-Lachapelle) the residence is curated by Sylvie Tourangeau and will culminate in a final performance during the opening of ORANGE on September 19th. There will also be a round table on September 26th, during which time I’ll be discussing the notion of food as transactional object within participatory performance actions.

Residence: September 7 to 11, 2015
Opening & Performances: September 19, 2015
Round Table: September 26, 2015
Centre Expression: 495 Avenue Saint-Simon
Pavillon ORANGE: 1775, rue des Cascades
Saint-Hyancinthe, QC

For complete info:


Parcours 9 @ 5: An interview with Jean-Philippe Lockhurst-Cartier & Julie Laurin

August 20-27, 2015

I have the pleasure of interviewing two young performance artists who are doing a four-week project of cycling around Montreal’s east end on a regular work-day schedule, once a week for the month of August. Their ‘déambulation’ has them carrying out actions, as prescribed to them like recipes by invited guests (who gave them actions in advance). Not seeing these directives before the day begins, the artists pick them at random out of paper bag, and go off separately in search of the spontaneous and the ‘daily performative.’ You can see a clip of our first interview here:


Picture 7

Entre Chien et Loup

July 29, 2015

“Entre chien et loup” refers to that time of day when it is difficult to distinguish between THIS (dog) and THAT (wolf). This evening of site specific performances takes this liminal period as an opportunity to explore the potential of performative interventions in urban public space. Actions will play off Montreal’s downtown as an architectural, social, and political environment. The event brings together five local artists: Christian Bujold, Adriana Disman, François Morelli, Victoria Stanton and Étienne Tremblay-Tardif. Each artist is an active participant and contributor to the Montreal performance/art community. Curated by Didier Morelli, the evening offers a fluid environment of engagements with the urban fabric. Guiding the audience with both furtive and overt gestures and actions, the artists respond to sites and claim spaces as historical markers and political realities. The audience, as part of a procession, is invited to accompany, witness, and take part in these ambulant works in order to discover the city and its past. Our intention is to highlight the streets as active sites of play, exchange, resistance and spectatorship with live art, animating both the visible and invisible city of Montreal.

The event is part of Vital Memories, a two-day Performance Studies Focus Group (PSFG) at ATHE Pre-Conference (July 29 – 30). Performances begin at the front of the Fairmont, The Queen Elizabeth Hotel, 900 René Lévesque Blvd West, at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. The evening of performances is open to all those interested in attending and will last until approximately 9:00 pm. The processions’ planned trajectory is available on this page. The performances occur rain or shine.

– When: Wednesday, July 29, 2015 -> 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
– Where: Departure at the Fairmont, The Queen Elizabeth Hotel, 900 René Lévesque Blvd West
– Who: Christian Bujold, Adriana Disman, François Morelli,
Victoria Stanton, and Étienne Tremblay-Tardif