2016 11th 7a*11d Festival

Welcome to the 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art, active in Toronto since 1997.

The 11th edition of the 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art takes place in Toronto from October 13 to 22, 2016. Organized by the Toronto Performance Art Collective, an incorporated non-profit collective of artists, 7a*11d has built a platform for new and progressive performance art works from emerging and established artists. The collective invites performance artists from around the world to showcase the breadth and depth of contemporary performance art.

The main venue for this year’s evening events is Geary Lane, while daytime activities will take place at a variety of locations, including the Theatre Centre and OCAD U.

Schedule

Thursday, October 13, 2016
Body Traps
Theatre Centre Cafe
10 am - 5 pm
Verb Frau TV
online
4 pm
Daylighting Walks
Geary Lane
6:30 pm
Avant Niagara Falls
Geary Lane
7:30 pm
Sound performance with newspaper | Sound performance with little objects
Geary Lane
7:30 pm
#MenstrualAccessory
Geary Lane
7:30 pm
Friday, October 14, 2016
Body Traps
Theatre Centre Cafe
10 am - 5 pm
Performance Art Daily: Para-sites of performance
Theatre Centre
12:30 pm
Verb Frau TV
online
4 pm
Les Daré Lo Que Quieren (I will give them what they want)
Geary Lane
7:30 pm
The Arrival
Geary Lane
7:30 pm
s c r a t c h
Geary Lane
7:30 pm
Saturday, October 15, 2016
Body Traps
Theatre Centre Cafe
10 am - 5 pm
Performance Art Daily: Migration and borders
OCAD U 100 McCaul St Rm 284
12:30 pm
Verb Frau TV
online
4 pm
SaltWalks: Two Movements
High Park (limited space, advance registration required: follow the Eventbrite link on the artist's page)
4 pm
Daylighting Walks
Geary Lane
6:30 pm
Justice (After Margaret Dragu)
Geary Lane
7:30 pm
Abandon the chicken but continue to dance
Geary Lane
7:30 pm
compelled to the unanswerable / before language there was the earth
Geary Lane
7:30 pm
Sunday, October 16, 2016
Body Traps
Theatre Centre Cafe
10 am - 5 pm
SaltWalks: Two Movements
Chinatown (limited space, advance registration required: follow the Eventbrite link on the artist's page)
10:30 am
Performance Art Daily: Walking as performance practice / Performative walks
OCAD U 100 McCaul St Rm 284
12:30 pm
Misplaced Women?
corner of Dundas St W & McCaul St
2 pm
Publications & Multiples Launch
OCAD U 100 McCaul St Rm 264
2:30 pm
Daylighting Walks
Geary Lane
4 pm
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Body Traps
Theatre Centre Cafe
10 am - 5 pm
Performance Art Daily: International performance art festivals and venues I
Theatre Centre
12:30 pm
Verb Frau TV
online
4 pm
The Nihilist
Geary Lane
7:30 pm
Untitled
Geary Lane
7:30 pm
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Body Traps
Theatre Centre Cafe
10 am - 5 pm
Performance Art Daily: Disabled bodies in performance
Theatre Centre (**ASL interpretation provided**)
12:30 pm
Verb Frau TV
online
4 pm
What Does It Mean To Forget?
Art Gallery of Ontario, Signy Eaton Gallery
6 pm
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Body Traps
Theatre Centre
10 am - 5 pm
Crash Pad
OCAD U Anniversary Gallery
10 am - 4 pm
Performance Art Daily: International performance art festivals and venues II
Theatre Cente
12:30
Verb Frau TV
online
4 pm
How I can—well-enough (or showing my work)
Geary Lane
5:30 pm (continuing into the evening)
To dare is to do
Geary Lane
7:30 pm
Some Reconstructions
Geary Lane
7:30 pm
Friday, October 21, 2016
Crash Pad
OCAD U Anniversary Gallery
10 am - 4 pm
Verb Frau TV
online
4 pm
Daylighting
Geary Lane
7:30 pm
NSA
Geary Lane
7:30 pm
Brush, Paper, Scissors
Geary Lane
7:30 pm
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Crash Pad
OCAD U Anniversary Gallery
10 am - 4 pm
150 Blows
OCAD U Graduate Gallery, 205 Richmond St W, Ground floor
11 am - 5 pm
Performance Art Daily: Addressing cultural heritage through performance
OCAD U 100 McCaul St Rm 284
12:30 pm
Verb Frau TV
online
4 pm
Après Niagara Falls
Geary Lane
7:30 pm
Body Traps
Geary Lane
7:30 pm

Venues/Locations

Geary Lane
360 Geary Ave
(off Dufferin St just north of Dupont St)

Art Gallery of Ontario
317 Dundas St W
(3 blocks west of University Ave)

OCAD University Anniversary Gallery
100 McCaul St, 2nd floor
(just south of Dundas St W)

OCAD University Graduate Gallery
205 Richmond St W, Ground floor
(two blocks west of University Ave)

OCAD University Rms 264 & 284
100 McCaul St, 2nd floor
(just south of Dundas St W)

The Theatre Centre
1115 Queen St W
(just west of Dovercourt Rd)

Offsite Locations

Randy Lee CUTLER walks in High Park & Chinatown: Note advance registration is required for the events at these sites.

Tanja OSTOJIĆ offsite near OCAD U; find out the location at the Sunday Performance Art Daily, or check our website on the day of the performance.

Online

The daily link for the livestream of Verb Frau TV will be posted on our website approximately half an hour before each edition (roughly 3:30 pm)

Performance Art Daily

Performance Art Daily is a lunchtime artist “talk show” series featuring discussions with and among many of the festival’s visiting artists and organizers. It is an opportunity for the festival audience to meet and converse with our invited artists. Engage with the artists about the subjects that concern them and raise your own questions about performance art’s hot-button issues. Find out more about the ideas and theories that drive performance. Learn more about how performance art is produced and presented in other communities. The talks will be recorded live and archived online. Sessions from the previous three festivals (2010–2014) can be found on our YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/user/7a11dfestival

Friday October 14 12:30 pm
Theatre Centre
Para-sites of performance
Bartolomé FERRANDO
Sue MURAD
moderated by Francisco-Frenando GRANADOS

Saturday October 15 12:30 pm
OCAD U 100 McCaul St | Rm 284
Migration and borders
Tanja OSTOJIĆ
Selma SELMAN
moderated by Bojana VIDEKANIC

Sunday October 16 12:30 pm
OCAD U 100 McCaul St | Rm 284
Walking as performance practice / Performative walks
Elizabeth CHITTY
Randy Lee CUTLER
moderated by Margaret DRAGU

Tuesday October 18 12:30 pm
Theatre Centre
International performance art festivals and venues I
Serge Olivier FOKOUA
Graciela Ovejero POSTIGO
moderated by Johanna HOUSEHOLDER

Wednesday October 19 12:30 pm
Theatre Centre
*ASL interpretation provided
Disabled bodies in performance
Cindy BAKER
Vanessa Dion FLETCHER
moderated by jes sachse

Thursday October 20 12:30 pm
Theatre Centre
International performance art festivals and venues II
Silvio DE GRACIA
Joseph RAVENS

Friday October 21 12:30 pm
Theatre Centre
Undisciplinarity
DOYON/DEMERS (Hélène DOYON & Jean-Pierre DEMERS)
moderated by Paul COUILLARD

Saturday October 22 12:30 pm
OCAD U 100 McCaul St | Rm 284
Addressing cultural heritage through performance
Annie Onyi CHEUNG
Chun Hua Catherine DONG
moderated by Tanya MARS

Publications and Multiples Launch

Sunday October 16 2:30 pm
OCAD U | 100 McCaul St Room 264

Many of our participating artists arrive with a treasure trove of publications, multiples, wearables or other items that come out of or are produced alongside their performance practice. These could be hot-off-the-press items or works that are difficult to circulate outside their own communities. We provide a public forum for the distribution and sale of those works by hosting the “official” Toronto launch of these rare commodities. Come join in a lively celebration and exchange of wares; there may even be a freebie or two!

Check out work by Cindy BAKER, Annie Onyi CHEUNG, Elizabeth CHITTY, Randy Lee CUTLER, Silvio DE GRACIA, Bartolomé FERRANDO, Vanessa Dion FLETCHER, Francesco GAGLIARDI, MIKIKI and Graciela Ovejero POSTIGO. All proceeds go directly to the artists.

Plus, attention researchers and history buffs!

Today’s event also celebrates the official launch of two significant events in Canadian performance art history. First: public, online access to 7a*11d’s digital archive. Audiences will now be able to view video documentation of past festivals and events through the 7a*11d website: www.7a-
11d.ca. For this ongoing project, we have started with our first festival in 1997 and are gradually working our way forward. Converting all of those old Video 8, VHS-C, and miniDV tapes, we are preserving and providing access to as complete a digital record of past performances as possible, subject to the approval of the artists whose work is featured. And finally, join us in celebrating the publication of More Caught in the Act the second anthology of performance art by Canadian women, co-edited by collective members Johanna HOUSEHOLDER and Tanya MARS.

Éminences Grises

noun (pl.) persons who exercise great power or influence secretly or unofficially

Inaugurated in 2002, this aspect of the festival highlights our commitment to bringing forward a lived history of performance art by presenting the work of key Canadian artists. We celebrate artists who have helped to establish, shape, and embody performance art in Canada. This year we are pleased to honour a solo artist, Elizabeth CHITTY, and a duo, Hélène DOYON and Jean-Pierre DEMERS (a.k.a. DOYON/DEMERS) who have performed from coast to prairie to coast—and whose influence is extended through their art practices and their teaching. Click on their artist links for a more in-depth consideration of their practices in their own words.

previous Éminences
2002 Bruce BARBER (NS)
2004 Cheryl L’HIRONDELLE (SK)
2006 Rita MCKEOUGH (NS)
2008 Robin POITRAS (SK) and Glenn LEWIS (BC)
2010 Michael FERNANDES (NS) and Sylvie TOURANGEAU (QC)
2012 Margaret DRAGU (BC) and Nobuo KUBOTA (ON)
2014 Berenicci HERSHORN (ON) and Clive ROBERTSON (ON)

Parallel Event: Toronto: Tributes + Tributaries

Toronto: Tributes + Tributaries 1971-1989 Performance Series
Art Gallery of Ontario
October 1 to November 13

Presented in conjunction with Toronto: Tributes + Tributaries, 1971–1989, an exhibition on view at the Art Gallery of Ontario from September 28, 2016 to June 15, 2017. This series features work by artists who created performance in Toronto during the period of the exhibition and since, reflecting upon the centrality of performance to Toronto’s artistic community from the 1970s through to today. The series launches on October 1 with a performance by Rebecca Belmore in Walker Court during Nuit Blanche. Over the following six weeks, performances by Walter Scott (at First Thursday on October 6) and Lillian Allen (on Friday Nights in October) will complement a series of in-gallery performances by Louise Liliefeldt, Keith Cole, Johanna Householder and Ame Henderson & Evan Webber. Visit AGO. net for the full schedule and details about each performance.

Rebecca BELMORE
Saturday October 1 sunset to sunrise
Walker Court, Art Gallery of Ontario | Free

Walter SCOTT
Thursday October 6 8 pm
Signy Eaton Gallery, Art Gallery of Ontario | Free

Louise LILIEFELDT
Wednesday October 19 6 pm
Signy Eaton Gallery, Art Gallery of Ontario | Free

Lillian ALLEN
Friday October 28 7:30 pm
Walker Court, Art Gallery of Ontario | Free with admission

Keith COLE
Wednesday October 26 7 pm
Saturday October 29 2 pm
Signy Eaton Gallery, Art Gallery of Ontario | Free with admission

Johanna HOUSEHOLDER
Wednesday November 2 7 pm
Signy Eaton Gallery, Art Gallery of Ontario | Free

Ame HENDERSON and Evan WEBBER
Toronto: Tributes+Tributaries: performance encyclopaedia
Tuesday November 8 to Sunday November 13
Office Hours: various times
Performance: Sunday November 13 2pm
Signy Eaton Gallery, Art Gallery of Ontario

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Festival Eyes and Ears

Missed an event, or just want another perspective on what happened? Follow our festival blog at 7a-11d.ca/festivalblog. Updated daily, the blog contains critical writing by this year’s commissioned writers, Jessica KARUHANGA and Michelle LACOMBE, as well as photographs by our festival photographer, Henry CHAN. Also enjoy Margaret DRAGU’s daily livestream of VERB FRAU TV at 4 pm.

Follow us on twitter @7a11d for live updates on the festival, and remember to hashtag your tweets with #7a11d to share your thoughts and photos with others!

Henry CHAN (photographer) has been documenting performance art in Toronto since 2006. He has photographed the activities of FADO Performance Art Centre for the last 10 years, six of the 7a*11d festivals, as well as events, exhibitions and performances at various arts venues. When he is not using a camera, Henry is crunching numbers and pushing paperwork as an accountant.

Jessica KARUHANGA (blog writer) is an artist currently based in Toronto. She holds a BFA from Western University, and a MFA from University of Victoria. Her visual art and performances have been presented internationally at Goldsmiths, Deluge Contemporary Art, Whippersnapper Gallery, OCAD U, Videofag, Electric Eclectics, and The Drake Hotel. Karuhanga was featured in FADO Performance Art Centre’s 2014 Emerging Artist Series at Xpace Cultural Centre. She has lectured at The Power Plant, Art Gallery of Ontario, Royal Ontario Museum as well as Black Portraitures a bi-annual conference organized by Tisch School of the Arts at NYU.
jessicakaruhanga.com

Michelle LACOMBE (blog writer, Montreal, QC) has developed a conceptual body-based art practice since her graduation from Concordia University in 2006. Her work has been shown in Canada, the USA, and Europe in the context of performance events, exhibitions and colloquiums. Her practice as an artist is paralleled by a strong commitment to supporting alternative models of dissemination and live art practices. She has worked with a number of Montreal artist-run centres such as articule and La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse, and is currently the director of VIVA! Art Action, a bi-annual performance art festival. In addition, she has had numerous and varied experience curating, writing, and resisting dominant culture.

7a*11d and its presenting partners gratefully acknowledge the support of:

And a special thanks to this year's co-presenters:

News & Updates

Hugs and kisses

And, that’s a wrap for the 11th 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art, folks!

Thanks again to all of our wonderful artists, our volunteers, our tech crew, our eyes and ears (watch for the remaining blog posts to go up over the next several days), our co-sponsors and you, our audiences, for making this an amazing, engaging event.

This may conclude our 2016 programming, but don’t go too far. Even though we are still maintaining our biennial format, we hope to be in a position to announce a whole new set of special initiatives for 2017. You may not have to wait two years for your next big dose of 7a… Continue reading

VERB FRAU *daed* live streams

Did you miss an episode of the live-streamed VERB FRAU TV, Season 5? Can’t wait for the high-quality faster-paced, edited-for-prime-time version to be published? It’s OK, you’re in luck! Here is the link to those “dead” livestreams, like virtually being there all over again:

https://youtu.be/9UhY9cnh6Is (Ep. 1 w/Kate Barry; preroll ends approx. 23 minutes in)

https://youtu.be/FCtrAhMFvTk (Ep. 2 w/Bartolomé Ferrando; preroll ends approx. 17 minutes in)

https://youtu.be/1W0cyhNpecc (Ep. 3 w/Golboo Amani; preroll ends approx. 26 minutes in)

https://youtu.be/08z79ZJVWHU(Ep. 4 w/Catherine Dong; preroll ends approx. 21 minutes in)

https://youtu.be/OLlKbBgVIGg (Ep. 5 w/Paul Couillard; preroll ends approx. 28 minutes in) Continue reading

jes sachse agrees to guest moderate Disabled bodies in performance panel

The Toronto Performance Art Collective is pleased to welcome jes sachse as the moderator for our Performance Art Daily panel on Disabled bodies in performance (with participating artists Cindy Baker and Vanessa Dion Fletcher). Please join us on Wednesday October 19 at 12:30 pm at the Theatre Centre. Note that this event will be ASL interpreted. Continue reading

1997 review

Updating our website has allowed us to publish a large volume of material from the early festivals that was never previously available in the archive section, but we are also adding material to the blog page where appropriate. Check out a short, unpublished review of the first festival written at the time by longtime collective member Paul Couillard: 7a-11d.ca/tag/1997-festival/ Continue reading