7a*md8 Call for Submissions

DEADLINE: February 15, 2017

Toronto Performance Art Collective, presenter of the biennial 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art, is currently seeking proposals from Canadian and International artists for a series of events during our “off year” that examine contemporary developments in the relationship between performance art and new media. In 2017, we will present 7a*md8, a 3-part series that considers examines how new media impacts the direction of performance art activity.  Our programming will feature performances for the camera, performances for new/social media platforms and a live streamed international performance event that can accommodate artists and audiences with limited mobility (e.g. those who find it difficult to travel because they are living in remote locations, living with disabilities, constrained by domestic obligations, etc.).

  1. Performance for the Camera – Pre-recorded (Max. 10 min)

Works in this program will showcase a diverse range of contemporary artists and practices and reflect a variety of communities and circumstances (e.g. rural, generational, racialized, queer and transgendered, differently abled). In the past few years we have seen how the camera has played a major role in bringing attention to narratives, events and bodies marginalized from the general public. The artists selected for this series will speak to our relationship to media as a form of accessible communication in the face of unevenly permeable borders. The venue for this event will be an outdoor public screening, which may place some restrictions on the content selected.

  1. New/Social Media Performance – Live

Works in this events will highlight how contemporary artists use social media platforms to develop new performance forms and to find new ways of connecting with audiences. For artists working in performance, video-capture platforms like Snapchat, Periscope, Vine and Instagram provide an instant and accessible medium for documentation and dissemination. This allows, among other possibilities, for ongoing, cumulative performance practices that can record everyday situations in home and work spaces that used to be inaccessible to a general public. These projects will be hosted on 7a*11d’s website and social media platforms, and featured at a public launch in Toronto.

  1. Media = Mobility – Live

Our vision for this live streaming project is to feature a total of 13 artists from across Canada (10 provinces, 3 territories) along with 5 additional artists situated across the globe. This one-day event of simultaneous, serial and/or overlapping performances (length variable between 15 minutes – 12 hours) will include a strong focus on artists who identify as being Indigenous or Métis, ethnically diverse, deaf or disabled, queer or transgendered, and non-urban. As 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of Confederation, this program is intended to manifest a vision of the possibilities for networked culture to bridge cultural and geographical barriers and create a space of connection and productive collision.

We pay artist fees that meet or exceed CARFAC guidelines.

Application Guidelines

Please complete the following information, indicating which section(s) you are applying for  and save it as a single PDF and submit 10 images of your work and/or 5 minutes of video documentation (on Vimeo or YouTube) or work on an appropriate media platform. Upload your materials to www.dropbox.com (you can set up an account for free) and send the links to performance@7a-11d.ca. Please note: email submissions will not be accepted. Submissions must include:


  • Artist name
  • Email
  • Telephone
  • Mailing address


  • Title (if applicable)
  • Duration/format
  • Technical/Media platform requirements (if appropriate)
  • Description of work (500 words max)


  • Description of how the proposed work fits into your overall practice (300 words max)


  • Short CV (2 pages max)


  • Short biographical statement (200 words max)


  • 10 images of your work and/or a link to 5 minutes of performance documentation on video or social media platform. Images should be jpegs, saved at maximum 1024 x 768 pixels. 5 minute video, linked through Vimeo or YouTube, or material on other social media platform, with a password if needed.
  • Documentation list (include the title, dimensions, medium, date and other applicable information for each image)

News & Updates


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Momus interviews Toronto Performance Art Collective members Johanna Householder and Francisco-Fernando Granados

Check out this recent wide-ranging interview with 7a*11d collective members Johanna Householder and Francisco-Fernando Granados by Fabien Maltais-Bayda in Momus: “Performance Art in a Precarious Time: A Conversation with Johanna Householder and Francisco-Fernando Granados”. Householder and Granados take the opportunity to talk about the current state of performance art, the challenges of creating and curating live work, and the ways performance intersects with various social, political and educational institutions.

I think caring for the field is also what binds us [7a*11d] together as a collective, because we are serious about it. We feel that performance has modalities of expression that are not available in any other art form, and that can address very deeply and sincerely the human condition. That’s what makes us want to keep working. —JH

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2016 “Wrap up” blog post

Just in time for the year-end, festival bloggers Jessica Karuhanga and Michelle Lacombe offer some final thoughts on the 2016 edition of 7a*11d. But before you get too wistful thinking how you’ll have to wait two years for the next one, we have good news. In 2017 we will inaugurate a new off0year program called 7a*md8 that explores the current intersection of performance art and new media technologies. Check out the call on our main page! Continue reading

Performance Art Daily 2016 now online

Since 2010, 7a*11d has hosted Performance Art Daily, a lunchtime artist “talk show” series during the festival featuring discussions with and among many our visiting artists and organizers. Videos of the 2016 Performance Art Daily talks have now been uploaded to our YouTube channel, and can be found along with the 2010 – 2014 installments at https://www.youtube.com/user/7a11dfestival. For a playlist of just the 2016 talks, select https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLWZVWYnU36D-e0CuN0r89MoUwWsaJh4yg. Continue reading