2014 10th 7a*11d Festival

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

The 10th edition of the 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art takes place in Toronto from October 29 to November 2, 2014. 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 festival is Artscape Youngplace.

Schedule

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Radio Equals
Artscape Youngplace
3 pm
Soft Peak
Artscape Youngplace
4 pm
Nature Morte
Artscape Youngplace
8 pm
Orange
Artscape Youngplace
8 pm
Felicitaciones / Congratulations
Artscape Youngplace
8 pm
The Award
Artscape Youngplace
8 pm
Garbage bag & love seeds
Artscape Youngplace
8 pm
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Performance Art Daily : Language sound body
Artscape Youngplace
1 pm
Radio Equals
Artscape Youngplace
3 pm
Untitled
Artscape Youngplace
4 pm
In betweens
Artscape Youngplace
8 pm
TBA
Artscape Youngplace
8 pm
Partial Recall
Artscape Youngplace
8 pm
Know It Well
Artscape Youngplace
8 pm
瞎子摸鱼 [Blind fishing in troubled waters]
Artscape Youngplace
8 pm
Friday, October 31, 2014
Performance Art Daily : Approaching Architecture
Artscape Youngplace
1 pm
Radio Equals
Artscape Youngplace
3 pm
White men making white smoke: more or less
Artscape Youngplace
6 pm
Vanishing Borders
Artscape Youngplace
8 pm
I was there
Artscape Youngplace
8 pm
To Be And...
Artscape Youngplace
8 pm
Cocina incoherente [Incoherent cuisine]
Artscape Youngplace
8 pm
Saturday, November 01, 2014
The Clearing
Artscape Youngplace
9 am - 8 pm
Performance Art Daily: Uncomfortable physicalities
Artscape Youngplace
1 pm
In betweens
Artscape Youngplace
3 pm
Radio Equals
Artscape Youngplace
3 pm
Publications Launch
Artscape Youngplace
4 pm
About thoughts [in conjunction with the Publications Launch]
Artscape Youngplace
4:30 pm
TBA
Artscape Youngplace
5 pm - 8 pm
The Death of Performance Art
Artscape Youngplace
8 pm
De la serie variaciones sobre el vuelo. El cielo [From the series on flight. The sky]
Artscape Youngplace
8 pm
Friend or Foe #7 (Toronto)
Artscape Youngplace
8 pm
Layers Channels Paths History
Artscape Youngplace
8 pm
Sunday, November 02, 2014
Performance Art Daily : Counter-historical narratives
Artscape Youngplace
1 pm
Landsgemeinde
Artscape Youngplace
4 pm
TBA
Artscape Youngplace
4 pm
Calling the Cukoo
Artscape Youngplace
4 pm
Immaculata Conception Second Vision of Excess
Artscape Youngplace
4 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 within and behind the performances. Learn about how performance art is produced and presented in various communities around the globe. The talks will be recorded live and archived online. Daily sessions from the previous two festivals (2010, 2012) can be found on our YouTube channel:
www.youtube.com/user/7a11dfestival

Wednesday October 29 1 pm
Border crossings
Ali AL-FATLAWI & Wathiq AL-AMERI
Roberto DE LA TORRE
Serena LEE
Moderator: Francisco-Fernando GRANADOS

Thursday October 30 1 pm
Language sound body
Aidana María Rico CHÁVEZ
Linda Rae DORNAN
Berenicci HERSHORN
Moderator: Paul COUILLARD

Fridy October 31 1 pm
Approaching architecture
Christian BUJOLD
Anya LIFTIG
Gary VARRO
Moderator: Bojana VIDEKANIC

Saturday November 1 1 pm
Uncomfortable physicalities
Francesca FINI
Eduardo ORAMAS
Andrée WESCHLER
Moderator: Tanya MARS

Sunday November 2 1 pm
Counter-historical narratives
Nathalie Mba BIKORO
Terrance HOULE
Didier MORELLI
Moderator: Johanna HOUSEHOLDER

Publications Launch

Saturday Nov 1, 2014 4 pm
Artscape Youngplace

Every festival, 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. They could be hot-off-the-press items or works that are difficult to circulate outside their own communities. This year we provide a public forum for the distribution and sale of those works by hosting the “official” Toronto publication launch of these rare commodities. Come join in a lively celebration and exchange of wares, including a special performance by Kurt Johannessen; there may even be a freebie or two!

Among the works that will be featured:

lo bil | theclearingproject [print 2014]

Christian BUJOLD | The Unknown Artist (eds. Anne Bertrand & Bernard Schütze) [print 2013]

Roberto DE LA TORRE | De la mordida al camello: Selección de obra / Selected works 2000-2005 [print 2007]

Linda Rae DORNAN | It Speaks to You [print 2014]

Berenicci HERSHORN | Here [print, 2014]

Kurt JOHANNESSEN | Kurt Johannessen – works 1984-2007 [print 2007]; Performance 1998-2005, Kurt Johannessen [dvd 2007]; Exercises [print 1999/2001/2013]; Other Other exercises [print 2012]; About Thoughts [print 2013]; About the Innermost [print 2014]

Anya LIFTIG | Rejection, Almost a Decade of Ambition [artist book ongoing];Emergency Index Volume 2: 2012 (eds. Yelena Gluzman, Sophia Cleary) [print 2013]

Didier MORELLI | Brutalist Leftovers: How I Survived Conceptualism [print 2014]

Theo PELMUS | Fencing mask, mouthpiece and nose piece [wearable technology garments 2012]

Plus a selection of books from our co-presenter, FADO Performance Art Centre.

La Dragu: The Living Art of Margaret Dragu (ed. Paul Couillard) [print 2002]; From Ironic to Iconic: The Performance Work of Tanya Mars (ed. Paul Couillard) [print 2008]; Alain-Martin Richard: Performances, manœuvres et autres hypothèses de disparition / Performances, Manoeuvres and other Hypotheses for Disappearing (eds. Paul Couillard & Alexandra Liva) [print 2014]; Golden Book Series no. 1, Francesco Gagliardi / Film: Rope [print 2013]; Golden Book Series no. 2, Paul Couillard and Ed Johnson / Duorama [print set 2014]

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 two artists who have performed from coast to prairie to coast – and whose influence is not exactly a secret: Berenicci HERSHORN and Clive ROBERTSON.

previous Éminences:
2002: Bruce BARBER (Nova Scotia)
2004: Cheryl L’HIRONDELLE (Saskatchewan)
2006: Rita MCKEOUGH (Nova Scotia)
2008: Robin POITRAS (Saskatchewan) and Glenn LEWIS a.k.a Flakey Rosehips (British Columbia)
2010: Michael FERNANDES (Nova Scotia) and Sylvie TOURAGNEAU (Québec)
2012: Margaret DRAGU (British Columbia) and Nobuo KUBOTA (Ontario)

Festival Eyes and Ears

Henry CHAN has been documenting performance art in Toronto since 2006. He has photographed five of the ten 7a*11d festivals, the activities of FADO Performance Art Centre for the last 7 years, as well as events, exhibitions and performances at various venues including the Images Festival and The Power Plant. When he is not using a camera, Henry is crunching numbers and pushing paper as an accountant.

Alison COOLEY is a writer, curator, and educator based in Toronto. Her work deals with the intersection of natural history and visual culture, socially engaged artistic practice, craft histories, and experiential modes of art criticism. She is the 2014 co-recipient of the Middlebrook Prize for Young Curators, and her critical writing has recently appeared in FUSE, Canadian Art, andKAPSULA. She is also the host and producer of What It Looks Like, a podcast about art in Canada.

Jenn SNIDER is currently an MA student at OCAD University, where her research focuses on experimental art administration and exploring organizing as a performative practice. As an artist and curator, her work plays with tensions of collaborative meaning creation. She is a founding member of The Artel artist collective, and the former Director of Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre.

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

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