2000 3rd 7a*11d Festival

7a*11d’s 3rd International Festival of Performance Art takes place in Toronto from October 25 to November 5, 2000. This year we feature artists from Australia, Germany, Sweden, Ukraine, US and UK as well as local and national heroes.

Organized by an unincorporated non-profit group of artists, the festival offers a series of autonomously curated events. A showcase for new and progressive performative works that fall outside the traditional boundaries of established genres, the festival invites emerging and established artists of the highest quality from around the world to present their work. This year’s venues include:

Flicker, Skip, Moan…: performances that exemplify the characteristics of light, movement, sound, water, film, video and sugar.

Prognosis: content driven work that explores notions of cultural hybridity.

StrangeWays: works that explore the fantastic and the imaginary; myth and magick, nonsense, the grotesque, the absurd and the surreal.

=Videodrome= Body + Blood/Picture + Sound: event as experience over spectacle.

Master Class Five: a tag team style action art relay for five artists and twenty five objects

Special performances: works by Jill Orr (Australia), co-sponsored by Le Lieu’s Rencontre internationale d’art performance de Québec, and S. Higgins (Toronto)

Public Spaces/Private Places: co-presentations of four new projects curated by Fado Performance Inc.

Experience as Spectacle as: our closing panel and discussion.

7a*11d/ YYZ festival opening: Wednesday October 25 at 8 pm, at YYZ, 401 Richmond St W

Join us for The 7a*11d Festival Kick Off — cocktails, book launch for Live at the End of the Century, and the opening of the YYZ gallery show, with a performance by otiose, Gibraltar Point artists in residence.

Schedule

Wednesday, October 25, 2000
Festival Kick-off
YYZ Artists' Outlet, 401 Richmond St W
8 pm
Thursday, October 26, 2000
Passing
401 Richmond St W courtyard stairwell
1 pm - 3 pm
Between Us
Art System, 327 Spadina Ave, 2nd floor
7:30 pm
Headless
Art System, 327 Spadina Ave, 2nd floor
8:30 pm
Friday, October 27, 2000
Passing
401 Richmond St W courtyard stairwell
1 pm - 3 pm
American Indian Study’s
Workman Theatre, 1001 Queen St W
8 pm
Saturday, October 28, 2000
artist talk
Innis College Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave
2 pm
Remember Rings
Art System, 327 Spadina Ave, 2nd floor
8 pm
Presence
Art System, 327 Spadina Ave, 2nd floor
9:30 pm
Monday, October 30, 2000
T. V. I. Reality Check
throughout the Greater Toronto Area
all day
Tuesday, October 31, 2000
Visiting With Big Mum
Art System, 327 Spadina Ave, 2nd floor
9 pm
Wednesday, November 01, 2000
Numb/Hum: A Subterranean Metropolitan Opera
Osgoode subway platform (Queen St W & University Ave)
8:15 am - 8:45 am
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leaving from Art System, 327 Spadina Ave, 2nd floor
2 pm - 5 pm (interactive tours on the hour)
spoken house
Art System, 327 Spadina Ave, 2nd floor
2 pm - 6 pm (audio/text archive continues to November 4)
An Evening with Ben Patterson
Art System, 327 Spadina Ave, 2nd floor
8 pm
Thursday, November 02, 2000
Numb/Hum: A Subterranean Metropolitan Opera
Osgoode subway platform (Queen St W & University Ave)
8:15 am - 8:45 am
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leaving from Art System, 327 Spadina Ave, 2nd floor
2 pm - 5 pm (interactive tours on the hour)
spoken house
Art System, 327 Spadina Ave, 2nd floor
2 pm - 6 pm (audio/text archive continues to November 4)
Friday, November 03, 2000
Numb/Hum: A Subterranean Metropolitan Opera
Osgoode subway platform (Queen St W & University Ave)
8:15 am - 8:45 am
<>
leaving from Art System, 327 Spadina Ave, 2nd floor
2 pm - 5 pm (interactive tours on the hour)
Sweet
Art System, 327 Spadina Ave, 2nd floor
9 pm
Specimen
Art System, 327 Spadina Ave, 2nd floor
9 pm
Trash
Art System, 327 Spadina Ave, 2nd floor
9 pm
Saturday, November 04, 2000
untitled
Zsa Zsa Gallery, 927 Queen St W
12 pm - 5 pm
Master Class 5
Latvian Hall, 491 College St W
5 pm - 9 pm
Sunday, November 05, 2000
Experience as Spectacle as
YYZ Artists' Outlet, 401 Richmond St W
3 pm

Flicker, Skip, Moan ...

Flicker, Skip, Moan …

Curated by Churla BURLA and David O DAVID

Light, movement and sound are the focus of this series of installation-based performance works, with an emphasis on how these elements can be used in counterpoint or overlap to push the limits of their expressiveness outside traditional theatrical conventions.

ARTIFACTS (Leena RAUDVEE & Pam PATTERSON)
Passing
Thursday October 26 to Friday October 27 1 pm – 3 pm
401 Richmond St W courtyard stairwell

John PORTER
Remember Rings
Saturday October 28 8 pm
Art System, 327 Spadina Ave, 2nd floor

Sylvain BRETON & Lance MCLEAN
Specimen
Friday November 3 9 pm
Art System, 327 Spadina Ave, 2nd floor

Karma CLARKE-DAVIS
Trash
Friday November 3 9 pm
Art System, 327 Spadina Ave, 2nd floor

Lisa Deanne SMITH & 1000km design büro
Sweet
Friday November 3
9 pm
Art System, 327 Spadina Ave, 2nd floor

For full descriptions, see the artists’ pages.

Prognosis

Prognosis

Curated by Johanna HOUSEHOLDER and Louise LILIEFELDT

Prognosis directs focus toward work that deals with contemporary social, political and ethical issues with a view to the future. We are particularly interested in exploring notions of the “cultural hybrid.” Living and working in a culturally rich community, we are aware of the challenging and sometimes loaded dialogue in art and criticism on issues such as neocolonialism, cultural appropriation, equality of representation, and unstable, pluralistic notions of identity. This confusing, elliptical terrain has yielded some of the most courageous and inspiring performances of recent memory. We believe that the ground continues to be fertile, as we face the need to further challenge internalized and external ‘isms’ and develop better understandings of who we are in relation to the people and the world around us. Cultures do not exist in isolation; historical, social, economic and political pressures work to move or blur real and imagined borderlines.

James LUNA
American Indian Study’s
Friday October 27 8 pm
Workman Theatre, 1001 Queen St W

Artist Talk
Saturday October 28 2 pm
Innis College Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave

Co-sponsored by A Space and the Centre for Independent Video and Media Education

For full description, see artist’s page.

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StrangeWays — Currents of The Fantastic in Contemporary Performance

StrangeWays — Currents of The Fantastic in Contemporary Performance

Curated by S. HIGGINS and W. A. DAVISON of the International Bureau of Recordist Investigation

StrangeWays is a project of the International Bureau of Recordist Investigation and forms part of our ongoing research into the surreal, absurd, fantastic, and similar currents of contemporary art and culture. This live event will present the work of four contemporary performance artists, two from Canada and two from Europe, whose work demonstrates a fundamental connection with “the fantastic”, the realm of the illusory and the imaginary. This work can take a great many forms — myth and magick, nonsense, the grotesque, the absurd, the surreal, etc. — and each of the featured artists illustrates the wide diversity of concepts and strategies concerning “the fantastic” and its expression through the medium of performance.

SU-EN Butoh Company, w/sound by SIX HEADS
Headless
Thursday October 26 8:30 pm
Art System, 327 Spadina Ave, 2nd floor

Steve VENRIGHT
T. V. I. Reality Check
Monday October 30 all day
various locations throughout the Greater Toronto Area

Ben PATTERSON
An Evening with Ben Patterson
Wednesday November 1 8 pm
Art System, 327 Spadina Ave, 2nd floor

Stefanie MARSHALL
untitled
Saturday November 4 12 pm – 5 pm
Zsa Zsa Gallery, 927 Queen St W

For full description, see artists’ pages.

Ben PATTERSON’s participation co-sponsred by Le Lieu’s Rencontre internationale d’art performance de Québec

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=Videodrome= Body + Blood/Picture + Sound

=Videodrome= Body + Blood/Picture + Sound
Saturday November 4 10 pm
Art System, 327 Spadina Ave, 2nd floor

Curated by Jubal BROWN and Michelle KASPRZAK

Featuring _badpacket_ (Mike STVENTON & Michelle KASPRZAK), Jubal BROWN, Shawn JOHNSTON, MISS BARBRAFISCH, Stephen RIFE, Zoë STONYK, and Ingrid Z

= Videodrome = Body + Blood / Picture + Sound is the latest installment of Jubal Brown’s ongoing campaign to bring together performance art and underground dance/rave culture. Promising “experience as spectacle,” Brown’s interest is to combine the best of both worlds, providing the sensual, experiential environment and engaging atmosphere of a late-night dance party, but adding the content and unpredictability of performance art. Videodrome‘s thesis is to contrast live and mediated expression, presenting works that can be experienced ‘in the flesh’ in one room, or viewed as projected spectacle in another. For this event, a series of DJs play trance and electronic dance mixes in a party environment of multiple video projections, with live performances presented on the hour in a second room and projected onto the walls of the dance area. The performances range from gory tableaux of bodies in distress to the destruction of furniture and a late-night fire demonstration.

Master Class 5

Master Class 5
Saturday November 4 5 pm – 9 pm
Latvian Hall, 491 College St W

Curated by Shannon COCHRANE and Tanya MARS

Featuring Terril CALDER, Will KWAN, Jessica LERTVILAI, Clive ROBERTSON, and Vida SIMON

Master Class 5 features five performance artists participating in a unique form of collaboration. Master Class 5 will investigate the role of audience/participants in the live medium of performance/action, the performance cliche, and the living visual picture.

Each artist is asked to choose and describe five objects/tools or concrete/tactile elements that are essential to the visual picture/conceptual idea of a performance. Personal or hand-made objects will be the responsibility of the artist to bring to the Master Class. More universal objects, and ten additional objects, will be assembled by the facilitators for a total of 35 objects in the Master Class 5 kit. Artists will be allowed to construct performances using any or all of the objects amassed in the Master Class 5 kit. This could be a planned piece or a random act. Regardless, the performance that is built on the day will be affected by the action of the others and perhaps the audience. What exactly will happen when 5 performers create 5 performances in the same space at the same time with the same objects without agreeing on a “theme”?

For full description, see artists’ pages.

Co-presentation: Fado Performance Inc.'s Public Spaces/Private Places

Public Spaces/Private Places

Curated by Paul COUILLARD for Fado Performance Inc.

Spanning two years and featuring approximately 25 artists from Canada, the US, Europe and Asia, this series provides a broad look at issues of place and relationship. Public Spaces/Private Places explores the elements that turn neutral ‘space’ into meaningful ‘place’. These works examine the degrees of intimacy, connection and interaction that mark the dividing line between public and private. Public Spaces/Private Places is particularly concerned with performances created for intimate audiences. Some projects feature site-specific or installational environments that invite participants into a sensory or experiential journey. Others are process-oriented, involving public intervention, intimate gestures, or actions that may, by their nature, be nearly invisible. Many are designed primarily for an unsuspecting audience. Above all, what distinguishes these works is the artists’ restless, inventive impulse to find ways to allow our separate, unseen and sometimes contradictory imaginations to intermingle.

Jerzy ONUCH
Between Us
Thursday October 26
7:30 pm
Art System, 327 Spadina Ave 2nd floor

Christine CARSON
Numb/Hum: A Subterranean Metropolitan Opera
Wednesday November 1
to Friday November 3 8:15 am – 8:45 am
Osgoode subway platform (Queen St W & University Ave)

Tagny DUFF
<<Public Web>>
Wednesday November 1
to Friday November 3 2 pm – 5 pm (40-minute interactive tours on the hour)
beginning at Art System, 327 Spadina Ave 2nd floor

Maximum 10 people per tour

otiose (Ailith ROBERTS & John DUMMETT)
spoken house
Wednesday November 1
to Thursday November 2 2 pm – 6 pm
(audio and text archive continues through Saturday November 4)
Art System, 327 Spadina Ave 2nd floor

For full description, see artists’ pages.

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Panel/discussion: Experience as Spectacle as

Experience as Spectacle as
Sunday November 5 3 pm
YYZ Artists’ Outlet, 401 Richmond St W

With panelists Tagny DUFF (Vancouver BC) with John DUMMET (UK), Kym PRUESSE (Toronto), and Clive ROBERTSON (Kingston ON); moderated by Johanna HOUSEHOLDER.

It may be understood that spectacle itself is a charged word, and probably connects too directly to Debord alone, so if you want to nominate another term, please do. For our purposes spectacle is the visual and visceral apprehension of the performance event by audience. How much it implies passivity is an open question and in performance art (as in Debord), the term audience itself is somewhat fluid.

There are a  number of works in the festival and in the performance catalogue generally which employ the audience as participants or agents in the realization of the work…. As well there is the notion of Experience as Spectacle raised by the description of =Videodrome=. This could describe the experience of the “audience/participants” (Valie Export’s term) in the high pitched environment of performance;  or it could refer to the experience of the artist.

Here a discussion of ‘ordeal’ performances; or the gradual unfolding of improvisatory performances — as well as the open ended processes of audience interaction — could ensue.

7a*11d gratefully acknowledges the support of

Thanks also to this year's programming partners and venues