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.
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.
A 7a*11d tradition since 2010.
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.
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
We are pleased to present our “Eyes and Ears” for 2014. For the most comprehensive gesture-by-gesture commentary on the 10th 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art, you can rely on these amazing talents.
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.