Posted on August 8th, 2012
Visualeyez, Canada’s annual festival of performance art, is returning to Edmonton for its 13th year. From September 10-16, artists from across Canada and beyond will gather to develop and display their work, exploring the curatorial theme of loneliness. Curated by Latitude 53 Executive Director Todd Janes, the festival investigates notions of isolation, emptiness, and intimacy in our relationships with crowds and an urban environment. While the artists have an opportunity to engage with each other’s artistic process, Visualeyez also gives audiences a chance to experience performance art at close range, celebrate and interact with a unique, temporal world of art.
“This year I am very proud of the artists coming to Visualeyez as they explore layered aspects of loneliness through diverse artistic projects commenting on individuals in an increasingly mediated and complex world,” festival founder and curator Todd Janes says. “As technological interfaces increase and our world seems to be connected 24 hours a day, how do we find solace through an epidemic of loneliness?”
Visualeyez 2012 presents work from seven artists at Latitude 53 and in various downtown locations: Adriana Disman (Montreal), k.g. Guttman (Montreal), Gerry Morita & Heidi Bunting (Edmonton), Martine Viale (Montreal), Stephen Mueller (Calgary), Tanya Doody (Parksville, BC), and Lilian Gael (Portland).
Facilitating the festival’s online and on-site discussion as the festival Animator this year is Amber Landgraff, director of Toronto artist-run centre XPACE Cultural Centre. Visualeyez is also pleased to work with community partners the Canadian Mental Health Association, the Multicultural Health Brokers, and Edmonton Bicycle Commuters.
Look forward to the full festival program, here on the Visualeyez website at the beginning of September.