Latitude 53 presents Visualeyez 2017, the seventeenth edition of Canada's annual festival of performance art, from September 26–October 1, exploring the theme of awkwardness


Posted by Adam on April 15th, 2016

The 17th annual Visualeyez festival of performance art happens from 19–24 September 2016 in the downtown core of Edmonton, Alberta, exploring on the curatorial theme of kindness.

Visualeyez takes place over a period of six days and it is required that all invited artists are able to attend for the entire length of the festival. Artists experience the work of other artists; engage in discussion groups, meals and other activities that enhance the work of individual artists and the performance art community within Canada and beyond. Please visit for the past festival information.

New this year: the public performances of the festival will be truncated over three days – Thursday to Sunday, 22–24 September. The time prior to thus will serve as a residency of festival artists and engagements to develop and enhance works in a rich, critical environment.

Latitude 53 will invite artists to Edmonton to explore issues around the curatorial theme of kindness. We are looking for works that explore the fragility of the human ego and expand upon the positive nature of simple gestures. Visualeyez is seeking submissions that will connect with Edmonton and Alberta residents and have resonance within an international dialogue. The festival pays a CARFAC artist fee, two-way travel and accommodations for all artists.

Proposals should include: a CV; artist statement; a detailed description of the work you wish to present, or explore; and support material all sent as individual pdfs. You can include images, video, print or digital documentation of your work or as links, pdf, or image files

The deadline for submission is Friday, 27 May 2016, 2300h MST.

Artists shall be contacted by June regarding the status of their proposals.

Proposals by email to:

Please be courteous of image size and materials that you are sending. Please ensure that attachments total to less than 10MB; if more space is required for time-based or intermedia work please provide a link via DropBox.

Kindly, please place Visualeyez 2016 submission in the subject line.

For information, please contact

Visualeyez is joyfully supported in part by Canada Council for the Arts, The City of Edmonton, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Edmonton Downtown Business Association, and Latitude 53’s members, volunteer and donors.

Revisiting Visualeyez 2015

Posted by Adam on April 1st, 2016

The students of University of Alberta professor Natalie Loveless’s Fall 2015 undergraduate course “Introduction to Performance Art” (ArtH 336) responded to performances at the festival last year. Over the next few weeks, we’re publishing these responses on the Latitude 53 blog—to accompany the 2016 Call for Proposals, coming soon!