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

Call for participants

Posted by Sam Power on September 22nd, 2017

Julianne Chapple

For Julianne Chapple’s performances (September 27th and September 30th) the artist has requested for individuals to provide books related to topics of art, dance, performance or fiction by a female author to be utilized in her performance. If you are planning on attending either of Julianne’s performances, we strongly encourage you to bring a selection to contribute to the work. All copies of books will be returned to their rightful owner following each performance. Additionally, if you are able to provide living room style furniture for Julianne to use in her performance, please contact us and we can make arrangements for pickup and delivery following the festival.


Josh Clendenin

For Josh Clendenin’s performance Folamh, the artist will require a spectator to participate in both editions of his performance. The first performance will be taking place on Thursday September 28th at 3pm and the second on Friday September 29th at 9pm. If you are interested in taking part in Josh’s performance, please email your full name and preferred participation date to program @

Confronting awkwardness

Posted by Sam Power on September 21st, 2017

For 17 years the Visualeyez festival has provided space for performance artists to craft and present performances. Just as the act of performance art itself challenges cultural norms, Visualeyez has focused in on a theme that questions our contemporary life. As we looked back at the first Visualeyez the themes of surveillance, voyeurism and the boundaries between our personal and private lives emerged as the themes in the early 2000s. This year the festival focuses on the idea of awkwardness.

Curator Todd Janes writes that as technology has permeated our interactions, they have become highly codified. “If we were to suddenly remove societal perceptions and norms of behaviour then we could examine if there is such a thing as suitable societal interactions. If  not then there might not be such a thing as awkwardness.”

Find the full curatorial statement here.