Posted by Cian Cruise on September 25th, 2015
My laptop’s charging in the AC stand and my cell phone’s daisy chained to the USB port, both hungry for power after a week of labour. A BBQ pork steamed bao works its way down my gullet. People mill about the airport, wandering from gate to gate, towing children or luggage or time. I just said goodbye to Guadalupe and Luciana, who’re heading back to Van city for the Live Biennale. The other artists have already left, their homes spread across the wide expanse of this nation. My flight’s in an hour or so. All of a sudden the festival’s over, I can feel it in my bones.
Posted by Cian Cruise on September 22nd, 2015
He stands. He stays. He wobbles and he sways.
In a complement to his earlier performances, Christian Bujold stands before the legislature building and beneath the mottled sky. For an hour he is cut off from the rest of the world, a null figure, not a person but a body, an any body. (more…)
Posted by Cian Cruise on September 20th, 2015
- a man standing in a drape at the corner of Jasper Ave and 103 St for an hour, then building a structure with the drape and a stick
- a man standing under a sheet in front of the Baccarat Casino (beside the bus stop, in front of the parking lot) for an hour, then building a structure with the sheet and three sticks
- the same man within the gallery space: lofting sheets upon the floor, tilting things over until they crash, bending sticks until they break (against the tension of trying to lift a chair draped in a sheet, against the tension of his shoulder wedged up against the ceiling), and huddling beneath the drape while coiling his body around a stick and snapping it in his embrace
Posted by Cian Cruise on September 16th, 2015
Joan Didion once claimed, “writers are always selling somebody out.” I’m going to attempt to defy that quote as I write about the performances, spaces, and countless intangibles that zing through the air between artist and observer. Technically I’m the latter, but the nature of Visualeyez puts everyone on the same page. Artists, administrators, and miscellaneous hangers-on (which is how I characterize myself) each have a seat at the table and a voice to contribute to the overall festival experience.
Yesterday, six out of eight artists arrived in Edmonton, and there was some confusion among introductions. Steven Girard initially thought I was a performer, but when he was disabused of the notion he simply said, “Ah. Now we are nine.”
“Maybe eight and a half,” I said.
“No,” he said. “Nine.” (more…)
Posted by Sara CS on September 10th, 2015
Montréal-based artist Christian Bujold brings his ephemeral structures to Visualeyez 2015, exploring our theme of expansion and collapse through the combination of breath, movement, and materials such as wooden sticks. Read more about Christian on his artist page.
‘The In-betweens’. Photo credit: Henry Chan
Curious about his work? Watch the full performance of ‘The In-betweens’ on vimeo.
Christian Bujold is making two performances at Visualeyez, on September 18 and 22, dealing with breath—the air, movement, and collapse. During the first few days of the festival he’ll be exploring the city to find a place to make the first of these off-site, before returning to the gallery to close the festival on the 22nd.