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

The Flight of the Animator (2)

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.

Breakfast Symposium - photo by Mathieu Léger

Breakfast Symposium – photo by Mathieu Léger

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Christian Bujold: In/Side/Out/Side (bonus)

Posted by Cian Cruise on September 22nd, 2015

Christian Bujold – photo by Luciana D’Anunciação

Christian Bujold – photo by Luciana D’Anunciação

 

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…)

Christian Bujold: In/Side/Out/Side

Posted by Cian Cruise on September 20th, 2015

Christian Bujold - photo by Mathieu Léger

Christian Bujold – photo by Mathieu Léger

In/Side/Out/Side
noun, verb

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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

used in a sentence: In/Side/Out/Side, by Christian Bujold, is really two different performances, one nested within the gallery space and the other exposed to the elements of urban Edmonton. (more…)

First Night in Town

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…)

Introducing: Christian Bujold

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.

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‘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.