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 21st, 2015
A stolen sentence: “What can be said at all can be said clearly; and whereof one cannot speak thereof one must be silent.” Below is a series of similarly hijacked propositions tuned to Guadalupe Martinez’s Memories of the Body I Never Was, and Forever Will Be, a performance based upon her walks through the city. She collects artifacts and phrases from the city and activates them within the gallery space. Each nest of propositions is followed by a description of her action that attempts to follow the grammar established therein. (more…)
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 Adam on September 15th, 2015
My name is Guadalupe Martinez and I am part of the Visualeyez festival, taking place here in Edmonton from September 15th–23rd. I am looking for persons to be a part of my piece Memories of the body I never was, and forever will be taking place during Visualeyez 2015.
My work explores poetics of perception, poetics of place, and how these intertwine with local narratives, economies, and politics. Incorporating found objects and materials the piece develops movements and choreographies that evoke a poetic response to memories and histories of specific sites; to architecture, and to transient situations. Both visible and hidden stories become present through our bodies, and through our performance. These interventions will be developed in the gallery and its surroundings.
During Visualeyez I hope to work with a group of persons living in Edmonton and together choose a set of locations where we will develop movements and gestures that invoke personal or collective memories of that place. Materials will be collected and re-configured on site, and the created gestures will be performed both in-situ and afterwards re-enacted inside the gallery.
While contributors would ideally be part of the piece by participating in the performance, everyone who feels interested in contributing with a story or suggesting a site is welcome.
If you would like to be a part of this project or if you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch with the gallery or myself. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you kindly,