Posted by Adam on August 8th, 2012
Visualeyez, Canada’s annual festival of performance art, is returning to Edmonton for its 13th year. From September 10-16, artists from across Canada and beyond will gather to develop and display their work, exploring the curatorial theme of loneliness. Curated by Latitude 53 Executive Director Todd Janes, the festival investigates notions of isolation, emptiness, and intimacy in our relationships with crowds and an urban environment. While the artists have an opportunity to engage with each other’s artistic process, Visualeyez also gives audiences a chance to experience performance art at close range, celebrate and interact with a unique, temporal world of art.
“This year I am very proud of the artists coming to Visualeyez as they explore layered aspects of loneliness through diverse artistic projects commenting on individuals in an increasingly mediated and complex world,” festival founder and curator Todd Janes says. “As technological interfaces increase and our world seems to be connected 24 hours a day, how do we find solace through an epidemic of loneliness?”
Visualeyez 2012 presents work from seven artists at Latitude 53 and in various downtown locations: Adriana Disman (Montreal), k.g. Guttman (Montreal), Gerry Morita & Heidi Bunting (Edmonton), Martine Viale (Montreal), Stephen Mueller (Calgary), Tanya Doody (Parksville, BC), and Lilian Gael (Portland).
Facilitating the festival’s online and on-site discussion as the festival Animator this year is Amber Landgraff, director of Toronto artist-run centre XPACE Cultural Centre. Visualeyez is also pleased to work with community partners the Canadian Mental Health Association, the Multicultural Health Brokers, and Edmonton Bicycle Commuters.
Look forward to the full festival program, here on the Visualeyez website at the beginning of September.
Posted by Adam on January 4th, 2012
The Thirteenth annual Visualeyez festival of performance art happens from 10–16 September 2012 in the downtown core of Edmonton, Alberta, exploring on the curatorial theme of loneliness.
Visualeyez takes place over a period of seven 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. It is important that prior to submitting that artist is available for a minimum of six days during the festival. Please visit visualeyez.org for the past festival information.
Curator and Founder of Visualeyez, Todd Janes states, “Visualeyez 2012 builds upon notions of an ever-expanding and more urban city. This theme will explore issues such as emotional versus social isolation, chronic and transient states of loneliness within the city and our inter-relationships with crowds, emptiness and intimacy. I want to present artists that will explore the theme of loneliness and enhance dialogues regarding the societal issues, community connectivity and understanding of the concept and its impact on individuals and society as a whole.”
Proposals should include: a CV; artist statement; a detailed description of the work you wish to present, or explore; and support material that can include images, video, print or digital documentation of your work, catalogues, and press.
The deadline for submission is Friday, 27 April 2012.
If you would like your materials returned to you, please also include sufficient postage or courier materials. Artists shall be contacted by mid-June 2012 regarding the status of their proposals.
Proposals by post to:
Latitude 53 Contemporary Visual Culture
10248 106 Street, Edmonton, Alberta Canada T5J 1H5
Attention: Todd Janes, Executive Director
Proposals by email to: email@example.com.
Please be courteous of image size and materials that you are sending. Please place Visualeyez 2012 submission in the subject line
Visualeyez is supported, in part by Canada Council for the Arts, The City of Edmonton, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, The Province of Alberta, The Edmonton Downtown Business Association and Latitude 53.