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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Ming Hon: Patricia: Qu’est-ce que c’est, “dégueulasse”? / What is a “scumbag”?

Posted by Cian Cruise on September 18th, 2015

Ming Hon’s Patricia: Qu’est-ce que c’est, “dégueulasse”? / What is a “scumbag”? is a 4-hour long durational piece that establishes a rigid framework of referential action right off the bat [See Appendix B] then picks it apart like an itchy scab. She moves with a dancer’s precision and a comedian’s timing, shifting from phase to phase in a series of repetitive cycles [See Appendix D] with zero intermediary steps. The performance is wedged in a corner of the gallery made up like a sketchy apartment [See Appendix C, Appendix A] where detritus and lifestyle choices encyst the space. The audience surrounds her, some on the couch that bisects the middle of the set, but most with their back pressed against the wall, as far from the action as possible while still able to witness Ming’s procedural collapse. (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: Ming Hon

Posted by Sara CS on September 11th, 2015

Patricia
Photo credit: Leif Norman.

We’ve all been there: bingeing at home on music, booze, and processed sugar — but few would have the temerity to share this intimate experience with an audience. Ming Hon’s piece at Visualeyez 2015 is an intense one-night-only exploration of loneliness, consumption, and excess. What does it mean to put one’s body on the line in this performance? What does it mean for those of us watching? Learn more about Ming Hon — who subversively auditioned for Miss Hong Kong 2003 — on her artist page here.

Call for props! Do you have a crappy couch, some used ashtrays, a lamp, a small clock, or a full-length/behind-the-door style mirror to contribute to Ming’s “apartment”? Contact program@latitude53.org!