LIVE 2009
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Brian Rush 
Brian Rush's interventions and relational objects rearrange the syntax of everyday encounters. Part joke, part riddle, part confrontation, humour and discomfort mingle freely, questioning personal and relational boundaries and conventions.

He lives in Bellingham, Washington.

Homepage: brian-rush.com 
Date:Thursday, October 22, 2009 and Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Time: Thoughout the afternoon and evening
Location: White Rock pier, Richmond Centre Mall, and outside the Vancouver Public Library, downtown branch. 
C.Snatch Z. (Japan) 
C Snatch Z. is a Japanese dancer, cabaret star and Performance artists. Her wild mix-ups of burlesque, strip-tease, satire, politics and pop references have left audiences dazzled in clubs, cabarets and galleries throughout Japan and Internationally. 
Vampyre Love Ball
Date: Saturday, October 31, 2009
Time: 8pm Location: Chapel Arts, 304 Dunleavy Ave 
Chumpon Apisuk (Thailand) 
With the generous support of the Office of Contemporary Art and Culture, Ministry of Culture, and The Royal Kingdom of Thailand.

Chumpon Apisuk was born in Nan, a northern province in Thailand. He founded Concrete House in 1993 in Bangkok and is also founder and director of the internationally renowned Asiatopia International Performance Art Festival. Since 1996, Chumpon has performed widely around the world. LIVE2009 will be his debut Performance in Vancouver.

Responding to the loss of human lives to the force of political power, SILENT SALT: FOR MOTHER deals with flesh (skin) and life (in need of salt to survive). An investigation into how we exist outside substances and resources. An inter-active meditative process between human flesh and sea salt. 
Date: Saturday, October 17, 2009
Keynote Speech: 7pm Performance: 8pm Location: Chapel Arts, 304 Dunlevy Ave 
Chuyia Chia (Singapore) 
Chuyia Chia investigates the affects of global warming and inflation and how it results in riots and chaos in the third world countries while developing countries rest secure. Through intense, physical performance she illustrates how ignorance in using natural resources and the greediness of humanity causes waste that has contributed to the vanishing of vital environmental resources, putting most lives in threat in a world where the innocents are paying for the price. Chia's work is always site-responsive. Each work is different and unique. 
Performance
Date: Friday, October 30, 2009
Time: 8pm
Location: Chapel Arts, 304 Dunlevy Ave 
Daina Warren 
Daina Warren is of the Montana Cree Nation, in Hobbema, Alberta. Warren has co-curated such projects as the New Forms Media Arts Festivals; and Earth Village, World Urban Forum. She also has assisted the LIVE Biennale of Performance Art since 1999, as well as an associate curator with grunt gallery, and is currently studying a Masters Degree in the Critical and Curatorial Studies Program, UBC.

Throughout the 2009 LIVE Biennale of Performance Art Festival, Aboriginal artists, Gustavo Alvarez Lugo, Richard Tawhanga Kereopa, Tanya Lukin-Linklater, Peter Morin, and Leslie Mark Overland will produce works that promote encounters between traditionally based arts practices in Aboriginal cultures and new forms of social practice and intervention. Each of these will interrogate notions of time and space through live actions, music & singing, performance installations, and durational & physical pieces. 
 
DTP 
Pick Up focusses on the idea of "hear/say" based on sports communities, and applies it to the arts, crossing boundaries of social expectations, protocal, the high/low dialectic of hobbies, and brings about a beautiful guesture of openness and warmth to people to join in the art work, become part of the art form, and collapse the artist/viewer performance experience into one of complete participation.

DTP, a local movement-dance collective that specializes in demolishing all rules of dance, operating within a range of dance experience, from novice to unschooled. DTP works collectively, as a group, creating new dances according to time and place, influenced by all art practices, and held to none: dance, art, music, performance, and the school of knowledge from intuitive to academic.  
Date: Friday, October 23, 2009
Time: 2-4pm
Location: Bocce Ball Park at Victoria Dr. and Grant St. 
Esther Ferrer (Spain/France) 
Esther Ferrer's work spans four decades of international avant-garde activity. Her work can be thought of as a particular type of minimalism that integrates rigour, humor, diversion and absurdity. She has exhibited her work globally and represented Spain at the Venice Biennale in 1999. In 2008 she was awarded the Premio Nacional de Artes Plásticas, the National Prize of Visual Arts, by the Spanish ministry of Cultural Affairs. This is Ms. Ferrer's first apperance in Vancouver. 
Roundtable Discussion
Date: Sunday, October 18, 2009
Time: 2pm
Location: Chapel Arts, 304 Dunlevy Ave

Performance
Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Time: 7pm
Location: Vancouver Art Gallery, Courtroom 302, 750 Hornby St 
Emilio Rojas 
Genocide of the arts
Taking place at various LIVE2009 events

An artist without art, is a dead artist. This work serves as a dramatic interpretation of the cuts of funding. It gives power to the people who by dropping dead manifest their loss. It creates a response from the surrounding spectators; maybe immediate, alarmed or just driven by curiosity. As bodies lie on the ground, they leave the trace of their silhouette marked with white chalk. As it washes away, the outline becomes an abstraction and eventually disappears, what remains is the memory of the action. As a person who came to Canada to mature as an artist, I felt hindered by this lost of opportunities, and had the urge to have a dialogue with the people.

Emilio Rojas was born in Mexico City in 1988. He is a multimedia and performance artist whose works explore the relation between the artist and his audience, interacting and exchanging roles. The intrinsic relation with the body has been both his subject matter and medium. Exploring the mental and physical limits of his being, Emilio revaluates standards of beauty, activism, gender, and sexuality. He is currently living in Vancouver, B.C., and enrolled at Emily Carr University. 
 
Francis and Patrick Cruz 
Mensahe sa Masahe (Message through Massage), 2009

The Cruz Brothers will use touch to contextualize the dynamic relation of power and pleasure.

For the past few years, Francis Cruz and Patrick Cruz have collaborated and performed Performance pieces that revolve around ideas of cultural displacement and its bearings of marginalization and sibling hierarchy and its production of violence. 
Earthly Delights?
Date: Thursday, October 22, 2009
Time: 8-10pm
Location: 221A Artist Run Centre, 221A East Georgia St 
Francisco-Fernando Granados  
Body Plural
seeded, 2009
An embodied detail from Hieronymus Bosch's The Garden of Earthly Delights.

The Politics of Romance
The Dedication, 2008
A non narrative recitation collapses the public and the intimate, translating an impossible desire. What if the name of the other, which has come to stand for our anguish and opacity, was to become the name of love?

Francisco-Fernando Granados is a Guatemalan-born, Vancouver-based artist and writer currently working in Performance, sculptural intervention and cultural criticism. Through his practice, he aims to create ephemeral spaces where larger socio-political contexts can collude and co-exist with personal narratives. His work has been presented in venues including the LIVE Biennale, VIVO Media Arts Centre, Centre A, the Vehicle project at the Langara College Centre for Art in Public Spaces, Gallery Gachet, colourschool and the Vancouver East Cultural Centre.  
Body Plural
Date: Thursday, October 15, 2009
Time: 8-11pm
Location: Hastings Steam & Sauna, 766 East Hastings St

The Politics of Romance
Date: October 22 to 31, 2009
Time: Mon-Fri 2-8pm, Sat 12-5pm, Sun 11-3pm
Location: 221A Artist Run Centre, 221A East Georgia St
Opening: Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 8pm 
Geumhyung Jeong 
Geumhyung Jeong is creating a new language between body and the thing. Emerging from the vibrant Korean Performance scene, she is attracting international attention for developing puppets from unique materials ¯ everything from a vacuum cleaner, to blow-up doll to a back-hoe -- and bringing them to life in interaction with her own body.

Puppetry doesn't often find a place in experimental theatre festivals, but Jeong Geum-Hyung's duet with a vacuum cleaner is a reminder of how fantastical, magical and disturbing a form it can be. Jeong's work addresses issues of control and manipulation and of animation and death¯exactly the realm of puppetry. ¯ Theron Schmidt, Real Time, Australia. 
Vampyre Love Ball
Date: Saturday, October 31, 2009
Time: 8pm
Location: Chapel Arts, 304 Dunleavy Ave 
Gustavo Alvarez (Mexico) 
Curated by Daina Warren

Performance #1
Shukuruame: Raramuri is a malignant figure within Mexican culture, whose role is to create evil, who is a constant threat for all, and should be avoided. Although to obtain its favor is to do evil on someone else. Introducing the Blue deer: The blue deer in the Huichola people's worldview appears like a protector, a divinity who appears in dreams, and indicates the steps to follow, the guide waiting for all who wish to continue walking. These introspective performance actions are created to initiate change in this world that we live in by establishing deep vows and give back to the Blue Deer.

Performance #2
In the Tarahumara mountain range, a serious problem has arisen, not only against the Raramuris people but all of the Mexican territory. The phenomenon that is of concern is the drug trafficking industry, for which the proprietors and contractors are people who locals call "Chabochis." More and more Raramuris people are becoming involved in the industry and their work consists of lowering themselves into ravines to seed Marijuana plants, all the while exposing themselves to multiple dangers. Chabochi is a Raramuri concept for a person who sees himself as no one person is equal to, a person who is not of the place. This piece demonstrates how Chabochi appears as a threat yet is an homage to the strong spirit of the Raramuris people.

Gustavo Alvarez Lugo, also as known as "Musgus," currently lives in Chihuahua, Mexico. He began his exploits in performance art in 2000, making performances in urban areas. He has participated in Performagia - national festival of performance, Mexico City; International Performance Congress at Valparaiso, Chile; Artist residency Contemporary Center for the Arts at Tou Scene, Stavanger, Norway; and most recently at 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art, Toronto. 
Performances
Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Time: 2pm
Location: TBA

Date: Friday, October 30, 2009
Time: 8pm
Location: Chapel Arts, 304 Dunlevy Ave  
Gwendoline Robin (Belgium)  
"In my Performances I use explosions and my body to create images of very fugitive and very physical moments. The moment before the explosion is very important, because it contains all the existing tension between wonder and danger. Time condenses and becomes physical and visual. The body is the very place of this tension. First waiting for the explosion, then the explosion itself and finally the traces: the echo of the impact, the body getting relaxed, the smell, the smoke and the floor. It's also the desire to play with the notion of danger and at the same time its diversion to create a more poetic picture." (extract of Gwendoline Robin in conversation with Tania Nasielski)

There is immediacy in Gwendoline Robin's work; a relationship with the present moment given by the suddenness of the explosion, the very essence of fire, the evanescence of smoke. It confronts us with surprise, fear, danger, relief, and with wonder, too, and humour. 
Performance
Date: Friday, October 23, 2009
Time: 8pm
Location: Robson St Courthouse steps at the Vancouver Art Gallery

Roundtable Discussion
Date: Sunday, October 25, 2009
Time: 2pm
Location: Chapel Arts, 304 Dunlevy Ave 
Heidi Nagtegaal 
Heidi Nagtegaal has been Headbanding and Braceleting people since 2004. To date, over 2000 Bracelets and 3000 Headbands have been made, and gifted.

In response people have worn their Headbands and/or Bracelets for years, changed their wardrobe style, made shrines, and even gotten a large chest tattoo with their Headband in it, and in certain instances, started headbanding them out on their own.

Heidi Nagtegaal lives and works in Vancouver, BC, Canada. What started off as a simple project, now has a life entirely unto it's own. I am now "the girl that gives out the Headbands," at parties I get heckled "Where's the Headbands?" and have recently been shown a tattoo of a Headband incorporated into a large tattoo, on the chest of a man I did not know (at the time - now I know him).

The hear/say in this project, is a key force that turns ordinary pieces of string, crotcheted into something by me, into a thing of legend.  
Random Dates/Times/Locations 
Instant Coffee 
Come In: Disco Fallout Shelter For the LIVE 2009, Instant Coffee will continue their investigation of social architecture, but this time with cold war exclusivity. Their project, Come In: Disco Fallout Shelter is a reconstruction of a traditional fallout shelter from which the artist collective will host two evenings of events under the theme of survival. They have divided the theme of survival into somewhat humorous categories (Reserving Energy: Slow Dance and Lectures, and Resource Management: Preparing for Disasters Natural and Otherwise), as a means of incorporating artists and professionals from other fields, such as singer songwriter Jenny Rose to the Canadian chef David Wyse into the Shelter. Central to the project is the tenuous relationship between this exclusive lifesaving hideaway and the nature of the collective as being selective. The bunker is built for exclusive yet public events, fitted with only what the collective deems essential, each other, select presenters, and intimate audiences. 
Reserving Energy
Date: Monday, October 26, 2009

Resource Management
Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Both: Time: 8-12pm
Location: Bestway, 21 East Pender St
 
Jacques Van Poppel (Holland) 
Produced with the generous support of Koninkrijk der Nederlanden.

Since 1981, Jacques Van Poppel has created a remarkable body of Performance art that creates a radical narrative based on working with ordinary objects related to his "St-wise" personal life and individuality. He invents situations which break preconceived assumptions and welcome an intimacy with the audience. His confidence with people reflects a genuine humanity filled with openness, compassion and radical creativity.

Van Poppel often collaborates with other artists and has been a member of Black Market International since 1986. 
Roundtable Discussion
Date: Sunday, October 25, 2009
Time: 2pm
Location: Chapel Arts, 304 Dunlevy Ave

Performance
Date: Friday, October 30, 2009
Time: 8pm
Location: Chapel Arts, 304 Dunlevy Ave 
Jennifer Campbell (Canada) 
Wiped is a live performance of two people being swept back and forth across the windows of a storefront, like windshield wipers. To achieve this, the artist and collaborator Sven Johansson, will direct performers attached to mechanical moving booms that will form the arms of the wipers and have operators controlling the movements of the performers. The performance will provide insight into Campbell's process and her continuing exploration of the limits and absurdity of the body.

Jennifer Campbell has a BFA from the University of Victoria and an MFA Photography from Concordia University. She has shown in Canada, Australia and the US, taught at Concordia and The University of Ottawa, and recently completed a three-year tenure as Exhibition Coordinator at Dazibao in Montreal. She is currently the Director of Crawl Space, a non-profit art space in Seattle. 
Performance
Date: Saturday, October 17, 2009
Time: 3-6pm
Location: Opus Art & Design Media, 100-207 West Hasting St 
Johanna Householder 
Johanna Householder works with found Performances from the intersection of popular culture and unpopular culture. She has been making Performances and other artworks since the late 1970s. She was one of the satirical, feminist performance group, The Clichettes, who performed under variable circumstances, throughout the 1980s. Householder practices her own brand of pop culture détournement and often collaborates with other artists. She is one of the founders of the 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art which held its 7th biannual in Toronto 2008. She teaches Performance at the Ontario College of Art & Design. 
Performance
Date: Saturday, October 24, 2009
Time: 8pm
Location: Chapel Arts, 304 Dunlevy Ave

Roundtable Discussion
Date: Sunday, October 25, 2009
Time: 2pm
Location: Chapel Arts, 304 Dunlevy Ave
 
Jonas Stampe (France) 
Jonas Stampe is the director and curator of the Infr'action Festival of Performance Art in Séte, France. He also curates Performance art for festivals and galleries internationally, including, in August, the Open International Performance Art Festival in Beijing, China. 
Roundtable Discussion
Date: Sunday, October 25, 2009
Time: 2pm
Location: Chapel Arts, 304 Dunlevy Ave 
Kevin McKenzie 
The Nihilist
Using the trades skills of the construction industry, McKenzie will be produce an abstract structure using common building materials. A construction and de-construction in one performance based on the personal rejection of modern day living to specifically address the 2010 Olympic village. A space that urban designed living creates forced communal living, and temporary global social infrastructures; this performance will build on these ideals and then abruptly annihilate these utopian notions.

Kevin McKenzie takes his visual sense from Vancouver’s landscape, incorporating images and found materials from sites that illustrate Vancouver’s industrial history, ranging from studio experiments with industrial machine patterns to working within public city sites and constructions zones under urban development. 
Performance
Date: Friday, October 30, 2009
Time: 8pm
Location: Chapel Arts, 304 Dunlevy Ave 
Léa Le Bricomte (France) 
Produced with the generous support of Consulat Général de France à Vancouver.

Léa Le Bricomte is a multi-média artist working in video, photography, sculpture, and Performance. Bricomte, a founding member of Black Market, a collective of artists builds images, settings in scenes which propose a vision of the body between desire and repulsion by using the dribble and the secretion of snails that merge with her costume. Bricomte builds a fictional universe which questions the standards of functionality and rationality: sanitarianism, asepticizing, marchandisation of alive, alienation.

Presentation of the video "Dancefloor for snails lubrillants" with the Palate of Tokyo, collective exposures and Performances in all France.

Series in concert Performances with Joel Hubaut "Stone and Charnel turn". 
Performance
Date: Saturday, October 24, 2009
Time: 8pm
Location: Chapel Arts, 304 Dunlevy Ave

Roundtable Discussion
Date: Sunday, October 25, 2009
Time: 2pm
Location: Chapel Arts, 304 Dunlevy Ave  
Lee Wen (Singapore) 
Produced with the support of the National Arts Council of Singapore Presented with Open Space, Victoria

Lee Wen lives between Singapore and Tokyo. He has been exploring different strategies of time-based and Performance art since 1989. His work has been strongly motivated by social investigations as well as inner psychological directions using art to interrogate stereotypical perceptions of culture and society. He seeks possibilities of collaborations, networks and dialogical discourses. He is a contributing factor in The Artists Village alternative in Singapore and had been participating in Black Market International Performance Collective. He initiated and organized "The Future of Imagination", an international Performance art event in Singapore. He has never been to Mongolia.

The Rite of Spring (Le Sacre du Printemps)

Stricken with early stages of Parkinson's disease, Lee continues to explore ways of expanding Performance art strategies. Attempting a new direction Lee re-interprets Igor Stravinsky's once controversial ballet "Rite of Spring" first conceived a century ago.

"Spring begets expectations of changes. It is in the air, the oceans, terra firma and life organisms; in creatures like us. I languidly brazen out that I have a sick body. And so do the earth, the society, and the world. The discoveries of remedies for incurable diseases are confronted with unheard ailments, bugs and viruses, endless conflicts that seem to escalate just when resolution is close at hand, the backlash of rigid bigoted fundamentals recall and stunt the growth of our liberated spirits, relieves us not the Sisyphean task this human existence. I accept it and reject it. I ignore it and deal with it. For changes will not come without challenge and resistance. So I will to dance, to activate, to perform the body in sickness, in its primitive urgings, in perennial refutation of tyrannical status quos and repressive fates, seeking resolution of conflicts to mollify the inconsistencies for the reconciliation of contradictions that is yet to be." 
Vancouver Performance
Date: Saturday, October 17, 2009
Time: 8pm
Location: Chapel Arts, 304 Dunlevy Ave

Roundtable Discussion
Date: Sunday, October 18, 2009
Time: 2pm
Location: Chapel Arts, 304 Dunlevy Ave

Victoria Performance
Date: Monday, October 19, 2009
Time: 8pm
Location: Chapel Arts, 304 Dunlevy Ave 
Les Fermières Obsédées (Quebec) 
Les Fermières Obsédées is a collective formed by Annie Baillargeon, Eugénie Cliche accompanied with performer Isabelle Lapierre and pianist Marie-Hélène Blay.

The Les Fermières Obsédées performances are a crossover of several disciplines such as dance, theatre, music and visual arts. They create poetic and abstract images, drawing on concrete social positions as their source. Their shows resemble living "tableaux" presenting multiple, symbolic and metaphorical images, alluding to our ever-changing world by critiquing north American mass culture and its lack of intrinsic values. Les Fermières Obsédées present choreographed cadences inspired by military attitudes, at times stereotypical or parodical, but always well calculated. They employ a visual language that allies the tragic, the burlesque, rhythm, and the use of popular symbols. Les Fermières Obsédées deploy here as a charging army, and there, as three lost and faded souls.

Via a multitude of disconcerting contrasts, they succeed in keeping the audience breathless, as it has no way of knowing in which direction it will be propelled. Purified and schematic gestures accompany blinding flashes which fill your eyes the space. With a certain irony, they criticize our entertainment industry which proposes primary stereotypes as a foundation. Through a disheveled play they incarnate diverse attitudes, attempting to establish an equilibrium between the forces and weaknesses that characterize the human being. Mocking ourselves, trying to fight the ideologies to which we do not, to withstand the fall which threatens us at every moment.

Since 2001 Les Fermières Obsédées have presented their work in various events in Québec, Canada, Wales, Northern Ireland, Australia and Poland.

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Vampyre Love Ball
Date: Saturday, October 31, 2009
Time: 8pm
Location: Chapel Arts, 304 Dunleavy Ave 
Leslie Mark Overland 
Curated by Daina Warren

Lucid 44 began in the early 90's, streaming his slow core / sad bastard muse, under the DIY influence of northwest music labels like K, kill rock stars and Sub pop . Mainly recording on 4 track cassette, trading tapes and touring Canada . Releasing 18 tapes / singles / albums under the moniker Tonto is jesus records and Lucid 44, other projects include 2000 wears (experimental) and punk spazz band GutterAwl. Reluctantly touring and performing, having the mindset, that this is just a glorified camping trip where you can sleep in late, meet other artisans, and have a beer or two.

Lucid 44 will be performing singles from his recent 2009 release Body Harms Sounds. 
Performance
Date: Friday, October 30, 2009
Time: 8pm
Location: Chapel Arts, 304 Dunlevy Ave 
Loic Connanski 
Loic Connanski is a joyful and irreverent rebel who hates to try to fool the eye ". "Whenever I watch my tapes, he said, I am satisfied with myself, not proud, just happy. I am accused of being pretentious, but when I look around me, I find it quite justified. I am a funny lucid. " 
For 10 years, Connanski kept a video diary of his depravity, his distaste for political doubts about the human race, his anguish at being nothing, his contempt for the media. Connanski films himself in scenes, amounts, disassembles ... and finally there a little. 
Performance
Date: Saturday, October 24, 2009
Time: 8pm
Location: Chapel Arts, 304 Dunlevy Ave

Roundtable Discussion
Date: Sunday, October 25, 2009
Time: 2pm
Location: Chapel Arts, 304 Dunlevy Ave  
Manolo Lugo 
Word Immediatisms
With the use of the public and a dictionary, Manolo Lugo will play a random game of word association in order to engage in a satisfying and overwhelming dialogue.

Manolo Lugo is a Mexican-born artist residing in Vancouver. He obtained a Bachelor's Degree in International Relations from the Monterrey Institute of Technology in 1999 and in 2007 a BFA from Emily Carr University. His work borrows from sculptural as well as from photographic discourses, structuring a sensibility around geographical displacement and its impact in the domestic and public spheres. In the work presented for LIVE, his interest in linguistics emerges from the necessity to re-assemble a fragmented and twice-removed self (geographically and linguistically) through the estranged terrains of a foreign language. 
Earthly Delights?
Date: Thursday, October 22, 2009
Time: 8-10pm
Location: 221A Artist Run Centre, 221A East Georgia St 
Margaret Dragu (Canada) 
Margaret Dragu , aka VERB WOMAN creates 3 days of Performance-aktions about forgetting and disintegration of memory; disputed histories and conflicting eye witness accounts. She uses collected verbs from abstract everyday gestures and Alzheimer patients to degrade layers of technology and history. Like sand slipping through an open hand…

For this occasion La Dragu is collaborating with the city's most engaging Performance and media artists.

VERB WOMAN three day dance of forgetting ends with a final summation between 6-7pm on the last day. 
Durational Performance
Date: Wednesday to Friday, October 21 to 23, 2009
Time: 4-7 pm daily
Location: VIVO, 1965 Main St 
Nadia Mancer (France) 
Produced with the generous support of Consulat Général de France à Vancouver.

Nadia Mancer is an artist and co-founder of Infr' Action, the international festival of Art Performance in Sète, France. She has presented her work in France, Sweden, Italy and recently in Singapore where at the conference titled Festival Future of Imagination, "couscous therapy III" was conceived from the discussions around neocolonialism, multiculturalism, equality of the sexes and identity. They particularly agreed with the reflexions specific to the rich local populations their various origins. Its work revêt often a character domesticates within the meaning of the activities, actions and human operations related to the life of every day. Objects of the daily newspaper, food are frequently employed like subject or material in the construction of its work. It created spontaneously its Performances and installations, in a physical way, intuitive and emotive, whose discursive and nonhierarchical poetic dimension often combines with sociétaux aspects. The activity in the broad sense is the principal point of reference. It also tackles the related questions with multicultural dimension, with the manner of existing between two cultures, of being registered there, in No man' S Land of the colonizers and colonized, racism and the release, oppression and resistance. The work of Nadia Mancer is articulated around the political questions and social like the neo-colonial identity, the Moslem culture, the repression of the minority cultures or of the radical claims.  
Performance
Date: Saturday, October 24, 2009
Time: 8pm
Location: Chapel Arts, 304 Dunlevy Ave

Roundtable Discussion
Date: Sunday, October 25, 2009
Time: 2pm
Location: Chapel Arts, 304 Dunlevy Ave  
Neal Rockwell 
Neal Rockwell graduated from the Emily Carr University with a Bachelors of Fine Arts specializing in photography. Rockwell is primarily interested in telling stories and ways of telling stories. He uses multiple media to explore the interrelationships of journalism, cinema and literature in an attempt to create art works which are both mentally stimulating and socially relevant. 
Sound Installation
Date: Saturday, October 18, 2009
Time: 1:30-4pm
Location: Chapel Arts, 304 Dunlevy Ave
 
Naúfus Ramirez-Figueroa 
Naúfus Ramirez-Figueroa (Guatemala City, 1978) is an interdisciplinary artist, working in video, installation, and Performance. His work and research delves into folkloricism, sexuality, magical practices, the welfare of children in war, the experiences of refugees, and poetry. He obtained a BFA from Emily Carr Institute in 2005 and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2007. He has had various solo exhibitions, including Children's Tears Laid Out To Dry (grunt gallery, 2007), Para Ti El Banano Madura Al Peso De Tu Dulce Amor (Espacio ::.: ..: ::.: : .:, 2008), and The Great White Fleet (Gallery Gachet, 2003). His work has also been included in a number of group exhibitions, including AA Bronson's School for Young Shamans (John Connelly Presents, NYC 2008), Home Works IV (Masrah Al Madina, Lebanon 2008), Sex Work: The Museum as Brothel, Art House as Porn House (Internationale Kurzfilmtage, Oberhausen 2007), and Video Centro-Americano (Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana 2005). He has performed at FADO Centre for Performance Art (Toronto), South Side Community Art Centre (Chicago), Tribe Arts (Saskatoon), The Vancouver Art Gallery (Vancouver), and the Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporaneo (San Jose, Costa Rica), among other places. He is a recipient of various awards including the 2007 Franklin Furnace Performance Art Fund. He lives and works in Vancouver. 
Body Plural
Date: Thursday, October 15, 2009
Time: 8-11pm
Location Hastings Steam & Sauna, 766 East Hastings St 
Norico Sunayama (Japan) 
A SULTRY WORLD, 1995-2009

Born in Yokohama and living in Gifu, Japan, Sunayama is a dancer and a Performance artist who has participated in festivals and contemporary art exhibitions in Japan and overseas since late 1980's. In1990 she joined the internationally-acclaimed multi-media Performance group Dumb Type. Sunayama will come to Vancouver directly from Toronto, where she will present A Sultry World as part of Nuit Blanche 2009.

In A Sultry World the artist is presented sitting atop a three-meter high chair wearing a huge scarlet velvet dress. The public is invited to crawl under the flowing skirt and enter the sensory chamber created underneath. 
OurTube
Date: Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Time: 8pm
Location: Centre A, 2 West Hastings St

Performance
Date: Friday & Saturday, October 30 & 31, 2009
Time: 12-6pm
Location: Centre A, 2 West Hastings St 
Paul Couillard (Canada) 
Paul Couillard has created at least 200 solo and collaborative Performance works in 20 countries, often working with his partner Ed Johnson. His work explores our bodies as vessels of sensation, experience, knowledge and spirit. His solo practice is particularly concerned with duration and the effects of time.

Couillard was the Performance Art Curator for Fado until 2007, and is a founding co-curator of the 7a*11d International Performance Art Festival. He is the editor of Fado's Canadian Performance Art Legends, a series of books on senior Canadian Performance artists, including La Dragu: the Living Art of Margaret Dragu (2002) and Ironic to Iconic: the Performance Works of Tanya Mars (2008). A third book, featuring the work of Alain-Martin Richard, is scheduled for publication in 2011. 
Body Plural
Date: Thursday, October 15, 2009
Time: 8-11pm
Location Hastings Steam & Sauna, 766 East Hastings St

Performance
Date: Saturday, October 17, 2009
Time: 8pm
Location: Chapel Arts, 304 Dunlevy Ave

Roundtable Discussion
Date: Sunday, October 18, 2009
Time: 2pm
Location: Chapel Arts, 304 Dunlevy Ave 
Peter Morin (Canada) 
Curated by Daina Warren

Peter Morin is from the Crow clan of the Tahltan Nation. As a practicing visual and performance artist, Peter's work looks deeply into de-colonizing through relationship building and speaking one indigenous language. His most recent visual and performance work includes: 12 Making Objects: 12 indigenous interventions a.k.a. First Nations DADA, Open Space, Victoria; A Return to the Place Where God Outstretched his Hand, the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto; and Things that are left Behind for Ravens, ODD gallery, Dawson City.

The project begins with the use of printing moccasin tongue shapes to fill the gallery walls. These tongues are replicas of old visual works created by Morin's Tahltan community and represent the moccasins that were not created by children who were taken away to residential school. This printmaking will take place over three days, and the artist invites the public to assist with the installation. On Thursday, October 22, back dropped by a special button blanket that Morin will create especially for the performance, the public is encouraged to share their work in a closing group performance. 
Durational Performance
Date: Monday to Thursday, October 19 to 22, 2009
Time: 7-11pm Daily
Location: Chapel Arts, 304 Dunlevy Ave 
Richard Tawhanga Kereopa (Maori/New Zealand) 
Richard's performances have been CANCELLED due to travel circumstances! 
 
Rocco Trigueros 
Rocco Trigueros is an interdisciplinary artist who works in the areas of theater, video and Performance art. He has studied at the Universidad Autonoma de Cuidad Juarez, and Langara College, and has attended various theater and film workshops in Canada and Mexico.

Trigueros has presented his work in various national and international contexts including television, film festivals, galleries, and nightclubs. He was the host of his own television show for many years before coming to Canada. Important to his work is activism, as exemplified in 41 Locas (Pacific Cinemateque) a documentary about the Latin gay community in Canada; Cherry Bomb, a short film exploring humor and gender; A Ballad of a Thief (Leo Award Film Festival), a film exploring issues affecting youth, such as neglect by society; Macario ( King Edward Auditorium), a theater play using Latin American immigrant actors; Franz Kafka's Metamorfosis (Britannia Auditorium) a play using Latin youth actors; Sticks and Stones (Gallery Gachet) a Performance art piece exploring familial relations and acceptance of homosexuality; The Killing of Women of Juarez (Canal 5 XHJ-TV 5), a campaign and video documenting the government's neglect of the disappearance of women in Juarez. 
Body Plural
Date: Thursday, October 15, 2009
Time: 8-11pm
Location Hastings Steam & Sauna, 766 East Hastings St 
Sarah Viscardi Harruthoonyan  
Inspired by the pure form found in nature was born an exaggerated vision of natural feminine beauty. Comprised of 4000 silk rose petals, meticulously sewn together individually with faith, hope and love. A resurrection of imagery has enlightened an adventurous journey of new found strength in a magical land of dream and courage.

Born in Tehran, Iran and raised in Athens, Greece and Vancouver, BC Sarah Viscardi Harruthoonyan is a Vancouver based designer and artisan. After receiving her Bachelor in Fashion Design and Technology from Kwantlen, Harruthoonyan has been utilizing her skills on freelance projects and with various companies such as the Vancouver Opera, Arts Club Theatre, local film productions, Cirque du Soleil and most recently stage Performances in Mexico. Inspired by her adventures in traveling, nature and human behaviour Sarah is continuously expanding on her wearable art collection of garments and accessories. 
The Politics of Romance
Date: October 22 to 31, 2009
Time: Mon-Fri 2-8pm, Sat 12-5pm, Sun 11-3pm
Location: 221A Artist Run Centre, 221A East Georgia St

Opening: Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 8pm 
Shannon Cochrane (Canada) 
Shannon Cochrane has a new Performance, called Performance Festival Performance. Running 30 minutes long it offers from one festival to another, a survey of the artists, gestures and materials from the last 7a*11d festival. It is a meta Performance, a riff on a riff.

Shannon Cochrane is the Artistic Director of Fado Performance Art Centre in Toronto and has performed in a variety of venues internationally. 
Performance
Date: Saturday, October 17, 2009
Time: 8pm
Location: Chapel Arts, 304 Dunlevy Ave

Roundtable Discussion
Date: Sunday, October 18, 2009
Time: 2pm
Location: Chapel Arts, 304 Dunlevy Ave 
Skeena Reece (Canada) 
Skeena Reece is a Tsimshian Cree working artist and administrator since 1996 based on the Westcoast of B.C. Her multi-disciplinary practice includes: Performance art, spoken word, humor, “sacred clowning”, writing, singing, songwriting, video art and arts administration. Skeena is a strong supporter of for-youth-by-youth organizations, a past Board Member of the Native Youth Media Society (Redwire Magazine) and employee of the Knowledgeable Aboriginal Youth Association. Also, she was the past Director of the Indigenous Media Arts Group (2005 - 2007) organizing the 8th Annual IMAGeNation Aboriginal Film and Video Festival in 2007. Also, she was Founder and Artistic Director of the Native Youth Artists Collective in Vancouver for two years. NYAC aims to support the professional artistic development in Native Youth (29 years and younger) in all genres of the arts. As filmmaker she was the Co-Director and Principle Actor of "Homestay" the movie, 2007 and is set to release her first self-produced music album in 2009. She will be releasing several short films that are previously unreleased spanning the last 10 years of video and filmmaking. Finally, Skeena is a self-named Sacred Clown, exploring the intentional through improvisation. See more of her work at www.myspace.com/skeenareece or www.themedicineproject.com. 
Vampyre Love Ball
Date: Saturday, October 31, 2009
Time: 8pm
Location: Chapel Arts, 304 Dunleavy Ave 
Tanya Lukin-Linklater (Canada) 
Curated by Daina Warren

Tanya Lukin Linklater originates from the Native Villages of Port Lions and Afognak in the Kodiak archipelago of southwestern Alaska. Based in northern Ontario, she is a practicing performance artist, choreographer, and writer. Tanya's artist residencies and guest artist positions include: Visualeyez 2006: Latitude 53's festival of performance art; Indigenous Performance Initiatives, Trent University; and Enow'kin Centre, Penticton, BC. She has performed and choreographed at Expanse Movement Arts Festival, Edmonton; Actions of Transfer: Women's Performance in the Americas, UCLA; Visualeyez 2006-2008; and Art Nomade in Chicoutimi, Quebec.

As a performative response to multiple cultural systems that construct practices in racialized and gendered ways - Tanya Lukin-Linklater will use her body as a measure of endurance while creating actions that examine popular cultural ethics. A projection installation will nestle the artist's body into an ecology or site mapped with multiple strategies of resistance that engage with traditional Inuit practices of the seal hunt, fashion and animal rights industries. 
Performance
Date: Saturday, October 17, 2009
Time: 8pm
Location: Chapel Arts, 304 Dunlevy Ave 
Tara Arnst 
Ocean Without a Shore, 2009
In her Performance work Ocean Without a Shore, artist Tara Ernst imagines the ocean not as a symbol of loss and longing as depicted in paintings and literature of the Romantic era, but as a symbol of transformation as described in the philosophy of twelfth century Islamic mystic Ibn Arabi. Walking away from the nostalgic view of the distant shore she submerges directly into the Self. A diaphanous wedding dress her only skin, symbolizes both Romantic iconography and a specific reference to her own past. The act of entering the water becomes a transformative ritual, a symbol of rebirth and renewal; an act of detachment from earthy possession and a person history of loss. When she emerges, having shed the symbolic skin of her longing, she is alone, yet at last, whole and complete.

Tara Arnst is a Toronto based film and video artist, currently completing a Master's Degree in Fine Arts at Ryerson University, specializing in Documentary Media. Ernst holds an undergraduate degree from Concordia University in Film Production and began her studies in Intermedia at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. Focusing primarily in cinematic art practices, Ernst's work expands beyond the two dimensional frame to examine the political, psychological, phenomenological impact of the motion picture image. Touching on themes of cultural identity and collective memory Ernst avoids the overtly political, leaving room to explore the complex the psychology of our projected imagination. 
The Politics of Romance
Date: October 22 to 31, 2009
Time: Mon-Fri 2-8pm, Sat 12-5pm, Sun 11-3pm
Location: 221A Artist Run Centre, 221A East Georgia St

Opening: Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 8pm 
Todd Janes (Canada) 
Todd Janes is a curator, cultural sponge and critic. For over fourteen years he has been Executive Director of Latitude 53 Contemporary Visual Culture in Edmonton, Alberta and Visualeyez, Canada's only annual Performance art festival. He is past President of the Professional Arts Coalition of Edmonton, President of the Alberta Association of Artist-Run Centres (AAARC), and serves on numerous national boards and committees.  
Body Plural
Date: Thursday, October 15, 2009
Time: 8-11pm
Location Hastings Steam & Sauna, 766 East Hastings St 
Valentin Torrens (Spain) 
Produced with Institut Ramon Llull Catalan Language and Culture.

International multi-disciplinary artist Valentin Torrens uses Visual poetry in unconventional languages and is interested in perception as a source and a limit of our desires. Torrens investigates the politics of perception, its liberation, the social shaping of the meaning and communication as suggestion.

Torrens changes tactics and decodes the accommodations of art and culture, its connivance with the horror by using a double code, real vs. illusion, of the performer as a shadow, his own and the context shadow, which transforms performer and context.

Humour and liminal play, short-circuiting the language's logic and the audience's mind. Action under dim light, stressing the live human perception.

For the last eight years Torrens has curated many Performances for such festivals as Periferias, Huesca and Territoris Nomades in Barcelona. 
Roundtable Discussion
Date: Sunday, October 18, 2009
Time: 2pm
Location: Chapel Arts, 304 Dunlevy Ave

Performance
Date: Saturday, October 24, 2009
Time: 8pm
Location: Chapel Arts, 304 Dunlevy Ave  
Velveeta Krisp 
free heat, 2009
Hastings sauna has two points of access for it's clientele; renting a private room, which is more expensive or paying a lesser fee to use the public sauna which is men-only, until tonite. . . women will use the public sauna for free!

V. Krisp's interdisciplinary art practice includes but has not been limited to performance art, super 8 filmmaking, video, sound, environmental design, writing, and curation. Now a practicing MD, Dr. Krisp prescribes art on a daily basis to alleviate a variety of conditions and their symptoms. 
Body Plural
Date: Thursday, October 15, 2009
Time: 8-11pm
Location Hastings Steam & Sauna, 766 East Hastings St 
Zarah Ackerman (Canada) 
A Potential Conversion, 2009
Zarah Ackerman will be having a potential conversation with artists Douglas Coupland, Michael Turner, and Stan Douglas in hopes of bridging the generational gap that stands between them. Topics will include: the power of potential, internal vs. external voice, psychokinesis, the hand vs. the tongue, projections of the self, storytelling, the body as contained/container, energy transference, and favorite flavours of bubble gum.

Zarah Ackerman's practice revolves around Performance and sculptural works that relate to the body and the paradox that it presents as both contained and container. You could say that she is orally fixated and deals with themes surrounding the mouth as a source of pleasure and the maker of speech. Experimentation is fundamentally related to her process and research into materials. She received her BFA from Emily Carr Institute in Vancouver where she currently lives and works. 
Earthly Delights?
Date: Thursday, October 22, 2009
Time: 8-10pm
Location: 221A Artist Run Centre, 221A East Georgia St 
Artists performing at LIVE Gala Cabaret Benefit 
Booshmeeka (aka Priscilla Costa): Priscilla went to art school to be a clown then went to clown school and couldn't stop analyzing the shit of it. An act not to be missed! Joomi Seo and Heidi Nagtegaal: Collaborative music performance with Joomi Seo performing the "church organ" on electric keyboard and Heidi Nagtegaal performing poems written by her and others, addressing spirituality, life, and death. Francisco-Fernando Granados and Manolo Lugo are Los Hermanos Quemacho. Payday Millionaire: Rob (drums & voice) and Jeremy (voice & guitar) make new music with unflappable do-it-yourself chutzpah. They can't help it. http://www.myspace.com/paydaymillionaire VELVIS is an Elvis Tribute Artist. She rocks! 
 
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