Margaret Dragu - VERB FRAU TV - Season 6: Desktop Performances at LIVE2017. Photo by Rennie Brown.

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LIVE Biennale 2017 documentation


Margaret Dragu performed three nights in a row, October 5, 6, and 7, 2017 at VIVO Media Arts.
In which artist Dragu has set up a broadcast room for participants – anyone, including YOU! – to perform 1-3 minute performances within the space of an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper. All of this is broadcast live.


Thursday, October 5 – Featuring performances by Hank Bull, Alexandra Bischoff, Doug Jarvis, and Pella Lundmark.

Friday, October 6 – Featuring performances by Jorn J Burmester, Crista Dahl, Martina Kocmanova, Louise Liliefeldt, Tanya Doody, Charlene Vickers, Rebecca Belmore, Marie-Pascale Lafreniere.

Saturday, October 7 – Featuring performances by Fadwa Bouziane, Theo Pelmus, Pierre-Andre Sonolet, Rob Brownridge, Alexandra Bischoff, Randy Gledhill, Deanna Kimball-Cook, Doug Jarvis.

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Artist Fadwa Bouziane participating in Margaret Dragu - VERB FRAU TV - Season 6: Desktop Performances. Photo by Saman Shariati.
Live broadcast: Margaret Dragu - VERB FRAU TV - Season 6: Desktop Performances. Photo by Laura Harvey.


The following is the contents of this artist’s event page post, with bio/artist statement, as originally posted in the lead up to and during LIVE Biennale 2017:

Margaret Dragu (Canada)

Thursday, October 5 @ VIVO Media Arts Centre

VERB FRAU TV: Season 6 LIVE! Desktop Performances

= verb woman television = DIY TV = margaret dragu = making/talking performance = daily practice

Create a 1 – 3 minute performance for a desktop space the size of an 8 1/2″ X 11″ piece of paper.

Join VERB FRAU and perform your short performance in a tiny space for one of her live-stream & low-fi daily half-hour broadcasts. Desktop Performances first appeared at 7a11*d Festival 2016.

Check out  VERB FRAU TV Season 5 episode 6: all day desktop performances on VIVO Channel and then create your own performance and get incredibly famous on VERB FRAU TV.

Margaret Dragu‘s 45+year oeuvre includes video, installation, web/analogue publication, and performance. Spanning relational, durational, interventionist and community-based practices, her work has been presented in galleries, museums, theatres, nightclubs, libraries, universities and site-specific venues including parks, botanical gardens, churches, subway stations, and public parade routes across Canada, USA and Europe. An innovator and pioneer in Canadian art, Dragu was the first artist in FADO Performance Art Centre’s “​Canadian Performance Art Legends Series” in 2000. Dragu was the recipient of the Governor General’s Award for Visual and Media Arts in 2012.


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  1. […] 7:30 pm, the first performance of VERB FRAU TV by Margaret Dragu started. From Thursday to Saturday, participants were encouraged to sign up for three-minute […]

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