FADO E-LIST (September 2003)


1. Fado presents FIVE HOLES: reminiSCENT
Performance mini-festival, September 18 - 21, 2003
2. CALL FOR PROPOSALS: "Community/Performance" Bryant College (Rhode Island, USA)
Deadline: November 1, 2003,; Source: Artsadmin e-digest issue 97
3. CALL FOR PROPOSALS: "Inquiry into Collectives and the Artist's Role in Society" Artist Residency Program, Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh USA)
Deadline: October 1, 2003; Source: APInews #50
4. CALL FOR PROPOSALS: ANTI - Contemporary Art Festival (Finland)
Deadline November 28, 2003; Source: Anti Festival
5. UPDATE, CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: "April 2004 Boston Performance Festival" (Boston, USA)
Deadline extended to December 1, 2003; Source: Jamie McMurry
6. CALLING ALL AKA's (Also Known As's): art/research project (Roberts Creek, Canada)
Deadline: ongoing; Source: Anna Banana
7. CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: "SONUS" CEC on-line electroacoustic repertoire (Canada website)
Deadline: ongoing; Source: CEC (Communauté électroacoustique canadienne / Canadian Electroacoustic Community)
8. EVENT: "RHWNT " WALES - QUEBEC EXCHANGE (Wales / Quebec City)
October 2003 / September 2004; Source: Andre Stitt
9. EVENT: "International Meetings on Popular Theatre" (Victoriaville, Quebec)
September 2003 - June 2004; Source: Théâtre Parminou

1. Fado presents FIVE HOLES: reminiSCENT
Performance mini-festival, September 18 - 21, 2003

September 18 - 21, 2003
Curated by Jim Drobnick & Paul Couillard
All events Free

five performance projects dealing with the sense of smell


Millie Chen & Evelyn Von Michalofski - THE SEVEN SCENTS
Saturday & Sunday, Sept 20 - 21, 2003, noon - 4 pm
Harbourfront between the pond/rink and Lake Ontario (Queen's Quay W.)

Shawna Dempsey & Lorri Millan - SCENTBAR
Saturday Sept 20, 2003, 6 - 9 pm
Karen Schreiber Gallery (25 Morrow Ave., # 302)

Cheli Nighttraveller - untitled
Saturday Sept 20, noon
Berczy Park (Front St. between Church St. & Scott St.)

Helen Paris & Leslie Hill (with guest artist Lois Weaver) - ON THE SCENT
Thursday - Saturday, Sept 18 - 20
half-hour performances in a private home
various times; call for reservations (maximum 40 participants)

Thursday Sept 18, evening (random street intervention)
Saturday, Sept 20, 6 - 9 pm (exhibition)
Karen Schreiber Gallery (25 Morrow Ave., #302)

Public discussion with the artists (and party)
Saturday, Sept 20, 9 - 11 pm
Karen Schreiber Gallery (25 Morrow Ave., #302)
presented in collaboration with BLANK SLATE

Fado is pleased to present FIVE HOLES: reminiSCENT, a series of five performances dealing with the sense of smell, curated by Jim Drobnick and Paul Couillard. For this series of site-specific works, audiences may find themselves being chauffeured through the city in a semen-scented limousine, engaging in an intimate aromatic visit in a private home, taking a smell tour of the seven seas while gazing out over Lake Ontario, ordering up their own personalized perfume, or reflecting upon 'cultural stench' beside a downtown fountain.

The title of this project, reminiSCENT, notes the powerful relationship between smell and memory. reminiSCENT focuses on the diverse relationships between smell and memory -- whether personal, cultural, social or historical. How do odours influence the creation of the self and the narrative of one's life? How can scents symbolize or mark political moments and historical eras? In what ways are aromas significant to the transmission of cultural memories and identity? How does the commodification of smell -- perfumes, artificial scents, etc. -- generate nostalgia and affect recollection?

FIVE HOLES is an ongoing Fado series that examines the nature and importance of bodies (performer and audience) in performance art by considering individual senses. Featured artists in this 'smell' component include Millie Chen and Evelyn von Michalofski (Ontario), Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan (Winnipeg), Cheli Nighttraveller (Montreal), Helen Paris and Leslie Hill (UK), and Clara Ursitti (Canadian artist living in the UK).

About the projects

Inspired by the legendary exoticism and adventure of The Seven Seas, Millie Chen and Evelyn Von Michalofski provide an occasion for virtual travel with THE SEVEN SCENTS. Cruise ship deck chair recliners face the waters of Lake Ontario and invite bystanders to lie back, relax, listen to a series of soundscapes and inhale the ambiance of distant locales. Like spa therapists, the artists will gently facilitate each lounger’s sensorial reverie. Distilling together sound and scent, romance and reality, the piece evocatively contemplates the fantasies of escape and the economic actualities of tourism.

Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan’s SCENTBAR promises unique, personalized scents scientifically tailored to each client’s memories, anxieties and desires. Trained technicians will tally the answers to visitors’ scent-questionnaires and concoct custom-made perfumes in their laboratory cum parfumerie. Drawing from a top-secret odour palette, their potions transcend the use of scent for fashion or flirtation. These one-of-a-kind distillations connect the wearer intimately and olfactively to the complexities of the contemporary world – they are fragrances for troubled times.

Cheli Nighttraveller’s untitled performance addresses racism operating at the level of the body and hygiene. Since the era of first contact, the so-called “odour of the other” has served as a pernicious means by which European colonizers stigmatized First Nations peoples. Reflecting at the edge of a fountain in Berczy Park, Nighttraveller recalls an episode in the life of Quannah Parker, the last chief of the Comanches, who once caused a stir by bathing in a public fountain. The artist will satirically confront the misconceived but persistent fiction of “cultural stench.”

ON THE SCENT, by Helen Paris and Leslie Hill, in collaboration with Lois Weaver, reconfigures an apartment with olfactory performances and interventions. Visitors journey through a series of visceral encounters that infuse the residence with heightened experiential potential. A trail of scents leads to stories and confessions wafting unexpectedly through the space and secreted away in compartments and corners. Reflecting upon the significance of smell in everyday life, this aromatized environment intensifies the role scent plays in identity, emotion, place and memory. 

PULL UP TO THE BUMPER by Clara Ursitti occurs in a white stretch limousine, the acme of celebrity display and mobile partying. For selected performance-goers and chance passers-by, an intimate conversation and olfactory experience awaits as they cruise the streets of Toronto. The limo’s sensuous, private interior, complete with refreshments and other luxury comforts, is a chamber redolent with the spirit of seduction. In this gender reversal, a woman holds the balance of wealth, status and sexual agency as the artist inquires into the dynamics of stardom and urban prowling.

About the artists

Millie Chen and Evelyn Von Michalofski have collaborated since 1990 while concurrently pursuing individual practices. Their performative interventions – situated in retail stores, an ethnological museum, and sight-seeing meccas – engage olfactory, tactile and gustatory materials in the context of examining notions of history, tourism, the body and cultural difference. Chen has exhibited widely in Canada, the U.S., the Netherlands, Japan and Mexico. She teaches at the State University of New York at Buffalo and explores associations between the sensual and symbolic qualities of common yet potent materials such as bread, hair, rice and spices. Von Michalofski’s work has been included in exhibitions throughout Canada as well as the U.S., the Dominican Republic, the Netherlands and Spain. She focuses on the alchemical transmutation of materials, especially in regard to the food, drug and cosmetic industries. She resides in Belleville, ON and curates at the Museum for Textiles.

Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan have collaborated on performances, films, videos, publications and public art projects since 1989. This duo is best known for provocative, humourous pieces such as WE'RE TALKING VULVA, A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A BULL-DYKE, and LESBIAN NATIONAL PARKS AND SERVICES. Twisting traditional mythology and iconography, exploring notions of the lesbian body, and looking at the devolution of modern-day language and democracy, their works combine savvy writing, vivid personae and poignant wit. Based in Winnipeg, they have toured extensively throughout North America, Europe and Japan, and their film and video works have been screened in venues ranging from women's centres in Sri Lanka to the Museum of Modern Art, NYC. Their most recent publication is Lesbian National Parks and Services Field Guide to North America: Flora, Fauna and Survival Skills (Pedlar Press, 2002).

Leslie Hill and Helen Paris are London-based artists working in performance, video and digital arts, known for their edgy, humorous interrogations of contemporary culture and politics. Their company, curious, was formed in 1996 and has been supported by institutions such as the Arts Council of England, the National Endowment for the Arts (USA), the National Center for Biological Sciences, India and the Australia Council. They recently received a Franklin Furnace commission to make three short films in New York in 2004. The company’s work has been exhibited internationally and featured in a wide variety of publications. Their book, Guerilla Performance and Multimedia, was published by Continuum in 2001. Lois Weaver has been a performer, director, and writer with the Split Britches Company since 1980. She is currently developing solo work and a guerilla video performance commissioned by Franklin Furnace. She teaches at Queen Mary, University of London, where she is involved in STAGING HUMAN RIGHTS, a project using performance to explore issues of human rights in women’s prisons in Brazil and the U.K.

Cheli Nighttraveller, born in Saskatoon, explores her identity as a person of mixed cultural heritage (Métis) through performance and video. She was active in Saskatchewan's contemporary Aboriginal arts community before moving to Montreal in 2001. She has participated in artist residencies and performance festivals across Canada, including the 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art (Toronto), Latitude 53's VisualEyez Festival (Edmonton), Sâkêwêwak Artists' Collective (Regina) and grunt Gallery (Vancouver).

A Canadian artist based in Glasgow, Clara Ursitti has worked with organic and synthesized fragrances for the past ten years. Collaborating with Dr. George Dodd, an olfactory scientist and aromatherapist, her series of olfactory portraits, sniffing videos, a dating service based on body odour (PHEROMONE LINK), a performance utilizing smell-tracking police bloodhounds, as well as a number of pungent installations have delved into the psychological and social aspects of scent. Exhibiting throughout Europe and the British Isles, and in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the U.S., her work has been featured at the ICA in London and in the Venice Biennale.

Paul Couillard is Fado's Performance Art Curator. Working as an artist and organizer since 1985, he has created over 100 solo and collaborative performance works. He has been the Performance Art Curator for Fado since its inception in 1993, and recently edited the text/DVD publication La Dragu: The Living Art of Margaret Dragu.

Jim Drobnick is a critic and curator living in Montreal. He teaches at Concordia University and is Assistant Editor at Parachute. He has published in anthologies, catalogues and journals such as Crime and Ornament (2000), Foodculture (2000), Performance Research, Angelaki and High Performance. He is editor of the forthcoming book/CD Aural Cultures (YYZ/Walter Phillips Gallery) and co-editor, with Jennifer Fisher, of Living Display (University of Chicago Press). He is a founding member of the curatorial collaborative DisplayCult, which produced COUNTERPOSES (1998), VITAL SIGNS (2000) and MUSEOPATHY (2001), and is writing a book on the sense of smell in contemporary art and performance.

Fado is pleased to acknowledge artist travel support for this series from London Arts and the Glasgow School of Art.

2. CALL FOR PROPOSALS: "Community/Performance" Bryant College (Rhode Island, USA)
Deadline: November 1, 2003,; Source: Artsadmin e-digest issue 97

Community/Performance (4th-6th June 2004) seeks to bring together scholars and practitioners of participatory art, community performance, performance theory and related fields. The three-day event will take place on the green campus of Bryant College, Rhode Island, which lends itself both to the installation for temporary outdoor art works, to the presentation of computer-based/new media works, and to traditional stage-based performances and workshops.

As part of Community/Performance, the national organization ACN/Arts Culture Nature will sponsor a number of panels and workshops that address in particular art and ecology issues.

Please send all queries and proposals by November 1st, 2003, to pkuppers@bryant.edu.

If you prefer snail-mail: Petra Kuppers, Asst. Professor of Performance Studies, English and Cultural Studies Department, Bryant College, 1150 Douglas Pike, Smithfield, Rhode Island 02917, USA

3. CALL FOR PROPOSALS: "Inquiry into Collectives and the Artist's Role in Society" Artist Residency Program, Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh USA)
Deadline: October 1, 2003; Source: APInews #50

The STUDIO for Creative Inquiry in the College of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon University seeks applicants from across the spectrum of all the arts for two residencies January - December 2004.

The STUDIO is an arts research center designed to support creation and exploration in the arts, especially interdisciplinary projects that bring together the arts, science, technology and the humanities, and impact local and global communities. At that intersection of art, science and society, STUDIO artists find new creative opportunities, funding and the means to transform society.

This fellowship program seeks to connect established artists to the robust science-technology resources at Carnegie Mellon. The artists will:
Engage contemporary science-technology as it provides tools, media and content to their work
Assume leadership roles in generating and implementing complex, collaborative projects
Connect the process of the projects and its results to the larger community

Artists will initiate projects and develop collaborative teams drawing on faculty-researchers across the university's major academic divisions in the arts, sciences, technology and social sciences.

During this residency program, the STUDIO will conduct an inquiry into the current trend of artists working as collectives, including the sponsorship of a panel discussion open to national participation culminating in a report.

Fellows will receive administrative support from the STUDIO staff, including assistance in developing connections with potential collaborators and facilities at the university. Office space in the STUDIO and computing equipment will be provided to each fellow. Fellows receive an email account and access to the university libraries, computer labs and athletic facilities.

Each resident will also receive:
12-month salary of $30,000 and special faculty status
Generous benefits package (healthcare insurance, free public transit, etc)
A project fund of $5,000 to be used for technical support personnel, equipment and/or supplies
Exhibition / presentation support
Travel and relocation assistance (Housing is not provided, but affordable, safe housing is readily available in the university area.)

Each resident fellow will be expected to:
Maintain residence in Pittsburgh during the residency
Develop and present a culminating work or work in progress developed during the year in residency
Work within the community of artists and other professionals at the STUDIO and the university towards enriching the overall interdisciplinary arts culture

Artists with established capabilities for working on complex, collaborative projects in the science-technology arenas are eligible.

Artists will be selected through an open, competitive selection process by a panel comprised of artists, STUDIO steering committee and staff, based on:
Professional capabilities of the applicants as revealed through resumes and documentation of prior work and their established ability to work collaboratively in complex projects
Proposals for utilizing the robust resources available (applicants will be encouraged to be open to the influences of their host environment)
Consideration of the diversity of the resident group

Applications are due are due October 1, 2003.
Recipients will be announced by November 1, 2003.

Details and application forms can be found at http://www.cmu.edu/studio/fellowships/index.html
Questions about the program may be sent via email to studio-info@andrew.cmu.edu

4. CALL FOR PROPOSALS: ANTI - Contemporary Art Festival (Finland)
Deadline November 28, 2003; Source: Anti Festival

ANTI - Contemporary Art Festival is an international forum for experimental views of creating art.
In its programme ANTI Festival combines performance, live art, light & sound art and environmental art to function within a city. The events of the 2003 festival take place in 12 different locations in Kuopio, for example a petrol station, bomb shelter, nursing home and a barber shop. The concept of the festival has inspired people internationally; the site specific nature of the works and everyday locations create exciting situations for both the artists and the audience to experience the latest in arts today.

Call for proposals for ANTI 2004 begins in August, last day to send a proposal is the 28th of November 2003.

Info: http://www.antifestival.com/

5. UPDATE, CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: "April 2004 Boston Performance Festival" (Boston, USA)
Deadline extended to December 1, 2003; Source: Jamie McMurry

In the Spring of 2004, I will be leading a course that will explore the various means of curating and producing an international performance art festival.

The course will be taking place at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, USA and will involve 8-12 students.

The festival will take place April 2nd and 3rd and a location has not yet been confirmed.

As part of the course, the students will review materials of various applicable artists from all over the world. After this review period is completed (BY APPROX MID FEBRUARY 2004), then the students will select 6-8 artists to participate in the festival.

Although I wish many more artists could participate, the available budget will not allow us to produce the works of more than 6-8 and the curating process is an important element of the course.

Selected Artists will receive:

$200 performance fee
all needed materials (limited to $200 per performance)
all technical requirements (sound, video, light)
private lodging for 4 days
local transportation as needed

At this time we do not know if we will be able to offer airfare. We will make every effort to purchase or get donated airplane tickets.


-video, photos, press clippings, writings

Anything you would like the students to view as they are considering possible participants

School of the Museum of Fine Arts
ATTN: Jamie McMurry / Performance Dept.
230 The Fenway
Boston, MASS
02115-5596 USA


please email me with any further questions

6. CALLING ALL AKA's (Also Known As's): art/research project (Roberts Creek, Canada)
Deadline: ongoing; Source: Anna Banana

If you use and are known by an assumed pseudonym or nickname, or have changed your name legally, (other than by marriage) and are willing to engage in a research project into the hows, whys and affects of that change, I want to hear from you.

THE OBJECTIVES of this art/research project are to:
a) locate a significant number of artists who fit the above description, and
b) to investigate relationships between your name change/assumed name(s) and whatever visuals you have that reflect or result from the changed name, in your work, outlook, disposition, activities, relationships and artistic practice , and to
c) document with video, photos and texts any and all such evidence.

Through this research, I hope to verify the idea that those undertaking the radical step of changing their name, have accessed and expressed a wider range of talents, expressions and interests than they did while using their given names. My own experience in this regard, has been profound, and my reading on the subject, indicates that changing one's name has far reaching affects.

For purposes of the final presentation of my findings, I am looking for individuals who have visual evidence; materials that reflect or result from their new/assumed identity. For example; artwork (subject matter, style, media), clothing, photos/body size, posture, appearances (before/after), collections, activities; anything undertaken since the change that has a visual component.

THE FOUR PHASES of this research project are as follows:
Stage 1 to find/identify individuals who fit the description above.
Stage 2 is a questionnaire probing the above issues, to identify individuals whose name change has produced visual components, and who would be willing to engage in... .
Stage 3 a video interview, and permission to photograph the visual material that relates to/reflects your changed name for an eventual . .
Stage 4 presentation/installation, possible publication of the results of this research.

PLEASE NOTE: STAGES 3 and 4 will be dependent upon funding, but the project goes ahead regardless of the final outcome/presentation mode.

PS. Other Anna Bananas WELCOME
If this project interests you, please contact:
Anna Banana, RR 22, 3747 Hwy. 101, Roberts Creek, BC Canada V0N 2W2, or