FADO E-LIST (October 2003)

FADO E-LIST (October 2003)


1. Fado presents Irma Optimist & Pekka Luhta
October 10 -11, 2003 as part of Tranz<--->Tech
2. EVENT: Tranz <---> Tech Toronto International Media Art Biennial (Toronto)
October 9 - 12, 2003; Source: Tranz<--->Tech
3. CALL FOR PROPOSALS: "Visualeyez" Festival, Latitude 53 (Edmonton)
Deadline: October 15, 2003; Source: fifty3 magazine
4. CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: "Buy or sell or buy" Pace Digital Gallery (New Yok)
Deadline October 30, 2003; Source: Jillian Mcdonald
5. NEWS; Polysonneries Festival forced to cancel (France)
Source: Sylvie Ferré
February 25-29, 2004; Source: ARCCO
7. CALL FOR PAPERS: Art, Environment and Environmental Art, CO-GEN: Visual Culture and Nature (Toronto)
Deadline: October 10, 2003; Source: Instant Coffee
8. EVENT: "The Talking Creature " Power Plant (Toronto)
October 8, 2003; Source: Instant Coffee
9. EVENT: "The Healthy Artist" seminars (Toronto)
October 26 & November 23, 2003; Source: Artists' Health Centre Foundation

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

Friday, October 10, 2003, 10 pm

PEKKA LUHTA: Valid - War - Invalid
Saturday, October 11, 2003, 7 pm

@ Latvian Hall, 491 College St.
Co-sponsored by TRANZ <---> TECH Toronto International Media Art Biennial
Festival Pass $20 / $15 Students; Evening Pass $8

TORONTO, Canada ... Fado is pleased to present the Toronto premiere of new works by two Finnish performance artists, Irma Optimist and Pekka Luhta. Their performances will take place at Latvian Hall on October 10 and 11, 2003 in conjunction with the TRANZ <---> TECH Toronto International Media Art Biennial.

Irma Optimist and Pekka Luhta will present solo performance works that hint at a slightly surrealist sensibility, employing rapid-fire humour and high-impact visual imagery. These two artists use entertainment and surprise as elements to lead the audience into a world of serious thought and theory. For Irma Optimist, female sexuality is the tactic of choice in her performance art works. Using various personas, from sex kitten to the mythical huntress Diana, she seduces, captivates and captures males within her audience in order to explain mathematical formulae. Pekka Luhta's prosthetic limb provides the departure point for setting up complex readings of cultural and social theory.

Irma Optimist has been a performance artist since 1989, producing over 100 works to date throughout Europe and in North America. She was last seen in Toronto in 1996 as part of Fado's RENCONTRE PERFORMANCE. In addition to her performance art career, Optimist works as a professor of mathematics and statistics at the University of Vaasa.

Pekka Luhta is a performance artist and writer who lives and works in Finland. He has performed throughout Europe and in North America. This is his first visit to Canada. He writes of his work: "I concentrate on living art using my body as the most important instrument. The works tell about the situations in which I manifest my corporal thinking. Photographs, performances, videos, writings, drawings and paintings are the fragments of living experience."

Irma Optimist and Pekka Luhta will also be in Hamilton on Wednesday, October 8, 2003 as part of the Art Gallery of Hamilton's Sevenseason program. For details contact Tor Lukasik-Foss, Outreach Coordinator at (905) 527-6610 ext. 258 or by email at tor@artgalleryofhamilton.com.

This project received support from the FRAME Finnish Fund for Art Exchange.

2. EVENT: Tranz <---> Tech Toronto International Media Art Biennial (Toronto)
October 9 - 12, 2003; Source: Tranz<--->Tech

@ The Latvian House
491 College St., Toronto
+ other locations

Tranz<--->Tech: Toronto International Media Art Biennial, the only biennial of its kind in Canada, is a leading-edge and vibrant media art festival that presents the work of over 100 Canadian and international video and media artists during four days of screenings, performances, exhibitions, installations, artist's talks and a symposium. Located at the Latvian House and at over 10 satellite locations throughout the city, the event involves the participation of twenty-one Toronto arts organizations including Fado Performance Inc., Charles Street Video, the Images Festival, the Inside Out Festival, Pleasure Dome, Vtape, and YYZ Artists' Outlet.

Now in its 3rd year and running from October 9 through October 12 the Biennial hosts nine curated programs containing sixty-five video works, five live-event performances, three onsite installations and fifteen offsite exhibitions. The works are from a diverse range of countries including Canada, USA, UK, China, Finland, Japan, Lebanon, Palestine, Poland, Italy, Israel, France, and Germany. Throughout the four days, the Latvian House will be the site of ongoing experiments and experiences in new media including: the student lounge, a soundwalk, sound installations, and a media art symposium.

Tranz<--->Tech opens Thursday, October 9  with four programs, beginning at 6pm with the launch of Blueprint, a publication exploring the future of audiovisual culture, followed at 7pm by The Colin Campbell Sessions - seven commissioned video works inspired by the legendary Canadian video artist. The evening closes with Fear Factory, a program of videos that consider what - from anti-perspirant to SARS, from terrorism to skirt lengths - makes us afraid, and what fear makes of us. Over the course of the following three days the festival presents spotlight artist Laurel Swenson, who hails from Vancouver, in a program of nine short videos that attempt to answer the question: "What is the embodiment of contemporary anxiety?"; performances by Finnish artists Irma Optimist and Pekka Luhta; Towards a New Chinese Technological Era - a program of video art from China with a special focus on the Shanghai art scene; The Olive Project: Two Minutes for Peace and Justice, international video works (a component of which had to feature olives, olive oil, olive trees or olive groves) and a live video conference addressing Israeli-Palestinian conflict and devastated olive crops; the Vtape Emerging Artist Award; and SOUNDplay, electroacoustic and experimental sound performance works by Vivienne Spiteri.

Some of the fifteen exhibitions at participating galleries include: Psychotopes, curated by Markus Muller (curator, Documenta 11) at YYZ Artists' Outlet, (401 Richmond St. W. Suite 140. September 3 - October 18); Flambant Vu, a 3-person exhibition curated by Sylvian Campeau at Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Art (401 Richmond St. W. Suite 120 September 12 - October 25); and My Love He's in Taipei, He's Giving Concerts There, a two-part video installation by (Vtape artist-in-residence) Louidgi Beltrame, at Archive (883 Queen St. W., October 8-November 1). A tour of the offsite locations will be taking place at the 401 Richmond St. W. building on Saturday, October 11, starting at 2pm

Commenting on Tranz<--->Tech 2003, Director Dara Gellman says, "The biennial provides a multi-layered environment in which local and international artists, curators, writers and the public can network, view and discuss what's new and important in contemporary video and related art mediums. It's also a unique opportunity for students and youth to participate and engage with media arts through events that target them specifically. With many international guests and packed houses, TRANZ<--->TECH is becoming a mainstay in Toronto and beyond."

Participating organizations: Centre for Aboriginal Media (CAM), Charles Street Video (CSV), Ed Video, Fado Performance Inc., Fame Fame, Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography, Hard Pressed Collective, Images Festival of Independent Film and Video, Inside Out Toronto Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival, Interaccess Electronic Media Arts Centre, Media City, Mercer Union, New Adventures in Sound Art, Ping, Pleasure Dome, terminus 1525, Trinity Square Video (TSV), Vtape, Women's Art Resource Centre (WARC), Year01, YYZ Artist's Outlet.

image credit: Laurel Swenson. Swing. 200. video, from the program Sitting Still: A Body of Anxiety, Technology & Hope. Presented by Inside Out Toronto Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival. Curated by Kathleen Mullen.

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