FADO E-BULLETIN
April 2024

Index

    1. TO WATCH FADO’S REAL TO REEL
      DATE NOW
      LOCATION ONLINE
      SOURCE FADO PERFORMANCE ART CENTRE
    2. TO LISTEN PIGEON, SEAGULL & CROW: PODCAST WITH DAVID KHANG
      DATE NOW
      LOCATION ONLINE
      SOURCE CENTRE A
    3. **ASL INTERPRETED EVENT**
      LECTURE BIG IDEAS IN ART + CULTURE: DIANE BORSATO
      DATE APRIL 3, 2024
      LOCATION KITCHENER, CANADA
      SOURCE CAFKA
    4. EVENT FRIISLAND LIVE! WITH KRISTOFFER AKSELBO & AARON WILLIAMSON
      DATE APRIL 6, 2024
      LOCATION COPENHAGEN, DENMARK
      SOURCE LIVE ART DENMARK
    5. EVENT SALT LAKE CITY PERFORMANCE ART FESTIVAL
      DATE APRIL 6, 2024
      LOCATION SALT LAKE CITY, USA
      SOURCE KRISTINA LENZI
    6. EVENT SHAMELESS LIGHT AT THE WESTERN FRONT
      DATE APRIL 6, 2024
      LOCATION VANCOUVER, CANADA
      SOURCE WESTERN FRONT
    7. WORKSHOP CONTEMPORARY PERFORMANCE ART AND THE ABSURD
      DEADLINE DATE APRIL 11, 2024
      LOCATION ONLINE
      SOURCE ECC
    8. CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS RIPA (JUNE 2024)
      DEADLINE DATE APRIL 18, 2024
      LOCATION MONTREAL, CANADA
      SOURCE RIPA
    9. EVENT NOMADA BY DIANA LOPEZ
      DATE APRIL 18–20, 2024
      LOCATION TORONTO, CANADA
      SOURCE DIANA LOPEZ
    10. EXHIBITION ANDREW J. PATERSON | NEVER ENOUGH NIGHT
      OPENING DATE APRIL 26, 2024
      LOCATION TORONTO, CANADA
      SOURCE THE PLUMB
    11. OPPORTUNITY LADA SEEKS NEW LEADERSHIP
      DEADLINE DATE APRIL 30, 2024
      LOCATION ENGLAND, UK
      SOURCE LADA
    12. CALL FOR PROPOSALS OFFTA 2025
      DEADLINE DATE MAY 5, 2024
      LOCATION MONTREAL, CANADA
      SOURCE OFFTA

  1. TO WATCH FADO’S REAL TO REEL
    DATE NOW
    LOCATION ONLINE
    SOURCE FADO PERFORMANCE ART CENTRE

ARTISTS
Gustaf Broms (Sweden)
Heather Rule (Canada)
Margaret Dragu (Canada)
MC COBLE (Sweden)
Simla Civelek (Canada)

As an immaterial practice, performance art’s relationship to documentation and the archive has always been a fraught one. REAL to REEL invited artists to activate and challenge the archive as a site for, and, of performance. The artists in this series have created new digital works utilizing their own documentation from FADO’s archive collection as either the inspiration or the actual source material. The goal here was not necessarily to cut a new trailer (though reconstituting a self-history in this way is also the artist’s prerogative) rather, the hope was to upend the singular and linear lens that the archive itself implies. Here, we are not only looking back, we are moving forward at the same time, in only the way that performance artists working in the digital realm can.

The form of these new works varies widely: an experimental documentary about a parade from 23 years ago that takes place (where else?) in a parade; a performance film made in the woods in winter using the images from a performance made in the city in spring; a ceramic character reanimates an object experiment (and makes pasta to boot); and fragmented bodies are further fragmented through time and distance.

REAL to REEL was made possible with thanks to the Canada Council for the Arts Digital Strategies project grant.

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  1. TO LISTEN PIGEON, SEAGULL & CROW: PODCAST WITH DAVID KHANG
    DATE NOW
    LOCATION ONLINE
    SOURCE CENTRE A

Centre A is pleased to launch our inaugural podcast series, Pigeon, Seagull & Crow: Centre A Chronicles.

The series explores different pivotal points in our 25 years as an arts and culture institution, featuring 8 artists and curators with a wide range of practices that the organization has worked with since our inception in 1999: Hank Bull, Makiko Hara, David Khang, Gu Xiong, Paul de Guzman, Diyan Achjadi, Patrick Cruz and Lan “Florence” Yee. During these conversations, we focus not only on the practices of the selected artists, but also Centre A’s role within the evolving contemporary art scene in Vancouver and Canada, touching on topics such as community organizing in Chinatown, intergenerational connection, migration experiences and the changing cultural landscape within the Asian-Canadian sphere.

Episode 3: David Khang

David Khang holds a BFA from Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design and MFA with Critical Theory Emphasis from UC Irvine. From 2005–2015, Khang taught at ECUAD and Goddard College, before pursuing legal education. Informed by education in psychology, theology, dentistry and law, Khang’s practice selectively borrows from these disciplinary codes to compose interdisciplinary languages in visual, textual, and spoken forms. By performing with his body in time-based installations, he interrogates social constructions of race, gender and interspecies relations to re-imagine their poetics and politics. Khang was born in Seoul, and lives on ancestral, unceded, and unsurrendered territories of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish, where he divides his time between art, dentistry and law.

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  1. **ASL INTERPRETED EVENT**
    LECTURE BIG IDEAS IN ART + CULTURE: DIANE BORSATO
    DATE APRIL 3, 2024
    LOCATION KITCHENER
    SOURCE CAFKA

Big Ideas in Art + Culture Lecture Series: Diane Borsato
April 3, 2024
6:00pm–8:00pm

Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery
101 Queen Street North, Kitchener Ontario

In her artist talk, Diane Borsato will discuss a series of her recent projects in which she worked closely with other artists and amateur naturalists, including co-ordinating a day-long foraging and stargazing event for amateur mushroomers and astronomers (Terrestrial/Celestial, 2010), creating a performance of silence and stillness with 100 beekeepers (Your Temper, My Weather, 2013), and planting a rare community apple orchard as public art (Orchard, 2019–on-going). The artist will also talk about her recent books, Outdoor School (2021) and Mushrooming (2022), and discuss her video Gems and Minerals (2018) currently being presented in KWAG’s Erratic Behavior exhibition curated by Katie Lawson, among several other multidisciplinary projects.
Note that ASL interpretation will be available during the artist’s lecture, and in programming related to the exhibition.

Big Ideas in Art + Culture: Diane Borsato is co-presented by CAFKA, Musagetes – ArtsEverywhere and Inter Arts Matrix, and hosted by Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery.
Diane Borsato is an award-winning artist, writer and educator who has worked closely with other artists and amateur naturalists. She has performed and exhibited across Canada at venues including the Art Gallery of Ontario, The Power Plant, the AGYU, the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, the Walter Philips Gallery at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Esker Foundation, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the National Art Centre, Fogo Island Arts and at the Toronto Biennial of Art; and internationally at galleries and museums in the USA, Mexico, Australia, France, Germany, Iceland and Japan among others.

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  1. EVENT FRIISLAND LIVE! WITH KRISTOFFER AKSELBO & AARON WILLIAMSON
    DATE APRIL 6, 2024
    LOCATION COPENHAGEN, DENMARK
    SOURCE LIVE ART DENMARK

Friisland Live!
Kristoffer Akselbo (DK)
Aaron Williamson (UK)

April 6, 2024
2:00pm–6:00pm

Toaster and Live Art Denmark are the organizers behind the international performance festival, Managing Discomfort. Managing Discomfort comprises a series of performances united by the common theme of addressing various discomforts with care and humor. In the spring of 2024, a total of 16 artists will present their works at Toaster/Husets Teater. Their goal is to push the audience out of their comfort zones and activate a sense of discomfort in the spectator seats. More importantly, they investigate how we collectively handle this discomfort together, in the immediate presence of the theater.

Kristoffer Akselbo (DK) from the Royal Art Academy, Copenhagen 2006. His performances typically present enigmatic characters who expose and explore the given environment and context.

Aaron Williamson (UK) is a performance artist who often explores outsider figures in his performances as a means to subverting a context, exposing pretensions or challenging expectations.

FRIISLAND Performance Art Center was founded in 2021 by Live Art Denmark. It is a venue in Nordhavn, Copenhagen for the interdisciplinary and performative investigation of ideas. We also offer talks, lectures, feedback and documentation for artists, students and others. FRIISLAND is supported by the Danish Arts Foundation.

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  1. EVENT SALT LAKE CITY PERFORMANCE ART FESTIVAL
    DATE APRIL 6, 2024
    LOCATION SALT LAKE CITY, USA
    SOURCE KRISTINA LENZI

The Salt Lake City Performance Art Festival presents its 11th international festival in April. Previously held at the Salt Lake City Public Library, this year’s edition of the festival will take place at the City Academy Charter School. The festival is curated by Kristina Lenzi and photographed by Winston Inoway.

April 6, 2024
10:00am–6:00pm

City Academy Charter School
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

ARTISTS
Marilyn Arsem, Boston, MA
Gustaf Broms, Sweden
Sam Forlenza, SLC, Utah
Jeff Huckleberry, Boston, MA
Dawn Oughton, SLC, Utah
Paul Reynolds, Centerville, Utah
Preach R Sun, USA-based
Eugene Tachinni, Shiprock, New Mexico

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  1. EVENT SHAMELESS LIGHT AT THE WESTERN FRONT
    DATE APRIL 6, 2024
    LOCATION VANCOUVER, CANADA
    SOURCE WESTERN FRONT

Shameless Light
With Dani and Sheilah ReStack, Randy Lee Cutler, Amber Dawn, Sidney Gordon, Fegor Obuwoma, Jen Sungshine, Valérie d. Walker

April 6, 2024
7:30pm

Western Front
303 East 8th Ave Vancouver, Canada

To close the exhibition Feral Domestic by Dani and Sheilah ReStack, Western Front is pleased to present an iteration of the artists’ ongoing performance Shameless Light (2016—). For the performance, queer-identified women and non-binary community members have been invited to write love letters, which they will read aloud under red neon lights.
The work was initiated in Carrizozo, New Mexico following the 2016 US election, and has since been staged at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus; Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester; Leslie Lohman Project Space, New York City; Athena Grand, Athens; Fort Worth Contemporary Arts, Fort Worth; and Gallery 400, Illinois.

Shameless Light places articulations of queer love and desire into public space to be contended with as declaration of existence and disruption of heteronormative ideals; to create space for queer love as an unruly and generative act.
The evening will begin with a conversation between the ReStacks and Western Front executive director Susan Gibb, and will be followed by readings from Randy Lee Cutler, Amber Dawn, Sidney Gordon, Fegor Obuwoma, Jen Sungshine, and Valérie d. Walker.

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  1. WORKSHOP CONTEMPORARY PERFORMANCE ART AND THE ABSURD
    DEADLINE DATE APRIL 11, 2024
    LOCATION ONLINE
    SOURCE ECC

Acts of the Absurd: Contemporary Performance Art and the Absurd
With Rosie Gibbens

For decades have (performance) artists) drawn from absurdist strategies such as cycles and repetition, nonsensical language or imagery, humor and slapstick, or unconventional combinations of bodies and objects to comment on their socio-political context, unhinge conventions and rules, and disrupt the viewers’ sense of order and rationality. The focus of this course is a critical exploration of absurdity as a methodology and inspiration for performance making. We will cover the parents of absurdism including Albert Camus, Samuel Beckett, the Dadaists and Fluxus but the main focus will be on contemporary artists using their own bodies in performances, films and photographs. For example: Francis Alys, Pilvi Takala and Mika Rottenberg. We will think about why artists use absurdity in their work and to what aim, with the intention to clarify the conceptual framework for our own work. Weekly themes will inform a mixture of reading/art viewing and guide you through a number of practical exercises to develop your own work in response.

Contrary to Martin Esslin’s observation that “absurd is that which is devoid of purpose” this course invites its participants to discover what absurdism means to them in the context of their practice and how they can employ it for their own purpose.

Rosie Gibbens is a British artist who makes performances, videos, sculptures and installations that feature her body. Using absurd humour, she explores gender performativity, sexual politics, consumer desire, labour, and the slippery overlap between these. The mindset behind her work is often of someone attempting to participate seamlessly in contemporary life, but not quite managing. Rosie studied Contemporary Art Practice at the Royal College of Art (2018), and Performance Design and Practice at Central Saint Martins (2015).

DATE: April 16–May 7, 2024
TIMES: Tuesdays, 6:00pm–9:00pm
LOCATION: On-line
LANGUAGE: English
COST: 175 euros (no equipment necessary)
DEADLINE to apply: April 11, 2024

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  1. CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS RIPA (JUNE 2024)
    DEADLINE DATE APRIL 18, 2024
    LOCATION MONTREAL, CANADA
    SOURCE RIPA

Since 2012, the Rencontre interuniversitaire de performance actuelle (RIPA) has organized an annual event of performances. We are currently calling on local and international students and recently graduated artists to submit their artistic proposal for the next edition that will take place in June of 2024 in Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal.

This call is open to artists with a performing practice, including all forms of spontaneous productions in a more or less fixed space-time, whose approach calls upon the body. RIPA aims to be an inclusive event, open to exploratory and new practices. We accept multidisciplinary proposals (sound art, multimedia installation, theatrical performance, etc.). RIPA encourages performative practices of short or long duration, which reveal a form of audacity or risk-taking: interventions and liberating approaches that challenge the usual order of things.

An honorarium will be given to the selected artists. However, RIPA cannot cover the artist’s expenses (materials, travel, accommodation, per diem). The artist must be autonomous and able to ensure the installation of his work as well as the management of his equipment. RIPA’s technical team will be present during the event to provide additional support.

Your file must be submitted as a single PDF file (maximum 10 Mb). We suggest that you submit all of the following elements to ensure that your application is as complete as possible. However, in keeping with our mandate of inclusiveness and accessibility, we will also accept submissions that do not include the optional elements.

Last name, first name and/or preferred name and pronouns;
A short description of the project (300 words maximum);
The approximate duration of the performance and the technical or material needs;
An artistic approach (~300 words) OPTIONAL;
A curriculum vitae or bio OPTIONAL;
Maximum of 10 images with: title, date, duration, website (if applicable);
And/or a hyperlink to a video documentation (Vimeo or YouTube).

Submit before APRIL 18th 2024, 11:59 PM by email at ripa.contact@gmail.com.

RIPA strongly encourages minority groups and/or underrepresented artists to apply.


  1. EVENT NOMADA BY DIANA LOPEZ
    DATE APRIL 18–20, 2024
    LOCATION TORONTO, CANADA
    SOURCE DIANA LOPEZ

NOMADA by Diana Lopez
Co-presented by Canadian Stage and DanceWorks

April 18, 2024, 8:00pm
April 19, 2024, 8:00pm
April 20, 2024, 8:00pm

Berkeley Street Theatre
26 Berkeley Street, Toronto

NOMADA blends aerial dance, installation art, and contemporary Mexican indigenous dance. Inspired by personal stories of displacement, dances and stories from the P’urepecha and Otomi nations of Michoacan, and the relationship between our bodies and the earth, NOMADA is a visually stunning and visceral experience.

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  1. EXHIBITION ANDREW J. PATERSON | NEVER ENOUGH NIGHT
    OPENING DATE APRIL 26, 2024
    LOCATION TORONTO, CANADA
    SOURCE THE PLUMB

Andrew James Paterson: Never Enough Night

Exhibition: April 26–May 26, 2024
Opening: April 26, 6:00pm–9:00pm
Performance: May 11, 4:00pm

the plumb
1655 Dufferin Street (basement), Toronto

Presented by the plumb and curated by Laura Carusi, Anthony Cooper, and Kate Whiteway, Andrew James Paterson: Never Enough Night is the most extensive survey exhibition of the seminal Canadian artist’s work to date. The exhibition will include a wide selection of Paterson’s video work spanning from the early 1980s through to the present, as well as poetry, painting, music, archival material, a live performance series, and an original catalogue.

Save the date for PERFORMANCE!
Pate’s Salt Carp by Andrew James Paterson
May 11, 4:00pm

Pate is a senior gentleman whose life is suspended between analogue and digital. Pate downloads analogue documents prior to performing a daily memory exercise. After concluding the durational exercise, Pate prepares a special meal. This is a performance concerned with aging, remembering, and house cleaning, as well as with parameters of language and disclosure.

Pate’s Salt Carp is co-presented by FADO Performance Art Centre and 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art.

Andrew James Paterson is an interdisciplinary artist based in Toronto. His work engages in a playful questioning of language, philosophy, community, and capitalism in a wide range of disciplines, including video, performance, writing, film, and music. He has exhibited nationally and internationally for over four decades. Paterson’s artist’s book Collection Correction was published in 2016 by Kunstverein Toronto and Mousse of Milan. His novelette Not Joy Division was published by IMPULSE B in Toronto in 2018. In 2019, Paterson was awarded a Governor General’s Award for his work in Visual and Media Arts.

the plumb is a DIY artist-run project dedicated to offering a surplus of space in a city where space is at a premium—particularly for artists, community organizers, and marginalized groups. We are interested in providing exhibition space to emerging artists, fostering dialogues with established voices, and providing a platform for culturally diverse artists and curators. the plumb is administered by an ad hoc collective of artists, writers, and curators working alongside guest programmers and collaborators. We strive to be responsive, quick-moving, and non-bureaucratic in our operations while maintaining principles of anti-racism, inclusivity, and consensus-based collaboration.

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  1. OPPORTUNITY LADA SEEKS NEW LEADERSHIP
    DEADLINE DATE APRIL 30, 2024
    LOCATION ENGLAND, UK
    SOURCE LADA

LADA is seeking new leadership to build on its 25-year history and powerful legacy. We are looking for a new Director of the organisation who can generate radical new ideas and ways of working; who can advocate for those artists and practices historically underrepresented within Live Art; who can advance Live Art’s expanding frames of reference and parameters of practice; and who are committed to developing structures and processes to ensure that the agency of artists is central to LADA’s operations and programmes. All the information on this opportunity, including how to apply, is provided in the job pack.

LADA supports contemporary culture’s most radical and inventive artists, practices and ideas. We champion new ways of working, legitimise unclassifiable artforms, record untold histories, and support the agency of underrepresented artists. We believe in Live Art as a means to challenge the status quo and initiate meaningful social change. We are seeking proposals from those with a clear artistic vision to drive the future of Live Art alongside executive experience and organisational skills to give LADA stability and generate growth. We would like to hear from applicants who have the commitment, energy, expertise, and resourcefulness to lead LADA into its next phase. We want to hear from those who can galvanise and convene across the live arts sector and community considering the full breadth of those within, with a deep understanding of Live Art in the UK and an understanding of the challenges the sector faces.

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  1. CALL FOR PROPOSALS OFFTA 2025
    DEADLINE DATE MAY 5, 2024
    LOCATION MONTREAL, CANADA
    SOURCE OFFTA

The OFFTA, an annual artistic event presented on the fringes of the Festival TransAmériques (FTA), allows artists to share performances that shift the perspectives of festivalgoers and explore new artistic practices. The supported projects question, transform, and resist preconceptions. OFFTA provides a platform for emerging artists to unfold their pluralities and contribute to the renewal of established models.

NEW APPROACH
With the aim of providing extended support to artists until their presentation at OFFTA 2025, OFFTA has shifted earlier the dates of its call for projects. The 19th edition of the festival will take place from May 23rd to June 1st 2025.

LA SERRE – arts vivants, the producer of OFFTA, aims to reaffirm its role in supporting emerging practices by offering a set of resources to artists presented at OFFTA, creating more connections between its various programs. The proposed activities will be held in collaboration with the projects supported through the Radial Residencies and YOU ARE HERE programs of LA SERRE. In addition to the projects selected through this call, the OFFTA 2025 will present projects curated in collaboration with LA SERRE and its partners.

The new format plans to provide all selected projects with:

Residency in the studios of LA SERRE, between August 2024 and June 2025: 2 weeks in the large studio, along with a bank of hours in the small studio, and year-round access to our co-working spaces and a writing room.

Dramaturgical support activities: In the form of exchanges, artists will be invited to propose sharings among themselves. These exchanges can take many forms. It is expected that each project proposes an activity and takes part in the majority of other’s proposals.

Structural support will be offered to the 7 supported projects. It will provide support with administrative and production-related aspects of the projects. It will take the form of group activities and individual support.

2 or 3 presentations at OFFTA 2025: The support will culminate with the programming of the supported projects as part of the festival.

We invite proposals of diverse forms: unconventional projects that defy norms, premieres, revivals, early stages of creation, indoor or outdoor site-specific performances, remote or online showcases, conferences, and more.

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E-Bulletin Green

This scent is an homage to the future; for things to come. Cut grass, string bean, coriander, and ivy diffuse a smell of ever-green, or the eternal return, however you decide.

Top Notes

cut grass, lovage, coriander

Middle Notes

string bean, fennel

Base Notes

ivy leaves, moss