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From Ironic to Iconic: The Performance Works of Tanya Mars (2009)

From Ironic to Iconic: The Performance Works of Tanya Mars
Edited by Paul Couillard

Design by Sameer Farooq/New Ink
2009, 286 pp. (32-pp. colour section) with index
Includes DVD documentation of Mars’ performance Tyranny of Bliss

With articles by: Paul Couillard, Tagny Duff, Jennifer Fisher, Randy Gledhill, Nelson Henricks, Will Kwan, Paul Ledoux, Joanna Nash, Jennifer Oille, John Oughton and Pam Patterson, Andrew James Paterson, Kim Sawchuk, Dot Tuer

Tanya Mars has been a key figure in Canadian art since she burst on the scene in 1974 with her first groundbreaking exhibition, Codpieces Phallic Paraphernalia. Provocative and political, Mars has relentlessly shown us that the way to the jugular is through the funny bone, creating a series of compelling "three-dimensional pictures" that have made her one of Canada's most acclaimed and important performance artists. This anthology offers a comprehensive look at her career, including a DVD with photo and video documentation of many of her major works.

An innovative leader in the performance art scene here and internationally, Tanya Mars makes art that is courageous, humourous, operatic and original. Ironic to Iconic gives the reader a cogent and too little-known background to Mars' career and her role in the development of performance art in Canada.
~Jessica Bradley, curator and director of Jessica Bradley Art + Projects

Vigilantes the dream of reason creates monsters by Tania Bruguera

Vigilantes –the dream of reason creates monsters–
Edited by Tania Bruguera
Design by Bill Pusztai
2004, 36 pp. (including 6 pp of b/w images)

Introductory text and performance descriptions by Tania Bruguera; plus essays by Tagny Duff and Ein Manning.

From the Time Zones Residency, curated by Tagny Duff

Vigilantes –the dream of reason creates monsters– is a small book reminiscent of a group of plane tickets in a travel folder that documents a series of liminal performances dealing with the relationship between ethics and desire. Produced in conjunction with the TIME ZONE residency curated by Tagny Duff, with internationally acclaimed Cuban artists Glenda León and Tania Bruguera.

During the residency, Bruguera will commute weekly between Chicago and Canada (first to Montreal and then to Toronto), using these trips as an opportunity to perform for the unsuspecting audience of her fellow travelers.

Bruguera describes Vigilantes –the dream of reason creates monsters– as "...a series of performances dealing with the relationship between ethics and desire; with the tension that can be found in a state of emotional vigilia, which is the state between being awake and asleep. Each piece will have several layers of appreciation, either from the position of the audience or of their level of boldness. These will be pieces that talk about the false strength and the hidden fragility."

To obtain a copy of this publication, please contact us at info@performanceart.ca
+ TIME ZONES with Tania Bruguera and Glenda Leon

La Dragu: The Living Art of Margaret Dragu (2002)

La Dragu: The Living Art of Margaret Dragu
Edited by Paul Couillard

Book Design: Randy Gledhill
96 pp. text, 16 pp. photos and DVD insert, 5.5 x 8 inches
Price: $22.50 (plus shipping)

DVD includes the videos Cleaning and Loving It © 2000 and More Cleaning and Loving (It) © 2001, directed by Margaret Dragu and Paul Couillard

Articles by Glenn Alteen, Paul Couillard, Andy Fabo, Debbie O'Rourke and Sarah Sheard; plus chronology by Brice Canyon and story and collages by Margaret Dragu.

Margaret Dragu is a 2012 recipient of a Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts. Margaret Dragu is a warm-hearted, fearless and indomitable spirit who has left her mark across disciplines and across the country. Dragu's astonishing output of work spans back to 1969 and includes forays into theatre, film, video, writing, choreography and above all, performance art. She is perhaps best known for her work in the 1980s, including her long-running X's and O's series, which began with a solstice mega-spectacle in Hamilton in 1983 (X's and O's on the Longest Day of the Year) and continues with her recent "Improvisation for X's and O's". Her 1988 film project I VANT TO BE ALONE reads as a who's who of the Toronto art scene of the 1980s, while her smaller, more intimate 1990s work has been produced and seen mainly on the west coast.

To order a copy of this publication, please contact us at info@performanceart.ca
+ Walking Woman by Margaret Dragu
+ Canadian Performance Art Legends (Summary)
+ Cleaning and Loving it by Margaret Dragu

Alain-Martin Richard: Performances, Manoeuvres and Other Hypotheses for Disappearing (2014)

Alain-Martin Richard
Performances, manœuvres et autres hypothèses de disparition
Performances, Manoeuvres and other Hypotheses for Disappearing

Edited by Paul Couillard and Alexandra Liva
Published by FADO Performance Inc., Sagamie édition d'art, Les Causes perdues

414 pp, with index
Including DVD documentation of The Route To Rose project (2006)
Price: $40 (plus shipping)

Dive into the unique creative journey of artist Alain-Martin Richard with the launch of an impressive new bilingual monograph. In this book, authors Paul Couillard, Doyon/Demers, Hélène La Roche, Paul Ouellet, Nicolas Reeves, Clive Robertson, Guy Sioui Durand and Marianne Trudel join Alain-Martin Richard to provide a comprehensive picture of Richard's career and practice, from his theatrical experiments of the 1970s to his global "manoeuvres" in the 2000s.

Alain-Martin Richard lives and works in Quebec. As an artist, he has presented manoeuvre and performance works in North America, Europe and Asia. He also works as a curator, critic and essayist, publishing articles in numerous journals on theatre, performance, installation and manoeuvre. He was a member of the former collectives Inter/Le Lieu and The Nomads , and remains active with Les Causes perdues in© and Folie/Culture. His works often deploy multiple planes of reality as in l'Atopie textuelle (2000) and The Route to Rosa (2006). Alain-Martin Richard is currently a visiting professor at Laval University's School of Visual Arts, and he is in the midst of preparing a major project for the seventh edition of Manif d'art.

Alain-Martin Richard: Performances, manœuvres et autres hypothèses de disparition/ Performances, Manoeuvres and other Hypotheses for Disappearing is published by FADO in collaboration with SAGAMIE édition d’art and Les Causes perdues Inc.

ISBN 978-0-9730883-3-5 (FADO)
ISBN 978-2-923612-38-6 (SAGAMIE)

To order a copy of this publication, please contact us at info@performanceart.ca
+ The Route to Rosa by Alain-Martin Richard
+ Canadian Performance Art Legends (Summary)

MONOMYTHS Perpetual Calendar

MONOMYTHS invited a diverse collection of artists, scholars and activists to revise Joseph Campbell's conception of the hero's journey through performance art, lectures, workshops and other offerings. The MONOMYTHS perception of the universal journey dispels the notion of the lone patriarchal figure on a conquest to vanquish his demons–both inner and outer–in consideration of community, collectivity and collaboration. This perpetual calendar, beautifully designed by Lisa Kiss Design, documents the year-long MONOMYTHS journey.

Playing on the cyclical nature of the universal story, and the interconnectedness of the MONOMYTHS performance series, this 14-month perpetual calendar contains a main image and a detail from each project in the series taken by FADO photographer Henry Chan; as well as biographical information about each artist and a short description of each work.

Photography by Henry Chan and Connie Tsang
Designed by Lisa Kiss Design
Number of pages: 17
Overall dimensions: 11 x 14 inches

COST: $25.00 (Canadian) plus shipping
Methods of payment: Cash, Cheque, E-transfer, Paypal

Toronto: $10 / tracking included
Canada (NFLD / BC): $15 / tracking included
USA: $17 / $20 with tracking
International: $20 with tracking

For order enquiries, please email: info@performanceart.ca

9Questions, an artist project by Gustaf Broms

FADO Performance Art Centre is pleased to announce the forthcoming 9Questions: an artist project by Gustaf Broms. 9Questions will be launched in Toronto in the context of the 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art, during the festival's annual Publications and Multiples Launch.

Gustaf Broms will be in attendance, as well as contributing artists Arahmaiani (Indonesia), Shannon Cochrane (Toronto), Paul Couillard (Toronto), Johanna Householder (Toronto), Tanya Mars (Toronto) and Elvira Santamaría-Torres (Mexico/N.Ireland).

Copies will be available at the launch, and on-line on the FADO and Centre for Orgchaosmik Studies websites after October 4.

9Questions, an artist project by Gustaf Broms

In 2014, Swedish performance and visual artist Gustaf Broms composed a list of nine questions that he started to circulate to fellow performance artists—many he had a personal connection with and many more he had never even met. The questions covered a range of paired concepts—the bricks and mortar of performance practice (material/object, audience/receiver, sound/silence, time/rhythm, space/emptiness)—and grounded by questions about personal experience, lineage and language.

The impulse to gather this collection arose from a conversation Broms had had with another artist; but what makes this volume first and foremost an artist’s project is that the questions are asked from the specific perspective of Broms’ deep personal understanding that, as a practice, performance resides at the permeable borders between the conscious and subconscious, and the meeting of the concrete world of form and the spiritual realm. For Broms, these are the essential questions. The responses collected are as diverse and wide-ranging as the artists and their own approaches, from the practical, to the abstract to the simply far-flung, in addition to some reassuring and surprising overlapping ideas and connections.

The roster of participants in 9Questions is an impressive array of international performance artists whose work covers a range of performance and performative multi-disciplinary approaches.

Adina Bar-On
Alastair MacLennan
Andrea Saemann
Antoni Karwowski
Artur Tajber
Barbara T. Smith
Bartolomé Ferrando
Boris Nieslony
Brian Connolly
Dorothea Rust
Elvira Santamaria-Torres
Esther Ferrer
Fausto Grossi
Guadalupe Neves
Guillermo Gómez-Peña
Gustaf Broms
He Yunchang
hermann nitsch
Irma Optimist
Jamie McMurry
Jill Orr
Johanna Householder
John Duncan
Kurt Johannessen
Leif Elggren
Linda Mary Montano
Macarena Perich Rosas
Margaret Dragu
Mariel Carranza
Marilyn Arsem
Martha Wilson
Monika Günther & Ruedi Schill
Myriam Laplante
Nigel Rolfe
Nobuo Kubota
Paul Couillard
Pekka Kainulainen
Rocio Boliver
Roi Vaara
Ron Athey
Serge Olivier Fokoua
Shannon Cochrane
Tanya Mars
Tehching Hsieh
Tomas Ruller
Valentin Torrens
Zbigniew Warpechowski
Zhu Ming

9Questions, an artist project by Gustaf Broms

Published by FADO Performance Art Centre and Centre for Orgchaosmik Studies
Edited by Gustaf Broms and Shannon Cochrane
Translations by Paula Alvarado, Robert Rowley, Nicolas Scrutton, Tomasz Szrama, Jie Wang
Design: Lisa Kiss Design, Toronto

978-0-9730883-4-2 (FADO Performance Art Centre, Canada)
978-91-639-8460-0 (Centre for Orgchaosmik Studies, Sweden)
Cost: $20.00 (Canadian)

This publication project is supported by Stiftelsen Längmanska kulturfonden. FADO Performance Art Centre acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, and the Department of Canadian Heritage.