Six artist-run centres from the Montreal region have joined in a group initiative to launch a new international event – Viva! Art Action – to take place from Thursday September 28 to Sunday October 8, 2006. Artists, the public, curators, and artist-run organisations will come together to showcase and promote live art practices –performances, durational works, public and participatory interventions, characteristically ephemeral, ethereal, changing, unfolding in the “here and now.”
Viva! Art Action will foster an exchange between various artists, thinkers and the public through a series of diverse presentations refl ecting the vibrant performance art scene in Montreal and in Quebec.
Artist-run centres articule, Centre des arts actuels SKOL, Centre d’art et de diffusion Clark, La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse,DARE-DARE Centre de diffusion d’art multidisciplinaire and Praxis art actuel have come together to breathe new life into live art, which is little known to the general public though it has often been at the heart of visual arts culture.
Paying tribute to different international and historical artistic movements, this practice is now inscribed in the most varied contexts. The yearly programming of Montreal artist-run centres testify to sustained interest in performance art, from here and abroad, while its development is the result of specifi c key events, such as Galerie du collège Édouard- Monpetit’s Performance + Artefacts (1989), the biennial presentation since 1994 of Le mois de la performance by La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse, and the 2000 and 2001 editions of FA3 – Festival Art Action Actuel -, including the sadly missed Anticorps space (2001) under the direction of Gabriel Doucet Donida.
This first edition of Viva! Art Action will also host the 14th SoToDo International Performance Art Congress, as well as over thirty artistic works scattered through the programming of the participating artist-run centres and other intervention spaces. On this occasion, Bain Saint-Michel turns into a welcome venue and daily meeting place for artist talks, theoretical discussions, practical workshops and festive evenings. A circulation of artists and activities will take place throughout the network of Québec artist-run centres, including the event L’art vivant sur le territoire organised by Praxis Art Actuel (Sainte-Thérèse), La Biennale d’art performatif de Rouyn-Noranda, organised by L’Écart…lieu d’art actuel (Rouyn-Noranda) and Rencontre internationale d’art performance de Québec presented by Le Lieu centre en art actuel in Québec City.