VIVA! Blog

This year, local artists/authors Marc-Antoine K. Phaneuf and Jacob Wren have been invited to share their reflections on VIVA!’s activities in daily blog posts. Fluctuating between archive, storytelling and creative writing, the texts intimately capture the encounters between artists, artworks, and publics that characterize live art practices. Check in daily to follow and contribute to the online discussions!


Marc-Antoine K. Phaneuf is an artist and author. He has presented his work in several artist-run centres and galleries in the province of Quebec, including Clark, Œil de Poisson, 3e impérial, centre d’essai en art actuel, the Symposium international d’art contemporain de Baie-Saint-Paul and article. He has written three books of poetry published by Le Quartanier; the most recent, Cavalcade in cyclorama, is the result of an eight-day writing performance. He lives and works in Montreal.

Jacob Wren makes literature, performances and exhibitions. His books include: Unrehearsed Beauty, Families Are Formed Through Copulation and Revenge Fantasies of the Politically Dispossessed. As co-artistic director of Montreal-based interdisciplinary group PME-ART he has co-created the performances: En français comme en anglais, it’s easy to criticize (1998), the HOSPITALITÉ / HOSPITALITY series including Individualism Was A Mistake (2008) and The DJ Who Gave Too Much Information (2011) and Every Song I’ve Ever Written (2012). He travels internationally with alarming frequency and frequently writes about contemporary art.