VIVA! presents a highly textured view of today’s most vibrant action art practices including- but not limited to- performance, public intervention, social practice, and infiltration. In the context of our seventh edition, over twenty local, Canadian, and international artists will present their work during scheduled performances that will take place daily at les Ateliers Jean Brilllant, our 2019 headquarters, as well as furtively, online, and in public space throughout the duration of the festival. Be sure to check the schedule for up to date information. From the subtle to spectacular, the political to the poetic, there is something for everyone.

VIVA! Dinners

Join us each evening for a delicious performative meal prepared by David Sebastian Lopez Restrepo, the 2019 artist in residence in the VIVA! kitchen. A much-loved staple of our artistic programming, the VIVA! Kitchen offers the public the opportunity to encounter an artwork that is experienced during daily communal dinners. Well-balanced and delicious, the meals are offered to the public for a modest price ($7–$10). 

Building on his previous artistic research around the repetition and sharing of gestures, David Sebastian proposes a series of performative works that invite the public to execute a simple action in exchange for their meal. The daily menu and ingredients will be announced on-site, as well as in our daily newsletter.

Workshops and artist talks

As a compliment to VIVA!’s artistic programming, the festival also offers a number of activities aimed at providing more engaged encounters with artists and their work. These initiatives include satellite talks and professional workshops occurring off-site, as well as two open workshop sessions with auto-workshops, a collective that invites the general public to explore action through collaborative exercises in a vacant lot. 

Workshops (free, open to everyone!)

September 24, 12pm–5pm
September 27, 4pm–7pm
Nearby public space
(Departure from the headquarters)

I smell a rat
Lauryn Mannigel
September 30, 6–9pm
Studio XX
Registration required

Professional workshops

Undoing ourselves
Rajni Shah & Kris Grey
2-day workshop
September 21, 10am–5pm
September 22, 3:30pm–6:30pm
Studio 303
$170 (or $45)
Registration required

Food as a source of inspiration for performances
Nezaket Ekici
3-day workshop
September 29, 10am–5pm
September 30, 1:30pm–5pm
October 1st, 1:30pm–5pm
Studio 303
$150 (or $65)
Registration required

Conferences (free, open to everyone!)

David Sebastian Lopez Restrepo
FFAR Visiting Artist (English)
September 17, 6pm–7:30pm
Concordia, H-110
1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd W.

Seiji Shimoda et Alastair MacLennan
Rencontre avec deux performeurs chevronnés (English/French)
September 24, 2pm–5pm
UQAM, J-6180, Pavillon Judith-Jasmin
405, Sainte-Catherine St. E.

Miao Jiaxin
Intervenants culturels internationaux de l’UQAM (Mandarin/French)
September 26, 12:45pm–1:45pm
UQAM, Local J-6180, Pavillon Judith-Jasmin
405, Sainte-Catherine St. E.

Alastair MacLennan
Concordia’s Conversations in Contemporary Art series (English)
September 27, 6pm – 7:30pm
Concordia, J.A. de Sève cinema
1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd W.

Artists circulating

Marita Bullmann, Liina Kuitinen, Ignacio Pérez Pérez
September 20, 7:30pm
TMAC (Toronto Media Arts Centre)
36 Lisgar St., Toronto
Presended by FADO

Nezaket Ekici 
October 3, 7pm (presentation)
October 9, 7pm (performance)
La Filature
80 Hanson St., Gatineau
Presented by AXENÉO7

Seiji Shimoda
October 3-6
Le Lobe
114 Bossé St., Chicoutimi
Presented by Art Nomade