Video screening: 7a*11d Festival in Toronto. October, 2010
GRACE EXHIBITION SPACE Director's Jill McDErmid and Erik Hokanson will be travelling to Toronto to witness the fabulous artists in the 7a*11d Festival, 2010
We will return to Brooklyn and share what we saw. Join us!
About 7a*11d 7a*11d formed in January 1997 out of a collective interest in encouraging Toronto's burgeoning performance art activity. By August 1997 13 founding artists (representing several loosely organized artist collectives) produced the first annual 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art, a successful event bringing together approximately 60 artists from Canada, the US, and Australia. 1998's 2nd International Festival of Performance Art was a two-part festival (in August and October), again with over 50 artists from Canada, the US, and Europe. After the 1998 festival, we decided to move to a biannual programming structure - presenting the International Festival every 2 years with dynamic performance projects (residencies, exchanges, conferences, etc.) in the alternate year. The 1999 project was a residency with acclaimed artist Rachel Rosenthal. The 3rd International Festival of Performance Art took place in October/November 2000, with over 40 artists from Canada, the US, Europe, and Australia. In 2001 we organized ReciproCity/R�ciproCit�, a site sensitive series of performances and panels linking Vancouver, Montr�al and Toronto. This sought to initiate and extend the discourse around site specific performance art as a vehicle for social commentary. In 2002 we organized the 4th International Festival of Performance Art; in 2004, the 5th International Festival of Performance Art, and in 2006, the 6th International Festival of Performance Art. In 2008, we celebrated our "7-11" anniversary, the 7th festival in 11 years, with 7 creative residencies and a stellar roster of artists from around the world.