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The 7th Sense | Le 7e Sens

The 7th Sense: Practicing Dialogues / Practicing Workshops / Practicing the Daily Performative / Practicing Performance Art by TouVA Performance Art Research Collective

Comprised of essays, a glossary, as well as contributions by 30 contemporary performance artists, The 7th Sense surveys the performative in, with and through language. It explores a vocabulary as a process of naming, and of articulating what happens before, during and after a performative action; to express what is experienced by the artist who proposes a work, and by the audience who receives it.

The TouVA collective presents a series of reflections which are to be understood in relationship to their artworks, and to the workshops that Sylvie Tourangeau, Victoria Stanton and Anne Bérubé have both taken or facilitated. Three practitioners’ voices offer multiple perspectives, plural yet singular, to consider the performative as an art, or as a way of life; they delineate a kind of pathway that invites the emergence and recognition of an increased sensibility in this vibrant and fleeting performative: a 7th Sense.

-Simon Lanctôt, Editorial Advisor

TouVA Performance Art Research Collective
Founded in the spring of 2007, the TouVA Collective (Sylvie Tourangeau, Victoria Stanton and Anne Bérubé) – a group of artist-researchers interested in a profound exploration of “the performative” – has been researching the practice of performance through multiple frameworks and approaches: presenting relational/site-specific performances and dynamic artist talks, along with conducting workshops and offering coaching to artists in a variety of contexts – including international festivals.

Published by Sagamie édition d’art and M:ST


ISBN: 978-2-923612-54-6


Adrian Stimson: The Life and Times of Buffalo Boy


Edited by David Garneau

This publication explores the life and times of the performance persona Buffalo Boy, from his very first appearance in 2004 to his greatly exaggerated first death in 2008 at the”Battle of Little Big Horny” and beyond. The book considers the nature of the performance persona, the dialectical nature of this contemporary re-imagining of the west, and the discursive power of performance. The book is a partnership between the Mountain Standard Time Performative Art Festival Society and TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary, produced with the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts.


ISBN: 978-1-895684-29-2

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These publications commemorate M:ST 5. One is a booklet featuring essays by Nicole Burisch, Kari McQueen, and Karilynn Ming Ho. The other is an poster detailing the history of M:ST and the performative art scene in Calgary.


ISBN: 978-0-9812154-2-6



M:ST 4 Public Incorporated



Written by Tomas Jonsson

A written response to the artists and projects in the M:ST 4 Event Architecture Series.


ISBN: 978-0-9812154-0-2

M:ST 4 Performing with Personae: Entrée into Psychology and Politics


Written by Margaret Dragu (aka Lady Justice)

A written response to the artists and projects of the M:ST 4 Alter-Egos, Dopplegangers, and Split Personalities Series.


ISBN: 978-0-9812154-0-2