Sunday, August 23, 2009



It is just a few days less than a month and Visualeyez will hit Edmonton and I am both nervous and excited about this year.

Please keep checking back to this site to find out more information and details about the exciting artists scheduled for 2009.

This year Visualeyez… Canada's Annual Performance Art Festival will feature over ten artists with a strong Alberta and Edmonton component, a diversity of Canadian performance artists with solid performance art histories and dynamic international artist with strong Canadian ties.

I am also excited to announce that Lori Weidenhammer will be the festival animator for 2009. Lori Weidenhammer is a Vancouver performance based interdisciplinary artist originally from Saskatchewan. For the past three years she has been appearing as the persona Madame Beespeaker on a regular basis, at the Regina Folkfest (Neutral Ground), Visualeyez (Latitude 53), Van Dusen Botanical Gardens (Second Site), and UBC Farm. Her collaborative media works with Peter Courtemanche have been shown in Canada and abroad, including Divining for Lost Sound (Bregenz, Austria), Brain Dress (Grunt Gallery, Vancouver) The Haunted Crinoline (The Dunlop Gallery, Regina), and The Laughing Dress (Video Pool, Winnipeg). She is one of members of a group of Vancouver community artists in The Means of Production Artists’ Raw Resource Collective (MOPARRC), a food security volunteer and activist Weidenhammer works with students of all ages on identifying native plants, eating locally, gardening for pollinators (i.e. honeybees), and guerilla gardening. She is passionate about art that that transforms the relationship between the artist and the viewer and creates community bonds.

Hold on and hang tight as Visualeyez floods the streets of Edmonton as we explore this year's theme of water.