Justin Waddell will moderate this panel with performative artists that have a long-standing trajectory in the field and are seen by their peers and the community as leaders and innovators. This panel aims to encourage the ongoing development and dissemination of critical dialogue around contemporary performative practices, discussing milestones and difficulties in their careers as performative artists. Performative works are ephemeral or temporary by nature and are preserved only through documentation or written accounts, often becoming a product in and of itself.
Reona Brass is an artist, educator and member of Peepeekisis Cree Nation in Saskatchewan. Educated at the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College and at the Ontario College of Art & Design, Brass has produced installation and performance works across Canada, the US and South America since 1993. Her work has been shown in numerous collaborations and group exhibitions including La caída: Cuerpo poètico/Cuerpo político, National Gallery of Bogotá, Columbia (2004); Ka Kiskih: tamowiwin, AKA Gallery in Saskatoon (2005); and, the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics at NYU in NYC (2003), Belo Horizonte, Brazil (2005) and recently at the 10th Annual Visualeyez Performance Art Festival in Edmonton, Alberta (2009). Brass has produced numerous works with Indigenous youth as an integral part of her practice.
Istvan Kantor, recipient of the 2004 Governor General’s Award for Visual and Media Arts, also known as Monty Cantsin, the founder of Neoism, is an action-based media artist/subvertainer/producer, active in many fields, performance, robotics, mixed-media, installation, painting, sound, music, video and new media. His main subjects are the decay of technology and the struggle of the individual in technological society. His radically changing creative ambitions are always related to his living environment and social situation.