An Annotated Bibliography in Real Time: Performance Art in Quebec and Canada

A research exhibition and a series of discussions and screenings at Artexte

April 30 – June 20, 2015 and September 3 – October 24, 2015

Vernissage – Thursday, September 3, from 5 PM to 8 PM


The exhibition An Annotated Bibliography in Real Time at Artexte is part of a long-term university research project entitled An Annotated Bibliography: Performance Art in Quebec and Canada, dedicated to an extensive bibliographic survey of writings, publications and printed matter on Quebecois and Canadian performance art since the 1950s. While much has been written on performance art on a local and national level over the last thirty years, this research project is the first of its kind to gather, archive and subsequently take account of the published writings and literature on performance art, to trace how the above listed categories can be cross-read and analyzed for future research.

For the reopening of the exhibition, a new feature is added: a diagrammatic mural that makes visible the complex network of historical, institutional, and personal relationships that unite the publications on display. A new selection of documents that complements the exhibition is also presented in the reading room.

The first part of this research project, compiled in cooperation with the UQAM art library and Artexte, is presented within An Annotated Bibliography in Real Time, a presentation that transforms Artexte’s exhibition space into a research and discussion hub, presenting the bibliography, a series of conferences, and a collection of bibliographical selections of publications and documents chosen by local and national artists involved in performance based art practices.*

One of the aims of this project is to give insight to how performance art in Québec and Canada, over the last 75 years has developed, offering a cross-reading of its principal categories such as: time, place, subject and medium. In other words, enabling the visitors, whether consulting the bibliography or joining the talks and discussions, to contextualize and become aware of the various roles and complex networks that constitute the correlative relationship between the performer, the spectator and his or her given time.

* With a selection of documents by: Tim Clark, Sylvie Cotton, Doyon/Demers, Michelle Lacombe, Tanya Lukin Linklater, Tanya Mars & Johanna Householder, Clive Robertson, Alain-Martin Richard, and Guy Sioui Durand.


Barbara Clausen, Curator and Research Director
with the curatorial and research group: Jade Boivin, Emmanuelle Choquette, Joëlle Perron-Oddo, Julie Riendeau