Saturday is ‘Sound Installation Day’ at FOOT 2017

imageUntil 6 pm today, come on by and explore audiovisual installation works by David Lieberman (Seminar Room), Katie Van Winkle and the Digital Dramaturgy Lab/DDL (Robert Gill Theatre lobby), Kendra Jones, Marcia Walker and Frank Incer in the Rehearsal Room.

Join us again tonight at 7 p.m. in the The Luella Massey Studio Theatre (4 Glen Morris Street) for the premiere of a new work by our keynote artist Brandon LaBelle, entitled The Church from Below. 

Admission is FREE

The Church from Below
Brandon LaBelle

Drawing upon histories of peace movements in East Germany, the work takes the form of a performative installation housed within a former Lutheran Church, now The Luella Massey Studio Theatre. It draws out questions of resistance and emancipatory practices, staging a set of materials, recordings and documents that act as a greater scenography of the hidden and the dispossessed. In particular, the work considers how “the underground” performs to nurture the formation of a parallel polis, one that enacts an overall art of survival. From such actions, particular discourses and cultural productions are generated, from illegal publishing to a lyrical poetics of secret messages. In the case of East Germany, peace workshops and environmental protests found support through a network of socially engaged churches, which acted to camouflage dissident work. What might such histories and productions suggest in terms of contemporary crises and the desires for a new social body? How might the art of survival provide a guide for an aesthetics aimed at redistributing the sensible?

Developed in collaboration with the artistic research project Synsmaskin, Bergen Academy.

Proudly presented at FOOT 2017 in collaboration with New Adventures in Sound Art.

Brandon LaBelle is an artist, writer and theorist working with sound culture, voice, and questions of agency. He develops and presents artistic projects and performances within a range of international contexts, often working collaboratively and in public. Recent works include “The Living School”, South London Gallery (2016), “The Stranger Seminar”, Liquid Architecture, Melbourne (2015), and “Second Culture Session”, Tel Aviv University (2015). He is the author of Lexicon of the Mouth: Poetics and Politics of Voice and the Oral Imaginary (2014), Diary of an Imaginary Egyptian (2012), Acoustic Territories: Sound Culture and Everyday Life (2010), and Background Noise: Perspectives on Sound Art (2006). He lives in Berlin and is part of the Errant Sound collective.

Come Celebrate the 25th Edition of FOOT!

FOOT2017: Sounding the Inner Ear of Performance begins this Thursday, February 2nd. Come enjoy  interdisciplinary panels, performances, sound installations and workshops from over 60 presenters. Learn about the festival’s history and meet scholars and artists from around the world.

Check out our Program and Register today!


5 Days Until FOOT2017!

A final round of presenter intros for you tonight. Less than a week before the festival now – don’t forget to register! Both our workshops are currently full, but you can audit the mask workshop and a wait-list has been started for the blindfolded walking tour.

Leonard Stein and Liza Futerman will be presenting Notes of Who You Were during the opening collage concert on Thursday, Feb 2nd. Stein and Futerman are  doctoral scholars at the Centre for Comparative Literature and the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto. Stein’s research compares converso poetry, testimonials and literary appropriations of crypto-Jewish identity, while Futerman researches public discourses around dementia. She is also founder of

On Saturday, February 4th, Adam Tinkle, a multidisciplinary artist and scholar will be presenting an audio essay based on audio recordings with his father. Tinkle has a PhD from UC San Diego and has recently published in Leonardo Music Journal and Organised Sound. Visit his site to find out more about his work.

Toronto-based artist, Kendra Jones, will be presenting the sound installation Autel as part of the festival. Jones is an interdisciplinary artist who works as director, dramaturg, playwright, and performer in both theatre and performance art. Learn more about her work by visiting her website:

FOOT2017 Poster + 3 More Presenters

Tonight we’re excited to unveil the official poster for FOOT2017. Download your copy today 🙂

We also have 3 more presenter introductions for you. Lydia Blaisdell, Katie Van Winkle and Bart Pitchford of Austin, Texas will be presenting a self-guided tape cassette audio play, Bear Eats Bear, available throughout the festival. Learn more about the work by consulting our program. You can also visit Lydia’s website.

Toronto-based Off-Key Productions will be presenting a sampling of their work as part of the first collage concert on February 2nd. Visit their Facebook site here to learn more about the company.

And see a video clip below from another of our collage concert presenters, Becca Moss, an undergrad student at UofT’s Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies. Becca will also be presenting during the first night’s concert on Feb 2nd.



The Delhi Listening Group, Collaborative Dance and Music, and the Work of Berkun Oya

Australian sonic media artist and broadcaster Sophea Lerner will be presenting an audio essay on her work with the Delhi Listening Group. Find out more about Sophea through her website, and about the Delhi Listening Group’s work at at their site.

Toronto-based performers Julia Mermelstein, Kathleen Legassick, Sarah Hopkin and Olivia Shortt will be presenting a dance piece as part the opening collage concert on Friday, February 2nd. Learn more about these artists and sample some music by visiting their websites:; sarahehopkin.wordpress.com

And M.A. student at UofT’s Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies Berna Çelikkaya will be discussing the work of Turkish playwright, actor and director Berkun Oya as part of her paper on February 2nd. See a trailer of Oya’s Güzel Şeyler Bizim Tarafta [Good Things Are At Our Side], which she’ll be discussing, below:

Mask Workshop, Sound Installation and Songs from the Weimar Cabaret

Tonight we’d like to introduce you to the host of our mask workshop, two artists behind one of our sound installations, and a Toronto-based jazz singer.

On Saturday Feb. 4th, Sonia Norris, a PhD student at the University of Toronto, will be hosting a 2-hour mask workshop, exploring the role of silence in performance. Learn more about her work by visiting her facebook site.

Anne-Marie Ouellet and Thomas Sinou of Eau du Bain will be presenting a sound installation based on a frozen lake. Videos of their previous creations are available on their website here (text in French).

And DMA candidate at the University of Toronto, Adi Braun, will be presenting on songs of the Weimar Cabaret. Watch a  sample of her work below, and also by visiting her website:


Shakespeare, Bhojpuri and Dancing Monkey Lab

PROGRAM/WEBSITE NOTE: Please note that we mistakenly cited 214 St George St as the address for the department, but it is in fact at 214 College St.

Now on with more presenter intros!

Darrell Baksh, who is currently studying towards a PhD in Cultural Studies at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus in Trinidad, will be discussing the performance of race in Indo-Caribbean pop music. Listen to a music clip here.

UofT PhD candidate Noam Lior will be talking about multimedia Shakespeare apps at FOOT2017. Lior currently curates Shakespeare at Play, an iOS app that brings Shakespearean text to life through video scenes.

With her group Alma Matters, Toronto-based artist, Sarah Marchand, will be giving a presentation on ASMRtists. Learn more about Sarah’s artistic and academic work by visiting her website:

And writer, performer and instructor at the University of Calgary, Mike Czuba, will be giving on a paper on writing as sound using performance material from his collective Dancing Monkey Laboratories. Samples of DML’s work can be found below: