Collection C029 - Victoria Stanton and Vincent Tinguely Collection

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Victoria Stanton and Vincent Tinguely Collection

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  • [19--] ; [20--] ; 1971-2014, predominant 1997-2001 (Creation)
    Tinguely, Vincent
  • [19--] ; [20--] ; 1971-2014, predominant 1997-2001 (Creation)
    Stanton, Victoria

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1.14 m of textual records
59 audio cassettes
53 CDs
12 mini CDs
8 3 1⁄2 inch floppy disks
16 posters
13 photographs : b&w prints
5 phonographic records
3 betamax

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Victoria Stanton is an interdisciplinary artist, researcher, and educator. She studied Creative Arts at Dawson College, Montreal, until 1989, and continued thereafter at Concordia University, where she graduated in 1995 with a bachelor of Fine Arts.She works as part-time professor in Fibers and Materials Practices at Concordia University. Stanton has performed and exhibited at various spaces and events at the local, national, and international levels. Time, transaction, transition, the in-between, and liminal spaces are central to her time-based work. In the spring of 2007, Victoria Stanton founded, together with Sylvie Tourangeau and Anne Bérubé, the Montreal-based performance art trio TouVA Collective, that has been researching the practice of performance through multiple frameworks and approaches. Stanton is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2018 Prix Powerhouse. She has held numerous residencies, including at McGill University, DARE-DARE, and Artexte. "Impure, Reinventing the Word: The Theory, Practice and Oral History of Spoken Word in Montreal" (conundrum press, 2001), co-authored with Vincent Tinguely, was her first book.
Victoria Stanton lives and works in Montreal, Quebec.

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Vincent Tinguely is a writer and performance poet currently based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In 2005, he self-published a novella titled Final Trainwreck of a Lost-Mind Summer. In 2006 he published a chapbook titled Parc Ave. Poems. Tinguely has also written extensively on spoken word and literary events and co-hosted a two radio shows on CKUT 90.3, Victorious & Invincible and Kitchen Kitchen Bang Bang.

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The Victoria Stanton and Vincent Tinguely collection contains materials concerning the theory, practice, and history of spoken word poetry. It also thoroughly documents the history of the spoken word scene in Montreal from the 1960s until 2001. Significantly, the collection documents the writing and publication of Victoria Stanton and Vincent Tinguely’s Impure: Reinventing the Word (conundrum press, 2001).

The Victoria Stanton and Vincent Tinguely contains interviews conducted by Stanton and Tinguely with 75 French and English poets, authors, artists, and performers, including Heather O'Neill, Jonathan Goldstein, Michel Garneau, John Giorno, Zoe Whittall, Jean-Paul Daoust, Simon Dardick, Catherine Kidd, Geneviève Letarte, Naila Keleta-Mae, Hélène Monette, Trish Salah, Anne Stone, Todd Swift, and Debbie Young, among many others. The collection also includes, 52 CDs, 12 mini-CDs, 4 LPs, 8 cassettes, and 5 VHS and beta of spoken word and poetry released between 1971 and 2014; newspaper clippings; notes and working papers; manuscript drafts and translations; galley proofs; correspondence; and research materials, among other documents. Materials concerning Montreal literary festivals, including Blue Metropolis and the Festival Voix d’Amériques, can be found throughout.

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Physical condition

Materials are generally in good condition.

Immediate source of acquisition

Materials were donated to Concordia University Library's Special Collections by Victoria Stanton and Vincent Tinguely in July 2019 and arrived at the Library on August 14, 2019.


Materials are arranged in the order of receipt unless otherwise indicated.

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  • English
  • French

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    Materials are mostly in English. Some of the items are also in French.

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    In most cases, reproductions are allowed for the purpose of research and private study. The use of material in a publication may only be done with written consent of the copyright owner(s).

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    Digitization of the audio cassettes was completed in fall 2019.


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