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Vera Frenkel

Cartographie d'une pratique / Mapping a Practice

Selected bibliography

Writings on Vera Frenkel's work


Tuer, Dot, "Between Image and Remembrance: The Psychic Residences of Body Missing," Prefix Photo, Number 19, May 2009, 40-55.


Legge, Elizabeth, "A Better Place - Bureaucratic Poetics in Vera Frenkel's Body Missing and The Institute," The Journal of Canadian art History, Volume XXIX, Concordia University, Montreal, 2008.


Enright, Robert, Interview, "Vera Frenkel: Boundary Blurrer," Border Crossings, Spring 2007.


Tuer, Dot, "Vera Frenkel: I don't know of any story that is not true," Governor General's Award Laureates Catalogue, Canada Council for the Arts, 32–43.


Gabriel, Barbara, "Writing against the Ruins: Towards a Post-Modern Ethics of Memory," Post-Modernism and the ethical Subject, Eds. Barbara Gabriel, Suzan Ilcan, McGill-Queen's Press, Montreal, 2004. Spring 2005, 3–24.

Hampson, Sarah, "The Hampson Interview. Vera Frenkel: Sick of Bureaucrats," The Globe and Mail, January 1, 2005.

Irvin, Sherri, "Vera Frenkel: Carleton University Art Gallery," Canadian art, Spring 2005, 87-88.

Milroy, Sarah, "Art that's inside the box (set): Collection hits the highlights of a remarkable career," The Globe and Mail, August 16, 2005, R1-2.

Parker, Judith, "Vera Frenkel," Para-Para, insert, Parachute, No. 119, Summer 2005.

Tuer, Dot, "Threads of Memory and Exile: Vera Frenkel's Art of Artifice," Mining the Media archive: essays on art, Technology, and Cultural resistance, YYZ Books, Toronto, 35–42.

Vaughan, Richard M., "The Big Picture," The national Post, July 16, 2005, T14.


O'Flanagan, Rob, "Searing, Daring, Not Exactly Real," The Sudbury Star, September 30, 2004.

Rhodes, Rick, "The Institute™," Editorial, Canadian art, Winter 2003-2004.

Tuer, Dot, "Vera Frenkel: The Secret Life of a Performance Artist," Caught in the act: an anthology of Performance art by Canadian Women, Eds. Tanya Mars, Johanna Householder, YYZ Books, Toronto, 2004, 32-239.


Dault, Julia, "Frenkel's Faux World," The national Post, December 11, 2003.

Goddard, Peter, "Vera Frenkel and The Institute™," Toronto Star, December 8, 2003.

Greenberg, Reesa, "From Wall to Web," Obsession, Compulsion, Ed. Anthony Kiendl, Memory and Waste Management, Banff International Curatorial Institute, May 2003. Presented originally in All That Remains: Collecting Trauma.

Mahoney, Jeff, "Imagine a world not so far away...," Hamilton Spectator, The Magazine, Saturday, September 22, 2003.


Bénichou, Anne, "Vera Frenkel," Parachute, No. 105, 'Autofictions.' January 2002.

Saxenhüber, Hedwig, "Vera Frenkel: Body Missing, Galerie Georg Kargl," Springerin, Vienna, No. 8/4, February 2002, 70-71.


Baqué, Dominique, "Transits," artpress, No. 68, May 2001, 90–91.

Bédard, Catherine, "Sites et transits chez Vera Frenkel," revue d'esthétique, No. 39/01, Autres Sites, Nouveaux Paysages, 143–150.

Bédard, Catherine, "Vera Frenkel / Body Missing, Wharf 01," Journal du Centre d'art contemporain de Basse-Normandie, 2001, 6–15.

Bénichou, Anne, "From the archive as artwork to the artwork archive: Vera Frenkel," archives de la critique d'art / Contemporary artists and archives, December 2001, 217–228.

Laguarda, Alice, "Vera Frenkel : La mémoire disséminée," Parpaings: architecture art et Paysage, No. 23, May 2001, 16–19.

Legge, Elizabeth, "Analogs of Loss: Vera Frenkel's Body Missing" (

Zelizer, Barbie, Visual Culture and the Holocaust, Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 2001, 340–350.


Hornstein, Shelley, "Fugitive Places: The Work of Vera Frenkel and Chantal Ackerman," The art Journal, Spring 2000, Vol. 59, 44-53.

Kelly, Deirdre, "Visualizing a drama of art and war," The Globe and Mail, December 18, 2000, R5.

Schade, Sigrid, Gottfried Fliedl & Martin Sturm (Eds.), Kunst als Beute: Zur symbolischen Zirkulation von Kulturobjekten, Turia & Kant, Vienna, 2000.

Schade, Sigrid, Oper Frankfurt, "...from the Transit Bar," Ästhetik der Inszenierung, March 2000.


Robertson, Clive & Dot Tuer, "The Story is Always Partial: Vera Frenkel in conversation with Clive Robertson and Dot Tuer," The art Journal, Winter 1998.

Rogoff, Irit, "Twenty Years On ... Inside, Out," The art Journal, Winter 1998.


Freyermuth, Gundolf S., "Kunst der Körperlosen," Spiegel Special 3, Fall 1997.

Schade, Sigrid, "Gedächtnis - Lücke - Kunst. Zu Vera Frenkels Inszenierung von Erinnerung in der Video-Installation '...from the Transit Bar,'" Körper - Gedächtnis - Schrift, Eds. Claudia Öhlschlager, Birgit Wiens, Erich Schmidt Verlag.

Tuer, Dot, "Threads of Memory and Exile in the Work of Vera Frenkel," Images Festival catalogue, April 1997.


Baele, Nancy, "The Transit Bar is Open at the Gallery," The Ottawa Citizen, May 13, 1996, C6. (Republished: "Bringing a bar to les beaux-arts," Montreal Gazette, June 2, F3.)

Dumas, Ève, "En transit au Musée," Le Droit, Ottawa, May 16, 1996, 18.

Haustein, Lydia, "The Transformative Power of Memory: Themes and Methods in the Work of Vera Frenkel," Video re/View: The (best) Source for Critical Writings on Canadian artists' Video, Eds. Peggy Gale, Lisa Steele, Art etropole and V-Tape, Toronto, 307-319.

"Housing Construction: The Challenges of Building Interactive Narratives (Part 1)," Intelligent agent, Vol. 1, No. 4, July/August, 27, 40.

Jones, Mark "Vera Frenkel," Cyberstage, Fall 1996, selected as feature story in Howard Rheingold's electric Minds (

Legge, Elizabeth, "On Loss and Leaving: '...from the Transit Bar' and Body Missing," Canadian art, Winter 1996, 61-64.

Lemieux, Julie, "Prendre un verre en regardant l'art," Le Droit, May 10, 1996.

Mays, John Bentley, "Hanging out at the Electronic Café," The Globe and Mail, January 3, 1996, R1.

Schade, Sigrid, "Vera Frenkel's Body Missing: Notification of Loss," short version in Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst (GAK) Catalogue, longer version in Kunst, raub, Bildersturm, Ed. Gottfried Fliedl, Turia & Kant, Vienna.

Stockinger, Andreas, "Geraubt, geplundert und verschollen," The Standard, Vienna, Austria, February 16, 1996, 16.

Sykora, Katharina, "Transit: Vera Frenkel's Multimedia-Installation Body Missing," Gedächtnisbilder: Vergessen und erinnern in der Gegenwartskunst, Eds. Kai-Uwe Hemken, Reclam Verlag, Leipzig, 169-185.

Todd, Michael, "Vera Frenkel's Web site explores Nazi policies on art theft," York Gazette, August 1996.

Walker, Susan, "Frenkel on the cyberspace trail of stolen art," The Toronto Star, January 6, 1996, K5.


Armatage, Kay, "The-Body-That-Disappears-Into-Thin-Air: Vera Frenkel's Video Art," Mirror Machine: Video and Identity, Ed. Janine Marchessault, YYZ Books and CRCCII, Toronto, 67-88.

Duncan, Ann, "Technology for Art's Sake," The Gazette, Montreal, September 23, 1993.

Folland, Tom & Kathryn Walter, "Vera Frenkel," Parachute, No. 79, 50-51.

Gale, Peggy, "A Tableau Vivant," in Videotexts, The Power Plant/Wilfred Laurier Press, 106-109.

Mays, John Bentley, "In the Grip of Hitler's Other Mania," The Globe and Mail, May 8, 1995, R1.

Silverthorne, Jeanette, "Vera Frenkel: '..from the Transit Bar,'" Borderlines 36, Spring 1995, 44-47.


Feinstein, Roni, "Report from Toronto: Canada's Art Capital," The Public Sector, art in america, July 1994, 39-41.

Hanna, Deirdre, "Transit Bar by Vera Frenkel Contemplates Life's Passages," nOW Magazine, December 22, 1994, 55.

Lewis, Mark, "The Transit Bar," Public: The Issue on rights, April 1994, 78-81.

Mays, John Bentley, "Putting on an Exhibition," The Globe and Mail, December 31, 1994.

Mays, John Bentley, "Art you can touch, sit on and even drink," The Globe and Mail, December 10, 1994, C23.

McGrath, Jerry, "Vera Frenkel at AGYU," Parachute, No. 73, January-March 1994, 48-49.

Randolph, Jeanne, "Vera Frenkel," C Magazine, Spring 1994, 51-52.

Schwaner, Birgit, "Die Folie Kollektiver Wünsche," Wiener Zeitung, Kulturmagazin, October 14, 1994.

Taylor, Kate, "Evocative installation blurs lines between life and art," The Globe and Mail, October 1994.

Tuer, Dot, "Worlds Between: An Examination of the Thematics of Exile and Memory in the work of Vera Frenkel," Matriart 4, No. 3, 6-13.

Winzen, Matthias, "International oder Nicht? Zu Arbeiten der Kanadischen D9 Teilnehmerin, Vera Frenkel," Das Kunst-Bulletin, Geneva, Switzerland, March 1994, 16-19.


Friedland, Lydia Haustein, "Displacement: Vera Frenkel, Ilya Kabakov, Panamarenko, Michelangelo Pistoletto und Royden Rabinowitch auf der documenta IX," Kunst und Unterricht, 164, July 1992, 38-42.

Scott, Jay, "Vera Frenkel: Canada's pre-eminent video artist, story-teller and mischief-maker hits her stride," Canadian art, Summer 1992, 46-51.


Gourlay, Sheena, "Electronic Valentine," Fuse Magazine, Fall 1984, 41-43.

Mays, John Bentley, "Video Artist's Message a Timely One," The Globe and Mail, June 2, 1984, 15.


Mays, John Bentley, "Taped tales luminously engaging," The Globe and Mail, March 15, 1982, 17.

Selected Publications by Vera Frenkel


News of the Scaffolding archive, image-text centre-fold, Hors d'œuvre, No. 22, "Access to Document/Access through Document," École du Magasin, Grenoble.


"A Place for Uncertainty: Towards a New Kind of Museum," Chapter 7, Museums after Modernism: Strategies of engagement, Eds. Griselda Pollock, Joyce Zemans, Blackwell Publishing, London.

"Discontinuous Notes on and after a Meeting of Critics, by One of the Artists Present (1981, excerpt)," Joseph Beuys — The reader, Eds. Claudia Mesch, Viola Michely, M.I.T. Press, October 2007, 127-133.

"Tales from the Institute," L'image ramifiée, Éditions J'ai Vu, Quebec.

"Then & Then Again: Talking with Clive Robertson about artist-run culture," Interview, FUSe Magazine, Volume 30, No. 3, 26-37.

"Translate/Narrate," n.paradoxa, London, documenta XII issue.


"Letter to A. and A. (About Moving On Moving Through...)," Intermédialités, No. 6, Ed. André Habib, 143-177.

"Metropolitan Chords and Discords," Public: Visible Cities Issue, Eds. Janine Marchessault, Karyn Sandlos, Toronto.

"Mischief and Critique: Notes on an Interdisciplinary Practice," Is it now? — Gegenwart in den Künsten, Institute for Cultural Studies in Art, Media and Design, Zürich. Curator and Editor: Sigrid Schade.

Review of Laura Brandon's "Pegi by Herself," McGill-Queen's University Press, Letters in Canada University of Toronto Quarterly Press, 562-564.

"Surviving as an Artist," text extended and developed from CARFAC talk, FUSe Magazine, January 2006.


"The Cure and the Pedicure," reading Toronto, on-line project, Toronto Design Exchange, Tokyo World's Fair, Ed. Robert Ouellette, March 2005.


"Harder Times, Tougher Spaces," Canadian art, Vol. 21, No. 2, Toronto.


Image-Text work, "This Is Your Messiah Speaking," Public 27: Shop, 43-49.


"A Tangled Triangle: Strands of the Archive-Rhizome," alphabet City. 'Lost in the Archives,' Ed. Rebecca Comay.

"FUSE at The Institute™: A cherished resource," FUSe Magazine, 25th anniversary issue. Volume 25, No. 4, 54-57.


"A Kind of Listening — notes from an interdisciplinary practice," Penser l'indiscipline : recherches inter- disciplinaires en art contemporain/Thinking across Cultures: Interdisciplinary Practices in Contemporary art, Eds. Lynn Hughes, Marie-Josée Lafortune, Concordia University/Optica, Montreal, 31-47.

Image-text work and essay in Kunst als Beute, anthology, Eds. Gottfried Fliedl, Sigrid Schade, Martin Sturm, Turia & Kant Verlag, Vienna.


"A Narrative of Absence and Return," Sigmund Freud Museum newsletter, introducing the planned installation of Body Missing, Sigmund Freud Museum, Vienna, Austria.

"The Power of Absence: Silence, Shadows and Remembering," Mémoire et archive, Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, paper from Definitions of Visual Culture IV: Memory and Archive Symposium.

"The Work, the Place, the Dilemma," Capital Culture, Harold Innis Centenary Anthology. Eds. Jody Berland, Shelley Hornstein, McGill/Queen's University Press.


"Body Missing: Two contributions," [image-text work, and transcript of opening speech, from 1996 Linz Schatz/Raub/Bildersturm Symposium] Kunst als Beute. Ed. Gottfried Fliedl, Co-publication, Institute of Museology, University of Vienna/Offenes Kulturhaus Centrum für Gegenwartskunst.

Notes on the Venice Biennale, Metro: Chronicles in the First Person, Inaugural Issue, Fall 1999, Toronto.

"The Institute™: Or, What We Do for Love," So, To Speak / Prendre Parole, Volume 1, Eds. Jean-Pierre Gilbert, Sylvie Gilbert, Lesley Johnstone. Artexte, Montreal.

"The story is always partial," transcript of public conversation with Clive Robertson, Dot Tuer, art Journal, New York, Winter 1998-1999.


"The Institute™: Or, What We Do for Love," introductory narrative to video-web folk-opera, n. Paradoxa, London, Summer 1998.

"Towards a Creole Consciousness," Visionary Speakers Series, Canada by Design, Symposium & Web site, McLuhan Programme in Culture and Technology, University of Toronto.


"How it's Done: Slip into fiction, wear it, and walk out the door," essay, with transcript of voice-over narratives from the six Body Missing tapes, By the Skin of Their Tongues, Eds. Nelson Hendricks, Steve Reinke, YYZ Books, Toronto.

"The Hidden Precinct of Desire: Poems and Drawings of Barry Callaghan," Catalogue essay, Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa. Curator: Michael Bell.


"Almost Broken: A Walk on the Edge of the Cliff," RACAR, Winter 1996, Plenary address, November 2, 1995, Universities' Art Association of Canada, University of Guelph, Ontario.

"Lump in the Throat, or The Adam's Apple: A Revisionist History," artist's book and CD accompanying audio installation for exhibition Second Skin: Looking at the Garden again, Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph, Ontario.

"The Last Screening Room: A Valentine," (excerpt of voice-over transcript), Video re/View, Eds. Peggy Gale, Lisa Steele. Art Metropole and V-Tape, Toronto, 131-134.


"The Intrepid Carol Martyn," catalogue essay, The Carol Martyn retrospective, The Gallery, Stratford, Ontario.


"Body Missing - Governing Narrative," andere Körper exhibition catalogue, Offenes Kulturhaus, Linz, Austria. Curator: Sigrid Schade.

"The story is always partial," artist's project, Borderlines, No. 31, 1993/1994, 28–29.

"This Is Your Messiah Speaking," image-text piece, Queues, rendezvous, riots: Questioning the Public in art & architecture, Eds. George Baird, Mark Lewis, Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff Centre for the Arts.

Miscellaneous early writings

"Berlin's Beuys," art Monthly, London, June 1988, 12-14. Printed also in art Monthly's Australia & International Edition, 3-5.

Vera Frenkel as Marshall, Austen R., "The Cornelia Lumsden Archive: Can Truth Prevail?," Museums by artists, Eds. AA Bronson, Peggy Gale, Art Metropole, Toronto, 1983, 97–114.

"Discontinuous notes on and after a meeting of critics by one of the artists present," Multidisciplinary Aspects of Performance: Postmodernism's Festival and Conference, Parachute, Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, artscanada, April 1981, 28–41.

Art, Love and Politics

"A preamble," artscanada, March/April 1977, 32-35.

"Benign Ignorance," artscanada, May/June 1977, 27-30.

"On Collusion: Deals," artscanada, October/November 1977, 39-43.

"On Collusion Part II: After Dignity," artscanada, February/March 1978, 73-78.

Selected List of Awards and Honours


iDMAa (International Digital Media and Arts Association) Award for Pioneering Achievement


Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts

Induction into the Royal Society of Canada, Academy of Arts & Humanities


CCCA 'Untitled' Art Award for Best 2004 Exhibition/ Project in Cyberspace


Honorary Doctorate of Arts, Emily Carr University of Art & Design, Vancouver


Honorary Fellow, Ontario College of Art & Design, Toronto

Canada Council for the Arts, Visual and Media Arts Grant


Canada Council for the Arts, Bell Canada Award in Video Art


Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax

Stentor, Canada Council, Banff tripartite CCII production award


Ontario Arts Council Medal

Gershon Iskowitz Prize for contribution to the Visual Arts

Toronto Arts Foundation Visual Arts Award

Canada Council Molson Prize for the Arts

Selected List of Artworks in Public Collections

Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen's University, Kingston

Musée des beaux-arts du Canada / The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

Musée des beaux-arts de l'Ontario / The Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto

Erindale College, University of Toronto, Toronto

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Kyushu, Japan

Newcastle Polytechnic Institute, Newcastle, UK

Banque d'œuvres d'art, Conseil des Arts du Canada / Canada Council for the Arts Art Bank

Guelph University

University of British Columbia Hospital Foundation, Vancouver

University of Toronto, Mississauga

The Ydessa Foundation, Toronto

York University, Toronto

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