Emma Waltraud Howes
Subtle ArchitecturesAugust 7, 2009
Series of actions realised in various dis/location sites.
Opening: Friday August 7 at 6 pm
caffé Touski, 2361 Ontario East
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Emma Waltraud Howes uses performative gestures linked to specific sites of existing structures to explore her interest in the movement of the body in relationship to architecture. Subtle Architecture is research into the development of corporal movement linked to material space. For this project, Emma engages socially and physically by way of a series of performances created for the city and intended for the public: a process wherein she places her body in hidden and abandoned city sites to reveal certain details and alter perceptions of these spaces. As a result of these inventive gestures, Emma seeks to highlight the human capacity to adapt to spatial-temporal constraints.
The artist proposes a series of actions in various sites where DARE DARE’s trailer has been located since the beginning of dis/location. She will invite participants to become aware of their environment and of their impact on their gestures and daily social interactions. To register for the walks please visit the DARE-DARE website.
Emma Waltraud Howes, born in Toronto, now lives in Montreal where she is continuing her Masters in Interdisciplinary Arts at Concordia University. A multidisciplinary artist coming from the discipline of contemporary dance and visual arts, she studied at Toronto Dance Theater as well as the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2003. As a member of The Canadian Children’s Dance Theater Company she studied and performed with renowned choreographers Margie Gillis, Karen Kane, Peggy Baker, Serge Benetton and Bill Coleman. Since 2001, her work has been presented in the context of performance and video events in Canada, the United States, France, and Belgium. Recently, in 2007, she participated in Performance Mix Festival in New York and, in 2008, in an international exchange program at the University of Bauhaus at Weimar. She has just arrived from Germany where she was invited to participate in the Bauhaus Year du Theaterhaus Jena Festival.