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Johanna Householder: Residuals

Wednesday, November 2, 7 pm
Signy Eaton Gallery
Free with General admission


plural noun

1. quantities remaining after other things have been subtracted or allowed for.

2. the differences between actual and theoretical.

3. royalties paid to a performer, writer, etc., for a repeat of a play, tv show, etc.

This program features three performances by the pioneering and influential Canadian performance artist Johanna Householder, including two recent works and a new adaptation of a work originally performed in 1978.

8-Legged Dancing (1978 - 2016)

1978 text by Brenda Nielson, danced by Johanna Householder

2016 text read by Carmen Householder-Pedari, danced by Bee Pallomina

An adaptation of a 1978 dance improvisation and quasi-Maoist polemic that captures a moment when dance artists recognized that the moving body itself has political implications. The term “8-legged” refers to an essay form that bureaucrats in pre-revolutionary China were required to write, indicating an elaborate formal structure that only those with an elite education would be able to execute.

Verbatim II: Badiou/Cobain (2007 - 2008)

This diptych on mastery works with found materials: an excerpt from a lecture (The Subject of Art, given by Alain Badiou at Deitch Projects, NY, 2005), and a song found online in 2008. Featuring Christina Zeidler and Allyson Mitchell

About the Artist

Johanna Householder has been working at the intersection of popular and unpopular culture in performance, dance, video and intermedia art since the late 1970s. As a member of the notorious feminist performance ensemble The Clichettes in the 80s, she helped re-establish lip sync as a viable medium for cultural critique. She has recently performed at Performancear o Mourir in Chihuahua, Mexico; at undisclosed territory in Java; M:ST in Calgary; and Art Nomade in Chicoutimi, QC. She is a founder of the 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art. With Tanya Mars, she co-edited Caught in the Act: an anthology of performance art by Canadian women (2004), and More Caught in the Act (2016), and with Selma Odom contributed to Renegade Bodies: Canadian Dance in the 1970s (2012). She teaches at OCAD University.

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