Doing Time – Johanna Householder

Festivals: M:ST 6.5.

October 1 – 10, 2013
Critical Theory Book Club session October 7, 7 PM

M:ST, in collaboration with The New Gallery, is pleased to welcome Johanna Householder as Researcher in Residence at the TNG John Snow House.  In addition to her research on performance art practices in Southern Alberta, and the performative potential of the archive, Johanna will have artist talks at the University of Calgary and University of Lethbridge, and take part in the Critical Theory Book Club at the John Snow House.

Johanna Householder has been making performances, video and other artwork in Canada since the late 1970s. Working at the intersection of popular and unpopular culture, she shapes plundered source material in order to talk back to mass forms. As a member of the notorious feminist performance ensemble, The Clichettes in the 80s, she helped establish lip sync as a viable medium for cultural critique. Householder practices her own brand of cultural détournement, recently performing at M:ST in Calgary, Live in Guangzhou, China, Chaos in Belfast, N. Ireland, and LiveAction in Göteborg, Sweden. She is a founder and co-director of the 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art, which held its 9th biennial festival in 2012. She is keenly interested in the histories and archives of live art and the impact that performance has in contemporary art – and she writes and lectures on these subjects. With Tanya Mars, she edited Caught in the Act: an anthology of performance by Canadian women, published by YYZ Books, Toronto in 2005. Her work is also represented in Renegade Bodies: Canadian Dance in the 1970s, DCD, Toronto, 2012. She is a Professor in the Faculty of Art at OCAD University in Toronto.