Reading and Running

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Saturday, May 23, 2015 — 8:00pm - Tuesday, June 30, 2015 — 11:00pm
Hart House

Saturday 9:00am May 23rd Chapter 1: 76 minutes
Sunday 9:00am May 24th Chapter 2: 76 minutes
Monday 15:00 May 25th Chapter 3: 48 minutes
Tuesday 14:00 May 26th Chapter 4: 104 minutes
Wednesday 9:00 am May 27th Chapter 5: 52 minutes
Thursday 15:00 May 28th Chapter 6: 96 minutes

... followed by cocktails at 5:00pm with Vanishing Caloric Density at the Gallery Cafe, Hart House, 2nd Floor.
[all times approximate]

How do you move through space: on top of your legs, onboard a planet, or on horses made of 12 point Georgia*? Orlando moves through centuries and genders, fluidly, heedlessly, in your brain.

Johanna reads Orlando by Virginia Woolf, one chapter a day for 6 days, in a new location each day.

Chris runs for the time it takes to read the chapter, listening to the podcast, beginning and ending at the location.

Johanna will record each chapter of Orlando’s progress as a podcast for the M:ST site, to be downloaded by subscribers.

Daily podcasts = $10 a day.

While Johanna is reading, Chris will run – the chapters vary in length from about 45 minutes to 1 hour and 45 minutes – a new route each day.

Subscribers can then run, or walk, or lie down on a bunch of pillows and listen to Orlando, and if they want, think about Chris running.

Archival documentation of Chris’ runs and the Reading locations will also be made available to those who subscribe to all 6 podcasts = $60.

* Georgia was designed by Matthew Carter for Microsoft in 1993. Carter created Georgia as a screen typeface, with high x-heights and wider characters. The ebook edition of Orlando by Virginia Woolf is set in Georgia and available at https://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/w/woolf/virginia/w91o/index.html.

The text you are reading now is not set in Georgia.


Johanna Householder (Canada) has been making performances, video and other artwork in Canada since the late 1970s. Johanna was a member of the notorious feminist performance ensemble, The Clichettes in the 1980s. She has recently performed in Guangzhou, China, Belfast, N. Ireland, and Göteborg, Sweden. Her video collaborations have screened in numerous venues internationally. She is a founder and co-director of the 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art. With Tanya Mars, she edited Caught in the Act: An anthology of performance by Canadian women, published by YYZ Books, Toronto in 2005. She is a Professor in the Faculty of Art at OCAD University.

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