The collaboration is a live intermedia performance installation that bridges three sites, Perth, Western Australia; Los Angeles, California; and Calgary, Alberta, through an exploration of the rivers that run through the heart of each city, carrying the social histories of each site. These embedded histories call forth transnational themes of colonialism, cultural erasure, and economic conflict. Motivated by the feminist ethos “the personal is political” the collective actions claim the river space as public as well as deeply intimate, as home to many, living and deceased.
Born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and raised on the Great Plains of North America, Terrance Houle is an internationally recognized interdisciplinary media artist and a proud member of the Kainai Nation (Blood Tribe).
Involved with Aboriginal communities all his life, he has traveled to reservations throughout North America participating in Powwow dancing and native ceremonies. Houle makes use of performance, photography, video & film, music, and painting in his work. Likewise, Houle’s practice includes various tools of mass dissemination such as billboards and vinyl bus signage.
Houle graduated from the Alberta College of Art + Design in 2003 with a BFA Major in Fibre. His groundbreaking art quickly garnered him significant accolades and opportunities.
Houle’s work has been exhibited across Canada, the United States, Australia, the UK, and Europe.
Houle lives and maintains his art practice in Calgary.
Sam Fox is a performance maker, director, writer and choreographer based in Perth, Western Australia. He is the director of contemporary performance company Hydra Poesis, based at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Arts Studios, and a recipient of the Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship. Sam’s approach to collaborative production encompasses artistic roles as well as organising and facilitation within a range of arts, community and activist contexts. In 2013 Sam co-wrote and directed the international theatre work PROMPTER (premiere ARTSHOUSE, Melbourne), created the Technocultural Bodysuit series for SymbioticA’s Semipermeable exhibition (ISEA, Sydney), facilitated the Dance Journalism action with dancers and activists covering the National Refugee Rights Convergence at the Yongah Hill Detention Centre in regional WA, and undertook creative development on an interdisciplinary libretto for Wikileaks The Ballet and solo work IMAGO STATE with Paul Selwyn Norton.
Los Angeles based interdisciplinary performance artist Allison Wyper activates the performance space as a site of critical action. Engaging subjects such as violence, torture, and moral accountability, she produces charged encounters between performer and viewer that prompt each to consider the possibility for intimate exchange and critical solidarity. She is an Artistic Associate of Guillermo Gómez-Peña’s international performance company La Pocha Nostra, and a collaborator with Hydra Poesis (Australia). Her work has been presented in theaters, festivals, galleries, universities, museums and on the streets of Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, Boston, Chicago, Berlin, Montreal, Calgary, Perth and Melbourne.