Something we consumed for fun because we were bored and in so dying

Saturday, October 4, 2014 — 12:00pm - 2:00pm | Monday, October 6, 2014 — 6:00pm - 8:00pm
CommunityWise Resource Centre

Something we consumed for fun because we were bored and in so dying is a durational one-woman task-action comedic tragedy, as well as a collection show-and-tell. The performed gestures are embodied and activate a dynamic situation through the use of projected images, cassette recordings, love letters, balloons, milk, soda, pushpins, masking tape and a microwave. Repetition and interaction are used to render what is initially read as quirky and cute into obsession, drive and need. Out of the novel emerges the abject. A narrative of illness, mourning, and love is manifested while delineating a politic of the body working to bear the complexity of its own history.

Photo Credit: Henry Chan, FADO

Emma-Kate Guimond is an Edmonton-born, Montreal-based artist. Moving nonchalantly between performance, video, writing and drawing, her approach is embodied. Concerned with the friction between what is felt and what is understood, her work examines different modes of performativity, ranging from unaware, to banal, to brutalist, to expressionistic, to spectacular and to dramatic. The strangeness, embarrassment, absurdity and error that are visible in her work function as modes of resistance towards a society of performance. Reflecting certain tensions between the image and the body, which are present in her work, Emma-Kate Guimond has a BFA in Contemporary Dance (Concordia, 2012) and an MA in Visual and Media Arts (UQAM 2017). She has presented performances at Visualeyez Festival in Edmonton (2013), Mountain Standard Time in Calgary (2014), FADO Emerging artist series in Toronto (2014), Performancy Forum in Brooklyn, NY (2015) as well as the RIPA in Montreal (2016). From 2009-2017 she was also co-director of the feminist performance collective, WIVES, with whom she presented feeled at the OFFTA in 2016 and ACTION MOVIE at Théâtre La Chapelle in 2017.

Emma-Kate Guimond est une artiste née en Alberta et vivant à Montréal. Oscillant nonchalamment entre la performance, la vidéo, l’écriture et le dessin, son approche est incarnée. Intéressée par la friction entre le ressenti et la compréhension, son travail explore différents modes de performativité, allant de l’inconscience au banal, de la brutalité à l’expression, du spectaculaire au dramatique. L’étrangeté, l’embarras, l’absurdité et l’erreur observables dans son travail fonctionnent comme des modes de résistance envers la société de performance.

Emma-Kate Guimond détient un baccalauréat en danse contemporaine (Concordia, 2012) et une maîtrise en arts visuels et médiatiques (UQAM, 2017). Elle a présenté des performances au Visualeyez Festival d’Edmonton (2013), à la Mountain Standard Time de Calgary (2014), à la FADO Emerging artist series de Toronto (2014), au Performancy Forum de Brooklyn, New York (2015) et à la RIPA de Montréal (2016). De 2009 à 2017, elle a également été codirectrice d’un collectif de performance féministe, WIVES, avec lequel elle a présenté feeled au OFFTA en 2016 et ACTION MOVIE au Théâtre La Chapelle en 2017.

Something we consumed for fun because we were bored and in so dying


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