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Friday, 5 December 2014

Tonight! Emma Waltraud Howes : Ankyloglossia (n. tongue-tie) book launch

Join us tonight at 7 p.m. for the Montreal launch of Emma Waltraud HowesAnkyloglossia! Jacob Wren, Caroline Boileau, and Emma Waltraud Howes will read excerpts from the book. There will be a Q&A with the audience, and catalogues for sale! 


About the book:

Ankyloglossia (n. Tongue-tie) is a volume of parts, carefully composed through compiled notes, diagrams, and scores that act as an extension for a new installation work of the same title by Canadian artist Emma Waltraud Howes. The artist book’s layout and dramaturgy are inspired by three seminal performance works—Yvonne Rainer’s choreography The Mind is a Muscle (1968) and Samuel Beckett’s pieces Not I (1972) as well as Quad (1981). 


Exploring perspectives towards gesture and non-semantic language, Howes questions the ethics of choreography in search of a new means of expression. A variety of textual contributions produced by the artist herself and a series of invited collaborators—B, Patricia Reed, Gregor Runge, Lorenzo Sandoval, Anna-Sophie Springer, and Maxwell Stephens—reference, explore, and appropriate connections to and between these historic works. Brought together in this way as an ensemble, these artists and writers appear in the interludes, the intermission, and in scattered scenes, pronouncing their participation in what is an evolving theater.

Concept and Design by Emma Waltraud Howes and Franziska Morlok

With contributions by B, Emma Waltraud Howes, Patricia Reed, Gregor Runge, Lorenzo Sandoval, Anna-Sophie Springer, and Maxwell Stephens

Photography: Kai Wido Meyer


The artist's book is published on the occasion of the premier of Ankyloglossia (n. Tongue-tie) by Emma Waltraud Howes presented as a solo exhibition within the International Studio Programme at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin between 9 October – 2 November 2014.

Emma Waltraud Howes is the 2013/14 grantee of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Ministère des Relations internationales du Québec.

With the kind support of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Ministère des Relations internationales du Québec

120 pages
Colour and Black & White Images
ISBN: 978-3-941230-35-4
Co-published by K. Verlag and Künstlerhaus Bethanien GmbH


Emma Waltraud Howes is influenced by the 'Theatre of the Absurd’. Guided by observations on contemporary gestures, her projects manifest as choreographed reconfigurations of the body informed by a background in dance and the visual arts. She frames these elements towards a reconciliation of mind-body dualisms through performance and interdisciplinary installations.

Guest reader Caroline Boileau is pursuing a reflection on the body and health through a practice combining performance, drawing, video and installation. She delves into the various ways in which one can inhabit, depict and talk about the body.

Since 1995, she has participated in residencies in Canada and in Europe. Her work has been presented in exhibitions in Canada, USA, Belgium, Spain, Austria, Finland and Brazil. She holds an MFA from Concordia University. Her work in drawing is represented by Espace Robert Poulin in Montréal and she is a member of the Regroupement des arts interdisciplinaires du Québec (RAIQ).


Guest reader Jacob Wren makes literature, performances and exhibitions. His books include: Unrehearsed Beauty (Coach House Books, 1998), Families Are Formed Through Copulation (Pedlar Press, 2007), Revenge Fantasies of the Politically Dispossessed (Pedlar Press, 2010) and Polyamorous Love Song (Book Thug, 2014), a finalist for the 2013 Fence Modern Prize in Prose. As co-artistic director of Montreal-based interdisciplinary group PME-ART he has co-created the performances: En français comme en anglais, it's easy to criticize, Individualism Was A Mistake, The DJ Who Gave Too Much Information and Every Song I’ve Ever Written. He travels internationally with alarming frequency and frequently writes about contemporary art. 

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