A text can be considered as composed by the movement of a variable number of bodies who activated their words and intervals with suave gestures.
A text is made of parts that many as it can content, represent, project or imagine. It is always unclear where is the beginning of a text or its end.
A text is foldable, repetitive, and rhythmic. Imagine to have together in a temporal vertical cut all of the readers, translators, publishers, sellers, carriers, and loaners relate to same one.
A text is choreographic as Emma Waltraud Howes demonstrates and Lorenzo Sandoval explores with this proposition.
A text invites you to join a humble experiment to be ending up in a publication as a choreographic insert in the shape of text.
– Lorenzo Sandoval (2014)
This event is held in preparation for the following publication:
Ankyloglossia (n. tongue-tie) is a catalogue of parts, carefully composed through compiled notes, diagrams, and scores that act as an extension for the 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), Samuel Beckett’s Not I (1972) and Quad (1981). Connections to and between these works are referenced, explored, and appropriated in a variety of textual contributions produced by Howes and her invited collaborators – B, Patricia Reed, Gregor Runge, Lorenzo Sandoval, Anna-Sophie Springer, and Maxwell Stephens. Brought together as an ensemble, these writers appear in the interludes, the intermission, and in scattered scenes, pronouncing their participation in what is an evolving theater.
The publication is published on the occasion of the premier of Ankyloglossia (n. tongue-tie) by Emma Waltraud Howes as a solo exhibition within the International Studio Programme at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, between 9 October and 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.
Concept and Design: Emma Waltraud Howes and Franziska Morlok
Photography: Kai Wido Meyer
With contributions by B, Patricia Reed, Gregor Runge, Lorenzo Sandoval, Anna-Sophie Springer, and Maxwell Stephens