Upcoming Exhibitions

Claire Cunningham in Give Me a Reason to LiveStill from Diane Borsato's video Gems and Minerals

Automatisme Ambulatoire: Hysteria, Imitation, Performance

6 September to 6 November 2019

Curated by Amanda Cachia

Works by Diane Borsato, Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz, Claire Cunningham, Brendan Fernandes, Every Ocean Hughes, and the collective My Barbarian, made up of Malik Gaines, Jade Gordon, and Alexandro Segade

Learn more at automatismeambulatoire.ca

Automatisme Ambulatoire, or ambulatory automatism, is an expression that conjures notions of the compulsive traveler, while simultaneously implying irresistible urges and movements such as grimaces, tics, and gestures that form relationships with corporeal pathologies. This term inspires the title and theme of the exhibition Automatisme Ambulatoire: Hysteria, Imitation, Performance, which includes six new works focused on performance, choreography and installation.

The six artists in this project have been invited to consider ideas of “automatisme ambulatoire,” “hysteria” and “epilepsy” as a performance style, and to consider how these gestures can work to subvert, undo, transform and reimagine the body and language, both real and imagined. Through diverse and established choreographic practice, which always already embrace hybrid, performance-based gesture, these artists aim to question, challenge, and complicate the ethical and moral boundaries of “imitation,” and how the so-called “pathologized” body might be considered under new social and cultural contemporary contexts. Through their work, they demonstrate and so chart an evolution of the moving corpus since modern times. It is especially through the performance and portrayal of queer, disabled, and gendered subjects that the ambulatory hysteric will and can be reclaimed, rethought, and revitalized within a social justice context.


Images: Claire Cunningham Tributary, 2019, image courtesy of the artist; and Diane Borsato, Gems and Minerals, video still, 25 mins, 2018, photo courtesy of the artist.

This is one of the 200 exceptional projects funded through the Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter program. With this $35M investment, the Council supports the creation and sharing of the arts in communities across Canada.

This project was also funded by Mount Allison University, the New Brunswick Department of Tourism Heritage and Culture, and the Government of Canada (Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations).Logos from Canada Council for the Arts, New Chapter and The Province of New Brunswick

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