Saturday, April 14th 2018, 6 p.m and Sunday, April 15th 2018, 4 p.m. @ Studio 303
$10 to $20 sliding scale (cash, at the door)
Curated by Geranium
Presented artists: Marc Boucher (Montreal), Erin Fortier (Montreal), Elisa Harkins (Oklahoma) Moine de la non existence de la pensée (Brussels).

We are Geranium – AKA Hanako Hoshimi-Caines, Maria Kefirova and Katie Ward – Studio 303’s current curator-in-residence. Together we have put together Quantum Fur, an evening of performance and video where we welcome artists and works that bother the borderlines between beings and things and make us question the inside and outside of community.


The evening features:

Wampum by Elisa Harkins (Oklahoma), an indigenous electronic music performance that has taken inspiration from Native American sheet music from the 1800’s and rearranged into dance music.

Erin Fortier (Montreal), neuroscientist and artist, works with the materiality of memory: what levels of experience do we count as lived and what richness might this add for imagining futures?

Marc Boucher (Montreal) who presents Stick Kitties, a hybrid of the dancing body, sculpture and dumpster diving.

The multimedia artist Moine de la non existence de la pensée (Brussels) presents Milk Pearl, a video that rides and breaks the lines of language and physicality, trance and poetry.

Studio 303’s annual residency for emerging curators provides a framework for developing ideas through research, discussion and practice. With this program, Studio 303 seeks to contribute to the development of the practice of performance curation.

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Artists bio
Elisa Harkins (Oklahoma)
Elisa Harkins is a Native American (Cherokee/Muscogee) composer and artist originally hailing from Miami, Oklahoma. Harkins received her BA from Columbia College Chicago and her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. She has since continued her education at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Her work deals with the concept of “Performing Life”, in which the performance intersects with her actual lived experience. Tackling subjects such as adoption, enrollment, and the 1990 Indian Arts and Crafts Act, Harkins uses electronic music, sculpture, and the body as her tools. She has exhibited her work at documenta 14, The Hammer Museum, The Broad Museum, MOCA North Miami, and the MCA Chicago. Harkins is an enrolled member of the Muscogee (Creek) tribe.
Erin Fortier (Montreal)
Erin Fortier is a Canadian scientist and artist known for her work in circadian rhythms and time. Fortier considers memory, shared experience, emotional resolution, empathy, and resonance through performance and collaboration. Her interests include the transformative capabilities of bodies, the electrical properties of organisms, biological clocks, and invisible forces that can shape events. Though Fortier’s method draws heavily from science, the aesthetic outcomes of her work are seldom hi-tech. Sharing knowledge of science is an integral part of Fortier’s discipline. She regularly contributes to the work of other artists during the research phase, and has advised on scientific themes and direction for projects such as CBC’s The Nature of Things. Her work has been shown internationally and is part of permanent collections in North America and Europe

Perennial forage is a performance installation conjuring memory as an entity, bouncing body, words, and image through the room as in echolocation, and letting in its thinglessness to precipitate into thingness. We create and consolidate memories from the day we are born until the day we die. It is possible to alter existing memories of past experience, opening doors of possibilities from the linear to the cyclical and from pain to healing. It is possible to create memories of experiences never lived by altering the brain. What levels of experience do we count as lived, what richness might this add for imagining futures, and which plane does the thingness of that memory wander before precipitating inside our minds?
Marc Boucher (Montreal)
After running away from the circus, Marc Boucher stumbled upon contemporary dance in Jo Lechay’s studio, before getting caught up in academic endeavours, whilst dabbling in sundry artistic projects. Marc’s work experience is just as eclectic, having worked in a hospital laundry room, a department store, a high-rise hotel, a veteran’s hospital kitchen, a slaughterhouse, a federal department headquarter, a stock brokerage firm, health and social services agency, a circus, a scientific exhibition hall, a national museum, a dance studio, a university, and finally at home for a distance university. Much to his surprise, he figures in the Philosopher’s Index (on account of his two articles in the Journal of Contemporary Aesthetics). His main present artistic interests involve dance, sculpture, collaboration, and environmental issues.
Moine de la non existence de la pensée
Moine de la non existence de la pensée is a Brussels base multimedia artist.
Le contraire peut se produire fortuitement.
Je m’en fous.

je plaque un raga
sur les cades que ploie
le mistral sans foi
ni loi. Cinéma.

Je pense par la voix
de la caméra.
L’intelligence va
où mon oeil ira.

j’ai de vos schémas
déboîté la croix.
ma volonté croît
si elle touche du bois.

Je filme l’opéra
de la vie libra
sans valeur pour la
société merda.

quatre-vingt-quatre fois
de haut jusqu’en bas
j’ai touché du doigt
cette chose qu’on dit soi.

que l’usine foudroie
que la science poudroie
que l’Etat conçoit
que l’amour déçoit.

L’art n’a plus le choix
à l’Âge du fric roi:
dire le Nirvana
avec trois nougats.

linceul d’alpaga
pour vendeur de noix.
/ Lazare sortira
par le trou du rat.

la beauté, Hannah,
ton père s’y brûla.
Dans un débarras,
sec, son Réséda.
Curators bio
Geranium is an ad hoc curatorial collective made up choreographers/dance artists Hanako Hoshimi-Caines, Maria Kefirova and Katie Ward. They came together to expand how they think about choreography and resist the commodification of professions. They seek to cultivate the point of view of the non-expert curator, to remain vulnerable to the needs of their community and share the tasks that are required around cultivating a healthy artistic common.
Maria Kefirova is a dancer and choreographer based in Montreal. Her work has been presented in different festivals and venues in Canada, US, Europe and Mexico. Maria was a participant at DasArts, a residential laboratory for performing arts, research and innovation located in Amsterdam.
Hanako Hoshimi-Caines is a dancer and choreographer based in Montreal. Her solo and collaborative work has been shown in performance and music festivals and theatres in Canada, Germany, Sweden and Bulgaria. As a dancer she has toured the world and spent a couple of formative years working in Stockholm with the Cullberg Ballet. She is currently pursuing a degree in the love of wisdom aka feelosophy at Concordia University.
Katie Ward’s work uses imaginative systems of navigation. Katie recent works include: Infinity Doughnut an ensemble work that treats interconnection; Matière Grise, a relational solo piece created in collaboration and performed by Peter James; and Human Synthesizer. Katie is pursuing a Master of Theatre Practises at Artez University, in Arnhem Netherlands.



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