Photo credit: Christopher Willes

Curator-in-Residence: Remote Readings

Saturday, June 19th, 2021 + Saturday, July 17th, 2021 + Saturday, August 21st, 2021, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
At Jarry park – Exact location will be confirmed in the week proceeding the event.
In English
$10 to 20 (sliding scale) — nobody turned away for lack of funds
Please respect all sanitary health measures in place at the time of the event, and be mindful of each others comfort levels.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED > Tickets now available for the 1st episode

Remote Readings is a series of live radio broadcasts hosted by Burcu Emeç and Christopher Willes. The project initiated out of their research into expanded concepts of citation in performance making as both ethical and embodied practice. Developed as part of Studio 303’s 2021 curators-in-residence program, the two met regularly throughout the pandemic, and through the simple pleasure of reading to each other a lasting question emerged: how is my art practice responsible to other people?

In the art world, practices of individual artists and collectives alike are perpetually communicated through the logic of property and ownership. Yet current legal frameworks of these concepts often work against the development of responsible practices for working together. And individual reputation and authorial attribution remain the primary means by which artworks are circulated, and how some become more visible over others. With this in mind, Burcu and Christopher have been asking: can we trouble the idea of ownership, and replace it with belonging? What are alternate economic models for artistic production that center alliance and reciprocity? What new concepts of relation emerge when working methodologies are focused on the commons?

Remote Readings will explore these questions over three episodes transmitted in the park. Hosted by Burcu and Christopher, and including contributions from invited artists, each event will be experienced sonically (and at a physical distance) through portable radios. We hope you will join us.

Developed in partnership with Public Recordings.

Please note, this event consists of conversations and readings between English-speaking artists, transmitted through radio waves. As such, French translation/captioning is unavailable.


Burcu Emeç is practicing care, political action and rigorous curiosity. As a performance maker and theatre artist, her approach mixes social commentary, active listening and visual art. She is interested in subverting codes of meaning and dancing between the magical and the daily. Burcu’s collaborative and independent works have been presented in a wide range of settings in Montreal and Toronto. Recent accolades include the Mécènes investis pour les arts and the OFFTA Hybridity Award.

Christopher is a multidisciplinary artist, composer, and dance dramaturge based in Toronto and Montreal. Moving between communities and frameworks of experimental music/sound, dance, and visual arts, his work focuses on the subject and practices of listening. He is part of a team that co-leads Public Recordings, a Toronto based organization focused on interdisciplinary performance research. He studied music at the University of Toronto, and holds an MFA from Bard College (USA).


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