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The Nine Returns to the One | Pencil on vellum, Dimensions: 4 x 42
The Nine Returns to the One | Pencil on vellum, Dimensions: 4 x 42" x 59.4", Emma Waltraud Howes (2018)

The Nine Returns to the One | Tether for an Engagement (Children For or Against the Destruction of Birds)

Score for III + II: THE ART WORK (Object(s)) | PERFORMER(s) (Subject(s)). SPECTATOR(s), and THE PRESENTER or INSTITUTION, that supports the presentation of this collective encounter.

Saturday 19 May 20.00 - 21.30

The Place, Studio 2, 16 Flaxman Terrace, London WC1H 9AT

Acme and our current International Associate Residency Artist Emma Waltraud Howes would like to invite you to enter a performance by means of a score for the spectator. Guests are invited to engage with the performance by following this notation.

During her residency Emma has developed a series of scores. These practical and conceptual drawings illustrate a performance methodology to study interdependencies - techniques for the comprehension of internalised borders, methods for translation and magnification to an external site, and an oscillation between interior and exterior dynamics.

Through this work Emma desires to invent methods to participate in relation to boundaries - to draw attention to what is anticipated (projected) and what is present (concrete). She wants to explore the reciprocal expectations contained within these real and imaginary constraints - a cathartic and intimate negotiation between bodies and the structures that contain them. Emma is interested in notation as a method of translation to communicate the intentions of this labour. She is attracted to the theatrical potential of the floor plan, both for its similarities to notation, or scores as compositions representative of a stage in the development from concept and intention to depiction and event. A stage is a place of theatre and a moment in the elaboration of a social process.

Emma is drawn to include the audience in this progression through an invitation to occupy the space of the exhibition as actors in a practice of negotiation and play with perceived borders and boundaries. During this event we will traverse a score to question what new perspectives are gained through these encounters: Who is performing? Who is this performance for?

This performance has been generated in collaboration with, and will be interpreted by:

Natalie Corne, Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome, Daniel Jeremiah Persson.

If you are unable to partake but would still like to attend, chairs will be provided. Following the performance, Emma will present her research and material practice for discussion, leading to drinks served in the bar at The Place.

This is an intimate invitation only event, if you are able to attend please RSVP to: by Wednesday 16 May. The performance will be documented, please inform us if you would like to opt out of this.

Acme Residencies and Awards Programme enables international governments, cultural agencies and foundations to offer artists major work/live residencies in London:

This residency has been funded by Canada Council for the Arts.

Emma Waltraud Howes works as a translator between movement and form. Her interdisciplinary works manifest as multiple reconfigurations of the body and space informed by her background in dance, performance theory, and the visual arts within the framework of a conceptual art practice. Her labour is guided by observations of gestures with a focus on the development of an expanded choreographic practice incorporating public interventions, kinaesthetic and architectural research, and an underlying drawing component in the form of graphic scores for performances that can be interpreted by orchestras, dancers, and the public.

Recent and upcoming solo presentations include: Scores for Daily Living, Kunstmuseet Nord-Trøndelag, Namsos (2018), The Nine Returns to the One, Centrum, Berlin (2018). She has performed with and for: ‘Ten Days Six Nights’, Joan Jonas, Tate Tanks, London (2018); ‘Dynamis’, Georgia Sagri, Documenta14, Kassel (2017); ‘Liminals’, Jeremy Shaw, Venice Biennale (2017); ‘Symphony for a Missing Room’, Lundohl & Seitl, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin (2016); and leads workshops for artist and dancers alike: 'Alive ... & then Some', Ateneu, Porto, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Haus der Kunst, Munich (2018). She is currently a resident at Acme in London, through the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

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