September 13, 2019
Vernissage: Automatisme Ambulatoire: Hysteria, Imitation, Performance
Hosted by Owens Art Gallery
61 York Street, Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada
7 PM – 9 PM
Vernissage for the opening of the exhibition Automatisme Ambulatoire: Hysteria, Imitation, Performance, curated by Amanda Cachia
Works by Diane Borsato, Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz, Claire Cunningham, Brendan Fernandes, Every Ocean Hughes, My Barbarian
“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, often linked to physical pathologies. The artists in this exhibition were invited to consider such gestures as a performative style, one that might work to subvert, undo, transform and reimagine the body and language, both real and imagined. Featuring six new works commissioned specifically for this project, the exhibition aims to question, challenge, and complicate the ethical and moral boundaries of “imitation” and how the so-called “pathologized” body might be considered in new, contemporary social and cultural contexts.
Free. ASL interpretation will be provided. Wheelchair accessible venue. Steep ramp entrance near the University Chapel. The stairs to the Owens from the entrance nearest the University Chapel have a handrail. Wheelchair accessible parking. Wheelchair accessible seating. The second-floor gallery and wheelchair accessible washrooms are accessible by elevator with the assistance of an attendant, who can be reached at the Reception Desk, or by contacting Rachel Thornton at the Owens: email@example.com or 506-364-2574. Braille transcriptions, Kindles containing large-print text and transcripts for all the videos in the exhibition, colour-enhancing glasses, and ear protection for sensitive visitors are available at the reception desk. iPods containing audio recordings of all exhibition texts and labels may also be borrowed at the Reception Desk, or downloaded on Soundcloud after September 6. More accessibility information is available on the Automatisme Ambulatoire website.