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Updated: 19.06.2020

Emma Waltraud Howes (b. 1976 in Toronto, Canada, lives in Berlin) 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 labor 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 – compositions representative of a stage in the development from concept and intention to depiction and effect.

Howes studied Ballet and Baroque Opera before becoming a company member with the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre. She received a certificate in professional training from Toronto Dance Theatre, Toronto, a BFA from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver, and an MFA from Concordia University, Montreal, where she was awarded an international grant to take part in the New Artistic Strategies program at The Bauhaus-Universität, Weimar.

She has been a grant recipient from the Stiftung Kunstfonds Bonn, Canada Council of the Arts, The Québec Council for the Arts, the Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada), the Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa, and Goldrausch künstlerinnenprojekt art IT, Berlin. She was the Québec Council Artist in Residence at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, 2014, and The Canada Council Artist in Residence at ACME Studios in London, 2018.

Selected solo exhibitions

UNFURL: a lucid science fiction, with Justin Kennedy for the 11th Berlin Biennale, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin (2020); Some Murder Theatre in Here, with Justin Kennedy, Volksbühne Grüner Salon, Berlin (2020); Scores for Daily Living, ZIL Cultural Center, Moscow (2019); Scores for Daily Living, Quartier Am Hafen, Köln (2019); Scores for Daily Living, Kunstmuseet Nord-Trøndelag, Namsos (2018); The Nine Returns to the One, The Place, London (2018); Stage Directions for a Mouth, Blackwood Gallery, Mississauga (2016); Ankyloglossia (n. tongue-tie), Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2014).

Selected group exhibitions

The Crack Begins Within, 11th Berlin Biennale c/o ExRotaprint, Berlin (2020); THIS HOUSE IS NOT A HOME, K-Phase, Lothringer 13 Halle, München (2020); Dreiküchenhaus: Labor, Ritual, and Civilization, Neustadt, Kornträgerweg, Hamburg (2018); I hear you (Jeg hører deg), Kunstmueet Nord-Trøndelag, Namsos (2018); Gregarious Approximations, Frontviews, Berlin (2018); Conglomerate: Block 5, Kino Moviemento, Berlin (2018); Hidden Lines of Space, Kunstverein am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin (2017).

Collaboration as Choreographer and Performer

Phase Shifting Index, with Jeremy Shaw, Center Pompidou, Paris (2019); Group-Think, with Stine Marie Jacobsen, Manifesta 13, Marseille; Wary Mary, with Dafna Maimon, Tieranatomisches Theater, Berlin (2019); Ten Days Six Nights, with Joan Jonas, Tate Tanks, London (2018); The Stroker, with Pilvi Takala (2018); Dynamis, with Georgia Sagri, Documenta14, Kassel (2017); Liminals, with Jeremy Shaw, Venice Biennale (2017); Symphony for a Missing Room, with Lundohl & Seitl, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin (2016).

Public lectures

Tether for an Engagement, Berlin Art Institute, Berlin (2018); Points de rencontres arts visuels et arts vivants, ICI UQAM, Darling Foundry, Montreal (2016); Botanical Drift: Walking Kew Gardens, UCL, London (2015); The Transient Nature of Spatial Order, Performance Lecture Series: Architectural Association Inter-Professional Studios. London (2009).

Selected publications include

Scores for Daily Living (Berlin: Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa and K. Verlag Press, 2020), Botanical Drift (Berlin: Sternberg Press, 2018); Ankyloglossia (n. Tongue-tie) (Berlin: K. Verlag Press, 2014); The Retreat (Toronto: Public Journal, 2014); An Archive of Accident Gestures (Berlin: Goldrausch, 2011).

Workshops have included

Alive: a durational lucid opera, with Justin Kennedy, Ateneu, Porto (2019); Matters of Care, Kunstlerhaus Bremen, Bremen (2019); Barely Even Touching, Kunstlerhaus Bremen, Bremen (2019); Rehearse Your Intent, Kunsthochschule Mainz, Mainz (2019); Rehearse your Intent, Very Project Space, Berlin (2019); Scores for Daily Living, University College of Nord-Trøndelag, Namsos (2018);  Alive … & then Some, with Justin Kennedy, Ateneu, Porto, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin (2018); Twisted Buoys, Centrum, Berlin (2018); Wormhole Through Your Brain, with Jeremy Shaw and Justin Kennedy, ImPulsTanz, Vienna (2017).

Upcoming projects

Studio grant through the generous support of the Stiftung Kunstfonds Bonn; CAMming: Collective Auto-mythologizing for the CAMera, with Justin Kennedy, ImPulsTanz, Vienna; Глаз, Frontviews, Berlin.

Emma Waltraud Howes lives in Berlin where she works as a mediator between artists and performers; encouraging direct lines of communication that acknowledge the complexity of these exchanges, and with respect to the distinct characteristics of their diverse material and physical languages.