Why Bibliographies Now ? A discussion on bibliographical research at Artexte

Discussions around the exhibition Reading Performance: An Annotated Bibliography in Real Time III

November 1, 2017 - 5 PM

This discussion brings together historians, artists and curators that have participated in bibliographic research projects at Artexte dedicated to various artistic and performance based practices. Presenting their points of view and themes, these individual and collective researchers ask how the bibliographic form can not only constitute and reveal discourses but also serve as an investigative tool to question the individual as well as institutional politics of performance, craft, feminism, identity and diversity.

Discussion with Nicole Burisch, Joana Joachim (EAHR member at large, Concordia) and Victoria Stanton.

Moderators: Barbara Clausen and Geneviève Marcil.


Nicole Burisch is a curator, critic, and cultural worker. Her projects focus on discourses of craft, feminism, performance, publishing, labor, and materiality within contemporary art. Burisch worked as Administrative Coordinator at Centre Skol from 2011-2014, as the Director of Calgary’s Mountain Standard Time Performative Art Festival from 2007-2009, and as Managing Editor for MAWA’s Desire Change publication on feminist art in Canada (2017). Her research (with Anthea Black) into curatorial strategies for politically engaged craft practices is included in milestone publications The Craft Reader (Berg) and Extra/ordinary: Craft and Contemporary Art (Duke University Press) and was at the core of a day of research and discussion at Artexte (Skillshare, 2013).


Ethnocultural Art Histories Research (EAHR) is a student-driven research community based within the Department of Art History at Concordia University.  Open to students and faculty invested or interested in exploring issues of cultural representation, and ethnocultural art histories research across various disciplines; activities include: symposiums, curatorial projects, discussion groups, and exhibition visits.

Joana Joachim participated in a research residency at Artexte as a member of EAHR in 2015. She is now a PhD Student in the department of Art History and Communication Studies and at the Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies at McGill University. Her current work examines representations of Black women in Canadian and American nineteenth century genre paintings and photography, with a particular focus on the legacies of slavery located in ongoing discrimination against their hair.


STANTON, Victoria
Victoria Stanton is an interdisciplinary performance artist and researcher/curator/educator. She has curated performance art programs for artist-run centres in both Montreal and Toronto, has contributed critical writings about interdisciplinary performance practices – in particular the performative as it is revealed in material and time-based works – to a variety of art publications, and is a founding member of the performance art/research collective, TouVA (with Sylvie Tourangeau and Anne Bérubé). Her first book Impure, Reinventing the Word: The Theory, Practice and Oral History of Spoken Word in Montreal (conundrum press, 2001), co-authored with Vincent Tinguely, chronicled a vibrant artistic movement via interviews with over 75 artists. Her second book, The 7th Sense: Practicing Dialogues / Practicing Workshops / Practicing the Daily Performative / Practicing Performance Art (SAGAMIE édition d’art, 2017), co-authored by TouVA, and initially researched during their eight-month residence at Artexte (2008-2009), draws upon a profound exploration of “the performative” in performance art.