Thunder and Flowers: Queer Auralities
THURSDAY MARCH 5
LIBRARY LECTURE THEATRE (LIB-72), 350 VICTORIA ST
7:00 – 8:30 PM
REENA KATZ AKA RADIODRESS will discuss how she uses live and recorded talking, whispering, singing, yelling and listening to consider bodies as sites of knowledge, and media communication as social and political practice. Her artist talk will focus on two recent projects Love Takes The Worry Out of Being Close: Public Assemblies In Bed With Queers and Midnight Dawn 20-10-10. The presentation will be followed by an open q&a. Event is wheelchair accessible & FREE.
Through audience participation in public spaces, Katz highlights the relationship between collective voice and the empathic act of listening. Her web-based audio project, embodied arts collective assembly was commissioned in 2013 by the Vera List Centre for Art and Politics on the occasion of their 20th Anniversary year. Her recent project, love takes the worry out of being close: public assemblies in bed with queers premiered in April at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto as part of the 2013 HATCH Residency. Katz has curated a wide variety of media in both public space and in gallery settings. This past summer, she co-curated 13 artists and collectives for Restless Precinct, a response to the diverse histories of Scarborough’s Guildwood Park with feminist curatorial incubator, SUM°..
As an educator, Katz works with a broad range of communities in and outside institutions to empower students and disseminate information on various audio technologies and their accessibility. As a writer and cultural commentator, she contributes to a number of publications, exhibition catalogues and produces a monthly radio show on cultural resistance, Republic of Love. From 2013 – 2014, Katz was Interim Director at Galerie SAW Gallery, a multi-lingual artist-run center in Ottawa, Canada. Her diverse performance, sound and social practice projects have been performed, played and exhibited widely in North America and Europe. Katz is a 2015 Chalmers Arts Fellow.