Artist

Johanna Householder

Johanna Householder was born in Alabama but left the US when Richard Nixon was elected for the second time. She has been making performances, video and other artwork in Canada since the late 1970s. Working at the intersection of popular and unpopular culture, she shapes plundered source material in order to talk back to mass forms.

As a member of the notorious feminist performance ensemble, The Clichettes in the 80s, she helped
re-establish lip sync as a viable medium for cultural critique. Householder has continued to practice her own brand of pop cultural détournement, often in collaboration with other artists, including her daughter Carmen. Her most recent performance works include a series of lectures-
On the Subject of Art, based on a text by Alain Badiou, Performance Festivals redux, and Portrait of a Situation, which was performed in Helsinki, Valparaiso, Chile, Budapest, Bratislava and Cluj, Romania. Her video collaboration with BH Yael, Approximations 1- 3, has screened in numerous venues internationally. In 2010 she performed at Chaos in Belfast, N. Ireland, LiveAction Göteborg, Sweden, at Scandinavia House in NYC and in Guangzhou, China.

She is keenly interested in issues of embodiment, the histories of live art, and the effect that performance has had in contemporary art, new media, and social perception and she writes and lectures on these subjects. With Tanya Mars, she edited
Caught in the Act: an anthology of performance by Canadian women, published by YYZ Books, Toronto in 2005. As an organizer and communitarian she helped to found Danceworks and the Women's Cultural Building in the 80s, and the 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art in 1997. It held its 8th biennial festival in 2010. Her work is also represented in Prêt á Emporter / Take Out: Performance Recipes for Public Space, edited by Christine Redfern for La Centrale, Montréal, 2004 and in Jane Wark’s Radical Gestures: Feminism And Performance Art In North America, 2006.

Johanna Householder is a professor in the Integrated Media Program, Faculty of Art at OCAD University, where she is currently Chair of the Criticism and Curatorial Practice Program.

Videography

Performance Festival

2007, 07:30 minutes

Verbatim

2005, 07:45 minutes, colour, English, Aramaic, Chinese

Approximations (Parts 1 - 3)

2002, 18:41 minutes, colour, English

Next to Last Tango

2001, 07:00 minutes, colour, English / French

December 31, 2000

2001, 07:20 minutes, colour, English

The Mission

2000, 04:21 minutes, colour, English

Go to Hell

1986, 02:15 minutes, colour, English

She Devils of Niagara: Act 2

1985, colour, English

She Devils of Niagara: Act 1

1985, colour, English

Critical Writing

Streaming Alterity
by Steph Rogerson. Border Crossings, May Spring 2012, v. 1, no. 122.
Strategic Approximation: Independent Videographers Revise the...
by Janice Hladki. Feminist Media Studies Journal, Mar. 2008, v. 6, no. 1.
Paulette Phillips Fascinations
by Johanna Householder. Sketch, Spring 2006.
Picture the performer / Alumni notes
by b. h. Yael. Sketch, Spring 2005.
The Curatorial Incubator, Round 2
by Marty Spellerberg. Half Empty, Feb. 2005, no. 3.
Not Just for Laughs: Women, Performance, and Humour
by Tanya Mars. Caught In the Act: an anthology of performance art by Canadian women, 2004. Toronto: YYZ, 2004.
FFWD, RWD, and PLAY: Performance Art, Video, and Reflections on...
by Tagny Duff. Caught in the Act: anthology of performance art by Canadian women, 2004. Toronto: YYZ, 2004.
Gestures in the Looking Glass: Performance Art and the Body (1987)
by Dot Tuer. Caught In the Act: an anthology of performance art by Canadian women, 2004. Toronto: YYZ, 2004.
Asserting Our Bodies
by Elizabeth Chitty. Caught In the Act: an anthology of performance art by Canadian women, 2004. Toronto: YYZ, 2004.
Johanna Householder: Ambiguous Redemptions
by Ian Carr-Harris. Caught In the Act: an anthology of performance art by Canadian women, 2004. Toronto: YYZ, 2004.
Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan: Performance Art Out and About
by Jennifer Fisher. Caught In the Act: an anthology of performance art by Canadian Women, 2004. Toronto: YYZ Books, 2004.
The Neutron Hazer and the Mystic Gulf: Remembering Remembrance Day
by Robin Pacific. Fuse, Feb. Winter 2001, v. 25, no. 1.
Wide Impact
by Deirdre Hanna. NOW, Apr. 12, 2001, v. 20, no. 32.
Clichette sponsors performance art series
by Carole Corbeil. The Globe and Mail, Feb. 17, 1986.
Performance Artist: Endangered Species
by Tanya Mars. Parallelogramme, 1978, v. 12, no. 2.