The Smell of Red

JUNE 1-21, 2014

Butoh movement workshop June 1, 5-7pm

A proposition: Co-compose weather

A technique: Weather Pattern

A process: Register the environmental conditions in a series of relational cross-currents.
Make felt how smell and colour co-compose. Enfold the participant in an active and moving ecology with the world, attuning to difference.

Weather Patterns: the Smell of Red proposes a counterpoint of movement, smell, taste and colour. The feedback loops between air currents and mist, spices and electronics, architectural and sculptural elements, stasis and interaction, amplify how movement and transformation are sensed. The work seeks to create the conditions for the exploration of those thresholds of experience where change is barely perceptible. It asks how the smell of red affects the event of time.

Erin Manning and Nathaniel Stern, with Marcelino Barsi. Curated by Jennifer Johung. With Food Gestures by Juliana España Keller and Explorations of the Infrathin by Michael Hornblow. – – – –

Juliana España Keller – Food Gestures

Food Gestures explore the ecology of taste through an active composition with the environment. Participatory at their core, they invite the public to delight in the intersensory experience where smell, taste and vision co-compose. Active microgestures that combine the sensorial with the pleasures of foraging, they seek to activate the interval – the interlude of sipping tea and the culinary exploration of soaking, sprouting, marinating and dehydrating food. Akin to a weather pattern, they emerge collaboratively in the midst of human and more-than human bodies, proposing themselves to the savouring of an experience in the moving.

Michael Hornblow – OmegaVille

OmegaVille riffs around Google Street View to explore an emerging urban condition that is both embodied and planetary. How may we enter infrathin spaces of micro-perception, where layers of time share an experiential fabric? Through video, online photo spheres, and a foraging of actions out on the street, the work aims to generate a processual weather pattern inside and outside. This culminates in a movement workshop and participatory group performance at the gallery opening.

Movement workshop, June 1st, 5-7pm: more info -

Erin Manning holds a University Research Chair in Relational Art and Philosophy in the Faculty of Fine Arts at Concordia University (Montreal, Canada). She is also the director of the SenseLab ( ), a laboratory that explores the intersections between art practice and philosophy through the matrix of the sensing body in movement. Her
current art practice is centred on large-scale textile installations that facilitate emergent collectivities. She presented versions of her participatory proposition Stitching Time at the Sydney Biennale in 2012 and at the Moscow Biennale in 2013. Current work includes Weather Patterns: the Smell of Red (with Nathaniel Stern) and The Slow Colour Project. Publications include Always More Than One: Individuation’s Dance (Duke UP, 2013), Relationscapes: Movement, Art, Philosophy (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2009), and Thought in the Act: Passages in the Ecology of Experience (Minnesota UP), co-written with Brian Massumi.

Nathaniel Stern is an artist and writer, Fulbright grantee and professor, interventionist and public citizen. He has produced and collaborated on projects ranging from ecological, participatory and online interventions, interactive, immersive and mixed reality environments, to prints, sculptures, videos, performances and hybrid forms. His recent book, Interactive Art and Embodiment: The Implicit Body as Performance (Gylphi Limited, 2013), takes a close look at the stakes for interactive and digital art. According to Chicago’s popular Bad at Sports art podcast, Stern has “the most varied and strange bio of maybe anyone ever on the show,” and South Africa’s Live Out Loud magazine calls him a “prolific scholar” as well as artist, whose work is “quite possibly some of the most relevant around.” Dubbed one of Milwaukee’s “avant-garde” (Journal Sentinel), Stern has been called ”an interesting and prolific fixture” ( behind many “multimedia experiments” (, “accessible and abstract simultaneously” (Art and Electronic Media web site), someone “with starry, starry eyes” ( who “makes an obscene amount of work in an obscene amount of ways” (Bad at Sports). According to Caleb A. Scharf at Scientific American, Stern’s art is “tremendous fun” but also “fascinating” in how it is “investigating the possibilities of human interaction and art.” Stern is an Associate Professor of Art and Design in Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, and a Research Associate at the Research Centre, Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Johannesburg.

Jennifer Johung is associate professor of art history, and director of the Art History Gallery at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. She has published articles on topics ranging from performance, visual, and urban studies to new media and biotechnology. Her first book, Replacing Home: From Primordial Hut to Digital Network in Contemporary Art, was published by the University of Minnesota Press in December 2011. Her edited volume on Landscapes of Mobility: Culture, Politics and Placemaking was published Ashgate Press in September 2012, and her new book project, Vital Dependencies: Biological Art, Architecture, and the Forming of Life was awarded seed funding from the University of Wisconsin’s Research Growth Initiative. In addition to her research, she has been a curatorial mentor with the Milwaukee Artists Resource Network, and she is commissions new artwork, collaborating with artists, and curating exhibitions through her own organization, Jennifer Johung Projects. In the fall of 2015, she will be co-curating an exhibition on biological art and science at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery at the University of Western Australia, with other venues to follow in the US, UK, Europe and Australia.

Juliana España Keller is a British/Swiss and Canadian Visual Artist who
was born in London, England and is of Spanish and English descent. Juliana has presented her installation work; Inter-media and Performance work in many international venues abroad in Europe, South America and the USA. She teaches in the Departments of ARTX - [Interdisciplinary and Trans-disciplinary Contemporary Studio Practice], IMCA [Inter-media and Cyber Arts] and the Painting and Drawing Department of the Studio Arts Program of Concordia University. Her obsession with the landscape and contemporary art of Iceland is profound and has influenced her own artistic practice immensely. She has been to Iceland several times supported by the International Residency program of the Association of Icelandic Visual Artists (SÍM) in Reykjavik. She has also worked and performed in the gallery of the Icelandic Artist Residency in
Friedrichshain, Berlin, Germany. Juliana was for many years, a part of WWKA [Women with Kitchen Appliances] in Montreal, now re-emerging as the leader of an experimental noise band entitled: SONIC ELECTRIC. Juliana travelled to Dubai, Arab Emirates last year as a Visiting Artist supported by Zayed University and in Abu Dhabi, participating in part, in the pre-launch of the upcoming ISEA Electronic Arts Festival 2014. She has
recently been selected this year to perform in same said Festival in October this year. Juliana operates and runs 'BLACK SPARROW Atelier d'Artistes' in the heart of Mile End in Montreal. Juliana practices Qi Gong, Flamenco and is a passionate cook and culinary artist. She has taught Macrobiotics [Alternative Comparative Diets Program] at the NHC Institute in Montreal and runs Private Cooking Classes in her kitchen loft and in NYC under the name: CooK GlobaL, EaT LocaL <>

Currently a Post-doctoral Fellow at Senselab in Montreal, Mike Hornblow works across video, performance art, and research creation. Originally from New Zealand, his Doctoral research-by-practice at the Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory (RMIT, Australia) explored affective relations within and across the body and the built environment. He trained in dance with Min Tanaka, Kazuo Ohno, Tony Yap, and Ko Murobushi, and has performed across Australasia, Asia, Canada and Europe. Mike was Creative Director / Producer and Video Artist for an Indonesia-Australia collaboration of Grobak Padi at Melbourne Festival 2012, and the 2013 International Symposium on Electronic Art in Sydney. He has produced multi-channel video work exploring Antonio Guadi’s Sagrada Familiar Cathedral in Barcelona; Hip-hop culture in Johannesburg squatter settlements, and Aboriginal Australian creation stories through dance documentary. Mike facilitates the interdisciplinary series Movements of Thought at Usine C; with other events forthcoming at Centre PHI, Darling Foundry, and Encuentro Performance Festival. In August he returns to Yogjakarta Indonesia for an Asialink Residency.


  • Date: 6/1/2014

  • Weather Patterns- The Smell of Red

    Weather Patterns- The Smell of Red