the distance between nowhere and now here Special Events

FREE, all welcome

Presented in the context of the exhibition the distance between nowhere and now here curated by Charlotte Lalou Rousseau on view at the Blackwood Gallery from April 20 - May 22, 2016.


Image: Emma Waltraud Howes, Movement One from Stage Directions for a Mouth, 2014.
Photo: Kai Wido Meyer.


Lecture by Professor Martin Revermann: Distance, translation, performance
Wednesday, April 20, 7–8pm in Rm 130, Kaneff Centre
Translation is usually seen as a bridge of sorts, a connector that links a source text (and with it, a source culture) to a target text and target culture. In this talk, Revermann will explore how translation also, and at the same time, does the exact opposite by creating distance, thereby making space for artifacts to live and breathe lives of their own. Performance will emerge as a chief catalyst to bring about this kind of ‘distance in translation’. Case studies will be drawn from ancient Greek material culture (theatre-related vase paintings) and 20th century theatre (especially Beckett).

Martin Revermann is Professor in Classics and Theatre Studies at the University of Toronto. His research interests lie in the area of ancient Greek drama (production, reception, iconography, sociology), Brecht, theatre theory and the history of playgoing. He is the author of Comic Business. Theatricality, Dramatic Technique and Performance Contexts of Aristophanic Comedy (Oxford [Oxford University Press] 2006). He has also edited A Cultural History of Theatre (vol. 1: Antiquity) (London [Bloomsbury/Methuen Drama], forthcoming in 2017), The Cambridge Companion to Greek Comedy (Cambridge [Cambridge University Press] 2014), (with I. Gildenhard) Beyond the Fifth Century: Interactions with Greek Tragedy from the Fourth Century BCE to the Middle Ages (Berlin/New York [de Gruyter] 2010) and (with P. Wilson) Performance, Iconography, Reception. Studies in Honour of Oliver Taplin (Oxford [Oxford University Press] 2008). In addition, he is the author of articles on Greek comedy and tragedy, Brecht, Homer, theatre-related vase paintings and theatre theory.

Screening and Q&A Performance
Saturday, April 30, 3–5pm
Room 222, Innis College, University of Toronto
2 Sussex Avenue
The screening of Stine Marie Jacobsen's feature length film, Mann beißt Hund (2015) will be followed by discussion. FREE, all welcome. Seating is limited, please arrive on time.

Curator's tour and Artist talk performance
Sunday, May 1, 1:15pm
The curator will give a tour of the exhibition and translate Emma Waltraud Howes’ artist talk.

presented in conjunction with:
FREE Contemporary Art Bus Tour
Sunday, May 1, 12–5pm
The tour starts at Koffler Centre of the Arts at Artscape Youngplace (180 Shaw Street) at 12pm and then departs for Blackwood Gallery, Art Gallery of York University, and Doris McCarthy Gallery, returning to Shaw Street at 5pm. Seating is limited. Please RSVP by Friday, April 29 to or 416.736.2100 ext 44021.


More information about the exhibition and the artists involved is available here.


This exhibition was produced as part of the requirements for the MVS degree in Curatorial Studies at the University of Toronto and supported by the Department of Visual Studies (UTM) through the Graduate Expansion Fund.

Presented in collaboration with the Images Festival, April 14–23, 2016, and with Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, May 1–31, 2016. For more information visit and

The Blackwood Gallery is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.