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Karen Guttman

PhD candidate

K. Guttman
+31 71 527 2999

k.g. Guttman is a Canadian artist, educator, and research candidate in the PhDArts program of Leiden University and the Royal Academy of Art in the Hague, the Netherlands. Her work, funded through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), explores the intersection of choreography, site-specific interventions and territoriality.

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The research project examines the site-specific event within the field of installation art and choreographic practices. Central to the research is an experimental and performative use of my own bodily presence embedded within a site, fusing the material art works and environment with the encounter and temporal context of their appearance. Situating the departure point of the research within a “politics of location,” (Braidotti, 2001) the work interrogates notions of hospitality, entanglement, and relational space through critical theory and post-colonial discourses in the contemporary Canadian and Western European context.
The vast, multidisciplinary field of contemporary choreographic practice is broadly defined here as the writing of movement through space and time. (The origins of the term choreography is composed from the Greek khoreia 'dancing in unison' and from the Greek graphos- something drawn or written.) The project examines the relation of contemporary choreographic practices within and through the historical imprint of colonial spatiality, proposing counter-choreographies to the dominant designations and operations of urban and domestic space.

Curriculum vitae


2014-15 Guest Studio Artist Residence GOLEB | Amsterdam
2011 Residency led by Althea Thauberger | La Commune | Banff Arts Centre
2009 Les Pépinières européennes pour jeunes artistes | Co.David Rolland | Nantes
2007-08 Artist-in-Residence | Pavillon | Palais de Tokyo | Paris


2011 Buda Kustencentrum Kortijk, | Belgium | Compagnie de Brune | Lynda Gaudreau
2008 Pointe Ephemère | Paris


SSHRC Research Grant for Doctorate Programme | Leiden University
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
2010 SSHRC Development Grant : Switcharoo | Choreography and Architecture
2009 Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec (CALQ)
Artist Studio and Residencies Exchange between Quebec and Ontario
Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec | Travel grant
2008 Canada Council for the Arts, Inter-Arts Grant | Research/Creation
2007 Culturesfrance | Bourse d‘accueil des artistes étrangers en France
LaCité Internationale des Arts
OFQJ | Office Franco-Québécois pour la Jeunesse- Bourse Action Développement
2006 Canada Council for the Arts | Professional Development Grant| Dance Section
Centre Interuniversitaire des Arts Médiatiques (CIAM) Grant in New Media
2004 Armand C. Archambault and Stanley Mills Fellowship Prize |Concordia University
2002 Canada Council for the Arts Research and Creation Grant | Dance Section
2001 Canada Council for the Arts Professional Development Grant
Professional Development | Dance Section
Dennis Tourbin Emerging Artist Award BLAST |National Performance Art Festival
Saw Gallery, Ottawa


2008-13 Assistant Professor
Department of Contemporary Dance, Concordia University | Montreal
2015 Guest Professor | Royal Academy of Art, Hague | the Netherlands
Archives within an expanded field of art practice
13,15 Guest Artist, Love-In, Toronto |Choreography and Sound

PhD supervisors

  • Dr. Sher Doruff
  • Dr. Ingrid Cogne 

PhD candidate

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Academie der Kunsten
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