Doctoral Students

K.G. Guttman
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Research summary

Territoriality and Choreography in Site-Specific Practice

k.g. Guttman’s research project examines the site-specific event within the field of installation art and choreographic practices. As a performing artist, an experimental and performative use of Guttman's own bodily presence embedded within a site is central to her research.



k.g. Guttman (1975, CA) is an artist, teacher and choreographer based in Montreal and currently living in Amsterdam. Her research, funded through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), considers relationships between mapping, choreography, and site-specific interventions. Her art work has been screened, performed, collected and exhibited nationally and internationally through institutions such as Mediamatic, Amsterdam, Palais de Tokyo and Galerie Khiasma, Paris, Ottawa Art Gallery, Galerie LaCentrale, Montreal, Visualeyez Festival, and the Canada Dance Festival.

Her artist publication Elapse I & II, designed by Arcioli and Schrader, was launched at Art Metropole, Toronto and Galerie LaCentrale, Montreal, and is in the collection of the Library and Archives of the National Gallery of Canada.

k.g. was a dance company member of LeGroupe Dance Lab from 1999-2004, under the direction of Peter Boneham. From 2008-2013, k.g. Guttman was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Contemporary Dance at Concordia University, Montreal.


Individual projects

    • Opening Hours

      k.g. Guttman presents new work in the live exhibition 'Visiting Hours' at Gallery TPW.

      Gallery TPW, Toronto (CA)
    • Each image needs a guest

      On the occasion of Session 15, k.g. Guttman will give a lecture performance drawing from her works ranging from the most recent one, ‘I asked…

      Dazibao, Montreal (CA)
    • Close Readings

      k.g. Guttman takes part is the group exhibition Close Readings at GAllery TPW curated by Alison Cooley.

      Gallery TPW, Toronto (CA)
    • Stéphane Gilot-Le catalogue des futurs.

      In May, 2016, k.g. Guttman performs at the Musée d'art de Joliette as part of the exhibition 'Stéphane Gilot – Le catalogue des futurs'.

      145, rue du Père-Wilfrid-Corbeil Joliette, Québec (CA)
    • Surface Rising II

      This performance conceived by k.g. Guttman and curated by Klupko, is an accompaniment through a private home that is not Guttman's own.

    • Surface Rising

      k.g. Guttman contributes to the VIVA Art Action Performance festival with the work 'Surface Rising'.

      Montreal (CA)
    • Conversation

      K.G. Guttman’s article entitled ‘Conversation’ appears in La Centrale’s most recent publication ‘Feminist Impact on Contemporary Art, La Centrale at 40 !!/L’impact féministe…

      Montréal (CA)
    • Symposium Publishing as Performance

      Curated by Delphine Bedel and k.g. Guttmann for PhDArts. Lectures, workshops and performance, with Information as Material/Simon Morris, Eva Weinmayr/AND Publishing and Sarah van Lamsweerde

      Den Haag
    • Edgy Redux Colloquium

      K.G. Guttman will give a performance and present her research on transitions in performance.

      Studio 303, Montreal (CA)
    • Time Forms/Temps Temporelles

      K.G. Guttman shows the installation 'The Night Forever Unfinished' and speaks on the panel 'Enduring Bodies'.

      McGill University, Montreal (CA)