Moving through the archive

2020 - 2022 (ongoing)

The Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault participated in the project Se mouvoir dans l’archive / Moving through the archive, a production by Galerie UQO with choreographer, dramaturg and dancer Hanna Sybille Müller. In the fall of 2019, director/curator Marie-Hélène Leblanc invited Hanna Sybille Müller to work with the visual and textual archives produced by Galerie UQO since its inception in 2015. In this unusual project–a cross between dance and the visual arts–Hanna interpreted the gallery’s activities, movements and archives with a desire to question the medium of the exhibition and everything underlying it.

Over the course of the one-year project, the Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault has featured the series Carnet d’une chorégraphe (A Choreographer’s Notebook)—a collection of gifs and short texts revealing the artist’s research and creative process, as well as the final performances. In tandem with collaborators Nate Yaffe and Lauren Semeschuk, Hanna Sybille Müller explores a variety of themes, including bodies during the COVID era, non-movement, and haptic documentation.




Carnet d’une chorégraphe – A Choreographer’s Notebook

Se mouvoir dans l’archive / Moving through the archive The FJPP is very pleased to be participating in the project Se mouvoir dans l’archive/ Moving through the archive, a production by Galerie UQO with choreographer, dramaturg and dancer Hanna Sybille Müller.

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The archive of gestures

Hanna Sybille Müller collected gestures that were performed by the gallery’s staff when an exhibition was being prepared, inaugurated or discussed, and she composed them in a score. Working with each staff member, she discussed how their gestures should be performed. The choreography is an…

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Bouncing off the archive #1

In the second part, Hanna Sybille Müller shares her dis/embodied archive findings with two dancers, Nate Yaffe and Lauren Semeschuk, with whom she developed a trio. When the residency and project were postponed due to the pandemic, a week of rehearsals still took place in…

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The dis/embodied archive

In the gallery’s refined space, Sybille Müller dances the embodied and disembodied archive in five movements. Through words and dance, the artist takes us through different timelines of the gallery’s history.

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Trailer – Moving through the archive

Excerpts from Moving through the archive, Bouncing off the archive and The archive of gestures

Audio interview

Interview: Anne Bénichou and Hanna Sybille Müller (in French)

Podcast produced as part of the conference Becoming the work: Body Reification Practices in Exhibitions and Museums, which took place at UQO on May 21, 2021. Anne Bénichou, Director of Graduate Studies in Museum Studies at UQAM, interviews Sybille. The artist talks about the instability…