Augur & Pretend Not to See Me

The following text is taken from Front Magazine, vol. VIII, no. 1, p. 10, September/October 1996:

Colette Urban resides in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, when not committed elsewhere as a teacher and performer. Having previously taught at Memorial University’s Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, Simon Fraser University, the University of Victoria, the University of Toronto and elsewhere, this autumn she is teaching at the University of Western Ontario in London. Her extraordinary performance works, for example, it’s on your head (1992), Making Waves (1992), Consumer Cyclone (1993), have been presented across Canada.

Approximately 20 minutes in length each: Augur is an interactive performance in which the artist clothes herself in an elaborate costume, then encourages reciprocal bird whistling with audience members. Pretend Not to See Me, a premiere, was “prompted by my interest in how information is communicated and how I communicate. The first part of the performance refers to speech without language as I speak through the body with hand gestures. I’m interested in the presence of the body of woman and the interpretations and limitations of the body politic. The title suggest invisibility. Yet in the performance the body is visible and suggests a new reading as I begin to look at the body of woman and the sound of her voice.”