Studio Sixty Six
Laura Taler  

Laura Taler

Laura Taler is a Romanian-born Canadian artist working across a range of media including performance, film, sound, sculpture and installation. Taler began her career as a contemporary dance choreographer before turning her attention to filmmaking and visual art.  She has been a resident at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Centro Cultural Recoleta (Buenos Aires), Carleton Immersive Media Studio (Ottawa), and a fellow at the Institute for Cultural Inquiry (Berlin). Her work has been screened in festivals, exhibitions, and broadcast internationally.  Awards include a Gold Hugo from the Chicago International Film Festival, the Best Experimental Documentary award from Hot Docs!, and Best of the Festival from New York’s Dance on Camera Festival.  Publications include Tension/Spannung (Turia+Kant, 2010), Revisiting Ephemera (Blue Medium Press, 2011) and Embodied Fantasies (Peter Lang Publishing, 2013).  
Taler holds an MFA from the University of Ottawa.


Artist Statement
Throughout my career I have explored how memory and history are linked to movement. I’ve used cinematic, choreographic, and performative devices to articulate how the body is able to carry the past without being oppressed by it. In my recent work I am exploring how change is possible by questioning my understanding of what it means to move forward. To do this I have started to practice the repetitive movements of Tai Chi.
This exploration of movements and gestures includes broad questions about how the body relates to notions of certainty, doubt, and progress. I try to think of progress not as a line that moves forward to an ultimate precipice but as a spiral that cycles over the same ground while evolving slightly over time. Thus stillness and repetition – often considered negatively in western notions of progress – become, instead, harbingers of change and openings for transformation.
The resulting body of work includes a series of collages, public art murals, and videos. These works question the separation between beginning and ending while proposing that knowledge emerges through the repeated gestures of the body.  

[This body of work was produced with Maria Angerman, Dagie Brundet, Heather McCrimmon and Dagmar Morath, and with the assistance of Barbara Irving, Norah Patton, Alexia-Leana Kokosaki, Allison Burns, Elena Ducoure, Julia Martin, Kelsey McGregor, Anne-Marie Domouchele, and Olivia Johnston. Laura Taler gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ontario Arts Council and the City of Ottawa.]
The Carrot and the Stick
Brush no. 5859 (Shell)
Brush no. 1923 (Small Blur)
Brush no. 0972 (Arch)
Brush no. 1128 (Sand)
Brush no. 1128 (Moon)