Intersite Visual Arts Festival 2016 | Group Exhibition | November 2 to November 5, 2016

Intersite Visual Arts Festival (IVAF) actively engages an unsuspecting public and advocates for contemporary art practices through the decentralized presentation of exhibitions, workshops, performances and screenings outside of the traditional gallery setting.

IVAF 2016 is presented by Alberta Printmakers, EMMEDIA Gallery & Production Society, Esker Foundation, M:ST Performative Art Festival, The New Gallery, TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary, Stride Gallery, and Untitled Art Society in partnership with LOFT 112 and National Music Centre. 


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Gabi Dao: My Goods Be Said

NOV 2 // 11 AM - 5 PM @ MAIN FOYER OF NATIONAL MUSIC CENTRE // 850 4 ST SE CALGARY

My Goods Be Said is a public, live sound and sculpture installation cum multi-track recording session— engagement is welcome.
 

An iteration of a project developed while on residence at the Banff Centre, My Goods Be Said begins at the crux of considerations surrounding the phenomena of audio and the yet-to-be-heard potential of stuff. It observes the history of Foley practices, where Foley artists produce sound in studio to represent action, consequence and space within film production to portray a reality when synced with visual material. The work questions these modes of representation through creative gestures and seeks to situate noise, subjectivity, improvisation and personal assemblage within the public arena. It seeks to blend these notions into a thick, viscous milkshake of audio/visual cacophony. 

As audio is created at a certain time in a certain place, it simultaneously describes and disseminates the exact motions and moments that caused it. Through the continual action upon objects during this public jam session, it responds to arts displacement from the gallery to the offsite and ruminates on the idea of completion and context.

In real time, the noise becomes the soundtrack, its creators become the visuals, the objects become instruments and the collective bodies become a story articulated through the language of shared, sensorial experience.

 
Angela Fermor: A Map of Hollow Spaces

NOV 2 - 5 // 12 PM - 8 PM @ MEMORIAL PARK LIBRARY // 1221 2 ST SW CALGARY

A Map of Hollow Spaces marks an interest in the abstraction of communication through minimal and reclusive gestures. The Map utilizes a fondness for anonymity, and stimulates consideration for both the individuality of the reader’s experience, as well as the peculiar psychological possibilities specific to the prescribed, categorical environments of libraries. 

When we place something into a hollow book, an act of creating value takes place: its is an act of spatial categorization of either an object or the experience of that object. Libraries, similarly, are a categorizing of objects within a specific space, according to their potential use and value of the surrounding community.

But what if nothing is placed inside the hollow of these books? What if instead we imply a value to the very quality of hollownessitself - or to the concept of it’s architecture? The cultural and phenomenological architecture of a “hollow” space is unique: it is understood and defined by its lack of something, or its preparedness for something else. The library and the hollow book both invite a transference; the library is our opportunity to take in the world, and the hollow book is perhaps an opportunity to put a small part of ourselves away into it.

The space of a hollow book, much like that of a library, offers an interior that is both purposeful as well as full of intellectual, imaginative, and - especially so in the case of the hollow book - anonymous possibility. The rooms, the shelves, and the quiet of a library (along with the very nature of reading) are all resources for an individualized and introverted experience. A Map of Hollows Spaces contrasts the book’s small nothing-spaces with the larger library that is, after years of being lived in and used, anything but hollow. 

 
Maggie Flynn: In Circulation

NOV 2 - 5 // DURATIONAL PERFORMANCES @ MULTIPLE CALGARY TRANSIT ROUTES

NOV 4 // 2 PM SCHEDULED PERFORMANCE IN DOWNTOWN FREE FARE ZONE  @ WESTBOUND 1ST ST SW C-TRAIN STATION ** ARTIST WEARING ORANGE VEST

In Circulation provides a news delivery service for riders on Calgary Transit, its content composed of independent and alternative media platforms. Individual articles from a spectrum of sources are delivered at random, enveloped in newsprint so that neither artist nor recipient can anticipate who will receive what. Commuters may read the article, pocket it, pass it to a stranger, or leave it on the seat for someone else to find.

As she delivers the papers, artist Maggie Flynn asks passengers: “What independent media outlets do you read/watch/listen to?” Responses inform and expand the delivery service for the next morning’s rounds.

The political perspectives we’re exposed to are shaped, and perhaps coddled, by the social settings we inhabit. The internet plenty of space for independent media to live, but algorithms are pretty good at ensuring that the majority of sources someone is exposed to are well within their ideological comfort zone. Offline social dynamics can be just as narrow. In Circulation looks at the limits and possibilities of social interactions and person-to-person dissemination of information. The IRL nature of this newsfeed makes room for surprise, disagreement, and exposing worlds of inquiry to new audiences - LIVE! The transit system provides the lines through which interactions and articles will circulate, or get stuck in traffic.
 

Friends of Ogden Park: `) OGDEN PARK: RETREAT! ─=≡Σ((((͡ ͜ʖ ͡)
 

NOV 2 // 7 PM - 10 PM FESTIVAL OPENING @ ROYAL CANADIAN # 1 LEGION // 116 7 AVE SE CALGARY

NOV 3 // 12 PM - 5 PM CANVASSING @ MULTIPLE DOWNTOWN LOCATIONS

NOV 4 // 3 PM GEOCACHE RELAY @ BOW BUILDING // 500 CENTRE ST S CALGARY

 

一二三(´◔‿ゝ◔`)☞ OGDEN PARK: RETREAT! ─=≡Σ((((͡◔ ͜ʖ ͡◔)☞ was developed in dialogue with a hypothetical event described by both science fiction authors and futurist prognosticators: the “Technological Singularity.” The Singularity is seen by its proponents as the threshold between our current human condition and post-human transcendence, an event that will transform and expand human consciousness. It is believed that once this threshold has been crossed, to return is impossible. Friends of Ogden Park expect that the average post-human will experience a discomforting sense of floundering in a vast sea of digital consciousness after the singularity. OGDEN PARK: RETREAT! is here to offer hope and guidance.

Over the course of IVAF, Friends of Ogden Park will facilitate a variety of activities that aim to simulate the conditions encountered in post-singularity reality. Launching with a motivational multimedia powerpoint presentation OGDEN PARK: RETREAT! will offer Trusting-Your-Future-Disembodied-Multi-Self exercises, a Paracord String-Theory Workshop and a geo-cashing relay. By tracking participants movements and communications using location based and wearable technologies, smartphones and social media integration our activities will provide an analogy to the algorithmic control of the post-human condition. Each activity will offer valuable lessons on how to navigate the control structure of post-singularity consciousness; investigate the challenges of life following the Singularity; and model the values that will come into play beyond the horizon of human understanding.


Suzanne Kite: LECTURE ON TWO LOCATIONS
 

NOV 4 // 12 PM - 1 PM @ CITY HALL // 800 MACLEOD TRAIL SE CALGARY

NOV 5 // 6 PM - 7 PM @ CITY HALL // 800 MACLEOD TRAIL SE CALGARY


LECTURE ON TWO LOCATIONS is an attempt to map two locations with thirteen Western methods, i.e. aerial, geological, chemical, archaeological, etc. This piece was developed in attempt to find ways to refuse to give any ‘content’ to the audience, instead offering feelings of protection, emptiness, sadness about locations. How can we refuse the objectification of locations, refuse ownership? Without the names of the locations, are they identifiable through their data? Like in all sonification, there is an exponential closeness one can get to the data, but not ever become the data itself. There is always the human hand writing the code, playing the instrument, and defining what data or map is in the first place. Trying to look under these maps is like trying to see the ground under our feet. Each time we step aside to see the ground, we are just standing on more ground.


Friends of Ogden Park

Friends of Ogden Park, is a Toronto-based artist collective spearheaded by Ella Dawn McGeough and Dustin Wilson in 2014, whose purpose is to organize games and activities that function as forms of research.

Transdisciplinary in scope, Ogden Park exists without the context of a fixed place. It is a disembodied mind that temporarily occupies various hosts. Whether park, gallery, or online platform, Ogden Park’s host-body functions as an experimental computational device, transforming these sites into a virtual field for game based research. Recent sites include Younger than Beyonce Gallery (Toronto), BiWay Arts Foundation c/o The Wrong Digital Arts Biennial, Forest City Gallery (London, On), DNA Artspace (London, On), Katzman Contemporary (Toronto), as well as several self-organized projects within Toronto’s High Park and Regent Park. Plz join our FB group for info on future events or contact us at: friends.ogdenpark(at)gmail.com

Gabi Dao

Gabi Dao’s practice questions the conditions around display, viewership and aesthetic experience. Thinking through sculpture, she expands these tactile concerns into ephemeral ones such as sound, light or events. The intersection of these matters and their histories inspire subjective narratives that reflect on a roster of topics such as tourism, history, artifacts, objects, music, electronics and museums. Based in Vancouver, Dao holds a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design and will begin a year long interdisciplinary media arts residency at Western Front this fall. She practices amongst a loose community of artists at Duplex, a pair of studio spaces and project space in east Vancouver who independently produce and organize exhibitions, screenings, launches and BBQs amongst other activities.

Angela Fermor

Angela Fermor is an artist and writer emerging with a completed Bachelor’s Degree from the Alberta College of Art and Design, and resides in Calgary, Alberta. Fermor’s current practice involves finding art processes that express the poetics of the introverted experience. With minimal pattern-making/-finding, Fermor uses both visual and written language to investigate the possibilities for the abstraction of communication. Often, the materials used are chosen for their evident vulnerability to receiving marks or meaning (such as an unprimed canvas, a barren wall, or a hollow book). Much of Fermor’s artwork is the result of time spent alone: they each act as a reflection and documentation of thoughtfulness, and offer a small gesture of appreciation to the experience of solitude.

Maggie Flynn

Maggie Flynn is an artist, organizer, and writer. Her practice feels like: collective processes, recreational dancing, listening to all of the sounds in a word, touching paper, hard pragmatism x deep pleasure. Such feelings are explored in the form of artist books, performances, and installations. Maggie has presented projects at the Art Gallery of York University, the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre, the Rhubarb Festival, Hemispheric Institute’s Encuentro, and the New Gallery. She’s taking a break from arts admin after a few years as Director of Whippersnapper Gallery. 

Suzanne Kite

Suzanne Kite is an Oglala Lakota performance artist, visual artist, and composer from Southern California, with a BFA from CalArts in music composition and a MFA candidate at Bard College’s Milton Avery Graduate School. Kite’s work utilizes an expanded idea of sound, including lecture, performance, drawing, animations, choreography, movement, electronic productions, arrangements for large ensembles, sound sculpture, gallery installation, and video compositions. Recently, Kite has been developing a body interface for movement performances, carbon fiber sculptures, immersive video & sound installations, and has launched the experimental electronic imprint, Unheard Records.

Sleepless Nights: Visions from Western Canada | Group Exhibition | September 5 to October 4, 2009

Sleepless Nights: Visions from Western Canada 

Robin Arsenault (Calgary, Alberta), Ken Buera (Calgary, AB), Kay Burns (Calgary, AB), Jason de Haan, Craig Le Blanc (Calgary, AB), Kris Lindskoog (Calgary, AB), Walter May (Calgary, AB), Phillip McCrum (Vancouver, BC), Robin Moody (Calgary, AB) 

Runs from September 5, 2009 through to October 4, 2009

@ Kling and Bang Gallerí at Laugavegur 23, 101 in Reykjavík, Iceland

Born near Vídimyri, Iceland in 1853, Stephan G. Stephansson immigrated to the United States as a teenager and later moved to Markerville, Alberta towards the end of the nineteenth century.  As a farmer he worked the land by day and, an insomniac, by night he honed his craft as a poet.  Referred to as “The Poet of the Rocky Mountains”, he never left Canada to visit his native country until he was well into his sixties.  Nonetheless, despite a nearly lifelong residence in North America, his prolific output and broad acclaim gained him recognition as one of Iceland’s most celebrated literary figures.  In 1908, Stephansson’s oeuvre was documented in a six volume publication entitled Andvökur, or Sleepless Nights.  

Sleepless Nights: Visions from Western Canada, a group exhibition that brings together nine contemporary artists from the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia, looks to (re)engage the cultural and historical connections between Western Canada and Iceland.  This exhibition not only borrows from Stephan G. Stephansson in its titling but, as well, draws inspiration from his unique poetic style, which through experimental means looked to blend divergent cultural influences in the merging of traditional Scandinavian metre with the philosophies of North American freethinkers of the period.  Stephansson’s use of intricate metaphor and neologisms, and his interest in themes such as the romanticized landscape and the transient nature of life, resurface in new a meaningful ways through the current explorations of the artists included in this exhibition.  

Sleepless Nights: Visions from Western Canada was developed in response to Sundogs: Contemporary Art from Iceland, a 2008 exhibition that saw the work of artists Ásdís Sif Gunnarsdóttir, Erling T.V. Klingenberg, Hekla Dögg Jónsdóttir, Pall Banine, Ragnar Kjartansson and Sirra Sigrun Sigurdardottir on display at TRUCK in Calgary, Alberta.  Curated by David Diviney, a Nova Scotia based artist/curator, these two exhibitions serve as a continuation of his collaborative research with Icelandic artists and institutions that began over a decade ago.   

This exhibition is produced by Kling&Bang Gallerí in partnership with TRUCK and is supported by Alberta Foundation for the Arts’ Cultural Relations Project Grant Program, The Embassy of Canada to Iceland in Reykjavik, and The Consulate General of Iceland in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Many of the artists in the exhibition have received individual travel and/or project assistance from various provincial and federal agencies including Alberta Foundation for the Arts and Canada Council for the Arts.    

From this Broken Hill | Group Exhibition | September 7 to September 30, 1991

 

An outdoor sculpture exhibition at Graceland (2639-48th Ave S.E.) featuring works by: Jorge Boldt, Neil Callaghan, D-S-P, Janet Hardy, Laura Keith, Kaj Kovela, Shamas Malik, Katy McKelvey, Laurie Odnokon, Shelley Oullet, Michael Ryan, Sanda Tivy, Dan Wiebe, Sian Woodward, and Michael Zeindler.

Dusk til Dawn | Group Exhibition | April 28, 1987

On April 28, 1987, the 2nd Story Gallery will present "Dusk til Dawn," an evening of performance artworks by eight Calgary artists. It will take place at Graceland, a former junkyard. The premis on which "Dusk til Dawn" is based is the perception that performance art has become too dependent on the stage and technological aids like monitors, echo machines, slides, films, and spcial lighting and sound effects. "Dusk til Dawn" will try to get away from that by taking place in a two-acre field at night without the use of electricity. The artists will have to deal only with the elements present at the site: themselves, earth, fire, water, the light of the moon, and whatever junkyard materials they can use.

"Dusk til Dawn" is being organized by Calgary artist Bart Habermiller, and will include artists Mark Dicey, Steve Heimbecker, Nelson Henricks, Cheryl Koprek, Anna-Marie Larsen, Steve Peterson, David P. Smith, and Mark David Stewart.