Strange Relations

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In the spring of 2012, TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary is initiating a new chapter in its public engagement activities. Strange Relations: A Lecture Series is an innovative program that features a series of bilateral lectures on unrelated topics. Part battle royal and part anti-symposium, Strange Relations invites two experts from two different fields to speak about what they know best (i.e. Modern Painting VS High Kicking in Karate). Strange Relations is a both a participatory art project and a participatory lecture series about art through the examination of both art and non-art subjects where the audience is asked to find kinship or discord between the ideas (they have to connect the two lectures in any question they ask) – resulting in a multi-faceted conversation about interpretation, comprehension and humor. Strange Relations is a social space for knowledge sharing and production. Founded on experimentation and research, the series allows unrelated ideas to act as grounds for play. 
Events in this series
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TRUCK Gallery is proud to announce the launch of our new public lecture series, Strange Relations.
 
Join us on December 6  at 7 PM as we present S#*TS & GIGGLES, the first installment of Strange Relations. Pairing artist/stand-up comedian Sarah Adams with Professor of Parasitology at the University of Calgary, Dr. John Gilleard, TRUCK invites you to the Royal Canadian Legion #1 (116 - 7 Avenue SE) for this “lectorial” contest!
 
Strange Relations is an innovative program featuring a series of bilateral lectures on unrelated topics. Part intellectual battle royal and part anti-symposium, Strange Relations invites experts from different fields to speak about what they know best. Following the lectures, a participatory discussion will take place where audience members are tasked with finding connections between the two subjects through the questions they ask.
 
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
 
Dr. John Gilleard
Dr. Gilleard is currently the Associate Dean of Research in the Departent of Vetrinary Science and Professor of Parasitology in the dEpartment of Comparative Biology and Experimental Medicine at the University of Calgary. Dr. Guilleard will be presenting an general lecture entitled “Parasites: Friends or Foes.”
 
Sarah Adams
Artist and comedian Sarah Adams is opened for Todd Barry, Tim Heidecker, Neil Hamburger, and Natasha Leggero during the Calgary Sled Island Festival this past June. In fall 2012 she participated in 24 Experimental Comedy Training Camp: a two-month residency at The Banff Centre led by Michael Portnoy and featuring the expertise of Mai Abu ElDahab, Steven M. Johnson, and Reggie Watts.
 
Sarah consistently brings a burst of unique and off-kilter fun to the stage. Her jokes are odd, clever, and accessible, and appeal to a broad range of audiences. She is as comfortable in a pub as she is in an art gallery, charming spectators with skill and ease. While new to the comedy game, she is rapidly establishing herself as a fresh voice and a focused, engaging performer.

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STRANGE RELATIONS: Public Art/Private Parts

with Tristan Surtees and Patty Thille
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Join us on Thursday, April 4 @ 7:00PM as we present Public Art/Private Parts, the second installment of Strange Relations. Pairing artist Tristan Surtees of the artist and architect duo Sans façon and sex-educator Patty Thille, TRUCK invites you to the Royal Canadian Legion #1 (116 - 7 Avenue SE) for this “lectorial” contest!

Strange Relations is an innovative program featuring a series of bilateral lectures on unrelated topics. Part intellectual battle royal and part anti-symposium, Strange Relations invites experts from different fields to speak about what they know best. Following the lectures, a participatory discussion will take place where audience members are tasked with finding connections between the two subjects through the questions they ask.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

TRISTAN SURTEES is one half of the artist-architect duo Sans façon, together they explore the relationship between people and places through their site-specific projects which range from ephemeral performances and permanent pieces in public spaces, to developing and implementing strategies involving artists in the rethinking and re-qualification of specific places.

Current projects include: Watershed+, a city-wide program for the City of Calgary to renew the relationship between citizens and watershed; Laycock Park, part of the design team for an urban park in Calgary, including temporary and permanent interventions; Limelight: Saturday Night, an international light installation and video work exploring the potential of public spaces by expanding the role of urban lighting, replacing street lighting with theatre follow spots in ten cities; Urban Orchard, design and implementation of a public space for Worcester University City Campus.

Surtees will present his lecture "What’s art got to do with it?" as part of this Strange Relation!

PATTY THILLE is an accidental sex educator. Nine years ago, while looking for a healthy distraction from her Master’s thesis, she started working with a feminist, queer-inclusive, and sex-positive store called Venus Envy. When her PhD studies brought her to Calgary in 2009, she brought Venus Envy's sex-ed-for-adults workshop series with her. In addition to her full-timer nerdiness, and her hobby of sex ed, she co-hosts Calgary’s Slow Dance Parties.

At Strange Relations, Patty will introduce "Developing Your Erotic Voice." To capture someone’s imagination with your voice – the instrument and the words – is a skill like any other, though not one we’re likely to learn in school.
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Bar opens @ 6:30PM
Lecture begins @ 7:00PM

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Join us Thursday, April 17th 2014 at 7:00pm at the Royal Canadian Legion #1* as we present Frozen Cadavers & Spores That Matter, the third installment of Strange Relations. Pairing Calgary based guerilla mycologist Alexander Norrie with Lethbridge based artist & Minnesota Iceman enthusiast Mary-Anne McTrowe.

Strange Relations: is an innovative program featuring a series of bilateral lectures on unrelated topics. Part intellectual battle royal & part anti-symposium, Strange Relations invites experts from different fields to speak about what they know best. Following the lectures, a participatory discussion will take place where audience members are tasked with finding connections between the two subjects through the questions they ask.

*ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION #1: 116 7TH AVENUE SE - CALGARY, AB 

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Join us Thursday, June 12th 2014 at 7:00pm at the ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION #1* as we present Flirtatious Flicks & High Tech Bricks, the fourth installment of Strange Relations. Pairing University of Calgary based M. Plan candidate Evan Goldstrom speaking about technology in urban design with Calgary based artist & romantic comedy enthusiast Suzen Green.

Strange Relations: is an innovative program featuring a series of bilateral lectures on unrelated topics. Part intellectual battle royal & part anti-symposium, Strange Relations invites experts from different fields to speak about what they know best. Following the lectures, a participatory discussion will take place where audience members are tasked with finding connections between the two subjects through the questions they ask. 

*ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION #1: 116 7TH AVENUE SE - CALGARY, AB


*ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION #1: 116 7TH AVENUE SE - CALGARY, AB*ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION #1: 116 7TH AVENUE SE - CALGARY, AB  - See more at: http://www.truck.ca/events/726?cms_page=previous-events-exhibitions#sthash.bzERj6eO.dpuf

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TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary presents Collecting Legal Tender & Consenting Kinky Pleasure, the seventh installment of Strange Relations. Pairing Calgary based Artist Kris Lindskoog speaking about coin collecting, paired with with Calgary based Dominatrix Lady Seraphina, speaking on kink and communications.

Join us Thursday, April 16th at 7:00PM - Upstairs at the Royal Canadian Legion #1. 116 7th Ave SE, Calgary, AB. Attendance is free but the Legion has 2 rules, no hats, no swearing!

Strange Relations is an innovative program featuring a series of bilateral lectures on unrelated topics. Part intellectual battle royal and part anti-symposium, Strange Relations invites experts from different fields to speak about what they know best. Following the lectures, a participatory discussion will take place where audience members are tasked with finding connections between the two subjects through the questions they ask.

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Join us Wednesday, June 24th 2015 at 7:00pm as TRUCK & Sled Island present Milling Hops & A God-Fearing Pops, the eighth installment of Strange Relations. Pairing Calgary based Writer J.D Mersault speaking about the Papacy with Big Rock Brewing Lead Hand Connor Patrick.

Strange Relations: is an innovative program featuring a series of bilateral lectures on unrelated topics. Part intellectual battle royal & part anti-symposium, Strange Relations invites experts from different fields to speak about what they know best. Following the lectures, a participatory discussion will take place where audience members are tasked with finding connections between the two subjects through the questions they ask.