Collaborations and Partnerships

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TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary actively seeks out and produces programming in collboration with our community members, non-profit organizations, and institutions on an ongoing basis. These one off projects offer us a responsive collaborative platform to lauch innovative programming with our community partners. 
Events in this series
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Please join us for a workshop with Romeo Gongora on March 25, 2017 / 2:00 pm in the TRUCK Contemporary Art Main Space (2009 10 Ave SW). His exhibition The Future Behind Us runs March 24 - May 13 / 2017.

Would you like to travel into the future and return to the present to share your knowledge? Creating Science Fiction Objects is a free discussion-led workshop that invites participants of all ages to collectively create objects that explore the themes of Romeo Gongora’s TRUCK Main Space exhibition, The Future Behind Us, including utopia, de-colonization, radical pedagogy, and collective creation. Moderated by the artist, the outcomes of this 90-minute workshop will be included in the exhibition. Participants are invited to bring used objects (plastic bottles, clothes, shoes, etc.) to be transformed over the course of the workshop.
 

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Facilitated by Adrian Stimson
Class limited to 12 people maximum. To register, please send a brief statement of interest to: director@mstfestival.org by May 23.

Wanted Dead or Alive: Performance Art master class is an opportunity for performance artists to discuss their practice, their challenges and opportunities. To take a look at the past and present and imagine the future. This class will be a daylong event filled with theory, discussion and action. It is an opportunity to reflect on your practice, what’s happening today and create space for impromptu actions. As preparation, participants will be provided with a reading list prior to the class, as well participants are encouraged bring forward their own research/readings and will be asked to give a short presentation on their performance work, a lecture and discussion will be lead by Adrian Stimson, focusing on indigenous and non-indigenous practice, there will be exercises and each participant will be asked to create an impromptu performance action (individual or collaborative) at the end of the session. The intent is to create a day where performance artists can connect, challenge, share, analyze and play in a fun and respectful way.

Adrian Stimson is a member of the Siksika (Blackfoot) Nation in southern Alberta. He is an interdisciplinary artist, curator and educator with a BFA with distinction from the Alberta College of Art & Design and MFA from the University of Saskatchewan.

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TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary is pleased to host Nadége Grebmeier Forget's performance as part of M:ST 7.

One on one for so-called fans consists of a series of performances for 1 to 4 preselected witnesses. Just meters away from the actions, in a lair invested by the artist, those that attended these earlier private meetings will then reveal publicly the performative narrative of this encounter. Simultaneously shimmering the limits of their own intimacy, storytelling and appropriation of one's body and gestures becomes the only possible way of retracing its original author.

Performances start at 7:30pm

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TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary is pleased to host Stephen Mueller's performance as part of the Mountain Standard Time Performance Festival. (M:ST 7)

The vardøgr is a spirit predecessor: a premonitory sight or sound of a person before he or she arrives. It manifests itself in a person’s own shape, or by sounds usually associated with his or her arrival. In a network-centric techno-society shaped by privatized surveillance and ubiquitous computing, how do we, as individual human beings, define ourselves? Are our various digitized renderings merely scattered indexes of a corporeal whole, or do they acquire an autonomous presence as they are archived, ignored, replayed, or otherwise distributed across variations of space and time? Do we shape them, or do they shape us? Who arrives first? Who is the vardøgr?

 

Performance Schedule:

 

October 2: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

October 3: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

October 4: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

October 7: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

October 8: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

October 9: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

October 10: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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Publication launch and performance by Adrian Stimson M:ST Festival and TRUCK Contemporary Art are pleased to announce the launch of the publication the Life and Times of Buffalo Boy, with a special appearance by Buffalo Boy herself! This publication explores the life and times of the performance persona Buffalo Boy, from his very first appearance in 2004 to his greatly exaggerated first death in 2008 at the “Battle of Little Big Horny” and beyond. The book considers the nature of the performance persona, the dialectical nature of this contemporary re-imagining of the west, and the discursive power of performance. The book is a partnership between the Mountain Standard Time Performative Art Festival Society and TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary, produced with the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

The Life and Times of Buffalo Boy


 
This publication explores the life and times of the performance persona Buffalo Boy, from his very first appearance in 2004 to his greatly exaggerated first death in 2008 at the"Battle of Little Big Horny” and beyond. The book considers the nature of the performance persona, the dialectical nature of this contemporary re-imagining of the west, and the discursive power of performance. The book is a partnership between the Mountain Standard Time Performative Art Festival Society and TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary, produced with the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts. 

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TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary is pleased to host Instant Places' new performance Sleeper as part of the Mountain Standard Time Performance Festival. (M:ST 7

SLEEPER is a new audiovisual work by Laura Kavanaugh and Ian Birse (AKA Instant Places). In SLEEPER we travel to a nearly distant future in which all communication takes place through synaesthetic connections between images and sound. For MST:7 Kavanaugh and Birse use purpose-built hardware/software systems to present SLEEPER as an extended performance with projections and multichannel sound. SLEEPER is being developed with the generous support of the Ontario Arts Council, The Canada Council for the Arts, and the Judith and Norman Alix gallery in Sarnia Ontario.
 

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TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary is pleased to present Johannes Zits' performance Island as part of the Mountain Standard Time Performance Festival.  

Island is a new work that uses sand, stone, and water to investigate our relationship with the earth. Using an approach that is poetic and self-reflexive rather than didactic or dramatic, my point of departure is informed by history, current events and a life lived. This piece explores the way the body relates to physical environments and how this reverberates into the psycho-social space inhabited. The conceptual point of departure for this work was to consider the land as a body, one that is alive, vulnerable, and a socially contextualized as our own.


Performances start at 7:30pm

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TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary is pleased to host Chun Hua Catherine Dong's performance as part of the Mountain Standard Time Performance Festival. (M:ST 7)

The Lost Twelve Years” by Chun Hua Catherine Dong examines the relationships between where she lives, what she has lost, and what she has gained as a racial minority. The piece is a ritual meditation, as the ink traditionally used as an artistic tool is used as a by Dong as a weapon upon herself. The gestures she performs are political gestures, an apology for her twelve-year absence and shows a desire for her to renew her lost tradition and culture. Through the piece, she attempts to preserve her identity from self-transformation and self-assimilation.

Photo by Christian Bujold.

Performances start at 7:30pm

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Saturday, October 22, 7:00 PM

Written and performed by James Luna and featuring artist Sheila Skinner, ISHI: The Archive Performance tells the story of Ishi, an Indigenous man who walked into the small northern California town of Oroville. His sudden appearance inspired fright, laughter, and pity from the populace. The civic leaders contacted an anthropologist who came to the conclusion that Ishi was in deed the last of his tribe. It was decided that for his welfare and for the advancement of science that he would occupy the Museum on the University of California Berkeley’s campus, where he lived out his remaining years as a living specimen.
 
The archives suggest there is more to this story, which has never been told. James Luna has created a performance that explores this significant life. Many questions about Ishi’s experience, both mysterious and uncomfortable are evoked by this performance. Ishi’s story remains as a grim reminder of Western fascination with Indigenous cultures and its detrimental disregard of humans, forgetting that we are all sentient beings.
 
ISHI: The Archive Performance is presented in partnership with The University of Calgary Faculty of Arts, Department of Art and Mountain Standard Time Performative Art Festival.

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ONE NIGHT STAND & Also As Well Too are hosting an artist book making workshop July 24th at 2:00 PM in TRUCK's U-Hall Community Space (Upstairs in our Main Space) as part of their Western Canadian Tour called Wandering Albatross.

"Artist books are still, curiously, a pretty small field of study and practice in the art world; an orphan, an odd fit, a marginalized area, which is part of what makes it interesting." - Rob Kovitz

Beginning with a selected display of book works from the Also As Well Too collection, we will explore the indefinability that defines artist books, discuss ideas about how these unique artforms create opportunity and subvert expectations in the art world, and encourage the creation of new titles. The making portion of the workshop will encourage diverse and varied works. Examples include book modification, basic saddle stitching, paper folding, using found materials, etc. Supplies will be provided, but participants are also encouraged to bring materials they might like to work with.

The artists running the workshop will be creating alongside workshop participants to generate an environment of fun and vigorous production. Also As Well Too invites artists to submit titles from their own collection of artist books as well as their own creations to live (temporarily or on a more permanent basis) in the Library's collection in Winnipeg so that many people will have the opportunity to see them.

The book making workshop is FREE & open to the public. Participants are asked to RSVP via programming(at)truck.ca by July 21st at 5:00 PM

The Wandering Albatross tour is a conglomeration of presentations with language-based expressions at their heart, with the ultimate intent to bring new audiences to different ways of experiencing art than are usually on offer. Participatory, performative, informative, and illuminating (collections), the Tour will make stops in Calgary, Lethbridge, Edmonton, Brandon and Winnipeg.

A performance with TRUCK's CAMPER & Ray Fenwick will follow, more information on the performance can be found here!