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TRUCK Contemporary art in Calgary will be presenting a series of public talks by artists, curators, and critics, about every aspect of contemporary art and it’s production. The Truck Contemporary art in Calgary “Soap Box Series” will provide an open forum for the exchange of ideas about contemporary art and it’s production in Calgary. As part of this “Soap Box Series” we invited artists from our membership and beyond  to give public presentations on any aspect of their artistic production. 
Events in this series
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What motivates indelible mark-making on one’s own skin?  How is identity constructed through body art/modification/ornamentation in a public vs. private sphere?  What are the relevant motivational factors in contemporary tattooing?  And what is the significance of cultural appropriation in this transforming art form?



 

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Joing us for readings by: Brea Burton, Emily Cargan, Carmen Derkson, Jill Hartman, Natalie Simpson, Lindsay Tipping, and Julia Williamse 




 

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Terrance Houle is an internationally recognized interdisciplinary media artist, and a member of the Blood Tribe. Involved with Aboriginal com-munities all his life, he has traveled to reservations throughout North America participating in Powwow dancing along with his native ceremonies. Houle utilizes—at his discretion—performance, photo-graphy, video/film, music and painting. Likewise Houle\'s practice includes tools of mass dissemination such as billboards and vinyl bus signage.



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809 Artist Collective

809 will be hosting a discursive remote controlled car race about the potential of grassroots alternative practices and alternatives space in contributing to the dialogue within contemporary art and opening up opportunities for artists in local communities.



 

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Collaboration and Context will be a lecture and discussion which investigates collaborative practice through a review of my past projects and the work of other Canadian and international artists.  I will focus on topics which relate to the methods and structure of collaboration in art and other fields, citing examples related to issues of authorship, production and the division and distribution of labour.  Following this I will facilitate an open discussion surrounding the nature, efficacy, ethics and future direction of collaborative activity.  This will function as a community think tank for generating new strategies of collaboration in Calgary and elsewhere.
 

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Currently completing a self directed residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts, international sculptor and installation artist David Anaya will present a talk on his work in relation to contemporary art prctices in Colombia. David will place his works in the context of essentia national artists such as Miguel Angel Rojas, and Doris Salcedo, recently presented at the Tate Modern.




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Edmonton artist Richard Boulet produces mixed media drawing, fibre sculptures and works that employ quilting techniques and cross-stitching. While completing a Masters Degree in Fine Arts at the University of Alberta, Boulet addressed various mental health issues that referenced his experience as a person with schizophrenia. Topics of his MFA thesis included being homeless, psychosis, crisis intervention, family issues, medication, coping strategies and spirituality. His lecture will present his thesis work. He will also be working on a new print edition produced in the ACAD Printmaking Department.  The lecture is collaboratively presented by the Illingworth Kerr Gallery, the ACAD Visiting Artists Committee and Truck Gallery.

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Hobophopes have performed at Broken City, Soda Nightclub, ACAD, and at EMMEDIA.






 

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Through CANCELdomly CALGARious, by Lewis Carroll in Jabberwocky blends two or more words to create new and unusual terms that may either renew or corrupt language. Armed with this technique and a thousand magnetic alphabetic characters, SMOLinski and his participants will construct a physical text upon the walls, doors and filing cabinets of TRUCK’s reception area.




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Duane Linklater on the Soapbox






 

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Sheelagh Dunlap from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts will host a grant writing workshop in the main space. The focus will be on the AFA Visual Arts Project Grants and the AFA Art by Acquisition Application Program.

The workshop begins at one and will be followed by 30 minute one-on-one consultations for those with a draft prepared.

All consultations must be arranged through TRUCK Gallery prior to the date of the workshop and will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Please contact info@truck.ca for more information or to book an appointment.

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Filling Station publishes a wide variety of literary and artistic forms. Emphasizing experimental approaches to genre in creative writing, filling Station also welcomes submissions of book reviews, visual arts, interviews, essays and other writing.
 




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Please join us for an afternoon of visual art and networking! We will start things off with an artist talk by Ella Cooper and participating artist Terrance Houle beginning at 2 pm. This will be followed by a Calgary edition of EAP Connects, a fun networking event designed to help you connect with other local arts professionals in the city. EAP is an online community network for arts professionals across Canada.



 

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TRUCK invites you to join Julie Crawshaw in a discussion of her research on new approaches to public art and artist-lead culture in the United Kingdom. Crawshaw has worked independently for fifteen years at the intersection of art and development in the United Kingdom. In the interest of examining the role of the artist from a development perspective, she has set up and directed festivals, galleries, studios, seminars, workshops and conferences. Rashida Davison, founder of the Globe Gallery in Newcastle, UK will also be in attendance.


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Screening: Friday, September 17, 2010 @ 9pm in the Uptown Stage and Screen (612-8th 8 Avenue SW)




 

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Artist Adrian Stimson speaks about his experiences in Afganistan during his tenure as part of the Canadian Forces Artis Program (CFAP) in 2010.

The Canadian Forces Artists Program ( CFAP) was established on June 6, 2001, Its purpose is to document, in the form of art, Canadian Forces soldiers serving at home and abroad. The current CFAP began in June 2001; there have been over 40 civilian artists participating to date, deploying in locations as diverse as Afganistan, the Netherlands, Canadian Forces Station Alert and several bases and ships across Canada.

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Pipe Dreams and Sewer Rats explores the attitudes driving the individuals working in The City of Calgary’s Sewer Department. Their roles and personalities are presented through the the artist’s father and brother who together create a cross-generational thread through their employment with the City.

2007, DvCam, 18:00 (Colour, Stereo)



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Dorkbot Calgary is the local chapter of a worldwide network of Dorkbots, where people get together to do strange things with electricity. Come out to TRUCK and hear about Dorkbot Calgary, its members, and see a few recent projects. You may even get to make some \"throwies\", and play with contact microphones or other electronic gizmos.

Dorkbot gives artists, programmers, and engineers an opportunity for informal peer review establishing a forum for the presentation of new artworks, technology, software, and hardware. Dorkbot helps to establish relationships and foster collaboration between people with various backgrounds and interests, give participants a chance to see the cool things that our neighbors are working on.

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In this lecture, new media artist Peter Redecopp gives an alternate reading of 20th century western art, by tracing the roots of cybernetic theory and contrasting it with our conception of the contemporary artist today. The feedback loop, a fundamental concept in cybernetics, serves as a metaphor for the application of a scientific theory to culture and the liberal arts, a relationship that is indicative of a pervasive ideology in the 21st century. 



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Known for her politically engaged practice Jamelie Hassan, since the 1970s, has focused on issues of cultural and personal identity, exclusion, displacement, language and communication. Join us this Thursday for an evening screening event, curated by Miriam Jordan and Julian Jason Haladyn, which consists of nine films and videos.
Glenbow and TRUCK Members $10, General $12




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Sarah Fuller will be presenting a talk focusing on the body of work about the documentation of the dreaming process. For the last year, she has been periodically photographing herself, and other willing participants, with a pinhole camera. The performed process is to open the shutter of the camera before tucking in for the night and closing the shutter upon waking. At the moment of waking, the dream that has been experienced during the exposure is recorded via handwritten account.  At this time, the work is primarily concerned with the element of ritual and vulnerability inherent in the process.  The presentation of the final piece may manifest in a sculptural viewing box which mimics the form of the camera used to record the images. Sarah is also interested in working with audio to record the dreams.

In tandem with the photographic work, Fuller has been researching various approaches to dream interpretations, including Michel Foucault’s piece Dream, Imagination and Existence and Jeff Warren’s recently published book The Head Trip: Adventures on the Wheel of Consciousness.

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This paper has also been accepted for publication in the upcoming anthology Extra/ordinary: Craft Culture and Contemporary Art edited by Maria Elena Buszek and published by Duke University Press.

The current academic and popular interest in Craftivism and politically engaged crafting practices calls for discussion of productive strategies to maintain their radical potential. Including examples from the activist, craft, academic, and fine art communities, this talk will present the work of several artists/crafters who engage with the following ideas and methods.

Within this new mélange of re-politicized crafting there is an important and increasing need to critically consider the ways in which new types of craft, hobby-craft, and craft/art-hybrids simultaneously impact and exist outside of current strategies of fine art/fine craft display and discourse. As such, this talk will propose curatorial strategies that seek to maintain unruly spaces as potential locations for Craftivism, and that contribute to a re-politicization of these spaces and cultures of display.

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APPROX. DCLXVI A new treatise on the Number of the Beast is now available in a limited edition of approximately 100 copies. This book examines the most unusual number DCLXVI, (or 666 in Roman numerals): cursed and nearly recursive, with manifold geometric and factorial properties, that has been adopted as the signal mark for a variety of (usually demonized) figures in contemporary and historical mythologies. The literary dimensions of this peculiar cultural fetish are detourned in a series of 666 anagrams of the verse in the Book of Revelations 13:18: \"Let him that hath understanding count the number of the Beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is Six Hundred, Three Score and Six;\" several of these are accompanied with illustrations. Elaborating upon the many potential implications of this medium-sized diabolical fixture, a new discursive practice, based upon the figure of the Baphomet, is proposed: Baphomethodology, in tandem with its related numerological counterpart, Baphomathematics. Further developments of the Beastly number are explored, notably the shared factorial relation between the numbers 666 and 1776, the latter marking the C.E. date of Adam Weishaupt’s founding of the Bavarian Dilettanti.

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Writing about visual arts for those both within and outside the arts community requires a different set of skills and words than an ACAD paper or an academic treatise. You don’t want to look stupid to those in the know, but it’s all about the general reader. Are you curious about what goes through the mind of Fast Forward Weekly’s arts editor and how to write for a broader public? Common pitfalls, common praise and, hopefully, a healthy discussion on how to write, how not to write and why we do the things we do.

Join arts writer and editor Drew Anderson for an evening discussion on writing about the arts in Calgary.

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TRUCK and the Alberta College of Art & Design’s Liberal Studies Department have collaborated to present a panel discussion focused on artist-run culture in Calgary. Panel contributors include Shelley Ouellet (member of the Board of Directors of TRUCK), Lisa Benschop (Director of Stride), Jessica McCarrel (Administrative Director of The New Gallery), Sean MacAlister (Director and Curator of Straw Gallery), Angela Inglis (Director of Sugar Shack) and   Tyler Los-Jones (Co-Director of Local Library and past Co-Director of 809 Gallery) ACAD instructors and artist-run culture supporters Diana Sherlock and MN (Hutch) Hutchinson will animate the panel.
 

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The ancient Sicán culture of Northern Peru pre-dates the Inca by 200 years yet little has been heard of them. Colleen will describe Ancient Peru Unearthed: Golden Treasures of a Lost Civilization, an exhibition created by The Nickle Arts Museum and now touring across Canada. The exhibition features 122 gold and ceramic objects discovered by archaeologists working in Northern Peru from a spectacular tomb complex about 1,000 years old. Because of grave robbing the Sicán culture was not identified until the late 1970s and was only excavated extensively and written about in the 1990s. This talk will describe artifacts displayed for the first time in North America at The Nickle Arts Museum in 2006 and will introduce what is amazing about these precious gold and ceramic objects of Peru’s Sicán culture.

This video was prouduced as part of The Nickle Arts Museum’s Ancient Peru Unearthed: Golden Treasures of a Lost Civilization exhibition. It introduces Peru’s ancient Sicán culture and shows original video footage shot by archaeologist Dr. Izumi Shimada during his excavations of a 1000-year old pre-Inca elite tomb in Northern Peru.

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\"We are Cult of P, local interdisciplinary artist duo, Asya Barker and Brooklyn Fink. A product of our 21st century \'Remix Culture\', our work hybridizes a variety of concepts, media, and process; the most important of which, perhaps, is our ongoing fusion of the \'youth culture\' and the \'art culture\' in our city.

Please allow us to give you a glimpse Thursday, December 3rd in to the amazing world that\'s creating itself around this synthesis of youth and art culture, by joining us for an artist talk at TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary.\"
 

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Linda Carreiro has exhibited her work across Canada, the United States, and internationally. She also presents internationally on her research of historical anatomical images.The workshop begins at 1:00pm and will run for approximately 1 hour. The lecture will be followed by direct feedback in a one-on-one consultation for the first four registrants. All consultations must be arranged through TRUCK prior to the workshop, and will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Please contact engagement@truck.ca for more information or to book an appointment.