Intersite Visual Arts Festival (IVAF) actively engages an unsuspecting public and advocates for contemporary art practices through the decentralized presentation of exhibitions, happenings, and performances outside of the traditional gallery setting.
Intersite 2014 participating organizations included: Contemporary Calgary, TRUCK Contemporary Art, Stride Gallery,The New Gallery, The EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts, Untitled Art Society, and M:ST Performative Art Festival.
Intersite Visual Arts Festival returned from September 5 to 6, 2014 at multiple venues throughout Calgary, Canada. IVAF 2014 consisted of projects that explore alternative ways of conveying discourse and encouraging conversation. Presenters will be experimenting with the format of “a lecture,” finding unconventional methods or environments for delivering informed opinions and innovating within this academic structure.
As part of its 2014 iteration, Intersite included a gallery crawl of all partner organizations’ opening exhibitions; collaboratively selected off-site visual arts programming of local and national artists; and an evening reception, Keynote Address, and Debaters style panel discussion at the #1 Royal Canadian Legion.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
Gallery Crawl / Multiple Venues
Friday, September 5, 2014, 8:00pm – 11:00pm
Visit Contemporary Calgary, TRUCK Contemporary Art, Stride Gallery, The New Gallery,The EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts, and Untitled Art Society as each hosts a public reception for their current exhibitions on September 5, 2014. An Intersite party bus will be providing free transportation between locations from 8:30pm – 11:30pm. Bus schedule and gallery maps will be available at all participating venues.
Offsite Programming / Multiple Venues
Saturday, September 6, 2014
How To Be Bodies: A Lecture Through Snapchat / Teresa Tam (Calgary, AB)
Hi, let’s talk about bodies. How has digital technologies integrated into your life? Ever wonder and give attention to things going on in and around you while connected? There is a connection between people entangled in digital spaces. You are there, I am here. Isn’t it strange that, where ever you are and where I am, we are here talking? I am there with you, wherever you are. My presence, affecting you. And yours affecting me simultaneously. Doesn’t that make the world seem so strange? Maybe not.
On September 6 through the social media application Snapchat, I invite anyone to send and produce “snaps” to my handle to start conversing about bodies and what our lives are like today. Without the explicit permanency and public exposure, our conversations should revolve much less about how one looks but more on connecting with each other in the moment. For or against, digital technologies are shaping all aspects of our lives. The goal of this conversation is to open the dialogue on the importance of one’s own physicality and the implications on it. A criticism of digital technologies are its supposed facilitation of un-human interactions. On the other hand, we have to see and dream of new methods in which we can be connected in meaningful ways.
To participate in this program find Teresa Tam on Snapchat @ttamsoffeels
A live stream of “snaps” will be projected at the #1 Royal Canadian Legion (116 7 Ave SE) throughout the duration of the lecture.
Dream Lectures on the City / Adriana Disman (Montréal, QC)
What do you dream for your city, for your community? How do dreams move from the imaginary into the actual? How can we re-understand ourselves as makers of politics, rather than swept along in the current of something outside of ourselves? I invite you to take me on a walk to a place that is significant for. A place that you dream something else for. While we walk, you can tell me your dreams for that place. Dreams of protests and revolution, dreams of magical creatures, of holding your lover’s hand, or breast feeding in comfort, or smoking cigarettes, or the end of time, or just to access somewhere you can’t. All dreams, mundane and spectacular are welcome. What you tell me will be our Dream Lecture. I will treat it like a gift you’ve given me. I will transform something of that lecture into an action that infiltrates the city and lingers after we’re gone.
Meetings will take place during the day on Friday, September 5 and Saturday, September 6. To book a meeting, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading “Dream Lectures: Meeting” and your availability.
I Would Like to Revolutionize But I Am Stuck With Reform II / Mariane Bourcheix-Laporte (Vancouver, BC)
I Would Like to Revolutionize But I Am Stuck With Reform II is a durational performance that will take place throughout the Calgary downtown on September 6, 2014. This work examines the format of the lecture through the lens of activist actions and public intervention strategies that insert text in public space as means of communicating an idea, a claim, a denunciation or an opinion. These tactics disseminate condensed messages–often in the form of easily readable and understandable text bites–that express dreams: for a better society, for justice and equity, for change, for revolution.
See Intersite website for further details and locations (intersite.tumblr.com)
Keynote Address & Reception / #1 Royal Canadian Legion (116 7 Avenue SE)
Saturday, September 6, 2014, 7:00PM – late
@ 7:00 PM
The Lovers, The Dreamers, and Me / Jen Delos Reyes (Portland, OR
@ 7:30 PM
Join artist Jen Delos Reyes for a one night performance and artist talk in collaboration with local Calgary musicians. Her keynote address will be delivered throughout a set list of songs they will perform together that reference dreams, utopian leanings, relationship breakdowns, and leading a meaningful life.
The State of Bad Art
@ 8:30 PM
Walter Phillips Gallery at The Banff Centre, in collaboration with Intersite Visual Arts Festival, present an evening of buoyant criticism around the topic of bad art. Two teams of artists, critics, and bon vivant panelists including Miruna Dragan, Alexandra McIntosh, Sarah Adams, Adam Waldron-Blain, Mimmo Maiolo, Kyle Beal, Denton Fredrickson, and Julien Fournier, will demonstrate their critical athleticism armed only with their own taste, wit, and capacity to blag.
In tune with the history of rival critics, moderator John Frosst will be charged with the task of mediating the two teams, arguing for and against a selection of artworks. Each team member will be allotted up to one minute to state their individual cases, followed by four minutes of charged debate.
Ruckus audience participation is encouraged!
DJ Dance Party
@ 9:30 PM
Please visit intersite.tumblr.com for more information on related projects!