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. By actively engaging unsuspecting audiences in the public sphere the IVAF seeks to create a supportive and receptive climate to foster the development and innovative presentation of contemporary art.
The 2015 Intersite Visual Arts Festival (IVAF) was a collaborative city wide visual arts festival presented by eight Calgary contemporary art centres, including: Emmedia Gallery & Production Society, Contemporary Calgary, TRUCK Contemporary Art, Stride Gallery, The New Gallery, Arts Commons, Untitled Art Society, and M:ST Performative Art Festival.
Intersite Visual Arts Festival ran from November 3rd - November 7th, 2015 at multiple venues throughout Calgary, Canada.
THE CENTRE FOR COMMUNICATION AND POETRY RESEARCH // ANNIE WONG
WHERE // The Central Library: 616 Macleod Trail SE
WHEN // Tuesday, November 3rd - Friday, November 6th
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM // Drop-in Research Hours: The Centre is open for drop-in discussions with the artist while she is generating phone numbers, gathering poetry resources, or conducting phone calls. You are welcome to conduct research (make calls) with one-on-one guidance from the artist.
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (Tuesday - Thursday during festival) // Workshop: Let’s Talk about Poetry Baby OR How to Talk about Poems to a Stranger Over the Phone.
The Centre for Communication and Poetry Research is a pop-up drop-in research centre and collective-endurance performance. Telephony and poetry are intimidating media. Often associated with feelings of apprehension, anxiety, or anticipated boredom, they require an intense form of listening. “Getting to the message” through poetry is painful; while over the phone is just plain boring. The Centre for Communication and Poetry Research is interested in facing these challenges collectively to understand the underlying poetics of all communication: the feeling of someone else’s attentive presence, even if a stranger’s, even if electronic, even if brief. Over the course of the festival, the principal investigator (artist), Annie Wong, will be conducting telephone surveys about poems and invites the public to participate in her research though workshops and drop-in research hours.
AFTER AURORA // TARYN KNETEMAN
WHERE // Outside of the Jack Singer Concert Hall: corner of 8th Ave & 1st St SE
WHEN // Tuesday, November 3rd - Friday, November 6th, 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
After Aurora is a temporary structure by Taryn Kneteman in downtown Calgary. An unexpected shelter, it is an opportunity to observe or converse, for a quick stop or afternoon spent somewhere unplanned. You are invited to visit, stay awhile. Inspired by the Aurora Borealis, light from the outside is brought in during the day through openings in the walls, coloured glass, prisms, and reflections. At night, the structure is light from within and the green light dances and reflects on nearby buildings.
DOG-PICK-UP-STICKS // YVONNE MULLOCK & ANN THRALE
WHERE // Scotsman's Hill Dog Park
WHEN // Wednesday, November 4th at 5:30 PM
Dog-Pick-Up-Sticks is a collaborative project between Calgary based artists Yvonne Mullockand Ann Thrale. Together the artists will bring their collective interests (of animal collaborations and high craft) to make a large canine version of the old timely game of pickup sticks.
LISTENING CHOIR // CHRISTOPHER WILLES & ADAM KINNER
WHERE // WHEN //
Thursday, November 5th at 12:00 PM (starting at Untitled Art Society: 343 11th Ave SW)
Thursday, November 5th at 5:30 PM (starting at The New Gallery: 208 Centre Street South)
Friday, November 6th at 5:30 PM (starting at Stride Gallery: 1006 Macleod Trail SE)
Christopher Willes & Adam Kinner's Listening Choir takes participants on group walks through urban spaces. Using homemade recording devices participants subtly alter the sounds of the city and perform simple choreographies of listening together. Agreeing to drift without speaking, the group collects recordings of places, objects, language, and ideas within the present environment creating a continually fractured soundscape as each act of recording erases the previous. These recordings are choreographed, listened to, in various ways throughout each walk, evoking the sounds of the immediate past, the sonic dislocation of objects and spaces onto others and the folding of histories and places on top of one another.
The Listening Choir invites making listening itself the thing that is listened to. Trespassing on traditions like sound-walking and the situationist dérive, these walks offer a continued group investigation into the affective landscapes of public settings, and propose the appearance of the listener within urban space as performative.
SAY MY NAME // CURATED BY JUSTIN WADDELL
WHERE // WHEN //
Launch party, Thursday, November 5th at 9:00 PM at Good Luck Bar: 207 12th Ave SW
Multiples available at partner orgs. & podcast at CJSW 90.9 FM
ARTISTS // Victoria Braun, Julia Kansas, Jodie Rose, Ted Stenson (Tag Stansill). Curated by Justin Waddell.
Say My Name is an exhibition about active listening as well as the ability to recognize the difficult and potentially conflicting feelings that may arise. Although the narrative of the Destiny’s Child song progresses into a confrontational demand, the intent of this request to speak is to listen and ultimately to want to find something in another.
Say My Name will consist of a limited number of artist’s multiples, a podcast series with CJSW 90.9 FM, and a launch party at Good Luck Bar. The artists are encouraged to speak candidly about the influences on their work, life, and love as well as to invite other participants into the conversation.
ARTIST’S MULTIPLES // available at partner organizations (Arts Commons, Contemporary Calgary, EMMEDIA, The New Gallery, TRUCK Contemporary Art, Stride Gallery, Untitled Contemporary Art) on an ongoing basis for the duration of Intersite 2015.
PODCAST SERIES // launched on CJSW 90.9 FM over the duration of Intesite 2015.
CHANCES DANCES //
WHERE // The Texas Lounge: 308 B 17 Ave SW Calgary
WHEN // Friday, November 6th at 9:00 PM
Chances Dances brings its dynamic mix of queer club music from classic disco and house to global bass to Calgary for the very first time. All Chances events recognize the power of consent, the radical potential of the body in movement, and welcome all gender expressions.
Chances Dances is a collective of queer artists, activists and DJs based in Chicago, IL. Since its founding in 2005, Chances has sought to create safer spaces for all gender expressions, bringing together the varied LGBTIQ communities of Chicago through performance, outreach, and WERQ. In 2008, the organizers of Chances created the Critical Fierceness Grant, which uses the proceeds from monthly dance parties and other events to fund projects by local artists and artist collectives who identify themselves or their work as queer.
See our website for the most up to date information on 2015 festival programming.
Intersite Visual Arts Festival would like to thank the following funders for their support of the festival’s organizations and projects: The Canada Council for the Arts, The Alberta Foundation for the Arts, The Calgary Arts Development Authority, and The City of Calgary.