Arts Seen - week of Sept 4, 2014
by Maureen McNamee
An “unsuspecting public” will encounter art in various forms during the Intersite Visual Arts Festival. The initiative of several local arts organizations will include a gallery crawl on September 5 from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m., with a dedicated bus providing transportation between exhibitions at Contemporary Calgary, Truck Contemporary Art, Stride Gallery (pictured), The New Gallery, Epcor Centre and Untitled Art Society. Outside the gallery walls on September 5 and 6, local and national artists will experiment with the typical lecture format: Calgarian Teresa Tam presents How To Be Bodies: A Lecture Through Snapchat, inviting people to send and produce “snaps” to @ttamsoffeels to start a conversation about bodies and how digital technologies are shaping all aspects of our lives; Adriana Disman of Montreal presents Dream Lectures on the City, in which people book a meeting with her via email (email@example.com), take her on a walk somewhere significant to them, and share their dream for that place; and Vancouver’s Mariane Bourcheix-Laporte will be downtown for I Would Like to Revolutionize But I Am Stuck With Reform II, a performance that examines the lecture format through the lens of activist actions and public intervention strategies. The festival wraps up at the No. 1 Legion with a keynote address from Jen Delos Reyes of Portland titled The Lovers, The Dreamers, and Me, delivered using a set list of songs performed with local musicians that reference dreams, utopian leanings, relationship breakdowns, and leading a meaningful life. The presentation will be followed by a live debate about “bad art” and a DJ dance party. For details go to intersite.tumblr.com.
The Calgary Mini Maker Faire runs September 6 and 7 at Telus Spark (makerfaireyyc.ca). More than 150 makers will be in attendance, including the “mad scientists” of EepyBird, whose bizarre experiments have landed them appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman and Mythbusters among other shows. The event is a great warm-up for Beakerhead, a week of events combining art, science and engineering that kicks off on Wednesday, September 10 (beakerhead.org). This year’s events are as varied as you might expect — you can read all about it in next week’s issue.
Anne Marie MacDonald, Michael Crummey, Emma Donoghue, Naomi Klein, Bruce McCulloch, Sheila Heti and Veronica Roth are among the more than 80 writers coming to Calgary and Banff for Wordfest, from October 14 to 19 (wordfest.com). This year’s festival includes more of the lively literary programming that proved popular last year, as well as readings, workshops and special events. Read more online at ffwdweekly.com.
Frontenac House officially launches Quartet 2014 in Calgary on Sunday, September 7 at John Dutton Theatre, Central Library (frontenachouse.com). The four volumes of poetry include: Seva by Sharanpal Ruprai (Calgary), Folding the Wilderness Within by Joan Shillington (Calgary), Designation Youth by David Bateman (Toronto), and Kissing Keeps us Afloat by Laurie MacFayden (Edmonton). The guest editor for Quartet 2014 was Micheline Maylor of Calgary.
by Maureen McNamee
September 4, 2014
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