M:ST 9 Performative Art Biennial

Date: Jul 25, 2018

M:ST 9 Performative Art Biennial
September 7 – October 7, 2018

The M:ST 9 Performative Art Biennial brings performance artists in Canada, Europe, and the US to Calgary and Lethbridge from September 7th to October 7th. Each artwork is an intimate encounter that brings together artists, audience, and site-specificity to produce complex and politically relevant artistic contexts in unusual places.

Showcasing experimental and risk-taking works, 16 artists and collaborators have come together to present interactive installations, performances and interventions that express diversity, cross borders, and disrupt convention. Dedicated to accessibility, all presentations in M:ST 9 are free and all are welcome.

The artists participating in this year’s biennial are:

  • Adriana Disman (QC)
  • Didier Morelli (USA)
  • Emma-Kate Guimond (QC)
  • Eshan Rafi (DEU)
  • Gwen Morgan + Kerry Maguire (AB)
  • Jadda Tsui (AB) + Mat Lindenberg (USA)
  • Jeneen Frei Njootli (Vuntut Gwitchin)
  • Jin-me Yoon (BC)
  • Joanne Bristol (SK)
  • Joshua Rios + Anthony Romero (USA)
  • Kylie Ward (AB) + Magnus Tiesenhausen (AB)
  • Life of a Craphead | Amy Lam + Jon McCurley (ON)
  • Mikiki (ON) + Jordan Arseneault (QC)
  • Steve Roggenbuck (USA)
  • Ryan Danny Owen (AB)
  • Suzanne Kite (QC) + Nathan Young (USA)

This year’s roster of artists investigates: the limits of our freedom, both as individuals and citizens; the edges of borders, both real and imagined; and our collective connectivity, both voluntary and involuntary. Taking over theatres, galleries, and public spaces all over the downtown core, M:ST 9 will produce temporary, transformative situations and bring audiences opportunities to entangle with media in new and surprising ways. Come join us!

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M:ST exists to foster performative art practices based on the Treaty 7 land through collaboration and dialogue with diverse local, national, and international creative communities. 

M:ST encourages experimentation with new approaches to presenting and understanding contemporary visual art and ensures that this discipline is recognized and sustained within Southern Alberta. Through our programming, we expose a broader public to contemporary visual, media, and performance art. Panel discussions, artist talks and publications further dialogue about and development of performative practices. 

Our programs would not be possible without our presenting partners: The Alberta College of Art + Design, The Alex Community Food Centre, Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers, Contemporary Calgary, EMMEDIA Gallery and Production Society, HIV Community Link, The National Music Centre, The New Gallery, The Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Stride Gallery, TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary, Trap/door Artist-run Centre, Untitled Art Society, and the University of Calgary Visual Art Department. 

Thank you to our Media Sponsor: Local Drop Magazine. 
Additional support from our friends at: Beatroute Magazine and Sidewalk Citizen. 

M:ST acknowledges that we stand on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot and the people of the Treaty 7 region, which includes the Siksika, the Piikuni, the Kainai, the Tsuu T'ina and the Stoney Nakoda First Nations. The City of Calgary is also home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III. 

Amidst the ongoing social, cultural and environmental effects of colonialism, we are committed to dialogue and collaboration with Indigenous artists and communities as part of our mandate to foster performative art practices in Southern Alberta.