June 20-23, 2012
ACAD and Sled Island are proud to announce a renewed collaboration to intensify, showcase and expand the diverse wealth of work coming out of Calgary’s many arts communities. This growing branch of the festival exists to foster the relationship between many artists and disciplines in captivating site-specific installations and venues. Together, Sled Island and ACAD seek to create a physical gathering of people to experience and celebrate the multi-sensory integration of artforms, events, and communities that make Sled Island an unparalleled event.
Daddy's Gurrl 2.0, By Mohammad Rezaei, curated by Teresa Tam | June 21 at 6:00 PM | Twisted Element
In the early to mid 2000’s, there was a certain level of sex and glamour that was displayed in pop music videos that is no longer present in current video culture. Daddy's Gurrl 2.0 is a collection of music video stills and sassy sayings by Mohammad Rezaei curated by Teresa Tam.
Ladies and Germs, By Jillian Daschuk & Lindsay Wells | June 20 at 6:00 PM | Simmons Building, East Village
Laughing nervously at what someone says because you weren’t listening. Left behind because you have stopped to stare at some beat up 1995 Tercel for 15 minutes. Lindsay Wells’ and Jillian Daschuk’s Lady’s and Germs is an exploration of the relationship between the external and internal dwellings of a character.
Snow White and the Three Dwarves, By Lindsay Wells, Julien Fournier, Austin Taylor and Michael Abel | June 20 at 6:00 PM | Simmons Building, East Village
Calgary based artists Julien Fournier, Austin Taylor, Lindsay Wells and Michael Abel are focused on contemporary culture and its dependency on hierarchies within – not only family or friends, but art as well. This unique combination of driven painters will generate a conversation between each artist's work, and those viewing the work, causing an examination of social judgment and the insight that pop culture provides into social hierarchies.
Lost in the Supermarket, By Hyla Stuijfzand | June 19 at 6:00 PM | Simmons Building, East Village
These larger than life glasses are constructed out of 12 shopping carts, and deal with notions of perception within a market economy. The extraordinarily diverse and popular British punk-rock band, The Clash, inspired the title of the piece which is a direct visual reference to their song, “Lost in the Supermarket”.
Magnetized (Quantum Prediction), By Brianna Strong | June 20 at 6:00 PM | Theatre Junction Grand
Brianna Strong's work investigates the musicality of birds in flight through line drawings that provide a visual consistency to bird shadows mid-movement. The relationship between the body of a bird and its shadow, in addition to a flock of birds, exhibit a synchronized knowingness that finds its parallel in playing instruments and singing. This entanglement explores the potential of a visual vocabulary comprised of lines to convey aim, rhythm, tension, vibration, equilibrium, harmony and unified intent. The trajectory of this project seeks to provide a bridge between visual wavelengths and audio wavelengths in hopes of prompting a momentary experience of music through sight.
Im traumen, ich ertrinken, By Rusty Parka (Teresa Tam & Joel Farris) | June 20 at 6:00 PM | Theatre Junction Grand
Parka (Teresa Tam and Joel Farris) moves beyond auditory experiences. From natural to artificial to mundane, their videos explore the meaning of landscape as place alters through time and space. The videos follow the rhythms and flows of change in reality from landscape to landscape, creating seamless and abstracted transitions that mimic everyday life. The landscape itself is constantly shifting and molding into the next, like lucid dreams.
Beneath the Forest Floor, Curated by Justin Waddell featuring artists: Hannah Doerksen, Kelsie Hjorleifson, Stephen Nachtigall, Lindsay Sorell | June 22 at 6:00 PM | Theatre Junction Grand
This exhibition uses the composition, “Beneath the Forest Floor” by Hildegard Westerkamp (1992), as a ground for considering site-specificity as a generative element within the production of new works. Artists selected will develop new video and sculptural works in response to the architecture of the venue as well as the scheduled bands. Overall, the artists are looking to provide a contemplative and reflexive visual experience with long-take videos, looping animations, textures, and small sculptures presented in dialogue with the music at Theatre Junction Grand.
Television STATIC, By Lowell Smith | June 20 at 6:00 PM | Theatre Junction Grand
Mixing analogy and digital technology, Television STATIC uses multiple televisions and new video capturing technology to take a 3D video image to transform viewers into pixilated, distorted images. You won't see anything else like this at the festival. Lowell Smith is a technological artist currently based in Calgary, Alberta. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2010 from ACAD in Media Arts + Digital Technologies.
Shitty Feminist Drum Circle, By Wednesday Lupypciw | June 18 at 11:00 PM | Mystery Location
Two facts: Wednesday Lupypciw loves feminism and grassroots community organizing, and hates djembes. This performance attempts to reconcile a preference for rock 'n roll with meaningful group activity by recruiting a group of drummers and drum kits from the festival to partake in an improvisational superjam “drum circle” performance. After a brief introductory speech/incantation, Wednesday will preside over a group of drummers practising together for their lives.
Young Rich and Tastless, By Dave Lieske & Jason Dear | June 19 at 6:00 PM | Fluevog Peanut Gallery
Born out of a mutual love of the music, this exhibition is intended to explore and examine hip-hop. Through the interpretation of lyrics, icons and symbolism often repeated in the music, the work is a tribute to the culture. Its aim is to present a low-brow, playful, colourful, artistic representation of the things Dave and Jason love. They apply very traditional means of making visual art and craft to subject matter normally far outside these areas.