M:ST Programming

We are currently working to update our online archive and will soon have complete listings, descriptions, and images from past M:ST events. If you have participated in M:ST 1, M:ST 2, Media Blitz, Space for Space, or any of the other programs mentioned in our section, we would love to hear from you.

Relation Making in the Context of Racism and Settler-Colonialism

Workshop
Saturday, August 3 - Saturday, August 10, 2019
A free multi-day workshop for artists of all disciplines who identify as Indigenous, Black, or as a Person of Colour, between the ages of 15-35.

Moments After

Special Project
Launches July 7 - 17, 2019
Presented in this interactive publication, the M:ST 9 biennial was captured through the documentation of liminal fragments. Launch currently underway.

Not funny, too expensive

Special Project
Coming soon. The date is March 21 in any year you like. ANG and BUB are hanging out in their “windowless” (there is a window but it opens to reveal the exterior of the neighbouring building) studio.

Homo-Sighting: Consent & Refusal of Queer Performance in Ryan Danny Owen's LOVE ME LIKE THERE'S NO TOMORROW

Special Project
Intimate musings on the complexity of performing queer bodies in a comparison of Ryan Danny Owen's performance in M:ST 9, Love Me Like There's No Tomorrow, and William E. Jones' TEAROOM.

M:ST 9 Performative Art Biennial

Biennial
September 7 - October 7, 2018
In an attempt to claim and share our own histories, the M:ST 9 roster of artists question the physical and metaphysical boundaries between body and territory.

Emotion-based Observation Painting

Performance
Sunday, October 7, 2018 — 12:00pm - 5:00pm
In the tradition of Impressionist paintings of white Europeans performing leisure activities, the performance imagines this for our ancestors who are no longer alive, as well as those that are.

A rolling [insert land artist surname] gathers no moss

Performance
Sunday, October 7, 2018 — 11:00 AM – 1:08 PM
This durational performance places common physical materials used in earthworks in relation to the artists' own physical body.

Whose Body is This?*

Performance
Saturday, October 7, 2018 — 10:00pm
Quotidian violence can be classified by its invisibility. The quotidian is such because it is perceived so often that one stops perceiving it.

Love Me Like There's No Tomorrow

Performance
Saturday, October 6 — 8:00pm
Love Me Like There’s No Tomorrow is a durational lip-syncing performance to the solo record, Mr. Bad Guy by Farrokh Bulsara.

how to make an image

Performance
Saturday, October 6, 2018 — 8:00pm
How to make an image is a duet between Eshan Rafi and a six-and-a-half-minute segment of archival video footage dealing with issues of representation.

Something is coming

Performance
Friday, October 5 — 9:30pm
Something is coming is a site specific sound performance which listens into the electrical grid.

Not Peaceable and Quiet

Performance
Friday, October 5, 2018, — 8:30pm
This research-based performance examines normalized associations be­tween criminality and sound.

Herd

Performance
Friday, October 5, 2018 — 7:00pm
Jeneen Frei Njootli’s performance turns an ear to caribou antlers sounding the transmis­sion of embedded and layered ancestral knowledge.

Relaxing into Relation

Performance
Friday, October 5, 2018 — 12:00pm - 2:30pm | Sunday, October 7, 2018 — 4:00pm - 6:30pm
An individual and collective performative experiment: physiological relaxation as a basis for a conversation.

Something, Somewhere

Performance
Thursday, October 4, 2018 — 9:00pm
In 2013, a long-buried and relatively obscure village was uncovered in a remote region of the Mediterranean. Researchers slowly unearthed increasingly bizarre artifacts and architecture.

Release Stress & Feel Amazing in 30 Minutes

Performance
Thursday, October 4, 2018 — 7:30pm
Performance by Jamie McDonald + Signy Holm as part of the Rita McKeough: Works - Publication Launch Event

Let them believe in themselves

Performance
Thursday, October 4, 2018 — 7:20pm
Performance by NIK as part of the Rita McKeough: Works - Publication Launch Event

and when it floods in

Performance
Thursday, October 4, 2018 — 7:10pm
Performance by Toni Cormier as part of the Rita McKeough: Works - Publication Launch Event

Rita McKeough: Works Soft Launch

Event
Wednesday, October 4, 2018 — Doors at 6:00pm
Join us to celebrate the launch of our new publication celebrating the career of prolific Calgary artist Rita McKeough.

Disclosure Cookbook

Performance
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 — 5:00pm – 8:30pm | Thursday, October 4, 2018 — 5:00pm – 8:30pm
Disclosure Cookbook is a conversation­al culinary experience bringing HIV positive people together over a lavish meal to discuss disclosing HIV status

possible performance

Performance
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 — 7:00pm | Friday, October 5, 2018 — 3:00pm | Saturday, October 6, 2018 — 3:00pm
A collectively authoured participatory performance and workshop. The public is invited to perform a score that takes place in a set.

Performative Art Symposium: Tempaurality

Event
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 — 1:30 pm - 6:00pm
A series of two panels - "Listening Awry" and "wnoondwaamin | we hear them" - by M:ST 9 artists and wnoondwaamin | we hear them exhibition artists.

ARENA: DUAL NATURE

Performance
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 — 9:00pm
Magnus Tiesenhausen and Kylie Ward will take reprieve from the waking life in a disused riding arena just outside of Calgary city limits.

Ideational Apraxia

Performance
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 — 8:00pm
Ideational Apraxia borrows everyday household implements and the contents of a femme purse, dis­covering and diverting the domestic system implied by these objects.
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Emotion-based Observation Painting

Performance
Sunday, October 7, 2018 — 12:00pm - 5:00pm
In the tradition of Impressionist paintings of white Europeans performing leisure activities, the performance imagines this for our ancestors who are no longer alive, as well as those that are.

A rolling [insert land artist surname] gathers no moss

Performance
Sunday, October 7, 2018 — 11:00 AM – 1:08 PM
This durational performance places common physical materials used in earthworks in relation to the artists' own physical body.

Whose Body is This?*

Performance
Saturday, October 7, 2018 — 10:00pm
Quotidian violence can be classified by its invisibility. The quotidian is such because it is perceived so often that one stops perceiving it.

Love Me Like There's No Tomorrow

Performance
Saturday, October 6 — 8:00pm
Love Me Like There’s No Tomorrow is a durational lip-syncing performance to the solo record, Mr. Bad Guy by Farrokh Bulsara.

how to make an image

Performance
Saturday, October 6, 2018 — 8:00pm
How to make an image is a duet between Eshan Rafi and a six-and-a-half-minute segment of archival video footage dealing with issues of representation.

Something is coming

Performance
Friday, October 5 — 9:30pm
Something is coming is a site specific sound performance which listens into the electrical grid.

Not Peaceable and Quiet

Performance
Friday, October 5, 2018, — 8:30pm
This research-based performance examines normalized associations be­tween criminality and sound.

Herd

Performance
Friday, October 5, 2018 — 7:00pm
Jeneen Frei Njootli’s performance turns an ear to caribou antlers sounding the transmis­sion of embedded and layered ancestral knowledge.

Relaxing into Relation

Performance
Friday, October 5, 2018 — 12:00pm - 2:30pm | Sunday, October 7, 2018 — 4:00pm - 6:30pm
An individual and collective performative experiment: physiological relaxation as a basis for a conversation.

Something, Somewhere

Performance
Thursday, October 4, 2018 — 9:00pm
In 2013, a long-buried and relatively obscure village was uncovered in a remote region of the Mediterranean. Researchers slowly unearthed increasingly bizarre artifacts and architecture.

Release Stress & Feel Amazing in 30 Minutes

Performance
Thursday, October 4, 2018 — 7:30pm
Performance by Jamie McDonald + Signy Holm as part of the Rita McKeough: Works - Publication Launch Event

Let them believe in themselves

Performance
Thursday, October 4, 2018 — 7:20pm
Performance by NIK as part of the Rita McKeough: Works - Publication Launch Event

and when it floods in

Performance
Thursday, October 4, 2018 — 7:10pm
Performance by Toni Cormier as part of the Rita McKeough: Works - Publication Launch Event

Disclosure Cookbook

Performance
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 — 5:00pm – 8:30pm | Thursday, October 4, 2018 — 5:00pm – 8:30pm
Disclosure Cookbook is a conversation­al culinary experience bringing HIV positive people together over a lavish meal to discuss disclosing HIV status

possible performance

Performance
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 — 7:00pm | Friday, October 5, 2018 — 3:00pm | Saturday, October 6, 2018 — 3:00pm
A collectively authoured participatory performance and workshop. The public is invited to perform a score that takes place in a set.

ARENA: DUAL NATURE

Performance
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 — 9:00pm
Magnus Tiesenhausen and Kylie Ward will take reprieve from the waking life in a disused riding arena just outside of Calgary city limits.

Ideational Apraxia

Performance
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 — 8:00pm
Ideational Apraxia borrows everyday household implements and the contents of a femme purse, dis­covering and diverting the domestic system implied by these objects.

Writing for building

Performance
Multiple Times
Writing for building invites the public to write and share a text addressed to a building of social or historical significance.

Paydirt

Performance
August 1 - 31, 2017 | Report on Sunday, August 20, 2017 — 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Paydirt is a call for crowdsourcing under-the-radar info on extractive industries.

Orphan Well Adoption Agency

Performance
Thursday, July 27th, 2017 — 7:00pm – 10:00 pm.
The OWAA is dedicated to finding “forever homes” for abandoned oil wells through symbolic adoptions.

We Lost Half the Forest and the Rest Will Burn This Summer

Performance
Saturday, July 8, 2017 — 7:00pm
A 16-song work recounting the ever-cycling decay of a desert drought from the view of its flora and fauna. Trumpets, bass drums, strings, piano and voices dirge through the only path to the end.

Buffalo Boy’s Stampede Tick and Slap

Performance
Friday, July 7, 2017 — 1:30pm - 7:00pm
Come join the fun, march to a de-colonial tune, celebrate yourself and come tickle, slap and dance your colonial blues away!

sum of the parts: what can be named

Performance
Friday, July 7, 2017 - Saturday, August 26, 2017 — 12:00pm - 6:00pm Daily
A twenty minute performed oral history that recounts the disremembered journey of the Bowen family from its earliest documented history in Clinton, Jones County, Georgia in 1815.

Ejideh: Push it!

Performance
Performance: Thursday, June 22, 2017 — 7:30pm.
Ejideh: Push it! is a moose hide that interrupts space through Indigenous construction and reverberations. When installed and touched, it becomes a decolonial instrument for resonating the Land.
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M:ST 9 Performative Art Biennial

Biennial
September 7 - October 7, 2018
In an attempt to claim and share our own histories, the M:ST 9 roster of artists question the physical and metaphysical boundaries between body and territory.

M:ST 8 Performative Art Biennial

Biennial
October 1 - October 26, 2016
Over the coming weeks, the generous labour of these coalescing energies will generate many points of intersection, creating spaces of exchange and contestation.

M:ST 7 Performative Art Biennial

Biennial
September 26 – October 11, 2014
Now in its seventh edition, M:ST celebrates innovative and critically engaged performative art in the southern Alberta region.

M:ST 6 Performative Art Biennial

Biennial
October 15 - 27, 2012
For M:ST 6, the invited local, national and international performative artists take the definition of performative art in wildly different directions.

M:ST 5 Performative Art Biennial

Biennial
October 8 - 22, 2010
Building on an incredible history of collaboration, innovation, and community support, the M:ST 5 Festival will bring two weeks of cutting-edge performative art to Calgary.

M:ST 4 Performative Art Biennial

Biennial
October 3 - 17, 2008
We invite you to join us for the fourth installment of the M:ST Performative Art Festival. Building on an incredible history of collaboration, innovation, and community support, the M:ST 4.

M:ST 3 Performative Art Biennial

Biennial
October 7 - October 31, 2005
The 2005 Mountain Standard Time 3 festival will present the works of 31 local, national and international artists in 18 programmed events in the communities of Banff. Calgary, and Lethbridge.

M:ST 2 Performative Art Biennial

Biennial
April 2 - 17, 2003
The primary objective of M:ST 2 is to program original, diverse, enter­taining, and thought-provoking performative works.

M:ST Performative Art Biennial

Biennial
April 6 - 28, 2001
If you’ve never experienced performative art first-hand, you’re in for a full month’s worth of exceptional opportunities.

Rita McKeough: Works Soft Launch

Event
Wednesday, October 4, 2018 — Doors at 6:00pm
Join us to celebrate the launch of our new publication celebrating the career of prolific Calgary artist Rita McKeough.

Performative Art Symposium: Tempaurality

Event
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 — 1:30 pm - 6:00pm
A series of two panels - "Listening Awry" and "wnoondwaamin | we hear them" - by M:ST 9 artists and wnoondwaamin | we hear them exhibition artists.

Life of a Craphead Artist Talk

Event
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 — 7:00pm

"If I hear another filmmaker say ‘I’m just trying to tell a good story’ I will shave my head”: A talk about DIY filmmaking

Event
Friday, September 28, 2018 —10:00am – 11:30am
Life of a Craphead will talk about their relationship to movies. This includes watching a lot of them, through their specific lenses of race, gender, and class.

The 7th Sense Book Launch

Event
Saturday, October 14, 2017 — 3:00pm - 5:00pm.
Book launch and signing accompanied by a live reading from the authors for the publication 7th Sense.

New Fears

Event
Wednesday, Dec 31, 2014 — 9:00pm
Join us for a karaoke party Featuring HOLY JACKAL and Ryan Scott. Admission by donation.

SPANE: Threshold

Event
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 — 9:00pm - 11:00pm
The fourth iteration of the Screening of Performance Art in the Natural Environment (SPANE) features a diverse mix of performance-based videos.

Art’s Birthday 2014

Event
Friday, January 17, 2014 — 7:00pm - 10:00pm
M:ST, together with EMMEDIA, LIDS, FUSE Magazine and Frosst Books celebrates the 1,000,051 birthday of Art!

Moustache: Performing Masculinity

Event
Thursday, October 25, 2012 — 2:00pm - 4:00pm
This panel is dedicated to the memory of Jasmine Valentina.

Performing Cultural Transformation

Event
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 — 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Panel discussion moderated by David Plouffe.

Panel — Performative Art & Documentation

Event
Thursday, October 14, 2010 — 7:00pm
A moderated this panel with performative artists that have a long-standing trajectory in the field and are seen by their peers and the community as leaders and innovators.

This is How we do it: Performing Craftiness

Event
Sunday, October 10, 2010 — 1:30pm
A moderated panel, bringing together Craft Off artists to discuss the intersections of contemporary craft and performance art practices in light of their projects for the M:ST Festival.

True Love is Riding Bikes

Event
Saturday, July 18, 2009 — 1:30pm
In the months of June and July 2009, the Tender Mountain Clan will be actively installing, recording, and mapping street art in the city of Calgary.

Event Architecture: Administration as Artistic Practice

Event
Thursday, October 16, 2008 — 12:00pm - 1:00pm
This panel brings together several of the artists part of the M:ST 4 Event Architecture Series to discuss the ways that they have used administrative strategies to develop their practices.

New Practices: Performance on the Edge

Event
Friday, January 5, 2007 — 1:30pm - 3:30pm
This panel examined elements of performance and performativity in relation to risk-taking and innovation, novel technologies, and more.

Technologies and Bodies: Performative Spaces

Event
Saturday, October 22, 2005 — 1:00pm

Witnessing: Locating Audience, Art, and Performance

Event
Wednesday, October 12, 2005 — 12:00pm

Costume Based Performance Art and the Politics of Representation

Event
Saturday, October 8, 2005 — 2:00pm

Grand Action

Event
October 23 - 24, 2004
Grand Action is a three-day seminar event that included studio visits, a public Grand Action Panel Discussion, and Community Party and Networking Session.

Endangered Species: Performativity and the Displacement of Norms

Event
Saturday, April 12, 2003 — 3:30pm
This panel discussion explores the idea that performativity can be seen as a process, how the body is gendered through the repetitive enactment of societal markers, and more.

Socially (Sub)Conscious: Effects of the Performance Artist in Public Places

Event
Wednesday, April 9, 2003 — 7:00pm
This panel will focus on the meanings created by the dynamics between artist and audience, strategies artists use to manage conflict, and more.

Technological Advances for New Media Artists

Event
Friday, April 6, 2001 — 12:00pm

The School of Panamerican Unrest

Event
This project invited local artists and public audiences to engage in various forms of dialogue about social, political, and cultural issues affecting the various regions of the Americas.

Relation Making in the Context of Racism and Settler-Colonialism

Workshop
Saturday, August 3 - Saturday, August 10, 2019
A free multi-day workshop for artists of all disciplines who identify as Indigenous, Black, or as a Person of Colour, between the ages of 15-35.

SEARCH ENGINES: One does not know exactly what one does not know

Workshop
September 28 - 30, 2018
We invite art makers and researchers of all disciplines to engage in a performance workshop process.

Night School: A public collaborative workshop initiative

Workshop
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 — 8:00pm.
Night School is an emerging initiative from M:ST to facilitate the origination of new performative art making methodologies.

Performance Art Presenters Retreat

Workshop
Tuesday October 25, 2016 | Wednesday October 26, 2016 — 10:00am – 12:30pm Daily.
This ground-breaking retreat assembles representatives of organizations, each dedicated to the promotion and exhibition of performance art across Canada.

Infiltrating and Relational Practice in Public Space Workshop

Workshop
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 – Friday, October 21, 2016 — 10:00am – 6:00pm Daily.
This workshop will introduce participants to what is involved in the creation of a live action piece as related to infiltrating or intervention practices that take place in public spaces.

Workshop: Performative Strategies in Contemporary Art

Workshop
Monday, October 6, 2014 - Thursday, October 9, 2014 — 11:00am - 5:00pm
This workshop aims to re-think the basic elements of Performance Art and experiment with performativity in a wider sense and applied to different art practices.

Remote Collaboration: exchange and co-authorship across distance and discipline

Workshop
Sunday, October 5, 2014 — 11:00am - 5:00pm
This workshop is designed for artists interested in working across distances and borders both literal and conceptual and artists collaborating across discipline or cultural affiliation.

M:ST Performance Master Class – Wanted Dead or Alive: Performance Art

Workshop
Saturday, May 31, 2014
This class will be a daylong event filled with theory, discussion and action. It is an opportunity to reflect on your practice, what’s happening today and create space for impromptu actions.

Wayward Objects Performance Workshop by Rita McKeough

Workshop
Monday, February 17, 2014 - Friday, February 21, 2014
This workshop offers theoretical and practical explorations of performance art with a focus on our interactions with everyday objects by integrating sound, images, and performative processes.

Art Action Workshop

Workshop
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - Thursday, September 26, 2013
M:ST is pleased to offer a 3-day intensive performance workshop with Richard Martel (Quebec City), open to performers and artists of all backgrounds.

Performance Master Class Workshop

Workshop
Saturday, October 20, 2012 — 10:00am - 5:00pm
M:ST 6's Performance art workshop, hosted by Pauline Cummins.

MUTOPIA

Workshop
Monday, October 15, 2012 - Saturday, October 20, 2012 — 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Aligned with the IMAA national conference at The Banff Centre, John Grzinich will facilitate MUTOPIA, a workshop that explores collaboration, collective creativity and open forms of authorship.

Contemporary Indigenous Performance Art — Where it’s Been, Where it’s At & Where it’s Going…

Workshop
Monday, October 15, 2012 - Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Making Way presents complementary workshops by Adrian Stimson and Rebecca Belmore that engages participants in critical discourse on contemporary Indigenous performance art theory and praxis.

Bike Hack + Soundride Workshop

Workshop
Thursday, July 30, 2009 — 7:00pm
A collaborative workshop and mobile sound performance that enables participants to contribute to the acoustic ecology of the city through simple sonic experimentation.

Student Workshop and Performances

Workshop
Thursday, October 9, 2008 — 9:00pm - 11:00pm
This workshop will provide students from the Alberta University of the Arts the opportunity to work with renowned multidisciplinary artist Cheryl L’Hirondelle.

Virtual Bodies

Workshop
Monday, October 17, 2005 - Friday, October 28, 2005
The Virtual Bodies workshop is aimed at exploring different strategies for situating the body in performance within technologised spaces.

PAS #24: themomentwhenanappleistooheavyandhastofalldowntotheground

Workshop
M:ST presents PAS — Performance Art Studies (Germany), a professional studio that is offering intensive studies to young artists, art students and other interested people in Performance Art

TouVA Collective Workshop

Workshop
M:ST Presents a workshop by TouVA collective through a gradual yet intensive learning process to introduce participants to what is involved in the creation of a live action.

Urban Habitat Laboratory: Sustainability Workshops

Workshop
Kelly Jaclynn Andres presents the workshops: Sucker for a Syphon, Closet Gardener, Guilt-Free Geek, and Very Seedy Neighborhood.

Music (for my father)

Exhibition
Friday, October 3, 2008 - Friday, October 31, 2008
Horvat creates an opportunity for herself to be a star — music makes public a very intimate, raw, and self-conscious performance, confusing the distinctions between spectacle and private ritual.

One Night Only: Moving In

Exhibition
Monday, October 10, 2005 - Saturday, October 15, 2005

Sleeping with cake

Exhibition
Saturday, October 8, 2005 — 8:00pm - Monday, October 31, 2005

Public Sphere as Project

Exhibition
Saturday, October 8 - Saturday, October 15, 2005
A response to the sense that in the present political climate, the public sphere is diminishing so that we increasingly think in terms of individualism or monolithic ideas of collectivity.

Performance Art Relics, Residue and Ephemera

Exhibition
Friday, October 7, 2005 - Monday, October 31, 2005

HOT OIL

Fundraiser
Thursday, July 27, 2017 — 7:00pm – 10:00pm | Sunday, August 20, 2017 — 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Artists, Alana Bartol and Maggie Flynn will perform in their respective cities, fields, and studios to raise funds in support of Mountain Standard Time as well as their own artistic practices.

Spring Runoff 2016

Fundraiser
Saturday, April 23, 2016 — 7:30pm - Midnight
From April 23-30th, M:ST is presenting our second annual performative art fundraiser, Spring Runoff.

Spring Runoff 2015

Fundraiser
Saturday, May 23, 2015 - Saturday, June 13, 2015
Spring Runoff is an annual local and international performance art fundraiser. Donors had the opportunity to donate to performing artists in return for exclusive performance paraphernalia.

Moments After

Special Project
Launches July 7 - 17, 2019
Presented in this interactive publication, the M:ST 9 biennial was captured through the documentation of liminal fragments. Launch currently underway.

Not funny, too expensive

Special Project
Coming soon. The date is March 21 in any year you like. ANG and BUB are hanging out in their “windowless” (there is a window but it opens to reveal the exterior of the neighbouring building) studio.

Homo-Sighting: Consent & Refusal of Queer Performance in Ryan Danny Owen's LOVE ME LIKE THERE'S NO TOMORROW

Special Project
Intimate musings on the complexity of performing queer bodies in a comparison of Ryan Danny Owen's performance in M:ST 9, Love Me Like There's No Tomorrow, and William E. Jones' TEAROOM.