Reception and Discussion: Monday, October 24, 2016 — 7:00pm
What bodies move alongside, within, and outside of the designated city boundaries? Who inhabits the spaces along the city limits? How is the border of Calgary inscribed on the land and felt in space?
Focusing on themes surrounding ecology and the relationships between individuals and their physical environments, artist Alana Bartol frequently engages walking as an artistic medium. Through performance, video, drawing, installation, and community-engaged art, her work aims to make visible the invisible forces at play in our everyday environments.
For M:ST8, Bartol has created a walking project to trace the limits of the City of Calgary on foot, covering a distance of over 174 km. In this work, the Google map developed by the City of Calgary becomes a virtual guide. Without sanctioned pathways or access points, the boundaries of the city are often experienced from a distance, from a vehicle, or not at all. While the city limit runs alongside roads and highways, it also demarcates the border along Tsuu T’ina Nation 145, dips and crosses both The Bow and Elbow rivers, runs directly along the Bearspaw Dam, moves across private property, farmlands, and sinks into ponds.
Alana Bartol (Windsor/Calgary) is an interdisciplinary artist that comes from a long line of water witches. Investigating alternate epistemologies within and beyond the human body, her site-responsive works propose dreaming, walking, and divination as ways of understanding across place, species and bodies. Her work has been presented and screened nationally and internationally at various galleries including PlugIn Institute of Contemporary Art (Winnipeg), ARC Gallery (Chicago), Karsh-Masson Gallery (Ottawa), Simultan Festival (Romania), Museo de la Ciudad (Guadalajara, Mexico), Access Gallery (Vancouver), InterAccess (Toronto), Art Gallery of Windsor (Windsor), and Groupe Intervention Vidéo, (Montréal), amongst others. Recent residencies include The Banff Centre, Neighbourhood Time Exchange (Prince George, BC), The City of Calgary’s Public Art residency Open AiR, and the Santa Fe Art Institute. She currently teaches at Alberta College of Art+Design.