The Performance Creation Canada (PCC) Conference was held in Calgary in January of 2007, and as part of the conference, M:ST hosted a panel discussion on the subject of New Practices: Performance on the Edge. Performative and media works have historically existed on the leading edge of “new” artistic practices. This panel examined elements of performance and performativity in relation to risk-taking and innovation, novel technologies, the reconfiguring of more traditional forms and their relation to artistic practices as a means to push the edge of what are considered “new” practices.
This panel was presented to an audience of approximately 100 people consisting of artists, PCC conference attendees, critics, writers, and members of the general public. The panelists consisted of a broad distribution of individuals from a variety of disciplines including artists, performers, funding representatives, and curators. The discussion was initiated through a series of short presentations and then opened up to a general discussion with the audience.
Performance Creation Canada is a nationwide network dedicated to the nourishment, management and study of performance creation in Canada, and the ecology in which it flourishes.
Tammy McGrath holds a BFA in Painting from the Alberta College of Art and Design and an MFA in Intermedia from the University of Regina. She is a multimedia artist and has taught studio arts at the University of Calgary and the Alberta College of Art & Design while also programming the Visual and Media Arts at the EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts. She was the curator and co-creator of Soundasaurus: Multimedia Sound Art Festival in Calgary and has received numerous awards and grants. McGrath has written for local and national art publications and spearheaded/initiated projects such as the Mountain Standard Time Performative Art Festival and Space for Space in Calgary, AB. She volunteers for multiple non-profit art organizations, and has been a jury member for local/national granting agencies and art institutions. In her art practice, McGrath examines how truth is constructed and knowledge is retained and erased.
Born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and raised on the Great Plains of North America, Terrance Houle is an internationally recognized interdisciplinary media artist and a proud member of the Kainai Nation (Blood Tribe).
Involved with Aboriginal communities all his life, he has traveled to reservations throughout North America participating in Powwow dancing and native ceremonies. Houle makes use of performance, photography, video & film, music, and painting in his work. Likewise, Houle’s practice includes various tools of mass dissemination such as billboards and vinyl bus signage.
Houle graduated from the Alberta College of Art + Design in 2003 with a BFA Major in Fibre. His groundbreaking art quickly garnered him significant accolades and opportunities.
Houle’s work has been exhibited across Canada, the United States, Australia, the UK, and Europe.
Houle lives and maintains his art practice in Calgary.