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.