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

Sunday, October 5, 2014 — 11:00am - 5:00pm
Contemporary Calgary

This workshop is designed for artists interested in working across distances and borders both literal and conceptual; artists collaborating across discipline or cultural affiliation; online border-crossers who envision new creative uses for the transnational highways of the “world wide web” that prioritize dialogue, encounter, and embodiment. This workshop is suitable for artists working in and across the mediums of performance/live art, theatre, dance, music, street art, installation, photography, film, video and new media.

In this workshop, we will present one collaboration structure to explore how we might apply open source principles to collaborative interdisciplinary performance, so that we maintain an equitable balance of authorship as we co-create, present and distribute content. In the spirit of the commons, we will experiment with offering up our existing material, archive, or repertoire for elaboration, (de-/re-)construction, and germination of new works by others.

Part 1: AUTHORSHIP + EXCHANGE An interdisciplinary experiment in exchanging artistic concepts, objects and ideas in an economy of minimal control of your Intellectual Property (IP), balanced with maximal potential for exchange and re-authorship. Part 1 will focus primarily on creating short live performances and performance scores.

Part 2: EXCHANGE + TECHNOLOGY + THE BODY Introducing video/technology to the exchange framework, Part 2 will focus on creating short performative videos.

WHAT TO BRING: 3 objects or materials that you have used in prior or current projects, such as masks, blindfolds, ropes, houseplants, fabric, articles of clothing, etc. (Tip: these objects will be handled by other participants, so nothing too precious or fragile.) video recording/displaying device, such as a laptop, tablet, digital camera, or smart phone.

Los Angeles based interdisciplinary performance artist Allison Wyper activates the performance space as a site of critical action. Engaging subjects such as violence, torture, and moral accountability, she produces charged encounters between performer and viewer that prompt each to consider the possibility for intimate exchange and critical solidarity. She is an Artistic Associate of Guillermo Gómez-Peña’s international performance company La Pocha Nostra, and a collaborator with Hydra Poesis (Australia). Her work has been presented in theaters, festivals, galleries, universities, museums and on the streets of Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, Boston, Chicago, Berlin, Montreal, Calgary, Perth and Melbourne.

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.

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


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