Through Rita McKeough’s installation and performance work over the past 25 years, she has consistently interacted with architectural spaces and implicated architectural systems. Slipping by continues McKeough’s ongoing exploration of the potential of a relationship to the performing object. McKeough will construct an installation with audio, electronic and performance components specifically for Stride Gallery, entitled slipping by, and based on her observations of and reactions to Stride’s immediate locale:
“Stride is on a very busy street in downtown Calgary and it has several lanes of commuter traffic just a few feet outside the door. It is a long narrow storefront where the sound of the traffic permeates and the windows are endlessly covered with dust from the street. I am interested in creating an installation that mimics noise and tension of the traffic and uses audio and performance to create a suggestion of psychological consequences of the urban environment.”
In conjunction with the Rita McKeough’s exhibition, slipping by, and M:ST 3, Stride is proud to offer Caught in the Act – an anthology of performance art by Canadian women published by YYZ, which includes a chapter on Rita McKeough’s practice: An Ethics of Compassion by Jayne Wark. The book is available at the gallery for $42.75
Rita McKeough is an installation artist, musician, and former disc jockey who has worked in radio, written an opera and incorporated audio into her work in integral ways. McKeough has exhibited works nationally and a retrospective of her influential feminist work was exhibited at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary in 1993. McKeough also teaches at Alberta University of the Arts, and has created audio installations and sculptural performances since the 1970s.