Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay
Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay is a former Calgary artist currently based in Berlin. He works in video, sound, print and textile, tying together concepts of love, emotional identity and language. His mixed media works have been exhibited throughout Europe, Asia and Canada with significant recent works now in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada. His work will be presented through the generous support of the Esker Foundation.
Diane Borsato is a Toronto-based intermedia artist whose mass participatory performance art events have confounded and delighted audiences from all walks of life. Her events are major investigations into the drama of everyday investigations of our living culture. She investigates the phenomena of scientific biological field studioes as a roaming crowd performance in Burnaby , B.C., and brought police men and women together to a tango through the streets of Toronto. She currently teaches at the University of Guelph in the Department of Visual Arts. Image courtesy Craig Boyko.
Kent Monkman is a Canadian artist of Cree ancestry who works in a variety of mediums, including painting, film/video, performance, and installation. Monkman’s works examine the way indigenous American and Canadian history has been presented by 19th and 20th Century artists such as George Catlin and Paul Kane. Most of his works deal with Aboriginal identity as it has been affected by colonialism in Canada and the United States. Monkman has had solo exhibitions at numerous Canadian museums including the Montreal Museum of Fine Art, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, and the Art Gallery of Hamilton. Photo by Benjamin Moogk, 2010.
Lucy and Jorge Orta
Lucy Orta and Jorge Orta founded Studio Orta in 1991. Lucy + Jorge Orta’s collaborative practice focuses on the social and ecological factors of environmental sustainability to realize major bodies of work employing drawing, sculpture, installation, object making, couture, painting, silkscreen printing, as well staging workshops, ephemeral interventions and performances. Orat’s artwork has been the focus of major solo exhibitions, including: The Curve, Barbican Art Gallery, London (2005); Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice (2005); Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2006); Biennial of the End of the World, Ushuaia, Antarctic Peninsula (2007); Hangar Bicocca spazio d’arte, Milan (2008); Natural History Museum, London (2010); MAXXI National Museum of XXI Century Arts, Rome (2012); and Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2013). Image courtesy the artists.
Mara Marxt Lewis & Tyler Lewis
Mara Marxt Lewis is a curator driven by transforming concepts into realization, drawing on her background as both artist and designer. Her work focuses on the creative mediation between the artwork, the artist and the audience. She holds a MFA in curatorial studies from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and a certificate in program exhibition design and management at Danube University, Krems, Austria.
Tyler Lewis began studying piano at the age of six, and from there he used his fundamental knowledge to teach himself guitar, drums, and develop his own singing techniques. His musical compositions have been used to support visual artists, provide accompaniment to dance routines, sound installations, commercial use, and even a soundtrack for a documentary. Tyler’s current music features rich vocal harmonies laced into soundscapes that create alternate spaces and feelings.
M.E.D.I.U.M. (Metaphysical Explorations, Divination, and Investigations Utilizing Magic) is a Lethbridge-based trio comprised of Frater Tham (Darcy Logan), Madame Symona (Maria Madacky), Char Latan (Leila Armstrong), and Dr. I. M. Auftenhauzie (Rick Gillis). They offer a broad range of “services” to physically needy, including – but not limited to – fortune telling, dream interpretation, séances, sin eating, and country-western prophecies. M.E.D.I.U.M. has been performing together since December 2011, when they organized their first piece Phantasma Gloris on Winter Solstice. During this occasion Frater Tham consumed people’s sins, Madame Symona defined the future through I Ching, and Char Lata sung Country Western classics to fortell fortunes. Frater Tham, Madame Symona, and Char Latan explore the fine line between belief and disbelief, rational thought and mysticism, skepticism and faith.
Shawna Dempsey & Lorri Millan
Based in Winnipeg and working collaboratively throughout Canada and internationally, Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Milan have produced a significant body of artistic work in the related areas of performance, video, printed matter and new genre social activist art over the last twenty years. They have investigated the body politics of prescribed female identity in Western society, mining historical references to produce monologues with a humorous edge. They use any available artistic strategy to undermine current misconceptions about feminist identity and offer to bring a wealth of knowledge to Calgary audiences. Image copyright 2010 Katsuhiko TOKUNAGA/DACT,INC.
Sarah Smalik is a Calgary-based intermedia artist working in sculpture, installation and performance art. In late 2011 she produced a two-person performance in conjunction with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra’s Virtuosity Series presentation of the Rite of Spring. Enticed by Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, Smalik created Predator Prayer – an endurance performance that summons stories of rituals and sacrifice, and the animality of primitive human life. It was presented in the Jack Singer lobby simultaneous with the performance in the concert hall. Predator Prayer was supported by the CPO, the City of Calgary and the IKG at ACAD.
Much of TouVA’s work, both collectively and individually, has been about creating evocative situations that induce incongruous outcomes, and welcoming contact with others. Past performances involving the development of spaces for exchange have produced very unique encounters and transformative moments. This has motivated the idea of embarking on a project that would take into consideration the gathering of people in public places, live performance where “the people” are already gathered.
Wednesday Lupypciw is from Calgary, Alberta, where she pursues chaotically overlapping, noisy video and performance art practices. To make money and stay grounded she is a part-time maid and physical labourer. She is a Fibre Programme graduate from ACAD (2006), and incorporates weaving, machine knitting, embroidery and crochet into most of her work. She is 1/3 of the purposefully lazy Feminist art and activist collective LIDS–the Ladies Invitational Deadbeat Society, and has shown work throughout Canada and the US.