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01 Jun 2012

Call for Applications: Thematic Residencies and Banff Artist in Residence (BAIR) Programs at The Banff Centre

Benjamin Franklin, Join, or Die. Woodcut. First published in the Pennsylvania Gazette, May 9, 1754.

The Banff Centre's Visual Arts programs focus on professional development, research, and training opportunities in media and visual arts.
Visual Arts at The Banff Centre


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The Banff Centre
107 Tunnel Mountain Drive
T1L 1H5, Banff, AB.

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25 The Decapitated Museum
Faculty: Vincent Normand
Guests: Etienne Chambaud, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster
Program dates: November 13, 2012 - December 7, 2012
Application deadline: June 8, 2012

Speaking for real: this isn't a history painting, it's a book of stories. A book being written with stories like the ones you get told when you're getting your head chopped off—before going up there, or coming back from the show. Stories like they tell in museums.

This residency is addressed to participants willing to engage in speculative inquiry on the matter of exhibition, whether they work as artists, curators, or writers. The moment of exhibition will act as a figure towards which converge diverse spaces of authority (the studio, the exhibition space, criticism). The residency will thus be structured in as many points of enunciation, with individual studio and research time, public talks, and collective discussions enhanced by screenings and reading sessions.

26 Wood Land School – What colour is the present?

Faculty: Duane Linklater
Guest: Brian Jungen
Program dates: January 7, 2013 - February 22, 2013
Application deadline: June 29, 2012

We should meet in the mountains to investigate: What colour is the present?

On a weekly basis, the Wood Land School will convene to share work, performance, poetry, dance, video, mix-tapes, songs, drink, and food to determine what colour is the present. Our determinations will be guided by our languages, where we come from, our city lives, our rural lives (or in between). We will get together to see what becomes of this.

Please note: Enrolment to this program is limited to individuals of Aboriginal descent (status, non-status, Métis or Inuit).

27 Our Literal Speed: Stuff Near Art That Is Not Art, Which Is Treated As If It Were Art, Is Now The Substance of Most Serious Art
Program dates: January 7, 2013 - February 22, 2013
Application deadline: June 29, 2012
Faculty: Abbey Shaine Dubin
Guests: Theaster Gates, Christopher P. Heuer, Matthew Jesse Jackson

Much of the visual art of the twenty-first century vivifies the formerly neutral, decorative surfaces that have surrounded the discussion, production, and display of artworks: the gallery opening, the white cube, the PowerPoint lecture, the auction house. And over the last decade a renewed sense of art's expressive possibility has flourished as more stuff began to be treated as if it were art. A cloud of evaluative anxiety accompanies this new art. Perhaps we have so much information today that only its deficit can bring about a truly arresting art experience. Or maybe we can put it this way: if the twentieth century was defined by the Readymade, then perhaps the twenty-first century belongs to the Nevermade.

Our Literal Speed is open to all practices, scholarly and artistic, that engage the question, 'Why is contemporary art contemporary?'

Banff Artist in Residence (BAIR) Programs
Ongoing opportunities

Banff Artist in Residence programs offer independent periods of study where artists, curators, and other arts professionals are free to experiment and explore. Participants are provided with an individual studio accessible 24 hours a day, as well as use of Visual Arts facilities including printmaking, papermaking, ceramics, sculpture, and photography. BAIR offers short and long-term opportunities to work at a remove from the constraints of everyday life.

For more information and to apply:
Office of the Registrar
Phone: 403.762.6180 or 1.800.565.9989