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15 Feb 2012

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

Photo: Michael Portnoy, Taipei Women's Experimental Comedy Club, 2010
installation and performance. Installation view, Taipei Biennial, 2010.

Call for Applications
The Banff Centre


Office of the Registrar

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

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

23 Studio Time: Work of the Living Watch

Faculty: Geoffrey Farmer
Program dates: July 30, 2012 - August 17, 2012
Application deadline: March 2, 2012
Three weeks, eight talks, and studio time.

This residency will focus on time in the studio while also incorporating walks, conversation, studio visits, and readings as we contemplate the structure of experience. Such study is like hiking up a mountain. As one climbs and becomes aware of wider and wider vistas, it is important to not lose sight of details, at least not the critical ones. We must let go of some, however; life is too short.

In addition to Visual Arts facilities access, Studio Time participants will be invited to attend the public lectures and meet the faculty and participants of the Banff Research in Culture (BRIC) residency, The Retreat: A Position of dOCUMENTA (13).

23 Experimental Comedy Training Camp
Faculty: Michael Portnoy
Guests: Steven M. Johnson, Reggie Watts
Program dates: September 10, 2012 - October 26, 2012
Application deadline: April 13, 2012

Rule #1: What you were doing and calling 'art' is now called 'experimental comedy.'

This residency will include a light study of contemporary humour theory in the fields of psychology, philosophy, and cognitive linguistics as well as a sprint through comedy-writing instructional texts and books on comedy in the visual arts. A weekly experimental comedy club, daily prank calls, and regular 'roasts' will occur, where we take existing works of art, ideas, and forms of practice and tweak, skewer, prune and graft them to create new destabilizing chimera. In group sessions, the four main areas of focus will be language/logic, movement/character, scenario/situation, and things which do things.

'Banff Artist In Residence Programs' 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