Broken City Lab invites us to consider the ways in which we experience the rivers in our city and what our relationship to them is. The Windsor-based artist collective have been in residence with the WATERSHED+ Artist Residency Program throughout parts of the past year researching issues relevant to Calgary’s watershed. Focusing their explorations on the Bow and Elbow Rivers, the result of their residency takes form in their new series of work, VARYING PROXIMITIES. Premiered at Stride Gallery July 25th – August 9th 2014 with installations around the city thereafter.
about the artists:
Broken City Lab is an artist-led interdisciplinary collective working to explore and unfold curiosities around locality, infrastructures, education and creative practice leading towards civic change.
Our projects, events, workshops, installations, and interventions offer an injection of disruptive creativity into a situation, surface, place, or community. These projects aim to connect various disciplines through research and social practice, generating works and interventionist tactics that adjust, critique, annotate, and re-imagine the cities that we encounter.
Three members of Broken City Lab (Hiba Abdallah, Joshua Babcock and Justin Langois) are participating in the WATERSHED+ Artist Residency Program.
Artist duo Jay Mosher (Calgary, AB) and Rory Middleton (Edinburgh, UK) have been artists-in-residence with WATERSHED+ throughout parts of the past year. Spending the majority of their time in the studio based at Ralph Klein Park, Mosher and Middleton drew inspiration from Gilles Clement’s manifesto to explore its attributes in the surrounding manmade wetland. Made up of large fabricated letters spelling out The Third Landscape, the artists will highlight these irregular spaces as described by Clement in their installation that will be on display at RKP. Accompanying the installation is a short film in the form of a film trailer produced by the artists that will be screened at various locations this fall.
about the artists:
Jay Mosher received a MFA from Glasgow School of Art in 2013. Selected exhibitions include Comfortably Warm, part of Glasgow International 2014, Friends (2014) and Talisman (in collaboration with Rory Middleton), The New Gallery, Calgary (2012). He recently organized and exhibited in Cave, part of Glasgow Master Series, Underground Car Park, Fleming House, Glasgow (2013), and has a forthcoming solo exhibition at Harcourt House Artist Run Centre (2015).
Rory Middleton lives and works in Portobello, Scotland. He studied at Leith School of Art, Edinburgh and Falmouth School of Art and received his MFA at the Glasgow School of Art in 2006. In his work he uses a collage of elements from architecture, nature, speech and sound depicting subtly shifting and morphing landscapes and wildlife creating space in which to contemplate the world around us. Recent solo exhibitions include The View, shown both at Cove Park, Scotland 2012, and at The Banff Centre in Canada 2010, the piece combined film, live musical performance and sculpture.
In October 2012, Rachel Duckhouse began a 12 month residency allowing her to work closely with City’s Water Resources’ Water Services’ and Parks’ staff, sharing research, data and knowledge. Her work was concluded with an exhibition at Kasian Gallery in the University of Calgary. more info…
The resulting works freeze the movement of water in time and space; her drawings are studies of the way particles move through landscape, eliciting questions around the architecture of our watershed.
about the artist:
UK based visual artist specialising in abstract, geometric etchings and screenprints as well as highly detailed, labour intensive pen and ink drawings. Her practice is both research based and process led and is characterised by repeated geometric motifs and arrangements of multi-layered, sculptural forms in 2D. The complex patterns and systems in nature, architecture and human behaviour form the basis of her work either directly as a focus of research, or indirectly in the processes of production on a more intuitive level. She has exhibited in galleries in Canada, USA and the UK, including the Royal Academy in London and the National Gallery in Edinburgh and her drawings, screenprints and etchings have been acquired by the British Museum in London. She was Artist in Residence for WATERSHED+, part the City of Calgary’s Public Art Program.
Minty Donald and Nick Millar, artists in residence during April, August and September 2013.
Minty and Nick devised a series of participatory studies or actions intended to invite reflection on the essential liveliness and wilfulness of water and on the interdependency of every life form with ‘the universal solvent’. While not addressing directly the forceful display of water’s liveliness and wilfulness witnessed in Southern Alberta in June 2013, they hope that the actions/studies might resonate in relatively quiet but thought-provoking ways with some of the feelings and issues raised by the vitality of water
about the artists:
Minty Donald is an artist and lecturer/researcher in the School of Culture and Creative Arts, University of Glasgow, Scotland. Her practice is context and not medium -specific, though ephemeral media such as performance, projected imagery and sound are frequently used in Minty’s attempts to explore our relationships with the spaces and places we build, shape and inhabit. She regularly works in collaboration with Nick Millar, currently focusing on human/water interaction. Recent projects include High-Slack-Low-Slack-High, Glasgow International Festival of Visual Arts and time/zones festival, Berlin, 2012; Lifeguard, Govanhill Baths, 2012 and Bridging Part 1, International Network of Contemporary Performing Arts (IETM), 2010.
Nick Millar is an artist with a project-based practice. He works frequently with Minty Donald and with other regular collaborators including Untitled Projects/Stewart Laing and Arika. Working with Minty Donald, his current practice reflects on human/water interrelations. Recent work includes Episodes 1 – 3 and A Survey is a Process of Listening, Arika, (production manager) 2012; Pass the Spoon, Magnetic North (production manager/designer) 2011; The Salon Project, Untitled Projects (production manager) 2011; High-Slack-Low-Slack-High (artist/technical consultant) 2012; Bridging Part 1 (artist/production manager), 2010.