Dynamic Environment

November 4th, 2020

Come and see selected works at Contemporary Calgary produced by the Dynamic Environment Lab artists, Steve Gurysh, Tim Knowles, Becky Shaw, Stokely Towles, and Peter von Tiesenhausen. The Dynamic Environment Lab was a Watershed+ initiative to immerse artists into an integral City system, the Utilities and Environmental Protection Department of the City of Calgary. It was a way to foster a unique and collaborative relationship between disciplines that do not normally interact. Dynamic Environment is the final culmination of that immersion and it explores how art can provoke new understandings, discussions, and connections to an otherwise hidden aspect of our City.

Opening night is September 26, 2019 at 6PM and will feature a panel discussion moderated by amery Calvelli where the artists can delve into the history of the project, their experiences working with the city, and how this process has changed public art in Calgary.

For more information about this event and others featuring the artists please visit https://www.contemporarycalgary.com/whats-on

PLUS Featured by AIGA

November 4th, 2020

The professional association for design has featured PLUS in their members gallery, follow this link for the full profile: AIGA

Plus succession plan now online

March 7th, 2018

To read Plus, please click here

WATERSHED+ Succession Plan Release

January 18th, 2018
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Plus catalogues the last 8 years of WATERSHED+, documenting projects, who was involved, and the outcomes. It contains people’s voices and experiences from many points of view: engineers, artists, managers, and critics – many of whom helped shape it.

“[…] WATERSHED+ is a plan, a program, an artwork. It is processed-based work, with temporary and permanent work. It is performance and collaborative. It is artist-lead, municipal, internally and externally focused; it is engaging, informing, educational. It is engineering. It is art. It is serious, critical, joyous, challenging, and celebratory. […]”
From Plus, Introduction.

Alongside this documentation six prominent arts voices  were invited – a combination of artists, curators, writers and editors – to explore a topic and to complement the narrative of the program, projects, and process from their experiences. These art subject matter experts bring knowledge about contemporary art, urban and cultural development, and insights into creative processes.

Plus also outlines the less tangible outcomes and provides recommendations for the future of the program.

Essays by:
Tatiana Mellema, Hesse McGraw, Diana Sherlock, Susan Szenasy, Shauna Thompson and Janet Zweig

Interviews of staffs and artists by amery Calvelli

Installation of Peter Von Tiesenhausen’s artwork RESERVOIR

January 17th, 2018

As part of the Watershed+ Dynamic Environment Lab, Peter von Tiesenhausen developed Reservoir, recorded and filmed in the Saddleridge drinking water reservoir which was emptied for maintenance, von Tiesenhausen collaborated with sound artists Jen Reimer and Magnus Tiesenhausen and cinematographer Dave McGregor to capture the unique aura of the space. Upon completion of the maintenance, the Saddleridge reservoir was resealed and filled, returning to silence for the next anticipated forty years.

Reservoir runs from January 20, 2018 to March 3, 2018. Please join us in the TRUCK Main Space on Saturday, March 3rd from 3:00 to 4:30 PM for an Artist Talk with with Peter von Tiesenhausen and Magnus Tiesenhausen, as they share their experience of working on the project.