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.

Watershed+ Lab Artists at Doors Open Calgary

September 11th, 2017

The Dynamic Environment Lab artists will be presenting works in two City of Calgary locations for Doors Open Calgary on the 23rd of September.

In the City’s Logistics A Warehouse the artists Steve Gurysh, Tim Knowles, Becky Shaw, Peter von Tiesenhausen, and Stokley Towles, along with subject matter experts from The City of Calgary Water Resources and the Warehouse, will guide tours through a section of the building, highlighting the significance of this space in servicing the city and demonstrate the diversity of professions, skills, and knowledge in Water Services.

The Logistics A Warehouse is a critical site for maintaining and operating Calgary. It provides the necessary resources to service, repair and maintain the city infrastructure. Many of the items in the Warehouse are unseen above ground, including valves, pipes and other critical spares for the water infrastructure.

For booking and tour hours, visit

In Glenmore Water Treatment Plant, artist Stokley Towles will present the performance he has been developing over the last year. The artist has spent many days shadowing and interviewing Water Services crew members who repair the city water and drainage systems. He gathered their stories into a performance that explores the challenges of spending a career working in a hole.

Performances will start at 11:00 and 1:30, and are approximately 45 minutes. For more info follow this link:

Varying Proximities write up in Calgary’s Avenue Magazine

July 12th, 2016

An article on Broken City Lab’s project Varying Proximities was recently published in Calgary’s Avenue Magazine.

To read the article Work of Art: River Signs by Katherine Ylitalo, click here


Varying Proximities was a result of the WATERSHED+ Artist Residency Program

For more information on Varying Proximities, please follow this link.