M:ST News – Announcements

AGM Announcement

Please join the board and staff of M:ST for our Annual General Meeting scheduled to take place on Tuesday, July 25 at 7:00 pm at the CommunityWIse Resource Centre (212 12 Avenue SW). 

We’ll be reviewing the previous years programming, electing new board members, approving our financial statements, and sharing a meal. Old and new members welcome! 

M:ST is currently accepting expressions of interest for new members of the Board of Directors. If you’re interested in sharing your valuable skills, experience, and passion please e-mail our Board President Ginger Carlson at director@truck.ca.

AGM Agenda

  • Welcoming remarks and introductions
  • Approval of the agenda
  • Approval of the minutes from the previous AGM
  • Artistic Director’s Report 
  • President’s Report
  • Approval of 2016 – 2017 Financial Statements
  • Election and confirmation of the Board of Directors
  • Motion to adjourn

M:ST is an organization founded and structured upon our relationships with Presenting Partners and Members. Please consider becoming a member, we wouldn’t be a here without your incredible involvement and support. Memberships will be available upon donation at the AGM. 

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Summer Fundraiser Launch

You are invited to participate in HOT OIL, M:ST’s annual fundraiser for the performative arts! 

From July 1 to August 31 Alberta based artists, Alana Bartol and Maggie Flynn, will each spend one month dedicated to research and performance, sharing their work with participants and donors in support of the M:ST Performative Art Festival Society as well as their own artistic practices.

To donate and learn more about the artists and organization you will support, please visit our website. 

HOT OIL Public Presentations:

Alana Bartol: Thursday July 27, 7:00 – 10:00 pm at Stride Gallery

Maggie Flynn: Sunday August 20, 2:00 – 4:00 pm at Stride Gallery

Both events are free and open to the public. 

The M:ST Festival is the only biennial presentation of performative art in Alberta. Through our biennial festivals, workshops, publications, and artist talks, we are proud to have been a connector and incubator for regional, national, and international performative artists for 16 years!

While our next festival will occur in October 2018, your donation is an important contribution to our interim programming, ensuring that we can provide permanent yearlong support to our community, in conjunction with our festival. In return, for each donation you will receive a charitable tax receipt, a membership to M:ST, and exclusive documentation of the practice you support. Everyone wins! To donate and learn more about the artists and organization you will support, please visit our website. 

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We’re Hiring!

Call for Production Director!

Priority Deadline: Midnight on June 30, 2017

Mountain Standard Time Performative Art Festival (M:ST) is now accepting applications for the position of Production Director. The priority application deadline is June 30th, 2017. However, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

JOB SUMMARY

The Production Director oversees the operations and programming of M:ST Festival, including grant writing and budgeting, bookkeeping, liaising with board and committees, maintaining and facilitating relationships with partner organizations, volunteer coordination, and contract staff management. In collaboration with the Artistic Director, the Production Director will oversee program coordination, research, and logistics for both interim festival and biannual festival programming.

During festival years (October 2018, 2020, etc.) the Production Director will receive support from one or more contract festival staff.

ORGANIZATIONAL BACKGROUND

M:ST’s main activity is the organization and presentation of a biennial performative art festival. This Festival is a collaborative endeavour between several Southern Alberta arts organizations. This collaborative structure allows the Festival to represent each organization’s mandate and audience, while providing opportunities for cross-disciplinary and inter-organizational exchange. The result is a unique participatory context, where artists and audience experience contemporary performative work outside of more traditional festival or gallery models.
M:ST is committed to presenting performative works from a variety of disciplines that reflect current issues and practices in contemporary art. Through exhibitions, performances, and events, M:ST fosters the development of performative art practices among local, national, and international artistic communities. M:ST’s role in presenting professional, high quality cultural experiences continues to grow, increasing opportunities for education and critical discourse surrounding contemporary performative practices.

WORK PERFORMED

Work with the Artistic Director to prepare grants for federal, provincial, and municipal granting programs for the programming, operations, and staffing of the organization; prepare final reports for granting agencies; and ensure that all agencies and sponsors are properly acknowledged. The Production Director is the first point of contact with granting agents, governmental bodies, and society associations.

 In concert with the Treasurer and Finance Committee, the Production Director oversees all financial aspects of the organization and prepares regular financial reports for the Board of Directors. Financial responsibilities include bookkeeping, monthly reconciliations, preparing annual budgets, and annually working with the Accountant to draft year-end financial statements.

Work with the Artistic Director, the Board of Directors, and Programming Committee to select, administer, and implement M:ST programs as required. The Production Director is also encouraged to engage in independent research related to performance art.

Act as a representative of the Festival within Southern Alberta, liaise with partner organizations, post-secondary institutions, administrators, staff, and artists from diverse performance, visual, and media arts organizations.

Establish and maintain sound administrative procedures and maintain an organizational structure that accommodates organizations participating in the biannual festival.

Maintain a well-organized office and filing system with accurate and accessible records.

Work with the Board of Directors to maintain and write M:ST Policy and Procedures.

Maintain and make updates to the M:ST website as needed.

Secure community, corporate, and private sponsorships for the programming, operations, and staffing of the festival in collaboration with the Artistic Director and contract festival staff.

Communicate with M:ST’s membership through our website, newsletters, online notice boards, and social media. Maintain up to date membership database.

In collaboration with the Artistic Director, participate in hiring and management of contract staff, interns, and volunteers.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Attend Board meetings, vision meetings, committee meetings, and workshops as required.

Attend occasional meetings with the President, HR Committee, and/or Treasurer, as required.

Provide the Board of Directors with accurate and timely monthly reports concerning M:ST activities particularly with regard to administration and operations.

Assist committees established by the Board of Directors where possible.

SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS OF A PREFERRED CANDIDATE

A minimum of a Bachelors of Fine Arts, Arts, Curatorial Studies or equivalent practical experience in the fields of fine art, art administration, heritage, or cultural work.

Strong leadership, communication, and organizational skills in order to effectively coordinate with granting agencies, governmental bodies, festival partners, and presenters during biennial festival years.

Thorough understanding of contemporary performance art, artist-run culture, and inclusionary practices.

Experience with budget management.

Skills in the areas of design and social media considered an asset.

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The M:ST Performative Art Festival hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We especially welcome applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however applicants who are permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

SALARY

The Production Director receives an annual salary of $30,000.00 based on a F/T 30-hour workweek during festival years and a $15,000.00 based on a P/T 15-hour workweek during interim years. Salary increase is expected following a probation period.

HOW TO APPLY

Send a cover letter and CV addressed to the Hiring Committee at info@mstfestival.org.

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Congratulations!

Welcome to our new Artistic Director!

The Mountain Standard Time Performative Art Festival Society Board of Director’s welcome Desiree Nault into the role of Artistic Director, effective July 1st. Desiree has been involved in the festival since attending a formative workshop offered by M:ST in 2012. Since that time she has been involved as artist, intern, board member, and, most recently, served two years as Administrative Director.  We look forward to working with Desiree and our presenting partners leading up to an incredible M:ST 9 in October 2018!

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Farewell to Tomas Jonsson!

Following an incredible six-year term as Artistic Director of Mountain Standard Time Performative Art Festival, Tomas Jonsson announced his departure early this year. During his tenure as Artistic Director, Jonsson facilitated three outstanding festivals and countless other programs in support of performative art practices, dialogue, and engagement in Southern Alberta. 

A key figure throughout the history of M:ST, Jonsson was involved in the very roots of the festival as a volunteer at The New Gallery during their monthly performance art open-mic project, Space for Space, which ran between 1998-2002 and foregrounded the need for establishing a festival of performative art in Southern Alberta. During M:ST 1 in 2001, Jonsson sat on the Board of Directors of The New Gallery and in 2003 and 2005, he was involved in the programming of the second and third iterations of the festival as a staff member of The New Gallery. Although he had left Calgary to pursue a degree and employment elsewhere, Jonsson was also involved in the fourth M:ST Festival as a presenting artist. During this festival year, Jonsson wrote Public Incorporated, a written response to the artists and projects in the M:ST Event Architecture Series. Upon returning to Calgary, Jonsson immediately joined the Board of Directors of M:ST.

Following many fruitful years of participating as a volunteer, board member, and artist, Jonsson took on the position of Artistic Director in 2011. From 2011 – 2017, the festival grew to encompass presentation, mentorship, professional development, and publication as core activities in support of performative art practices both during festival and non-festival years. Jonsson’s commitment to fostering the development of performative practices as well as their presentation led to many outstanding M:ST projects and performances including, BBB Johannes Deimling and Marcel Sparman’s PAS Performance Art Studies workshop; The Life and Times of Buffalo Boy, a monograph on the work of Adrian Stimson; the fourth iteration of the Screening of Performance Art in the Natural Environment (SPANE), which has since toured internationally; a tribute to the life and work of Kenneth Doren at The National Music Centre; and a performance of ISHI by internationally acclaimed performance and visual artist James Luna accompanied by Sheila Skinner. 

Jonsson’s dedication and mentorship will be greatly missed by those who were fortunate enough to work with him during his time at M:ST. On behalf of the many artists, volunteers, board members, and staff, both past and present, thank you for your incredible passion and vision, we wish you all the best!

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Tomas participating in YAGA by Desearch Repartment, presented at Stride Gallery for M:ST 8. Photo credit: Jessica MacCormack. 

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M:ST8 IS LIVE!

Alberta’s only biennial festival of performative art, the Mountain Standard Time Festival (M:ST) will take place October 1 – 2 in Lethbridge, and October 21 – 26 in Calgary. Now in its eighth edition, M:ST celebrates innovative and critically engaged performative art in the southern Alberta region.

The programming for M:ST 8 highlights the vital, evolving character of contemporary performative art practice. In addition to this season’s exciting lineup, M:ST 8 will also feature lectures, film screenings, panel discussions, exhibitions, and interactive workshops.

sophia bartholomew
Alana Bartol
Nathalie Mba Bikoro and Terrance Houle
Tom Brown
Caitlind R. C. Brown, Lane Shordee, and Nikki Martens
Christian Bujold
Desearch Repartment
echo + seashell
Serge Olivier Fokoua
Geneviève et Matthieu
Heather Hermant and Alvis Parsley
Serena Lee
James Luna with Sheila Skinner
Lisa Lipton
Patrick Morarescu
Hugo Nadeau
Grayson Richards
Jessie Short
Alexander M Steinitz

In addition, M:ST 8 will feature a performative art workshop by the TouVA Performance Art Research Collective. The Infiltrating and Relational Practice in Public Space workshop will focus on various exercises such as centering, observing and energy channeling in order to inspire the creative process of each participant, regardless of their discipline and their artistic creation interests.

Presented in conjunction with the 8th edition of the M:ST Festival, a meeting of the National Performance Art Presenters will take place in Calgary, Alberta on October 25 and 26. This groundbreaking retreat assembles representatives of organizations that are dedicated to the promotion and exhibition of performance art across Canada.

M:ST8 is presented in partnership with Attainable Records, CSIF – The Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers, Casa, EMMEDIA Gallery & Production Society, Illingworth Kerr Gallery, LOFT 112, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Stride Gallery, The New Gallery, Trianon Gallery, TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary, University of Calgary, University of Lethbridge, and Untitled Art Society.

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Employment Opportunity: Administrative Assistant, apply by June 27th, 2016!

PAID INTERNSHIP: Administrative Assistant (Canada Summer Jobs Employment Position – Must be a returning student)

Deadline: Monday, June 27, 2015 @ 5 PM

The Mountain Standard Time Performative Art Festival Society (M:ST) ensures that performative art practices are recognized and sustained in the Southern Alberta region. M:ST fosters innovation and collaboration among local, national and international artistic communities. M:ST programming is a significant incubator for new, emerging, and experimental practices in contemporary art. By providing professional opportunities for artists to exhibit and perform their work, M:ST ensures the sustained health and growth of this field as well as the artists and practices within it.

JOB DESCRIPTION: The Administrative Assistant will assist the Administrative Director in the following capacities:

  • Digitizing and sorting documents related to the operations of the festival
  • Updating content on our website, social media and related online presence of the festival
  • Conduct an in-depth evaluation of our festival’s previous engagement strategies and prepare a summary report.
  • Research engagement practices and membership policies of other artist-run centres and festivals, locally, nationally and internationally.
  • Under the guidance of the Administrative Director develop suggested policies based on aforementioned research.
  • Assist with the dissemination of M:ST 8 Festival promotions material.

This role provides vital non-profit administration and events planning experience to students. Students looking to work within the arts community after graduation will gain invaluable on-the-job education through exposure to the artists, art work, and member organizations making up the structure of M:ST, as well as to the procedures and protocol used in the administration of a festival and non-profit arts organization.

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must have a minimum of two years in a Bachelors’ Degree program in the Visual Arts, Arts Administration or Library Sciences, with a strong understanding of contemporary art, art history, and artist-run culture. You must be comfortable and confident working with artists and the public, and have a keen interest in bringing art to the people through arts education. You will exhibit excellent writing and speaking skills, research and organizational skills, the ability to work individually or as part of a team, a working knowledge of the Internet and electronic distribution networks, and basic knowledge of PC and Macintosh software.  Technical skills and experience in video and image editing an asset. Applicant must be returning to their studies in the fall semester of 2016.

The full-time position is for approx. 35 hours per week for 8 weeks commencing July 4, 2016. The rate of pay is $16 per hour. Applications must arrive by the application deadline. This position is subject to the availability of funding and only successful applicants will be notified. M:ST is an equal opportunity employer.

Send application Cover Letter and Resume to: info@mstfestival.org

Download the PDF here: MST.csj.adminassistant.

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PAID INTERNSHIP: OUTREACH COORDINATOR

PAID INTERNSHIP: OUTREACH COORDINATOR (Government Employment Position – Returning Student) M:ST Festival

Deadline: MAY 22, 2015 @ 5 PM

The Mountain Standard Time Performative Art Festival Society (M:ST) ensures that performative art practices are recognized and sustained in the Southern Alberta region. M:ST fosters innovation and collaboration among local, national and international artistic communities. M:ST programming is a significant incubator for new, emerging, and experimental practices in contemporary art. By providing professional opportunities for artists to exhibit and perform their work, M:ST ensures the sustained health and growth of this field as well as the artists and practices within it.

JOB DESCRIPTION: The Outreach Coordinator will assist the Artistic Director in coordinating communication and outreach procedures of the Festival. This position will require a review of past strategies of the festival, and close communication with member organizations, presenting artists, and volunteers to ensure effective promotion and dissemination of the festival activities.

This role provides vital non-profit administration and events planning experience to students. Students looking to work within the art community after graduation will gain invaluable on-the-job education through exposure to the artists, art work, and eleven member organizations making up the structure of M:ST, as well as to the procedures and protocol used in the administration of a festival and non-profit arts organization.

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must have a minimum of two years in a Bachelors’ Degree program or equivalent in the Visual Arts, Arts Administration or Library Sciences, with a strong understanding of contemporary art, art history, and artist-run culture. You must be comfortable and confident working with artists and the public, and have a keen interest in bringing art to the people through arts education. You will exhibit excellent writing and speaking skills, research and organizational skills, the ability to work individually or as part of a team, a working knowledge of the Internet and electronic distribution networks, and basic knowledge of PC and Macintosh software. Technical skills and experience in video and image editing an asset. The successful candidate should be flexible in their schedule as the position will require some evening and weekend hours.

The full-time position is for approx. 35 hours per week for 13 weeks commencing June 1, 2014. The rate of pay is $18 per hour. Applications must arrive by the application deadline. This position is subject to the availability of funding and only successful applicants will be notified. M:ST is an equal opportunity employer.

Send application Cover Letter and Resume to: director@mstfestival.org

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MST AGM

Notice of M:ST 2014 AGM
Sunday December 14, 6PM at Old Y Centre for Community Associations, 223 12 Ave SW. Calgary, Alberta

Please join us for the 2014 M:ST Festival Society Annual General Meeting. This meeting is open to all current M:ST members, as well as those interested in becoming a member or wanting to learn more about the Festival. Refreshments will be served. We will report to our members on the activities of the past year and our objectives for the coming year. We will also be taking nominations from our members for the election of Board Directors. In order to vote, or nominate members at the AGM you will need to hold a current M:ST Membership prior to the AGM.

M:ST 2014 AGM Agenda
1. Approval of Agenda
2. Approval of minutes from 2013 AGM
3. President´s report
4. Treasurer’s report
5. Staff Report
6. Nominations and Elections
7. New Business
8. Adjourn

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I will not make any more boring art.

I Will Not Make Any More Boring Art
John Baldessari(American, born 1931)1971. Lithograph, composition: 22 3/8 x 29 9/16" (56.8 x 75.1 cm); sheet: 22 7/16 x 30 1/16" (57 x 76.4 cm)

Thinking of the Cedar Tavern Singers.
Who said it before Ian Baxter&? I guess it was this John Baldessari.

I Will Not Make Any More Boring Art by: John Baldessari
(American, born 1931) 1971. Lithograph, composition: 22 3/8 x 29 9/16″ (56.8 x 75.1 cm); sheet: 22 7/16 x 30 1/16″ (57 x 76.4 cm)

Thinking of the Cedar Tavern Singers.

Who said it before Ian Baxter&? I guess it was this John Baldessari.

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Participant Reflections Day 5

Performative Strategies in Contemporary Art with Andrés Galeano

Day 5

And the panic sets in. I woke up and worked on my sound installation, grabbed all my stuff, and ran for the bus. Today we had scheduled meetings with Andrés to talk about our plans for the day, and of course, like every day, he gave us about 1000 ideas on how to make it better, or worse, and it was up to us to choose what we wanted to do. I scrapped a lot of ideas between 2:30pm and 9pm. I was still working on my sound installation 20 minutes before the doors opened. We all were, running around getting things done, finalizing things, making everything look right. This was a weird feeling though, usually before a performance, I’m terrified, but as Andrés reminded me in the morning “Performance is dead, you are alive.”. This wasn’t a performance. This was contemporary art. Having my real name on a poster threw me off more than anything else. My stage name is Sanguine, and 2 days ago I had a bit of a breakdown and tried to force myself to get into “sanguine mode” in hopes it would force me to think more creatively, but as Sally reminded me today the difference between performative art and theatre, is that in theatre, you are a character, in performative art, you are you. I usually set aside 3 hours for hair/makeup/getting dressed for shows. For this, it took me about 5 minutes. The show itself was entitled 6 Islands, and I’m sad I didnt get to see everyone elses art, but, from the sounds of it, it sounded pretty amazing. I sat in the sound booth, sharpening knives, from 8:45 until 10:17. I scared the crap out of a lot of people, and it was hard not to laugh when I heard people talk about me as if I wasnt there. Apparently I even offended a few artists that I had seen perform just the other day… which is something I didnt even know was on my bucket list, but I’ve crossed it off anyways. Hearing “Okay Heathrr! You did it, its over!” was a feeling of relief, it was my first durational performance… before this, my longest performance was 9 minutes and 28 seconds and that felt like an eternity.

Andrés taught me a lot. I think I’m still figuring out what I learned from this week, there was a lot to take in.

Andrés himself is a quirky guy, he’s devoted, and opinionated, and hilarious. He tried not to talk about his own work all week, and instead showed us about 100 other artists, I think it was because he didn’t want us to be influenced by his work. His thick accent and a bit of a language barrier made the class interesting every day, I will never get over how hard he rolls his r’s when he says “Rrrock and rrroll”. Despite everything, I was still nervous to piss him off. He’s fucking brilliant. But he’s really honest and open about art, and he took a really interesting approach on how to teach us everything from how to get paid, how to take criticism, things to avoid, and how to be a “good” artist. The thing that stuck with me the most, is the idea behind “first ideas”. Throughout the week we would come in with proposals for what we wanted to do for our group show, and Andrés would break them apart and give us new ideas. I showed up with a very solid idea on Thursday, and did something completely different on Friday, it was the same concept, just, abstracted about 1000 times. Even when we showed up on Friday we ended up breaking down the idea more and more and more. Because in Andrés’ mind, we have a first idea, but that means that everyone else has also had that first idea, it’s a very simplified version of what your final product might look like, and you need to break it down multiple times before you start finding second and third ideas etc. It’s a way of thinking I’ve never considered, I usually just come up with an idea and then start thinking about costuming, but this makes for really flat ideas. A good performance shouldnt be predictable. I feel like the show spoke for itself, we all did well, and Andrés was happy. I’m going to end this with the 6 most important things I learned this week.

  1. Warm up (This process takes forever, and I am waaaayyyy too out of shape for it, but I did it anyways, and couldn’t walk by friday)
  2. The audience needs an entry point, make sure there is a connection, something that makes the viewer want to stay and watch, and if there isn’t a connection, make sure there’s a reason for that.
  3. Eye contact, it can make or break a performance.
  4. If you need to do art therapy, go to a therapist, no one wants to watch a performance and feel bad for you the entire time. There’s a big difference between a performance that is emotional, and a performer that is emotional.
  5. People will make up their own concepts for your work, its more important that you clearly start and finish an action, as long as people know that you did the thing you were trying to do, their minds will fill in the blanks.
  6. Never settle on a first idea.

M:ST was incredible, and I’m so happy that I got to be a part of it.

Rrrrock & Rrrroll.

 

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