We have cancelled Steve Roggenbuck’s performance.
Twenty four hours ago we became aware of the testimonies of people who have been negatively affected by Steve Roggenbuck. Since then our staff has entered into conversations with our Board Directors, sister organizations, and a survivor. We have also facilitated a conversation between our staff and Roggenbuck with a trained third party mediator present.
We are balancing this conversation with our support for the other biennial artists. We will continue discussions about our role in this issue once the biennial is completed.
Our website, social media, and Facebook events will reflect the cancellation shortly.
If you have questions or concerns, you can reach out via e-mail to email@example.com.
Mikiki is a performance and video artist and queer community activist of Acadian/Mi’kmaq and Irish descent from Newfoundland living in Toronto. They will be in Calgary along with collaborator Jordan Arseneault for the M:ST Performance Art Biennial from October 2-7. During the Biennial they will perform Disclosure Cookbook, a project that involves communally preparing and partaking in a lavish meal with people who are HIV positive. If you would like to participate please call HIV Community Link Support Services at (403) 508-2734.
Mikiki, you’ve said that you ‘fight for the autonomy of sexual minorities’ (although, this is true of both of you and Jordan) can you talk about what this entails?
When I was living in Calgary in 2003, I worked for what is now the Calgary Sexual Health Network. Their current ED Pam Krause was my supervisor and really instilled in me the importance of honouring what is beautiful and sacred about queer communities and experience. A lot of us who don’t or can’t access genetic families congregate later in the evening and that we can consider our ‘family’ time as sacred and worth defending as if we were spending time parenting kids.
This taught me to worry less about fitting ourselves into a mould of what we have been taught to see as normal or acceptable in how to configure one’s life, and to demand that others have the same ability to decide what their life, sexuality and gender look like.
Disclosure Cookbook challenges the politics and stigma that surrounds HIV, what motivated you both to become invested in this dialogue?
My HIV+ diagnosis reads to society as scientific proof that I did something ‘bad’ (read: have condomless sex at least once in my life) and thus am ‘paying for it’ by getting HIV. That’s total rubbish that has been downloaded onto us by generations of moralizing about illness, queerness, women’s sexualities, etc. In doing the kinds of anti-stigma work Jordan and I both do in and out of Disclosure Cookbook, we get to flip the script to say: I care enough about managing my health and my partners’ health by knowing my HIV status, in that I went to get an HIV test even though I knew there was a chance I’d get back information that carries a LOT of stigma. I would say that is the epitome of responsible, wouldn’t you?
Both of you are bicultural artists, advocates, and drag performers, how do these diverse roles intersect and play out in your daily lives?
Jordan and I have been dragoons collectively for over 30 years and that started with both of us hosting political fundraisers and cabarets within the radical queer scene. We are a different breed of ‘stunt queen’, hahahaha. We are still very committed to the RealPolitik of drag in the current Ru-niverse, which tries its hardest to suck any of the REAL JOY of political drag from its bleached, boney catwalk. Disclosure Cookbook is a place where we don’t have to check any part of ourselves at the door, whether that be our cultural histories, gender expression(s), sero-status. I went to art-school when I was still a baby anarchist in the late 90’s and took video art and performance classes. There learned of the amazing histories of Indigenous Artists, Queers, POC, and Women taking hold of these new ‘Art’ media without the baggage of centuries of ‘Man Art History’ in their way. So there’s a solid tradition we situate ourselves within.
Privacy is not common in life or in art, yet your performance for the M:ST 9 Biennial is closed to the public, why is this an important factor in this artwork?
Being Queens, we are obviously obsessed with aesthetics, opulence and frivolity, but I think right now is an important time to question that. Late-Stage Capitalism and income disparity are things that we both think a lot about and these are issues that also affect us and our community of HIV+ folks.
So in that regard, we still want to make something so luscious and decadent and over-the-top, but both in terms of economies of scale (teaching some of the cooking techniques to collaborators and learning theirs!) and the desired affect of the experience – it’s so much more meaningful when it is a smaller, closed group. And of course HIV stigma is still real and deleterious – and bringing negative people into our space can be dangerous, and excludes folks who are unable to be out about their status.
This project also treats the participants as collaborators, how do you help create an environment of intimacy and trust in these situations?
We both have work histories in social services, with young people, people who use drugs, are homeless, are LGBT2Q, and through this work we know how to create and hold space, to build a culture of inclusion and consent within a temporary community.
Some of it is as simple as building a framework together for how we expect to treat each other while working, or asking questions and allowing for silence as people think about how to answer, or how much room they can take up with their voice and story.
What writers and thinkers are you invested in?
Claire Bishop who writes beautifully about authorship and autonomy in collaborative and social practice and Grant Kester’s A Critical Framework for Dialogical Practices; Douglas Crimp, D.A. Miller, Susan Sontag and the AIDS Activist History Project for thinking about HIV/AIDS; The Nourishing Arts by Luce Giard, Prune cookbook by Gabrielle Hamilton for talking about domestic and commercial labour within the kitchen respectively and many conversations with the brilliant Mark Clintberg who teaches art history at Alberta College of Art & Design (ACAD); and No Future by Lee Edelman in relation to nihilism and queer accountability. Because all we have is each other, right now so let’s eat!
Image: Cloud Ascension, 2014. Photo by Malin Enström.
Employment Opportunity for Current Graduates (2018)
Position: Biennial Coordinator
Contract: May 1 – October 31, 2018
Deadline: April 15, 2018
Please submit your application, including CV, cover letter, and contacts for two references as a single PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.
The Mountain Standard Time Performative Art Festival Society (M:ST) is currently seeking a Biennial Coordinator. This is a contract position, remunerating $17.50 per hour, working 40 hours per week to prepare for the upcoming M:ST 9 Biennial in October 2018.
BIENNIAL COORDINATOR JOB DESCRIPTION:
This position represents an excellent opportunity for an emerging artist or arts administrator to build knowledge of the local, national, and international art communities, while developing administrative, programming, and organizational experience.
The Biennial Coordinator will assist the Artistic Directors in specific duties such as organizing venues and equipment rentals; soliciting sponsorship; arranging artist travel, accommodation, and hospitality; updating our website, and liaising with staff, Board Directors, and member organizations. The Biennial Coordinator will also be solely responsible for volunteer recruitment and coordination leading up to and throughout the festival. The Biennial Coordinator will also have the opportunity to coordinate self-directed curatorial initiatives in which the intern can develop a distinct voice.
The intern will be required to attend the society’s board meetings and participate in bi-monthly staff meetings. The intern will also be asked to keep a journal where they will self-report on their ongoing development.
The candidate must be a fine arts graduate (graduating in 2016) from an accredited institution. Ideal candidates will also have a background and interest in visual and media arts, excellent writing skills, strong organizational and communication skills, knowledge of the local arts community, as well as knowledge of contemporary performative practices. Experience with web based design and event planning, as well as a driver’s license are considered assets.
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.
Inquiries may be directed to Desiree Nault at email@example.com.
The M:ST Biennial is a Southern Alberta performative art festival that brings together a wide range of local, national and international artists from all experience levels, backgrounds and performative disciplines. M:ST strives to program diverse, and thought provoking performative works. The term performative; is used to describe practices that originate
from a visual or media arts discourse and involve the presence of the artist. The biennial fosters discourse crucial for the growth and progression of the performative arts and an important inter-regional and international dialogue through panel discussions, workshops and dissemination activities. The festival recognizes the exceptional quality of performative art in this region while also promoting Southern Alberta as an important international art region.
This opportunity has been funded through the generous contributions of the Rozsa Foundation’s Artistic Internship Grant. Information about the Rozsa Foundation can be found on their website: https://www.rozsafoundation.com/artistic-internship-grants.
A PDF of the employment call is available here: JobCall.BiennialCoordinator.MST9
Deadline: Midnight Sunday, October 15, 2017
Local, national and international artists are invited to submit proposals for performative works to be presented as part of the M:ST 9 Festival in October 2018. M:ST encourages the submission of innovative performances, exhibitions, media, audio and site-specific works, public interventions, residencies, workshops, lectures, and panel discussion based proposals.
About the M:ST Festival
Since its inception in 2001, the Mountain Standard Time Performative Art Festival has showcased challenging, diverse, and interdisciplinary performative works. M:ST ensures that the exceptional quality of performative art is recognized and sustained in the Southern Alberta region. M:ST Festivals are presented through the collaborative efforts of several Southern Alberta arts organizations. For more information about our history please refer to mstfestival.org.
Proposals are selected through a peer review process by the M:ST Programming Committee. The Committee consists of local artists, writers, and curators who have extensive visual, performance and media art backgrounds. Proposals will be selected based on consideration of the following criteria: artistic merit of the proposed project, fit with the M:ST mandate, feasibility of the proposed budget, and the ability of M:ST and its member organizations to provide appropriate space/support for the project.
All submissions must include the following
- Proposal (maximum 2 pages): Clearly describe the proposed exhibition or project. Provide details about your spatial and material requirements, including equipment needs. Explain what kind of venue is best suited to your proposed work (gallery, theatre, off-site, public space, etc.).
- Artist statement (maximum 1 page)
- Curriculum Vitae (maximum of 3 pages): Include accurate contact information and describe your artistic background. (e.g. education, grants, scholarships or awards received, previous exhibitions or performances, commissions, professional memberships, press, critical writing etc.)
- Budget: Provide a detailed budget that explains the costs involved in presenting your project. Budget lines may include travel, accommodation, artist fees, volunteer honorariums, material and production costs, equipment rentals, shipping expenses, etc. Contingent on sufficient funding, M:ST will cover artist travel/shipping, accommodation and per diems as well as pay artist and speaker fees. Support for production costs will generally be the responsibility of the artist. Additional costs will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.
- Support Material:
- Maximum 15 numbered digital images. Images should be .jpeg files, 1024 pixels on longest side, 72 dpi, and no larger than 1MB per file.
- Maximum 2 video or audio files: Maximum 10 minutes in length. Links to video hosting websites, such as Vimeo, YouTube, or Dropbox will be accepted.
- Corresponding Documentation List with artist name, title, date, medium and dimensions (if applicable).
- You may also submit up to 2 other items of relevant support material (i.e. diagrams, articles, reviews, press clippings). These are optional, and should only be provided if they relate directly to your proposal.
Applications will be accepted by email only and must be Mac OS X compatible, submissions sent by post will not be accepted. All written support should be sent as a single PDF document. Send PDFs and JPEGs to firstname.lastname@example.org before midnight on Sunday October 15, 2017, with the subject line ATTN: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS.
To download the call, click here.
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 email@example.com.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
To save a pdf of the information above click here.
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!
Photo Credit: Palmer Olson
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!
Tomas participating in YAGA by Desearch Repartment, presented at Stride Gallery for M:ST 8. Photo credit: Jessica MacCormack.
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.
Nathalie Mba Bikoro and Terrance Houle
Caitlind R. C. Brown, Lane Shordee, and Nikki Martens
echo + seashell
Serge Olivier Fokoua
Geneviève et Matthieu
Heather Hermant and Alvis Parsley
James Luna with Sheila Skinner
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.
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: email@example.com
Download the PDF here: MST.csj.adminassistant.