July 1 – 31, 2017
Public Performance at Stride Gallery, Thursday July 27th, 7:00 – 10:00 pm.
Orphan Well Adoption Agency (OWAA) is preparing for its official launch in September 2017. Throughout the month of July, 2017, OWAA workers will continue documenting orphan well sites in rural areas outside of Calgary, Alberta.
The OWAA is dedicated to finding “forever homes” for abandoned oil wells through symbolic adoptions. In an effort towards remediation and healing, the OWAA is in pursuit of facilitating relationships of divestment.
As the oil and gas industry enters rocky times, the orphanage is growing. With over 80,000 inactive oil wells across the province of Alberta, there are 1,400 orphan wells up for adoption this year. At this time, it is critical to ensure that orphan wells receive time, attention, and care, not only for their wellbeing but for the health of their immediate environment.
This July, donate to the Orphan Well Adoption Agency:
A donation of $15 or more you will receive a postcard of an orphan well that is currently under assessment.
A donation of $150 or more, you will receive an artist’s rendering of an orphan well.
A donation of $250 or more, you will receive a postcard of an orphan well, an artist’s rendering of an orphan well, and a personalized letter from an orphan well.
*The Orphan Well Adoption Agency (OWAA) is not to be confused with The Orphan Well Association (OWA), a not-for-profit association funded by the oil and gas industry that manages the abandonment of Alberta upstream oil and gas orphan wells and the reclamation their sites. OWAA has no affiliation with the OWA, the Alberta Energy Regulator and is not funded by the oil and gas industry. The Orphan Well Adoption Agency is a public art project by artist Alana Bartol. All adoptions are symbolic.
Alana Bartol (Windsor/Calgary) is an interdisciplinary artist that comes from a long line of water witches. Investigating alternate epistemologies within and beyond the human body, her site-responsive works propose dreaming, walking, and divination as ways of understanding across place, species and bodies. Her work has been presented and screened nationally and internationally at various galleries including PlugIn Institute of Contemporary Art (Winnipeg), ARC Gallery (Chicago), Karsh-Masson Gallery (Ottawa), Simultan Festival (Romania), Museo de la Ciudad (Guadalajara, Mexico), Access Gallery (Vancouver), InterAccess (Toronto), Art Gallery of Windsor (Windsor), and Groupe Intervention Vidéo, (Montréal), amongst others. Recent residencies include The Banff Centre, Neighbourhood Time Exchange (Prince George, BC), The City of Calgary’s Public Art residency Open AiR, and the Santa Fe Art Institute. She currently teaches at Alberta College of Art+Design.
Maggie Flynn – Paydirt
August 1 – 31, 2017
Findings Report and Q&A at Stride Gallery Sunday. August 20th, 2:00 – 4:00 pm.
Extractive industries occupy substantial portions of Canada’s political discourse, GDP, and physical geography. Certain populations have intimate understandings of these industries – investors, politicians, migrant and domestic workers, displaced communities in Canada and abroad, and Indigenous communities with longer relationships to the lands being exploited. But even for those paying attention, there are aspects of extractive industries in Canada that remain shady, inaccessible. The sightlines that do exist are obstructed by polarizing rhetoric.
Paydirt is a call for crowdsourcing under-the-radar info on extractive industries. Artist Maggie Flynn seeks information about people/places/political influences involved in Canadian companies that deal in oil & gas, mining, or other forms of extraction. Flynn will compile, distill, and verify information for redistribution. Audiences may participate by contributing a tip*, or purchasing a piece of information.
Select info will be circulated publicly, however, high stakes info will be reserved for those who make a donation. This project is presented by HOT OIL, a fundraiser by M:ST Performance Festival. 50% of the proceeds go to M:ST, 50% go to a community resisting the impacts of Canadian extractive industries.
Minimum $15 donation – Surface: Googleable, but overlooked.
Minimum $25 donation – Allegedly: Unverified, but believable.
Minimum $50 donation – Key players: CEOs, Security Personnel, Agitators, Politicians
Minimum $75 donation – Tip offs: First hand accounts that have been verified.*
Minimum $100 donation – Government issued: “Access to Information and Privacy” Results
*If you’d like to offer a tip, email: ____. If the information is sensitive, withhold details in your first email and you’ll be provided with a secure option for communication.
Maggie Flynn is an artist and writer. Her practice oscillates between hard pragmatism and deep pleasure.
These feelings are explored in forms such as artist books, performances, and installations. Maggie has presented projects at the Art Gallery of York University, Intersite Festival, the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre, the Rhubarb Festival, Hemispheric Institute’s Encuentro, and the New Gallery. Originally from Toronto, she recently relocated to Medicine Hat where she works as Museum Coordinator at Medalta.
In the context of this project it’s relevant to mention that Maggie has engaged in and learned from activism around Canadian extractive industries on and off for 9 years.