M:ST News

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.

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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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M:ST is Hiring!

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Job Call for Recent Graduates (2016)

POSITION: Festival Assistant Internship

CONTRACT: May 1, 2016 – October 30, 2016

DEADLINE: Midnight, April 15, 2016
Please submit your application, including CV, cover letter and contacts for two references as a single PDF to info@mstfestival.org

Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

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ARIIVA (A Really Interesting Internship in Visual Arts) is a program launched by the Rozsa Foundation in January 2014. The purpose of the program is to provide employment opportunities for recent visual arts graduates in their selected field and to advance their critical acumen through the programming component of the internship. Additionally, we hope that this program will assist art galleries or collectives in addressing staffing challenges, particularly in the area of programming and will be an opportunity to help build internal capacity. Note: this is in an artist development program and not arts management training.

The Mountain Standard Time Performative Art Festival Society (M:ST) is currently seeking a Festival Assistant. This is a contract position paying $16.00/hour working 30 hours per week, to prepare for the upcoming M:ST 8 Festival.

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.

M:ST FESTIVAL ASSISTANT JOB DESCRIPTION:
The Festival Assistant will assist the Artistic and Administrative Directors in the coordination of programming-related tasks for the M:ST 8 festival, including grant writing assistance; researching venues; arranging artist travel, accommodation and hospitality; liaising with artists, Board of Directors and member organizations; volunteer coordination for events; researching technical requirements and support.

ESSENTIAL SKILLS
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 experience in event planning are assets.

INQUIRIES MAY BE DIRECTED TO: info@mstfestival.org or (403) 837-6678.

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M:ST FESTIVAL MANDATE + ORGANIZATION

M:ST (Mountain Standard Time) is a biennial 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, entertaining 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. These often incorporate sound, video, film, spoken word, or live web streaming. The festival 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.

The M:ST Festival is funded through the generous support of The Alberta Lottery Fund, The Calgary Foundation, The Calgary Region Arts Foundation, The Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and The Canada Council for the Arts.

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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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