M:ST Performance Master Class – Wanted Dead or Alive: Performance Art

Festivals: M:ST 6.5.

May 31
Facilitated by Adrian Stimson
Class limited to 12 people maximum. To register, please send a brief statement of interest to: director@mstfestival.org by May 23.

Wanted Dead or Alive: Performance Art master class is an opportunity for performance artists to discuss their practice, their challenges and opportunities. To take a look at the past and present and imagine the future. This class will be a daylong event filled with theory, discussion and action. It is an opportunity to reflect on your practice, what’s happening today and create space for impromptu actions. As preparation, participants will be provided with a reading list prior to the class, as well participants are encouraged bring forward their own research/readings and will be asked to give a short presentation on their performance work, a lecture and discussion will be lead by Adrian Stimson, focusing on indigenous and non-indigenous practice, there will be exercises and each participant will be asked to create an impromptu performance action (individual or collaborative) at the end of the session. The intent is to create a day where performance artists can connect, challenge, share, analyze and play in a fun and respectful way.

Adrian Stimson is a member of the Siksika (Blackfoot) Nation in southern Alberta. He is an interdisciplinary artist, curator and educator with a BFA with distinction from the Alberta College of Art & Design and MFA from the University of Saskatchewan.

As an interdisciplinary artist, Adrian’s work includes paintings, installations, collodion wet plate photography, sculpture and performance. Recent exhibits and performances include, Witnesses at the Belkin Gallery, UBC, Vancouver, Reconsidering Reconciliation, TRU, Kamloops, The Shaman Exterminator, On the Trail of the Woodcraft Indians with the Buffalo Boy Scouts of America, Paved Arts, Saskatoon, Making Treaty 7, Calgary, “Suffer little children…”, ARNICA, Kamloops, Buffalo Boy’s Coal jubilee, House of the Wayward Spirits- ANDPVA, Toronto, White Shame Re-Worked, Grunt Gallery, Vancouver, Holding Our Breath (Canadian Forces Artist Program-Afghanistan tour), Grunt Gallery, Vancouver and Neutral Ground, Regina, Beyond Redemption at the Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Photo Quai, Musee du quai branly and Unmasking at the Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris, France, “The Life and Times of Buffalo Boy”, The Works, Edmonton, Pink Panther, Open Space, Ft. Simpson, Kentucky Fried Chicken Dance, Two Story Café, Prince Albert, Brave Seduction, Gallery 101, Ottawa and “Buffalo Boy’s You can roller skate in a Buffalo herd”, Harbourfront, Toronto. He is a regular participant at Burning Man and was featured in the 2007 summer issue of Canadian Art: Buffalo Boy at Burning Man and Spring issue of FUSE magazine: Buffalo Boy Then and Now 2009.

Adrian was awarded the Blackfoot Visual Arts Award in 2009, the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in 2003 and the Alberta Centennial Medal in 2005 for his human rights and diversity activism in various communities. He is represented by the Darrell Bell Gallery in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, where he currently resides.