WILD: Fabricating a Frontier

Festivals: M:ST 8.5.

Festival: July 7 – 15 | Exhibition: July 7 – August 26

Reception: Friday, July 7, 5:00 PM at the Globe Cinema (18+)

​Download the festival schedule and map here.

A frontier, unlike a border, represents a zone of relations where it is possible for all those involved to be affected and changed by the encounters. WILD: Fabricating a Frontier examines and complicates frontier narratives by producing and performing alternative vocalizations of what it means to live in contested zones.  This project particularly examines this concern within settler colonial contexts—geographic, political, post-colonial, psychic, interspecies—and looks for ways to retain their narrative complexity. Exploring the affectations of settler colonial romanticism and its persistence in performances of the “Wild West”, this project troubles settler hegemonies and offers alternative practices of wildness.

In a moment in which issues of belonging, settlement and migration dominate global political discourse, within the largest mass movement of refugees to have taken place since the Second World War, WILD addresses the long-lasting nature of the debate, and the necessity for an urgent reshaping of the narrative of who is welcome and who is not, the historical effects of displacement on immigrants and the requirement for a national discourse on care and empathy as a part of national identity.

Adrian Stimson | Buffalo Boy’s Stampede Tick and Slap

Friday July 7 Performance Schedule:

1:30pm Buffalo Boy departs Victoria School (411 11 Avenue SE)

2:00pm Buffalo Boy arrives at Stampede Lunch at Contemporary Calgary

3:30pm Buffalo Boy arrives at Globe Cinema

4:00pm Performance at Globe Cinema

5:00 – 7:00pm Reception at the Globe Cinema

Everybody loves a parade, from the Treaty 7 Chiefs, to Miss Chief Eagle Testicle, every indigenous persons of status is being asked to marshal a parade this year, The Calgary Stampede and the Toronto Pride are being indigenized, celebrating the many traditions, history and local culture of indigenous peoples.

Well not to be outdone, Buffalo Boy herd the ruckus and thought, “I want a parade too!”, hence we announce Buffalo Boy’s Stampede Tick and Slap. Keeping with the traditions of the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, Buffalo Boy will convene a band of merry revellers for the first ever, Buffalo Boy parade. The parade will be a part of MST and Contemporary Calgary’s WILD exhibition, it will wind from Victoria Park, to the Contemporary Calgary Pit Stop then onto the Globe Theater for Tick and Slap, a dance party to celebrate our histories of inclusion and exclusion, where Buffalo Boy gets to Tick and Slap you with his/her colonial baton! So come join the fun, march to a de-colonial tune, celebrate yourself and come tickle, slap and dance your colonial blues away!


Postcommodity | We Lost Half the Forest and the Rest Will Burn This Summer

Globe Cinema

Saturday, July 8

Doors at 6:00pm, performance at 7:00pm.

Postcommodity is an interdisciplinary arts collective comprised of Raven ChaconCristóbal Martínez, and Kade L. Twist. Postcommodity’s art functions as a shared Indigenous lens and voice to engage the assaultive manifestations of the global market and its supporting institutions, public perceptions, beliefs, and individual actions that comprise the ever-expanding, multinational, multiracial and multiethnic colonizing force that is defining the 21st Century through ever increasing velocities and complex forms of violence. Postcommodity works to forge new metaphors capable of rationalizing our shared experiences within this increasingly challenging contemporary environment; promote a constructive discourse that challenges the social, political and economic processes that are destabilizing communities and geographies; and connect Indigenous narratives of cultural self-determination with the broader public sphere.

This event is a musical performance of songs from third full-length album, a 16-song concept work recounting the ever-cycling decay of a desert drought from the view of its flora and fauna. Trumpets, bass drums, strings, piano and voices dirge through the only path to the end.


Deanna Bowen | sum of the parts: what can be named

Screening daily at the Globe Cinema from 12:00 – 6:00pm, July 7 to August 26.

sum of the parts: what can be named, is a twenty minute performed oral history that recounts the disremembered journey of the Bowen family from its earliest documented history in Clinton, Jones County, Georgia in 1815, as told by Bowen herself. Influenced by Eli Wiesel’s 1989 New York Times article regarding art, the Holocaust, and the trivialization of memory, the work chronicles the lives of family members who could not speak on their own behalf by delving into the unknown, retracing what is hidden, and reclaiming histories of the lost.” – Lisa Steele


WILD: Fabricating a Frontier is presented by Contemporary Calgary in partnership with Mountain Standard Time Performative Art Festival and Calgary Underground Film Festival. Special thanks to our venue partners the Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Globe Theatre, and Louise Station.

Image credit: Julian Rosefeldt, American Night, 2009 ©️ The artist and VG Bild-Kunst, 2017