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Sunday, October 2nd, 1-5pm > Bus Tour to The Canadian Museum of Making

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Image of the hall of machine tools. Courtesy of The Canadian Museum of Making.

Join us on an intimate and rare tour of The Canadian Museum of Making, located near Cochrane. This museum features a collection of machinery and tools that were built and used from 1750 to 1920 in Canada, Britain, and the United States, as well as an extensive African metalwork collection. The museum’s goal is to preserve and promote the beauty of these artifacts, which reflect the time in which they were created and the society that produced them. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience this remarkable private collection! Bus transportation to and from the museum will be provided. Unfortunately, this program is not wheelchair accessible.

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Friday, October 14th, 7-8pm > Dandy Lines: Transforming through Craft

Caitlin Thompson

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Image courtesy of Caitlin Thompson.

Join Project Space artist Caitlin Thompson for a presentation on the textile history that inspired her recent body of work, Dandy Lines. Presented through the lens of material culture, the myths and re-inventions of Western identity will be explored through the act of making the embroidered, pearl snap button shirts so familiar to Calgary.

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Saturday, October 15th, 1-5pm > Embroidermation

Caitlin Thompson

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Image courtesy of Caitlin Thompson.

In this workshop, Project Space artist Caitlin Thompson will introduce participants to the feedback cycles of embroidery and animation. Both processes rely on sequential bits of information (stitches and pixels) in order for the final piece to hold together. Embroidermation, a term coined by animator Nina Paley, combines both animation and embroidery. Each participant will be given a printed image of an animation frame, which they will embellish with stitches learned in the workshop. At the end of the day, all of these embroideries will be combined together to make a short, looping animation!

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Sunday, October 16th, 2-3pm > The Master Plan: Exhibition Tour

Naomi Potter

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Courtesy Bomford Studios.

While the work of the Bomfords, Cibic, and Fassler is aesthetically very different, they all share an interest in how cities and their infrastructures are designed, constructed, and valued. This tour will consider the political significance of both historical and contemporary architecture as a way to serve national ideology and civic building, while also questioning the control and fate of public space. Connecting Calgary with Paris and Berlin, and the former Yugoslavia with Lethbridge, this tour will make you reconsider your place in the urban paradigm.

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Sunday, October 16th, 3-3:20pm > Spielraum: The Nation Loves it & Spielraum: Give Expression to Common Desires

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Jasmina Cibic, Spielraum - The Nation Loves It, 2015. Production shot from single channel HD video. Courtesy of the artist.

A special screening event will accompany Jasmina Cibic’s immersive installation, presenting the artist’s first and second chapters of her trilogy, Spielraum. In the first chapter – The Nation Loves It – an actress (Mother Nation) is shown practicing a political speech that endorses a new national architectural monument. Collaged together from political speeches on art and architecture including those by Mitterrand, Margaret Thatcher, Hitler, Khrushchev, and Truman, the film sets out Spielraum’s premise on soft power investigation and patterns characteristic of systems of national power.

In Spielraum’s second chapter – Give Expression to Common Desires – the artist focuses more closely on the theatrical properties of the patriotic spectacle. Filmed in its entirety inside Cibic’s performative installation at Ludwig Museum Budapest, this short film re-envisions national representative architecture as an exhibition prop, a framing device that politics uses when enacting protocol rituals and asserting control.

Dir. Jasmina Cibic, 2015, 20 mins.

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Thursday, October 20th, 11am-8pm > Launch of the Contemporary Art Map Calgary

Calgary Contemporary Art Map

This art map celebrates the important contributions that 21 artist–run centres, project spaces, commercial galleries, collective studios, and new & established institutions are making to the cultural life of Calgary. This self-guided tour, designed for both visitors and locals, provides a comprehensive overview of Calgary’s diverse and vibrant contemporary art community and invites you to experience it firsthand. Pick up the map at the gallery and go see some art!

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Sunday, November 6th, 2-5pm > Fitzcarraldo

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Image courtesy of ©Werner Herzog Film.

Fitzcarraldo is a 1982 West German surreal adventure-drama film written and directed by Werner Herzog and starring Klaus Kinski as the title character. It portrays would-be rubber baron Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald, an Irishman known in Peru as Fitzcarraldo, who is determined to transport a steamship over a steep hill in order to access a rich rubber territory in the Amazon Basin in order to build an opera house in his hometown Iquitos. One of Werner Herzog’s best known films and a film classic of all times.

There will be a short intermission halfway through the film.

Dir. Werner Herzog, 1982, 157 mins.

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Wednesday, November 9th, 7-9:30pm > Panel Discussion: Let’s talk about… intention

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Aerial view of plaza. Image courtesy of Jesus Martin Ruiz for d.talks.

Supported in part by Esker Foundation

Join Esker Foundation and d.talks in exploring how intentions inform the way in which our cities are designed and experienced. Can the echo of intent reverberate louder with each interpretation? Hear Larissa Fassler and Jimenez Lai in conversation with local Calgarians in an open forum panel discussion as we talk about the design of public space and the resulting narrative and movement throughout the city. d.talks is a forum for conversation on design in the built environment.

$12 adults, $5 students, $15 at the door, pending availability.

Ticket purchase from d.talks is essential.
Visit www.dtalksintention.eventbrite.ca to purchase tickets.

Please note that the doors will open at 7PM and the event will start at 7:30PM.

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Thursday, November 10th, 7-8pm > Artist Talk

Larissa Fassler

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Larissa Fassler will speak about her interest in the public spaces of cities and the various methods she uses to survey these public sites. Looking at specific places in Berlin, Paris, and downtown Calgary, she will speak about the different questions, issues, and opportunities each of these sites brings to the surface.

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Saturday, November 19th, 10am-4pm > Small Box Architecture Workshop

Laura Vickerson

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Laura Vickerson, Small Box Factory, 2005. Image courtesy of the artist.

Spend the day constructing miniature buildings using recycled cardboard, product boxes, and other re-purposed materials. Inspiration will be gleaned from the current exhibitions and a reading from Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities. All supplies will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring materials they would like to incorporate into their projects. Participants must be over the age of 15 to participate.

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Thursday, November 24th, 7-8pm > Managing History, Manipulating Memory: Exhibition Tour

Elizabeth Diggon

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Larissa Fassler, Palace/Palace (detail), 2012. Image courtesy of the artist.

Join Esker’s head of research, Elizabeth Diggon, on this conversational tour that discusses the artistic practices of Cedric and Jim Bomford, Jasmina Cibic, and Larissa Fassler, focusing particularly on how their works each comment on the intersection between public spaces and histories and the creation and projection of identity and nationhood.

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Friday, November 25th, 6:30-8:30pm > PLACEHOLDER: An Unconventional Book Club Discussion

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Image courtesy of d.talks.

Join d.talks for an evening discussion that responds to the work of artists Cedric and Jim Bomford, Larissa Fassler, and Jasmina Cibic. Structured as an unconventional book club, PLACEHOLDER is an intimate discussion and an opportunity for Calgarians to identify how our city and citizens affect—and are impacted by—local and global themes borne out of the work of Esker’s current exhibiting artists. Receive a list of selected texts, or bring your own book, poem or object. Let’s form a new narrative in Calgary together! A reading list will be provided upon registration.

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Saturday, December 3rd, 1-2pm > Uncertain Places

Sans façon

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Sans façon, Untitled. Image courtesy of the artists.

Sans façon is an art practice that responds to the relationship between people and place. Working internationally, their approach renews awareness and tempts interaction with the surroundings, and is often realized through networks of communities, organizations, and individuals. With projects ranging from ephemeral performances to permanent works, Sans façon see the role of the artist and of art as a catalyst in a process of raising questions and inviting one to look and think differently about our relationship to ‘place’. Sans façon’s artist talk will explore the notion of a ‘sense of place’ through examples of past work and the development of their new work for the Esker Project Space.

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Saturday, December 3rd, 2-3pm > Scent and Memory

Irene Schnell

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Image courtesy of Irene Schnell.

Irene Schnell, a perfumer who trained in Paris and is based in Calgary, will discuss the role of scent in our memories and how it provokes us in our everyday lives. She will give some insights to the unique opportunities, inspirations, and challenges of working on Sans façon’s Project Space exhibition.

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Thursday, December 8th, 7-8pm > Tear Down and Rebuild and Tear Down: Exhibition Tour

Shauna Thompson

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Jasmina Cibic, production still from Tear Down and Rebuild (2015), single channel HD video. Courtesy of the artist.

In this conversational walking tour of Esker’s Fall exhibitions, we’ll spend time discussing how the works of the Bomfords, Fassler, and Cibic address examples of public space and architecture, along with how these sites both influence and are indelibly marked by politics, power, and national identity.

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