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EXHIBITION / September 1, 2017 – January 21, 2018

Friday, September 15, 6:00PM - 10:00PM

Book Launch / Chris Kraus, 
After Kathy Acker 5:00PM - 6:00PM
Opening Remarks / 6:30PM - 6:45PM

* Special guests, artists, presenters and curators in attendance from 6:00PM - 8:00PM

extratextual, curated by Lisa Baldissera and Joanne Bristol

extratextual will be held from September 1, 2017 to January 21, 2018 at Contemporary Calgary. The project explores ways in which modes of writing, as well as concepts of textuality and narrative have informed artistic production. The exhibition will include contemporary and historical projects by artists and writers across disciplines. It looks at ways in which texts have both informed and created their own cosmologies, event-scapes and terms of engagement, and how they shape our understanding of contemporary narrative as well as visual and spatial culture.

The exhibition is linked to an international symposium on the agencies and futures of art writing. Titled, Never the Same: what (else) can art writing do?  the symposium will take place from September 15 to 17, 2017. Both the symposium and exhibition investigate the places for, and political implications of, de-instrumentalized forms of writing.  In an age of austerity, neocolonialism, neoliberal uses of creativity and art marketing, these forums seek to identify ways in which art writing in-the-expanded-field might enact resistance to such forces. They do so by articulating how performativities and materialities of (re)emergent modes of artistic writing enact agonisms and solidarities in relation to art audiences. Finally, they consider art writing as an ethical practice towards an understanding/in defense of artistic knowledge.

To register visit NEVERTHESAME.CA

Above images from a spectacle and nothing strange(2010, letterpress poster series) by Eve
Fowler. Photographs courtesy the artist and Mier Gallery.

Earlier Event: August 11
Later Event: September 10