JENEEN FREI NJOOTLI | JOSHUA RIOS + ANTHONY ROMERO | SUZANNE KITE + NATHAN YOUNG |
M:ST 9 takes over theatres, galleries, and public spaces all over the downtown core from September 7 — October 7, 2018, bringing you opportunities to entangle with media in new and surprising ways through exhibitions, interactive installations, performances, and interventions.
Find more information at mstfestival.org
~ FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5 ~
📍 7:00pm / Stride Gallery
Jeneen Frei Njootli
Jeneen Frei Njootli’s performance Herd (2016-2018) turns an ear to caribou antlers sounding the transmission of embedded and layered ancestral knowledge. Using power tools, physical labour, voice and song Frei Njootli creates an immersive chorus that flows through effects pedals and amplifier speakers, travelling beyond the human listener’s ears.
📍 8:30pm / National Music Centre (Performance Hall)
Not Peaceable and Quiet
Joshua Rios + Anthony Romero
The title of Not Peaceable and Quiet is taken from the 1855 California Vagrancy Act, a so called race-neutral piece of legislation that attempted to frame Mexican Americans (a relatively new identity in the mid-nineteenth century) as loiters and idlers, as not peaceable and quite persons. This research-based performance examines normalized associations between criminality and sound, with special attention given to notions of silencing as a form of social control and voicing as a form of social resistance. How does noise come to be defined? Under what conditions are certain definitions of noise mobilized to maintain authority over marginalized communities? As an investigation into the politics of sound, Not Peaceable and Quiet contests institutionalized epistemologies by placing academic scholarship on sound in proximity to experimental noise performance, redefining what kinds of auditory experiences are understood as acceptable and what kinds are understood as antagonistic, especially in the struggle over political, economic, and social equity.
📍 9:30pm / National Music Centre (Performance Hall)
Something is coming
Suzanne Kite + Nathan Young
Something is coming is a site specific sound performance which listens into the electrical grid. Utilizing ground loop noise, field recordings, digital processing, and analog manipulation, Kite and Young propose a way to listen through the grid to the source. This form of listening is not a metaphor, but way to access and reimagine power systems. This mode of listening is a relinquishing of belief. To listen to the grid and hear the physical source of power is to not mistake the map for the land itself. This form of listening provides an opportunity to hear and think beyond colonial constraints of cartography and large-scale exploitations of natural resources.
~ ARTIST BIOGRAPHIES ~
🏁 Jeneen Frei Njootli
Jeneen Frei Njootli is a Vuntut Gwitchin artist and a core member of the ReMatriate Collective and sits on the board of directors for Grunt Gallery in Vancouver. Frei Njootli has been based in the unceded territories of the Musqueam, the Squamish, Tsleil- Waututh and Stó:lo peoples for nearly a decade while pursuing a BFA degree from Emily Carr University and an MFA degree from the University of British Columbia.
🏁 Joshua Rios + Anthony Romero
Josh Rios is an educator, media artist, and cultural critic whose projects deal with the histories, archives, and futurities of Latinx subjectivity and US/Mexico relations as understood through the intersections of globalization, modernity, postmodernity, and neocoloniality. Anthony Romero is an artist, writer, and organizer committed to documenting and supporting artists and communities of colour.
🏁 Suzanne Kite + Nathan Young
Kite is an Oglala Lakota performance artist, visual artist, and composer. Her research is concerned with contemporary Lakota epistemologies through research-creation, computational media, and performance practice. Nathan Young is a multidisciplinary artist and composer working in an expanded practice that incorporates sound, video, documentary, animation, installation, and experimental and improvised music, engaging the spiritual and the political and re-imagining indigenous sacred imagery.
— M:ST 9 takes over theatres, galleries, and public spaces all over the downtown core from September 7 — October 7, 2018, bringing you opportunities to entangle with media in new and surprising ways through exhibitions, interactive installations, performances, and interventions.
Full festival schedule can be found at mstfestival.org
M:ST acknowledges that we stand on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot and the people of the Treaty 7 region, which includes the Siksika, the Piikuni, the Kainai, the Tsuu T'ina and the Stoney Nakoda First Nations. The City of Calgary is also home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III. Amidst the ongoing social, cultural and environmental effects of colonialism, we are committed to dialogue and collaboration with Indigenous artists and communities as part of our mandate to foster performative art practices in Southern Alberta.