Transference, Tradition, Technology
Transference, Tradition, Technology explores Canadian Aboriginal new media and references the work of artists within a political, cultural and aesthetic milieu. The book constructs a Native art history relating to these disciplines, one that is grounded in the philosophical and cosmological foundations of Aboriginal concepts of community and identity within the rigour of contemporary arts discourse. Approachable in nature but scholarly in content, this book is the first of its kind. A text book for students and teachers of Canadian Aboriginal history and visual and media art, and a source for writers, scholars and historians, Transference, Tradition, Technology is co-produced with the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton; and Indigenous Media Arts Group, Vancouver.
Each summer, The Banff Centre's Creative Non-Fiction and Cultural Journalism program takes in eight senior journalists and writers and charges them with a simple, if daunting task: Write about something you really care about. In this instalment of the Banff Centre Press's literary journalism series, participants push boundaries and arrive at some of their most passionate work.
Introduction by Michael Ignatieff
Published to coincide with exhibitions at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Toronto; and Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff; this publication covers the most comprehensive collection to date of work by Ron Terada. His work is fundamentally an acknowledgement of the existence of others, allowing us to dwell on the nature of the art world within wider cultural contexts. The appropriation we see here, of other people’s text, of other people’s design, of other people’s music, is not the result of some slack, dead-end postmodernism, but rather the outcome of a rare sensitivity and openness. His work is about the small differences that we all make, in any situation, simply by being alive. Essays by Cliff Lauson, Anne Low, and Tom McDonough.
Questions of Community
Stronger artist alliances, skepticism about institutions, and awareness of new audiences have all contributed to a reevaluation of what works and what doesn't for artists striving towards social change. In this timely anthology, over twenty writers and artists share their experiences in a range of Canadian contexts. From First Nations coalitions to artist mentoring programs, important art projects are analyzed. Several theorists offer additional insights into the broader issues shaping activist art practices. Offering years of collective experience, this book is essential reading for understanding arts activism in Canada.
Obsession, Compulsion, Collection
Art museums and public galleries amass collections in order to preserve, document, research, and exhibit collective histories as a culture. Obsession, Compulsion, Collection is a compilation of essays by leading Canadian and International curators and artists who explore collecting as a cultural act. Examining the meaning of art objects in a broader context, the book seeks to uncover the human impulse to collect and the social context, rhetoric, politics, and science associated with cultural collections.
In this first collection of poetry and short fiction from The Banff Centre's Writing Studio program, forty one of the program's most accomplished alumni are gathered in an unforgettable anthology.
The Edge of Everything
Few public venues exist for the contemplation of curatorial research and development in Canada, and there are even fewer forums for reflection by Canadian curators within an international context. The Edge of Everything is the result of a book project designed by Catherine Thomas to provide such a space for curators. It is a surprising collection of political, personal, quirky, and humorous commentary by Canadian and international curators on their individual practices. The collection is (as Canadian curator Ihor Holubizky writes) a “chain of incidents, heliocentric worlds at the edge of everything.”
Beyond the Box
The white cube — it’s a vision of the gallery museum that has dominated thinking and practice in the art world for decades. Beyond the Box: Diverging Curatorial Practices is a collection of essays by leading Canadian and international curators and artists that explores regions of practice outside this "cube," delving into contemporary challenges to traditional ideas about art and curating.
With four main topics of inquiry — Publications, New Media, Biennials, and Art Museums Today — Beyond the Box captures groundbreaking thinking and writing from some of the world’s top curator’s and artists. It exposes the passion, creativity, and determination behind successes such as the publications of the Hoopoe-Curatorial, and installations like The Universal Lab, as well as critical commentary documenting the collapse of the 2000 São Paulo Biennial.
Raising Frankenstein: Curatorial Education and Its Discontents presents compelling new writing that explores the education and formation of curators. Edited by Kitty Scott and including essays by Barbara Fischer, Teresa Gleadowe, Francesco Manacorda, Cuauhtémoc Medina, and Lourdes Morales, this book offers an overview of recent thinking on curatorial pedagogy, designed to elucidate, define and build on current debates surrounding this subject. The questions posed here are timely and provocative.