Banff Centre Press
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.
The Responsive Body
In this English edition, choreographer, teacher, and artistic producer of the Canada Dance Festival, Brian Webb, encourages everyone in the dance community to speak about dance and the dance experience in this bilingual offering of eight essays on contemporary dance in Canada.
Reflections in a Dancing Eye
Featuring 48 prominent Canadians — artists, politicians, scientists, academics, and business leaders, Reflections in a Dancing Eye: Investigating the Artist's Role in Canadian Society is a timely look at the role of the artist in Canadian society. Part conversation, part memoir, each unique reply begins from the same set of questions.
Toward. Some. Air.
Toward. Some. Air. is a landmark collection of profiles of contemporary poets, statements, essays, conversations about contemporary poetry and poetic practice, and a few exemplary poems selected by up-and-coming poet and scholar Amy De’Ath and Governor General’s Award-winning, former Parliamentary Poet Laureate Fred Wah. The over 40 contributors to this anthology are renowned poets and academics from Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom.
Toward. Some. Air. is an open invitation to consider the various contours and meanings of Anglophone poetic practice, as a way of interpreting the world around us. An invaluable critical resource with unprecedented scope, this is a book that speaks to the future of contemporary poetics and writing poetry.
This publication was published to coincide with exhibitions at Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, UK and Walter Philips Gallery, Banff, Alberta. This fully illustrated monograph surveys Otto-Knapp’s paintings from 2003 to the present.
The World Upside Down / Le monde à l'envers
The world upside down is one in which the symbolic (usually ruling) order is turned on its head. It is a world visualized by artists where killer rabbits hunt humans and Superman is a hero of the Soviet Union. It is the Planet of the Apes as an allegory of racial discrimination. It is a place where Aboriginal North Americans dine alfresco at Edouard Manet's expense. This richly illustrated book portrays works of contemporary art and prose as examples of this powerful satiric creative impulse. Richard William Hill a context to the modern work presented in this volume with the history of this "art of inversion" in the visual arts of the Middle Ages and Early Modern periods. Far from an academic treatise, this lively collection of essays and art makes us assess our assumptions and acceptance of contemporary iconic images and texts.
The Shape of Content
This book is a collection of creative pieces—poems, short stories, essays, play excerpts—that give shape to mathematical and scientific content. This book portrays by example how various people work creatively with ideas from mathematics and other sciences.
Dancing in Thin Air
Internationally renowned choreographer Brian Macdonald first came to teach dance at The Banff Centre in 1960. Dancing in Thin Air is a recollection of the stories, the people, and the ballets that have made The Banff Centre recognized worldwide for its summer dance programs. Full of pictures, anecdotes, and insights, Dancing in Thin Air will appeal to everyone who has had anything to do with dance!
Voices From France
Voices From France is the result of a rich collaboration between The Banff Centre, the Societé des auteurs et compositeurs dramatiques, supported by the French Embassy in Canada, and the Maison Antoine Vitez in France, and features English translations of five French contemporary plays. The exchange that begins at The Banff Centre between a playwright and a translator continues between the reader and the text, and the actor and the audience.