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extratextual at Contemporary Calgary - 2017-09-01

extratextual, curated by Lisa Baldissera and Joanne Bristol, 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 world- and 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, new and autonomous forms of writing. These forums seek to identify ways in which art writing might enact resistance to forces such as neocolonialism, neoliberal uses of creativity, and art marketing. They also, finally, consider art writing as an ethical practice towards an understanding/in defense of artistic knowledge.

Where: Contemporary Calgary, Stephen Avenue Location
When: September 1, 2017, to January 21, 2018