Short Long World Festival in Corrientes, Argentina
I am pleased to announce that reading wild lands (dispersal 6-18-048-02 W5) is an official selection of the Short Long World Film Festival in Corrientes, Argentina. Festival dates are November 7, 8, 9 and 10, 2019 at Museo de Bellas Artes de Corrientes.
Learn more at: https://festivalslwf.wordpress.com
Istanbul Experimental Film Festival
I am pleased to announce that reading wild lands (dispersal 6-18-048-02 W5) is an official selection of the Istanbul Experimental Film Festival.
Istanbul International Experimental Film Festival is a pioneering showcase of avant-garde and experimental cinema in Turkey. Their goal is to bring the best in contemporary experimental cinema from around the world to live audiences in Istanbul.
Nov 13-17, 2019
Learn more at: http://istanbulexperimental.com
Official Section for Blowup Film Festival Chicago
I am happy to announce that reading wild lands (dispersal 6-18-048-02 W5) is an official selection of the Blow-up Arthouse Film Festival in Chicago. The annual international festival presents narrative, musical and documentary films, shorts, animations, and experimental films.
Nov 9-11, 2019
Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago
Learn more at: http://www.blowupfilmfest.com
Exhibition at Art Gallery of Grande Prairie
ECOLOGY IS HUMAN | NATURE
ALANA BARTOL, TAMARA LEE-ANNE CARDINAL, CARLEY FREISEN, LYNDAL OSBORNE, MARINA ROY & CLINT WILSON
Curated by Derrick Chang
July 11, 2019 - October 31, 2019
Ecology is Human | Nature points out the fact that at its core, ecology is the biological need to co-exist within nature. The impact of human influence and economic development foregrounds the urgent need for a balanced conversation between industry and the environment.
Art Spin Video Screening
On Friday, September 27th my video work reading wild lands (2018) will be screening as part of Art Spin Hamilton alongside some incredible artists at the Gage Park Tropical Greenhouse. The spin starts at 6pm and screening + after party is 8:30pm. More info below and on the website: https://artspinhamilton.ca/Events
Featuring works along the route by
+ and video works curated by Laura Demers:
Alana Bartol, Mara Eagle, Tegan Moore, Emily Moriarty and Ursula Biemann in collaboration with Mo Diener.
More at: http://artspinhamilton.ca
Essential Oils for Alberta
Essential Oils for Alberta (2016) a series of 10 photographs (55.88 x 81.28 cm) is now part of the City of Calgary's Public Art collection.
A series of walks, workshops, and photographs created during Open AiR, a twelve-week residency with The City of Calgary's Public Art program exploring connections to health, natural resources, and place through enfleurage.
Enfleurage is a process that uses animal fat or vegetable oils to extract fragrances or essential oils from botanical materials. Botanical and other materials were collected or foraged in the neighbourhoods of Hillhurst, Sunnyside, and Downtown West within Mohkínstsis/Calgary. Some materials were donated by community members.
A series of public walks and workshops were developed in collaboration with herbalist and botanist Latifa Pelletier-Ahmed and Aromatherapist Deanna Russell. Visit the Walks and Workshops gallery here to learn more.
To view the photo series click here.
The Senses & Society
Valérie Frappier reviews my work in The Senses and Society, Vol 14 2019 - Issue 2: Learning to make sense: interdisciplinary perspectives on sensory education and embodied enculturation.
See options for online access here: Reviews: Alana Bartol: Orphan Well Adoption Agency, Edmonton, Latitude 53, 7 December 2018 – 26 January 2019
Photophobia Festival in Hamilton
My video reading wild lands (dispersal 6-18-048-02 W5) will be included in Photophobia: Contemporary Moving Image Festival in Program 2 on August 10th. Details and links below!
Photophobia is the 13th annual festival of short-format contemporary media, film, video and moving image presented in partnership between the Art Gallery of Hamilton and Hamilton Artists Inc. Established in 1999, Photophobia was Hamilton’s first film and video festival dedicated to the development of experimental time-based media at a time when there were no such platforms in the Hamilton community.
Not confined by restrictions or themes, Photophobia showcases contemporary practitioners who test the boundaries of the medium in a free, multi-part festival series presented outdoors under the cover of night. All three screenings are free and accessible.
Saturday, August 10, 8:30 – 11:00 pm
Hamilton Artists Inc., ArcelorMittal Dofasco Courtyard
155 James Street North, Hamilton, ON
Learn more on Hamilton Artists Inc website: http://theinc.ca/photophobia
Hong Kong Arthouse Festival
My film reading wild lands (dispersal 6-18-048-02 W5) is an official selection of the Hong Kong Arthouse Festival, screening June 18, 2019 at the Hong Kong Arts Centre.
Canadian Armed Forces Residency - Latvia
I recently completed an artist residency with the Canadian Armed Forces Artist Program in Latvia. Over the next two years, I will develop work for a group exhibition in Ottawa at the Canadian War Museum in 2022.
Photo: Adazi Shooting and Training Range, Alana Bartol, 2019
Canadaland Commons: CRUDE podcast Interview
I was interviewed for the latest episode of CANADALAND's podcast Commons CRUDE #4 – Orphan Wells: Citizen Con. I highly recommend listening to the whole Crude series. Thank you to Arshy Mann, Jordan Cornish and the rest of the staff behind the show.
"What happens when the oil wells run dry? Environmental damage, government bailouts and a scheme that some are comparing to the subprime mortgage crisis. And all of this is just the beginning..."
Longlisted for Sobey Art Award
I am pleased to announce that I am one of 25 artists longlisted for the 2019 Sobey Art Award. The Sobey Art Award is Canada’s contemporary art prize recognizing emerging artists from across the country.
It is an honour to be nominated. Thank you to Lindsey Sharman, Naomi Potter, and Shauna Thompson for their support. Visit the National Gallery of Canada's website to learn more about the longlisted artists: http://www.gallery.ca/whats-on/sobey-art-award/artists-2019
Hazel Eye Film Festival Screening
My film reading wild lands (dispersal 6-18-048-02 W5) will be included in the Hazel Eye Film Festival, screening Monday, April 29th, 2019.
The Hazel Eye Film Festival (HEFF) presents experimental live action films and experimental animations that push the boundaries of the audiovisual art form. The festival is co-directed by Eli Hayes & Jordan Mumford and includes a retrospective on the career of Canadian independent, experimental filmmaker, Mike Hoolboom.
HEFF runs April 19 - April 30th, 2019. Official Selections will screen online, via HEFF's website, on designated days throughout the festival week:
To accompany the found/held exhibition Access Gallery produced this publication to highlight aspects of each artists’ research to situate the exhibition in context with their larger practices.
found/held presents work by Alana Bartol (Calgary), Lindsay Dobbin (Bay of Fundy), and Ursula Handleigh (Halifax), and Pavitra Wickramasinghe (Montreal). Considering these works through a drawing lens, this exhibition investigates the artists’ use of concrete materials—water, air, metal, paper—to capture phenomena—resonance, breath, energy, the fold. Inspired by reading about the disappearing skill of wave pilots in the Marshall Islands—specially trained in the ancient art of reading the waves by feel and sight—Wickramasinghe’s Coral bones/La mer are a return to these innate navigation skills and of the body to the environment. Dobbin’s practice of drumming the surface of the Bay of Fundy is reflected Arrival, in which they build a spacious soundscape with two tones acting as wave cycles. With her video reading wild lands, Bartol re-imagines dowsing as a technology for remediation of contaminated land. Lastly, Handleigh uses experiential photography and alternative processes of image making to record personal histories, such as I can feel you forgetting, which captures both the impressions of her hands and the humidity of her breath.
Published by Access Gallery
Katie Belcher, Director/Curator
Layout & Cover Design by Catherine de Montreuil
Printed and bound in Vancouver by Precision Graphics
$20 ed. of 100, available for purchase: here
Group Exhibition at Access Gallery
Access Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Alana Bartol, Lindsay Dobbin, Ursula Handleigh, and Pavitra Wickramasinghe
Curated by Katie Belcher
02 March to 13 April 2019
This exhibition is part of the 2019 Capture Photography Festival Selected Exhibition Program
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday 01 March from 7-9pm
IN CONVERSATION: Ursula Handleigh and Pavitra Wickramasinghe, with curator Katie Belcher 02 March 2019 from 2-4pm
Image: Pavitra Wickramasinghe, Coral bones/La mer, Mois Multi & La Chambre Blanche, Québec, 2018. Photo by Ivan Binet.
Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity Spotlight
Thank you to Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity for creating a video spotlight on my work. Special thanks to Devon Murphy and Nicholas Lehmann for their work on this.
Orphan Well Adoption Agency Publication Launch
Orphan Well Adoption Agency publication launch Saturday, January 26th, 2019 from 2-5pm at Latitude 53 in Edmonton. The 40 page publication includes images from the Orphan Well Adoption Agency exhibition at Latitude 53 and texts by Lindsey Sharman and Lou Sheppard. Publications are $20 and can be purchased at the gallery or online through Latitude 53's website:
Orphan Well Adoption Agency featured on Global News
Thank you Global News Edmonton for featuring the Orphan Well Adoption exhibition. Watch the story here.
Orphan Well Adoption Agency (OWAA) is up at Latitude 53 in Edmonton until January 26th. Gallery hours: Mon - Fri 11 am - 7 pm and Sat 12-5 pm. Meet with one of our OWAA representatives every Saturday 12 - 5 pm throughout the exhibition to adopt a well.
Read the exhibition essay by Lindsay Sharman: here
Exhibition at Latitude 53
Alana Bartol: Orphan Well Adoption Agency
December 7, 2018–January 26, 2019
Opening reception Friday, December 14 at 7:00 pm
Dowsing workshop Saturday, December 15 at 1:00 pm
Calgary artist Alana Bartol creates relationships between the personal sphere and the landscape, particular to our moment of environmental precarity. Orphan Well Adoption Agency re-imagines industrial remediation as a non-profit that finds caretakers for orphaned oil and gas wells in Alberta. Orphan Well Adoption Agency explores dowsing as technology for remediation and for discovering alternative relationships to natural resources, with a touch of humour. The OWAA off-site office opens for adoption each Saturday during the run of the exhibition.
Visit Latitude 53 for more information: www.latitude53.org
GRRL HAUS Screening in Boston
Screening at 15 Festival Transterritorial de Cine Underground
One of my latest short videos reading wild lands (dispersal 6-18-048-02 W5) will be screened at the 15 Festival Transterritorial de Cine Underground Dec 9-11 at various locations in Buenos Aires and Quilmes, Argentina from Dec 1 - 10, 2018. Films are screened in projection rooms, neighborhoods, streets, and non-traditional exhibition spaces.
Watch a 2 min preview
Artist brings attention to orphan wells in Alberta
After speaking about my work as part of the Art NOW series at the University of Lethbridge, the Lethbridge Herald wrote an article on my work:
Art NOW Series at University of Lethbridge
I will be speaking as part of the Art NOW Series at the University of Lethbridge on Nov 19, 2018. Details below. Thank the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery for making this presentation possible.
Art NOW Series: Alana Bartol
Noon, November 19, 2018
University Recital Hall
Free, everyone welcome!
Pleased to announce TOTAL FIELD is in the program Horizontal Variances at Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative in Regina, SK, curated by Amber Christensen and Colton Bates with works by artists from Winnipeg, Regina and Calgary.
Article in Canadian Art "Climates" Issue
Pick up a copy of the fall 2018 issue of Canadian Art to read Areum Kim's article "When Oil Is Our Lifeblood" on my work and the work of Bruno Canadien and Amy Malbeuf. On stands until Dec 2018!
You can read the article here: https://canadianart.ca/features/when-oil-is-our-lifeblood/
Cover Image: Jason de Haan, Proposal for a Megalith on a Maritime Beach (detail), 2016, digital collage. Courtesy the artist and Clint Roenisch.
Akimbo Hit List
Check out my hit list on Akimbo! Featuring "The Marrow Thieves", nematodes, my cat Bean and more: http://www.akimbo.ca/hitlist/?id=483
a hint of perennial magic lingers in its fingertips...
Alana Bartol & Mia Rushton + Eric Moschopedis
Our plants have settled into their new home at the Esker Project Space! The plants (many considered weeds), were collected from the construction site across the street from the Esker and grown from seed. Now in their new planter, the shadow of which forms the shape of the condominium to come in their place, they will continue to grow into the fall season. A water-filtration systems allows the water from the planter to move through the planter bed, bringing water to a potted snake plant at the front of the installation. The snake plant, a tropical import, stands as a symbol of the types of plants that are coveted in office spaces and condominium interiors.
Learn more about the project and main space exhibitions on the Esker website:
Installation is up until Oct 28th and can be viewed from street level.
Opening reception for exhibition Friday, Sept 21 - 6-10pm
Photo: Bryce Krynski
The work of WIND: AIR, LAND, and SEA
Very excited to announce I will be conducting a workshop/performance on Sept 23rd in Mississauga for "The work of WIND: AIR, LAND, and Sea", a 10-day contemporary arts festival in Southdown area in Mississauga presented by Blackwood Gallery at University of Toronto Mississauga. My performance entitled "a slick, a smear, awash in green" questions corporate practices of remediation of contaminated sites.
Visit the website for more info (scroll down to Sept 23 to view information about my workshop): https://workofwind.ca/
Review: HOLD FAST Contemporary Art Festival
Read Eva Crocker's review of HOLD FAST Contemporary Art festival, including my performance "we cannot fathom the depths of our shadows" here:
Photo: Dan Smith
Images from A Woman Walking (the City Limits) are featured in Barbed Magazine, Issue 6 Suburbia is Calling.
Barbed Magazine is a contemporary art magazine in Metro Detroit. Barbed features artists’ works who live in and are from the Windsor/Detroit region. Founded in September 2014, Barbed promotes the work of women-identifying artists, and artists from LGBTQ, Asian, Black, Latino, immigrant and other minority communities.
Barbed is a limited edition publication, printed twice annually; in the spring and winter. Available for purchase locally in Detroit, at MOCAD (Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit,) in San Francisco at Adobe Books and McNally Jackson Books, in Manhattan, New York.
Learn more here: https://barbedmagazine.com/Suburbia-Is-Calling-Issue-06-Spring-2018
Cover: Eric Magassa
Palgary Almanac Interview
Listen to an interview Mia Rushton and I did with Palgary Alamac's Peter Oliver about our current project with Eric Moschopedis at the Esker Project Space: http://cjsw.com/program/the-almanacs/episode/20180823/
Photo: Bryce Krynski
Review - If the river ran upward
Read Lindsey Sharman's review of If the river ran upwards in Galleries West:
Publication for HOLD FAST is out now
View a PDF it online through the link below. Featured on the cover is yours truly...
Sprawlcast Episode 6: Beyond the Big Blue Ring
Back in June 2018, I participated in d.talks public forum on public art in Calgary. Thanks to Sprawlcast for highlighting the discussion on one of their episodes:
Events - If the river ran upwards
Upcoming exhibition events for "If the river ran upwards":
If the river ran upwards
Silvina Babich / Alana Bartol / Diane Borsato / Carolina Caycedo
T’uy’t’tanat-Cease Wyss & Anne Riley / Genevieve Robertson
June 16 – August 26, 2018
Walter Phillips Gallery, Main Space
Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity
Curated by Jacqueline Bell
Open Studio video by Banff Centre on "If the river ran upwards" can be viewed here
Upcoming exhibition - Esker Project Space
Alana Bartol & Mia Rushton and Eric Moschopedis
a hint of perennial magic lingers in its fingertips
August 6 - October 28, 2018
A site-specific project that examines native and non-native weed species in relation to urban development in the community of Inglewood.
1011 – 9th Avenue S.E. Fourth Floor, http://eskerfoundation.art
Tue - Sun 11am to 6pm, Thu - Fri 11am to 8pm
Dowsing at the Edge - Fogo Island and Port Union
I've been invited to Fogo Island as a visiting artist with the Museum of the Flat Earth. I'll be conducting a pendulum dowsing workshop and performance at the Marine Interpretation Centre on Saturday, July 14th 1-4pm.
The following week, I will be off to Union House Arts, a new art space under development in Port Union, NL and Labrador for another workshop. Then I will be headed back to St. John's, NL to complete my summer residency with Eastern Edge Gallery leading up to the HOLD FAST Festival.
Thank you to Calgary Arts Development and Alberta College of Art+Design for funding that made these opportunities possible.
Art in the Open, August 25, 2018
My short film TOTAL FIELD (2017) will be screened at Art in the Open, a contemporary arts festival in Charlottetown, PEI.
Learn more at: https://artintheopenpei.com/
Sculpture Magazine Review of In Blood In Bone
Pick up a copy of July/August 2018 Sculpture magazine to read Maeve Hanna's review of my solo exhibition at TRUCK Contemporary Art In Blood and Bone: https://www.sculpture.org
Cover: Wilmer Wilson IV, From My Paper Bag Colored Heart, 2012. View of performance at Conner Contemporary Art, Washington, DC. Photo: © Wilmer Wilson IV, Courtesy CONNERSMITH, Washington, DC.
Eastern Edge Summer Residency and HOLD FAST FESTIVAL
I have been selected to participate in the HOLD FAST festival and summer residency presented by Eastern Edge Gallery in St. John's, NL. Throughout July I will be developing work that will be presented at the HOLD FAST Festival: Aug 8-12, 2018. During the residency, I will be visiting the Mine Branch Core Storage Libraries in St. John’s, Springdale, and Pasadena, NL conducting drill cutting and core sample readings using various dowsing methods.
Learn more about Eastern Edge Gallery and the HOLD FAST Festival here:
if the river ran upwards
Image: Carolina Caycedo
Artists: Silvina Babich, Alana Bartol, Diane Borsato, Carolina Caycedo, T'uy't'tanat-Cease Wyss & Anne Riley, Genevieve Robertson. Curated by Jacqueline Bell
'If the river ran upwards' reflects artists' engagements with regions across the Americas that have been sites of industrial activity. Working across mediums, materials and processes, the works locate the ethical orientations and directions for ecological justice from within the nexus of communities, ecologies or knowledge of a region.
Opening Reception: Friday, June 15, 6- 9 PM
June 16 - August 26, 2018
Walter Phillips Gallery
Formed by Sand at Lougheed House
Formed by Sand
June 21 - Sept 30, 2018
Lougheed House, Calgary
Curated by Caroline Loewen
Wednesday, Thursday & Friday:
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday:
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Caitlind Brown, Wayne Garrett and Lane Shordee
Philip Vandermey and Jessie Andjelic
Let's Talk About...Public Art. Excited to be part of this conversation with d.talks in Calgary.
How do we define public art? Does it relate to our values or influence how we identify with our city? What’s our relationship with artists’ process? Join d.talks for a discussion on the value of public art. Not the cost, but the ways that public art connects people to place.
Alana Bartol / Artist
Iman Bukhari / Canadian Cultural Mosaic Foundation
Dan Jacobson / IMMERSE research group, University of Calgary
Michelle Reid / Cultural Landscape Lead, City of Calgary
Moderated by: Ciara McKeown / Public Art Consultant and Curator
Join us on Thursday June 7th 6pm at Victoria Pavilion at the Calgary Stampede.
Canadian Armed Forces Residency 2019
I am one of six artists selected to participate in the Canadian Artists Armed Forces program in 2019. Check back for updates on where I will be deployed:
Berlin Feminist Film Week
Running with Concepts: The Empathy Edition
Very honoured to present my work at Running with Concepts: The Empathic Edition Sat. March 10th at Blackwood Gallery in Toronto.
This 3-day hybrid event brings together artists, researchers, activists, and care professionals to discuss the ethics of empathy. The event aims to challenge dominant assumptions about institutional forms of collective welfare. I will be speaking about Orphan Well Adoption Agency and concepts of care-taking in the oil and gas industry
Interview with Shannon Bingeman
My interview with curator Shannon Bingeman is available online (pages 9-16): http://albertasocietyofartists.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/FINAL-Broadstrokes-2017-Fall-web.pdf
Canadian Art Interview
I spoke with Leah Sandals at Canadian Art about the Orphan Well Adoption Agency: http://canadianart.ca/features/alana-bartol-orphan-well-adoption-agency/
In Blood and Bone: an aware form of care
Read the exhibition essay for In Blood and Bone by Ashley Bedet on TRUCK Contemporary Art's blog: http://truckcontemporaryart.blogspot.ca/2017/09/essay-in-blood-and-bone.html
Exhibition Opening at TRUCK Contemporary Art
In Blood and Bone runs September 8 - October 14 / 2017 in the TRUCK Contemporary Art Main Space & Parkade. Opening Reception September 8 @ 7PM.
September 8, 2017 to October 14, 2017
Opening reception Friday September 8, at 7:00 PM
TRUCK Contemporary Art
2009 10 Ave SW Calgary, AB
Hours: Tues- Fri 11am - 5pm and Sat noon - 5pm
Closed Sunday and Monday
Orphan well adoption interviews will be conducted every Saturday from 1 -3pm
In Blood and Bone asks how dowsing might shift our relationships to natural resources, technology, and place, while examining remediation, care, and the reliability of information. Dowsing or ‘water-witching’ is a form of divination used to locate ground water, oil, sites, and information. Last year, the Orphan Well Adoption Agency (OWAA) began investigating new methods of remediation through the practice of dowsing at abandoned oil well sites in Alberta. From September 8 - October 14, 2017 the OWAA will have an off-site office at TRUCK Contemporary Art. Oil well adoptions will be facilitated throughout the exhibition. Learn more at: http://www.orphanwelladoptionagency.com
In Blood and Bone is supported by funding from the Canada Council for the Arts.
HOT OIL M:ST Summer Fundraiser
This July, artist Maggie Flynn and I are participating in M:ST Performative Art Festival's 3rd annual fundraiser HOT OIL: http://mstfestival.org/hotoil
If you are able to donate, you not only supporting upcoming programming for Mountain Standard Time Performative Art Festival Society, but 50% of the proceeds will help support the artist of your choice. Donations will support my current project: The Orphan Well Adoption Agency, which will launch at TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary this fall as part of a solo exhibition.
On Thursday July 27th, 7:00 – 10:00 pm I will be performing Ask Your Best, a performance inviting the public to join me for a one-on-one divining sessions at Stride Gallery. For your donation, you will not only receive documentation of the performance but even more gifts (see below).
This July, donate to the Orphan Well Adoption Agency:
-A donation of $15 or more you will receive a postcard of an orphan well that is currently in need of a caretaker.
-A donation of $150 or more, you will receive an artist’s rendering of an orphan well.
-A donation of $250 or more, you will receive a postcard of an orphan well, an artist’s rendering of an orphan well, a personalized letter from an orphan well, and a drawing from the Inner End (Service Roads) series.
In return, for each donation you also receive:
– A charitable tax receipt,
– A membership to M:ST and,
– Exclusive documentation of the performance you supported!
About the Orphan Well Adoption Agency (OWAA)
The OWAA is dedicated to finding “forever homes” for abandoned oil wells through symbolic adoptions. In an effort towards remediation and healing, the OWAA is in pursuit of facilitating relationships of divestment. As the oil and gas industry enters rocky times, the orphanage is growing. With over 80,000 inactive oil wells across the province of Alberta, there are 1,400 orphan wells up for adoption this year.
Learn more at: http://orphanwelladoptionagency.com
Culvert Views up at Santa Fe Art Institute
A selection of photographs and works in progress are up this week in the lobby of the Santa Fe Art Institute June 13-18, 2017.
Thank you to ACAD's Professional Affairs Funding and the Santa Fe Art Institute Financial Aid Award. Without their support my participation in this residency would not have been possible.
Publication Launch in Quarry Park Calgary Saturday, June 24
Water-Witching for Wanderers (and Wonderers) publication launch next week!
Saturday, June 24th 2 - 4 pm
Quarry Park Library
108 Quarry Park Rd, Calgary, AB T2C 3E7
Works by: Ashley Bedet, Elisa Fernandez-Leon, Terrance Houle, Pamela Krowicki, Bryce Krynski (BLK), Jenne Newman, Ruby Planidin, Nikki Reimer, Patty Amestica, and Sean Taal
Water-witching for Wanderers (and Wonderers) is a public art project in the community of Quarry Park in Calgary, Alberta, developed and curated by Calgary-based artists Alana Bartol and Sarah Nordean.
The project began with an artist-led workshop and walk that invited the public to explore the community Quarry Park through dowsing. Following the walk, five Calgary-based artists and the workshop participants were invited to create small artworks to be hidden in Quarry Park in June 2017.
Dowsing or water-witching asks the land to speak, to disclose its information: a form of divination used to locate ground water, mineral deposits, lost objects, and other resources such as oil. Dowsing, in this project, is a metaphor for creative work, for navigating not only the land, but the contours of complex, sometimes just as opaque bureaucratic systems and processes, institutions and publics.
Water-witching for Wanderers (and Wonderers) was commissioned by The City of Calgary Public Art Program.
Learn more on the project website and plan your visit to Quarry Park to find the artworks: http://waterwitching.wordpress.com/
Water Rights Residency
This May and June (2017) I am one of 10 artists-in-residence for the Water Rights residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI) until late June 2017 researching the acequias - communal irrigation canals - in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Over the course of the residency I will explore how acequia systems create vital relationships between humans and natural worlds.
Follow me on Instagram to see how my research develops.
TREX 2-year Touring Exhibition
A Woman Walking (the City limits) will be presented in a solo exhibition touring various venues through the Alberta Foundation for the Arts |http://www.affta.ab.ca/TREX|TREX|SW program 2017-2019. The exhibition has been curated by Shannon Bingeman and a catalogue is forthcoming.
The exhibition includes 14 photographs, a risograph print and video. To see the work, please visit: http://alanabartol.com/section/437077-A-Woman-Walking-the-City-Limits.html
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in purchasing any of the works in this series.
My 2006 performance piece "Dressage: 7437 Kisses" will be included in Queer Landscapes: Mapping Queer Space(s) of Praxis and Pedagogy, Edited by Elizabeth McNeil, James Wermers and Oakleaf Lunn (New York: Palgrave Macmillan), 2017.
About the Book:
Queer Landscapes seeks to further "queer" scholarship and praxis by bringing together thinkers and activists to explore how we see, write, read, experience, and teach through the fluid space of queerness. We are interested in how queer-identified and -influenced people create ideas, works, classrooms, and other spaces (e.g., digital, activist) that vivify relational and (eco)systems thinking, thus challenging accepted hierarchies, binaries, and hegemonies. Our volume will feature theorist-practitioners who have already made huge strides in helping us to open new landscapes of queer thinking and being, and we also welcome fresh new voices to a community of scholars and activists.
My work is included in the chapter “Queering the Campus Gender Landscape through Visual Arts" by Rosemary Weatherson and Libby Blume, University of Detroit Mercy.
Landscape of Forgetting in Two Publications
Landscape of Forgetting, a community-engaged walk developed in collaboration with artist Camille Turner (Toronto) has been written about in two publications this year: Looking beyond borderlines : North America's frontier imagination by Lee Rodney (New York; London Routledge) 2017 and the Ontario Arts Council's Framing Community A Community-Engaged Art Workbook.
Check out the links for more information or visit Landscape of Forgetting.
Life in the Soil March 6-9, 2017
Presented by The Deep Earth Treatment Centre (DETC) Amanda White (Toronto) and Alana Bartol (Calgary) in collaboration with Dr. Jennifer Willet (Windsor), Life in the Soil is a 3-day event featuring workshops, talks, performances, and participatory discussions led by artists, activists, farmers, and scholars who are each invested in the scientific, indigenous, embodied and practical knowledge about the vital nature of soils.
March 7-9, 2017 at The School of Creative Arts, University of Windsor
Learn more at: http://lifeinthesoil2017.wordpress.com
The event aims to encourage public engagement and cross-disciplinary dialogue towards deepening our relationship with and understanding of the complexity of living soil and its importance to all life on earth. Participation is free and open to the public.
Article in Canadian Art
Equitable and Just Communities Panel
As part of the Inspiring Women Among Us Conference, I will be speaking about the role artists can play in shaping our communities on the Equitable and Just Communities Panel at University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George, BC.
Thursday, November 17th, 5 pm - 6pm
UNBC campus, Building 6 Room 205/211
Speakers include Hilary Morgan, Planner, City of Prince George, Dr. Theresa Healy, School of Environmental Planning, UNBC, and Joan Chess, Program Manager, Smart Planning for Communities, Fraser Basin Council
Organized by Mark W. Groulx, Assistant Professor, School of Environmental Planning
Artist-in-Residence Neighbourhood Time Exchange
For the month of November, I will be an artist-in-residence with |http://neighbourhoodtime.exchange/|Neighbourhood Time Exchange|Downtown Prince George|. Curated by Justin Langlois, Assistant Professor of Social Practice in the Faculty of Culture + Community at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, the program runs from September 2016 and April 2017, inviting a different artist each month to live in Prince George, BC and develop projects in and with the community.
Based on the concept of a time-exchange, for every hour an artist spends in the downtown studio, they contribute an hour of volunteer time working with a Community Partner. My Community Partner will be Downtown Prince George. Check back to learn about the work I develop.
Exhibition of A Woman Walking for M:ST 8 at The New Gallery
Works from my performance piece A Woman Walking (the City limits) created for M:ST 8 will be presented in a solo exhibition at The New Gallery
Sunday, October 23 – Tuesday, October 25, 2016
12 - 6pm daily
Join me for a reception and discussion with sophia bartholomew at 7:00 PM Monday, October 24, 2016
Photo: Mike Tan
Artist-in-Residence for Calgary's Open AiR Public Art Program!
Excited to announce that I was one of three artists selected for The City of Calgary's Open AiR artist residency pilot program.
Fire Hall #6 in the Hillhurst Sunnyside community will be my studio for the next 3 months (August-Sept, 2016). Stay tuned for more information on events and ways to participate in my enfluerage project exploring connections between memory, place, and smell:
Interview with Eric & Mia!
It is a pleasure to be interviewing Eric & Mia for their upcoming Skateparks project publication! The artists created three projects to coincide with the opening of several new skateparks in Calgary through The City of Calgary's Public Art program: "Skaters from around here and elsewhere" newspaper, Skate School for Women and Skate School for Police.
Eric Moschopedis and Mia Rushton (Calgary) are award winning interdisciplinary visual artists, facilitators, and community organizers. Working collaboratively since the mid-2000s they bring together elements of craft, performance, printmaking, and cultural geography, to create playful, but highly critical projects. They have presented projects, workshops and lectures in Canada, the United States and Europe. In 2016. they were longlisted for the Sobey Art Award.
Check out their work at: www.ericandmia.ca
Watch the video above to get a sneak peek of the Skate School for Women.
Canada Council for the Arts Project Grant Recipient
Thank you to the Canada Council for the Arts for a project grant to develop a series of performance-based works in response to abandoned oil well sites in Alberta. In Blood and Bone is an ongoing series of works considering alternative ways of knowing, while exploring connections between the health of our bodies and the health of the environment.
Image: Karin McGinn
Video shoot in Three Hills, Alberta
Woman Walking underway for M:ST 8
This October, Woman Walking will be presented at The Mountain Standard Time Performative Art Festival (M:ST) in Calgary.
My work often sees me exploring liminal spaces in urban environments, where urban space meets suburban sprawl. Without sanctioned pathways or access points, we often experience these spaces from a vehicle or public transportation. For this work, I will walk over 174km (108 miles), attempting to walk along the city limits of Calgary.
Where do citizens walk and what parts of the city do they experience on foot? Who is free to move alongside, within, and outside of designated pathways? Who inhabits the space along the city limits? How are the borders inscribed on the land and felt in space?
SSHRC Grant Awarded
Happy to announce I am a collaborator on a SSHRC Grant. Over the next 5 years, I will be collaborating with Principal Researcher Dr. Jennifer Willet (Associate Professor, University of Windsor) and my collaborator Amanda White (artist and PhD candidate, Queens University), on Bioart: Collaborating with Life, a research/creation project investigating complex collaborations between human artists and other life forms.
Through this grant, Amanda and I will continue our research on the relationships between human bodies and soil. We hope to provide a context for intersection between various artists, scientists, students, community members, and non-human species to share in communication, collaboration, and creative participation in re-imagining our shared future.
Panel on Public Art in Calgary
I will be speaking on a City of Calgary panel investigating the role of the public in public art on March 4th at the Nickle Gallery in Calgary.
Councillor Gian-Carlo Carra
Poet Laureate derek beaulieu
Alberta College of Art + Design (ACAD) Instructor, Alana Bartol
Independent arts administrator Ciara McKeown
Join us if you can!
Featured in CLOT Magazine
Thank you to CLOT Magazine for the interview and write-up about my work. CLOT Magazine is an online publishing platform that aims to collect, display, broadcast and promote the crossover of Art and Science.
Find me in the Scouting section, which features emerging artists:
Featured Artist in ROOM Magazine
Excited to announce that my series Inner End will be featured in the December issue of ROOM Magazine.
ROOM Magazine is Canada’s oldest literary journal by and about women. Published quarterly by the West Coast Feminist Literary Magazine Society, also known as the Growing Room Collective, Room showcases fiction, poetry, reviews, art work, interviews and profiles about the female experience.
Visit their website to see where you can pick up a copy near you:
Water-Witching Workshop Review
Thank you to Keagan Perlette of SAD Mag for this wonderful review of my water dowsing workshop in Vancouver at Access Gallery.
Click here to read the review:
Radio Interview on Citr
Thank you to Claire Bailey and Dhrubaa Alamgir for attending my water-witching workshop at Access Gallery last week.
Tune into Lady Radio Friday, Nov 6th at 6pm PST on UBC's Citr to hear them talk about their experience!
Water-Witching Workshop at Access Gallery (Vancouver)
Join me on Saturday, Oct 31 from 2-4pm to try your hand at water dowsing (aka water-witching). We will be working with custom-made pendulums, and a variety of dowsing rods.
Space is limited and registration is filling up fast! If you are interested, please contact Access Gallery:
Stories of the City
Images and text from my ongoing collaborative work with urban curator Shauna Janssen (Montreal) entitled 'Beyond the Bridge': Postindustrial Border Culture, Communities of Care, and Cats in Sandwich Town is on view from Nov 6 - 21, 2015 at SB Contemporary as part of the exhibition "Stories of the City" organized by INTERMINUS.
INTERMINUS brings together researchers and artists committed to exploring the boundaries between media, arts, science, technologies and the built environment.
Learn more about the exhibition at:
More about our project at:
Far Away So Close Publication Launch!
Excited to announce that the publication for Far Away So Close launches this month! Thank you to Kimberly Phillips and everyone at Access Gallery for making this possible:
Access Gallery - Far Away So Close
ACAD Faculty Research Soirée
Join me and my ACAD colleagues on Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 6pm to hear learn more about what we do in addition to teaching!
I will be speaking about my current research with artist Amanda White (Toronto), current PhD candidate at Queens University in Cultural Studies. The Deep Earth Treatment Centre (DETC) is a collaborative project that explores the relationships between soil and health, bodies and soil habitats, place and identity.
The work for this series is realized under the guise of a ‘treatment centre’ wherein we embark on physical explorations of various soil types. As the DETC, our aim is to produce moments in which participants encounter and engage with soil physically, emotionally, and mentally, expanding notions of life underground, imagining new relationships to, with and within soil habitats.
Read an interview with "There Should Be Gardens" curator Amber Christensen. InterAccess’s Emerging Artists Exhibition featuring my work!
Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver Exhibitions!
There Should Be Gardens at InterAccess (Toronto)
Sept 2 - 26, 2015
Opening reception: Wed. Sept. 2, 7-9pm
Curated by Amber Christensen
Far Away So Close: Part III Access Gallery (Vancouver)
Sept. 12 – Oct. 31, 2015
Opening reception: Fri, Sept. 11, 7pm
Curated by Kimberley Phillips
Please join me at Access Gallery in Vancouver for In Conversation: Alana Bartol & David Semeniuk with Kimberly Phillips on Saturday, Sept 12th at 2pm.
Faculty Exhibition 2015, Illingworth Kerr Gallery (Calgary)
Alberta College of Art + Design
Sept. 10 - Oct. 3, 2015
Opening reception: Thurs. Sept. 17, 5-7pm
There Should Be Gardens
Image: Anna Eyler, Fugue in Three Steps (2015)
Happy to announce that my work will be included in the 14th Annual Emerging Artists Exhibition InterAccess There Should Be Gardens, at Inter/Access Gallery in Toronto. Curated by Amber Christensen, the exhibition runs from September 2nd to September 26th, 2015 and features work by:
Read an interview with the curator here.
Opening reception: Wednesday, September 2, 2015, 7-9pm at InterAccess.
There Should Be Gardens
curated by Amber Christensen
September 2-26, 2015
Opening reception: Wednesday, September 2, 2015, 7-9pm at InterAccess.
In its 14th year, the InterAccess Emerging Artists Exhibition features new media work from local and national early career artists, artists transitioning to new media/technology practices and upper year post-secondary and graduate students. InterAccess is a leading voice on the international new media arts stage and this exhibition offers artists a platform for early professional development. Former participating artists and curators have gone on to work and exhibit at such institutions as the Doris McCarthy Gallery, The Walter Phillips Gallery, Western Front, Trinity Square Video, Plug In Institute for Contemporary Art, Space Media Arts in London UK, FACT, Liverpool, and Transmediale in Berlin.
The 2015 selected curator is Amber Christensen, a researcher and curator who studies feminist/queer curatorial and media arts practices. She has recently curated film/video for Vtape and Neutral Ground and is a member of the Pleasure Dome Film and Video Curatorial Collective, and an organizer with the Feminist Art Conference. This exhibition was curated based on over 90 submissions received through an open call for submissions.
There Should Be Gardens brings together five Canadian emerging and early career new media artists whose work addresses the interconnectedness of technologies, ecologies, botanies, gender and the cosmos. The exhibition explores the materiality and affectivity of matter, blurring the focus of feminism and queer feminism between the human and non-human. Featuring Alana Bartol (Calgary), Adrienne Crossman (Toronto), Anna Eyler (Ottawa/Montreal), Kara Stone (Montreal), and Alize Zorlutuna (Toronto).
Beyond Borders...The Landscape of Forgetting
My collaborative project Landscape of Forgetting, with Camille Turner will be featured in the forthcoming publication Looking Beyond Borderlines: North America’s Frontier Imagination (Routledge, 2015) by Lee Rodney. The project will also be included in the Ontario Arts Council's online publication on Community Arts practice.
Discussions on New Media Plant Art
This June I will be a featured discussant on new media plant art on the online platform empyre. The discussion will be moderated by Natasha Myers (York), Selmin Kara (OCAD) and Patrick Kielty (UofT).
empyre facilitates online discussion encouraging critical perspectives on contemporary cross-disciplinary issues, practices and events in networked media. With over 1,800 members, the list is currently co-managed by Renate Ferro (Cornell) and Tim Murray (Cornell), with the moderating team of Selmin Kara (OCAD) and Patrick Kielty (UofT).
More information can be found here: http://empyre.library.cornell.edu.
Bioart in the Press!
Image: CBC News, artist Robert Hengeveld discussing his work in the Bioart exhibition
Bioart: Collaborating with Life is generating a lot of interest in Ottawa and beyond. Check out the press below:
Abna, Sandra. “Living Art in Ottawa: Bio art on display at Karsh-Masson Gallery at City Hall is made with living things”, CBC News, Television. 27 Apr 2015.
Calcagno, Leonardo. "BioART: Collaborating with Life" Baron Mag, 3 May 2015. Web.
Miller, Jacquie. "Ontario Scene: Five cool things to see on the Art Gallery crawl" Ottawa Citizen, 27 Apr 2015. Web.
Simpson, Peter. “Big Beat: Ontario Scene gallery crawl is packed with art.” Ottawa Citizen, 1 May 2015. Web.
Bioart: Collaborating with Life
Image: Alana Bartol, Un-camouflaging #7, (2012-ongoing) Performance, Windsor, ON Photo: Arturo Herrera
Works from the Forms of Awareness series are included in BioART: Collaborating with Life at the Karsh Masson Gallery in Ottawa. On May 3rd I will be performing Forms of Awareness: Ghillie Suit as part of the Gallery Crawl.
Curated by Jennifer Willet, the exhibition is part of the Ontario Scene and presented by Artengine, the City of Ottawa and the National Arts Centre. Supported by the Ontario Arts Council.
April 28-May 31, 2015
Karen Miranda Abel
Grant Awarded by the City of Windsor
A big thank you to The City of Windsor for awarding an Arts, Culture and Heritage grant to my collaborative project with Shauna Janssen (Montreal) exploring the histories, sites and stories of the Sandwich Town community in Windsor, Ontario.
Learn more about our project at:
Artist Talk at the Canada Council for the Arts
On Friday, May 1st from 1:30-3:30pm I will be speaking about my work at the Canada Council for the Arts in Ottawa as part of the Inter-Arts Ontario Forum.
Honoured to be included on this panel of incredible artists:
Dwayne Dixon and Judi Lopez of Manifesto
Penny Couchie of Aanmitaagzi
Learn more about the panel on the Canada Council for the Arts website.
Far Away So Close
Image: Mike Bourscheid, Dominique Baum's Journey (2012)
This fall, my work will be included in Far Away So Close: Part III, a 3 person exhibition curated by Kimberly Phillips at Access Gallery (Vancouver).
Learn more about the exhibition series and publication set:
Notes from the Deep Earth Treatment Centre @ ASLE (Moscow, ID)
At this year's Association for Literature and the Environment Conference, I will be speaking about my collaborative project with artist Amanda White (Toronto) exploring relationships between human bodies and soil at the 2015 Association for Literature and the Environment Conference, Notes from Underground: The Depths of Environmental Arts, Culture and Justice at the University of Idaho.
Works from the series can be viewed here.
This summer I will return to Boston, MA to continue my self-directed bioart residency made possible with support from the Ontario Arts Council.
My residency began last summer when I learned various scientific techniques and methods in the George Church Lab at Harvard with mentor Joe Davis, artist and researcher at the George Church Lab at Harvard and Department of Biology at MIT. Davis was developing “Malus ecclesia”, a genetic art project that will place 50,000 of the most popular Wikipedia pages into the DNA of a strain of ancient apple tress, creating a genetically modified "Tree of Knowledge".
Learn more about his project here.
As I continue to develop several projects exploring connections to human health and the environment, I will be conducting research at the The Vail Collection which contains important works on animal magnetism and mesmerism, including William Davey’s The Illustrated Practical Mesmerist.
Interview on CJSW - March 5, 2015
Tune in to Calgary's CJSW Radio, to hear me on The Charmer's Almanac with Matt and Kate today. We will discuss dowsing and dreaming during the 6 week Food Water Life residency at The Banff Centre.
OPEN STUDIOS - The Banff Centre, Feb. 26, 3-6 pm
Image: Life in the Soil, 2015, Video Still from 5 min animation
The Deep Earth Treatment Centre
Come and see what the Food Water Life and Bair artists-in-residence have been up to today at The Banff Centre.
Works from The Deep Earth Treatment Centre, a collaborative project with Amanda White (Toronto) will be on display as well as my new work on water dowsing.
Neighbourhood Spaces Symposium Online Publication
Look for my essay on labour in community-engaged art practice in the upcoming Neighbourhood Spaces online publication.
Neighbourhood Spaces was one of the first socially-engaged residency programs in Canada initiated by Arts Council Windsor & Region, The City of Windsor and Broken City Lab. http://acwr.net/ns.
Check back soon!
Food Water Life at The Banff Centre
Happy to announce that I will be participating in Food Water Life, the 2015 winter thematic residency with artists Lucy + Jorge Orta.
Faculty: Lucy Orta - Lead Artist, Jorge Orta - Lead Artist
Guests: Nigel Prince - Guest Curator, David Bickerstaff - Guest, Pohanna Feinberg - Guest
Artist Food Water Life is a project spanning close to two decades of Lucy + Jorge Orta’s collaborative work. Drawing on these themes, the Food Water Life residency invites participants to explore concerns that define the twenty-first century - biodiversity, environmental sustainability, social economy, human rights - and through artistic practice envision a world of tomorrow.
Restless Precinct Exhibition
Thank you to Reena Katz and Alize Zorlutuna for all of their hard work putting this amazing exhibition and performance series together. I am honoured to be participating with my collaborators from the Community Arts Guild: Tomås Cavalheiro-Chin, Dillon Cox, Karis Jones-Pard, Stephanie Kroone, and Kaitlynn Rodgers. Big thanks to my assistant facilitator Andrea Thring, as well as Sonya Rainey, Beth Helmers, and everyone else that made this project possible.
Participating artists, collectives and partners include: Alana Bartol and the Community Arts Guild, Alize Zorlutuna, Annie Onyi-Cheung, Bonnie Devine, Brendan Fernandes, Camille Turner, Camal Pirbhai, Cheryl L’Hirondelle, Elise Rasmussen, Jamelie Hassan, KAPWA Collective, Victoria Freeman, First Story Toronto Bus Tour.
Visit the exhibition website to learn more about the projects:
TOXICITY - Exhibition at Plug-In ICA Winnipeg
Excited to be participating in TOXICITY with an amazing line-up of artists.
TOXICITY is a project of Video Pool Media Arts Centre in partnership with INCUBATOR: Hybrid Laboratory at the Intersection of Art, Science and Ecology Co-presented by Plug In ICA
Opened December 6, 2013, Plug In ICA
Trish Adams (Brisbane, Australia), Alana Bartol (Windsor), CAE (Buffalo, USA), Joe Davis (Cambridge, MA, USA), Tangny Duff (Montreal), Aganetha Dyck (Winnipeg), Ted Heibert (Seattle, USA), Natalie Jeremijenko (NY, USA), David Khang (Vancouver), Andrew E Pelling (Ottawa), Niki Sperou (Adelaide, Australia) Reva Stone (Winnipeg), Amanda White (Toronto), Elaine Whittaker (Toronto), Jennifer Willet (Windsor) with Jeanette Groenendaal and Zoot Derks (Amsterdam, Holland).
Learn more on the exhibition website: