EMMA-KATE GUIMOND | RYAN DANNY OWEN | ESHAN RAFI | STEVE ROGGENBUCK | ADRIANA DISMAN
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
~ SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6 ~
📍 3:00pm / Location TBA
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📍 5:00pm / Location TBA
Love Me Like There's No Tomorrow
Ryan Danny Owen
Love Me Like There’s No Tomorrow, is a durational lip-syncing performance to the solo record, Mr. Bad Guy by Farrokh Bulsara better known by his stage name, Freddie Mercury. Known for his flamboyant stage persona and his extensive vocal range, Mercury is remembered as an immortal icon. During this performance the artist lip-syncs the record and performs for the audience, however the music isn’t played from speakers but instead plays only in the headphones of the performer. Love Me Like There’s No Tomorrow challenges the silence of the memorial and activates as a temporary monument, questioning the duality of a cover as in to re-perform or re-record as well as to protect or to conceal.
📍 6:30pm / Location TBA
M:ST 9 Celebration Feast
Come share a free dinner with the M:ST 9 artists and the staff and board of M:ST Performative Art! RSVP prior to the event (registration information coming soon).
📍 8:00pm / Location TBA
how to make an image
how to make an image is a duet between Eshan Rafi and a six-and-a-half-minute segment of archival video footage. The work is dealing with questions of representation– how to make an image of the self, and how to make an image to explain the self to others. In the process other threads are taken up– Marguerite Duras’ colonial childhood and the political climate of Karachi in the late 80’s. Guests of the artist participate in analyzing and extricating the video. Through acts of reading, recoding, and repetition, the work asks what it means to be looked at and when acts of looking are mediated by, and made possible through, relationships of power.
📍 9:00pm / Location TBA
Our Life Is So Weird I'm Sorry: A Poetry Reading
American poet Steve Roggenbuck will perform a mix of political poetry, love poetry, and comedy.
📍 10:00pm / Location TBA
Questions without answers must be asked very slowly.*
1) Quotidian violence can be classified by its invisibility. The quotidian, the daily, is such because it is perceived so often that one stops perceiving it. Thus, the particular kind of unspectacular suffering that is the felt experience of larger, common systems of power is, by very definition, invisible. Often to both those who benefit and those who are oppressed by it. These systems of common coercion become visible at moments of rupture.
2) Access to the physical interior of the body has been professionalized or pathologized (a doctor can cut you open but if you do so, you’re sick).
3) “Can anyone like blood the way one likes the mountains or the sea?”
–'Must We Burn Sade?' trans Annette Michelson in The Marquis de Sade, NY: Grove Press, 1954.
*from Anne Michael’s Fugitive Pieces
📍 11:00pm — Late / Location TBA
~ ARTIST BIOGRAPHIES ~
🏁 Ryan Danny Owen
Ryan Danny Owen's work responds to questions of identity, loss, desire, and emotion through the use of performance and various media, including music, found photographs and pornography.
🏁 Eshan Rafi
Eshan Rafi (born Lahore, Pakistan) works in video, code, text, and performance. Taking up complex intersections of race, power and, history, the works construct queerly divergent worldviews.
🏁 Steve Roggenbuck
Steve Roggenbuck is an American poet and video artist whose work has explored the new forms that literature and humor can take on the internet. He is most known for his Youtube videos, which have accumulated over 1.5 million views online.
🏁 Adriana Disman
Adriana Disman is a performance art maker, thinker, and organizer from Toronto and Montreal, currently living in London, UK. She also writes theory related to performance's encounter with the political and has been published in both academic and arts publications.
— 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.