extratextual, curated by Lisa Baldissera and Joanne Bristol

An international exhibition of contemporary art informed by modes of writing

Judy Anderson, Carl Beam, Blair Brennan, Suzanne Caines, Judy Chartrand, Chris Cran, Moyra Davey, Eve Fowler, Maria Fusco, Beatrice Gibson, Brion Gysin, Nelson Henricks, Sin-ying Ho, Cheryl L’Hirondelle, Ann Newdigate, Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn, Joachim Koester, Kristen Kreider & James O’Leary, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Christof Migone, Mary Scott, Angela Silver, John Will

Contemporary Calgary
117 8 Avenue SW, Calgary, Canada
September 1, 2017 to January 21, 2018
Reception: September 15, 6:00 – 10:00 PM

Working in concert with the symposium, the exhibition extratextual 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
and addresses ways in which texts have both informed and created their own cosmologies, event-
scapes and terms of engagement, and how they inform our understandings of contemporary
narrative, performance and culture.

Both the exhibition and symposium investigate the places for, and political implications of, de-
instrumentalized forms of writing.  In an age of austerity, neocolonialism, neoliberal uses of
creativity and art marketing, these projects seek to identify ways in which art writing in-the-
expanded-field might enact resistance to such forces. They do so by articulating how the
performativity, materiality and spacing of (re)emergent modes of artistic writing enact agonisms
and solidarities in relation to audiences. They also consider art writing as an ethical practice
towards an understanding / in defense of artistic knowledge.