2:00 – 5:00 PM WORKSHOP / Object Writing with Maria Fusco
Presented in partnership with Alberta College of Art + Design
Gallery 371
Alberta College of Art + Design
1407 14th Avenue NW
The object of taste exists, concrete and singular outside of any short, finite sequence of technical terms. It carries and gives up the virtually infinite detail which causes us to suspect and guess the presence of the real, the object in the world. Michel Serres

God made everything out of nothing, but the nothing shows through. Paul Valéry

This short workshop will comprise close readings, practical writing exercises and group, collaborative practice. The aim of this course is to present, debate and embody new and innovative forms of ‘Object Writing’, which will preference subjective modes of historiography and collapsed registers of voice.

Maria Fusco is a Belfast-born writer based in Glasgow, working across fiction, criticism and theory. Her latest work, Master Rock, is a repertoire for a mountain, commissioned by Artangel and BBC Radio 4. Her books include: With A Bao A Qu Reading When Attitudes Become Form (Los Angeles/Vancouver: New Documents, 2013), and The Mechanical Copula (Berlin/New York: Sternberg Press, 2011). She is founder of The Happy Hypocrite, a journal for and about experimental writing, is a Reader at University of Edinburgh and was Director of Art Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London.



1. Master Rock – Listen to the entire work,
If you wish you may also read the accompanying book, but this is not essential,

2. The Mechanical Copula – sample three stories from this of your choosing

3. With A Bao A Qu: Reading When Attitudes Become Form – read the whole
book, it’s quite short,

4. ‘Thirty-five Hundred Years of Consecrated Objects’ from The Persistence of Objects (PDF of relevant pages available here).

* It is essential that participants make close readings of all course materials.
** Pens, paper only please. No laptops.

This workshop is free and open to the public.
Register through Eventbrite here.



12:30 – 4:00 PM WORKSHOP / What Are the Materials? A Poetics Workshop with Lisa Robertson Contemporary Calgary Boardroom
117 8 Avenue SW
  The proposition is as follows: We’ll come to the table having read these texts*, or those parts of the proposed texts that seem relevant and timely to the reader. Then we’ll have an open conversation.

Emile Benveniste’s “The Notion of ‘Rhythm’ in its Linguistic Expression”
Anni Albers’ “Work with Material”
Walter Benjamin’s “Theses on the Philosophy of History”
Lisa Robertson’s “26 Theses on Craft”
Eileen Myles’ Inferno: A Poet’s Novel

We’ll talk about writing in relation to the open problem of materiality—what is materiality anyways? How does it relate to time? Does the notion of materiality help us write the texts we want to write? Or is it sometimes immateriality that freshens a making? What about the relationship of materiality to critique?

I’m particularly interested in the way that some writers—Eileen, for example (but Marcel Broodthaers would be another example, or Etel Adnan)—make from their own voices, their own difficulties, their ecstasies, counter-worlds in which their written works can totally come to life. The reader steps not into an autonomous text-object, but into a complicated form of life threading through, illuminating, and supporting a text. The outcome is a kind of critical cosmology that energizes the writer’s poems, essays, novels—or installations, or paintings. All of the nasty problems and truths of the writer’s time—fascist politics, sexism, poverty, statelessness (thinking here also of the European Jewish writers Albers, Benveniste, and Benjamin)—by an act of consistent but somehow impersonal attention, shift to open a maximal critical urgency and energy. In this sense, the political sphere doesn’t offer a context or site for a literary/linguistic act. A vivid practice of attention sews through, interpenetrates the text with the political world to the extent that they are nearly indistinguishable, and so intensely co-activated.

Can we use the lives we are politically constrained to live as the charged forms of an attentive critical cosmology? I am looking for altered figures of value, with the intuition that only a transformation in value—as performatively lived, not assigned or measured as such—can carry the text beyond the depressingly reflexive limitations of the market model and into the broad dangers and attentions of meaning.

*the four essays will be distributed as pdfs before the workshop begins. But participants will have to seek out their own copies of the Myles novel, Inferno. This book is available at Shelf Life Books.

To register please contact Charlotte Le Gallais at Contemporary Calgary:



SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 (Open to the public; admission by donation)

8:30PM – 11:00 PM Aural Cosmologies
Presented by Contemporary Calgary
Royal Canadian Legion #1 Branch
116 7th Avenue SE
  This evening social features poetry readings and performances by Lisa Robertson, Jeanne Randolph, derek beaulieu, Walter Scott, Cheryl L’Hirondelle, Cobra Collins, and Sleepy Panther. Hosted by Su Ying Strang, Director of The New Gallery.


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 (Free / Open to the public)

12:15 – 1:30 PM Brunch Launch
Presented by Contemporary Calgary
Contemporary Calgary
117 8th Avenue SW
  As part of Never the Same, the Brunch Launch event will feature writers who will read from works which have just been published or are on the verge of being published. The following writers and texts will be included:

derek beaulieu, a, A Novel (Paris: Jean Boîte Éditions),

Amy Fung, and space howled between them like a flood,

Maryse Larivière, Orgazing(Calgary: Untitled Art Society)
Together with a film and sound piece, this novel composes 
Larivière’s project “Under the Cave of Winds”, currently on view at Untitled Contemporary Art until September 23:

Sky Goodden, Momus: A Return to Art Criticism (Vol. 1, 2014-17),

Maria Fusco, Give Up Art: Collected Critical Writings (LA/Vancouver: New Documents),

Kristy Trinier, eyedoll by Tennis Club (Edmonton: Publication Studio Edmonton),

Emmanuel Iduma, The Sound of Things to Come (New York: The Mantle),

Jennifer Krasinski, “Untitled”

Register through Eventbrite here.


SEPTEMBER 15 – 17 (Open to the public)
Pop-Up Book Shop
Presented by Shelf Life Books

Various times + Locations
Featuring a selection of publications by Never the Same participants, the Pop-Up Book Shop presented by Shelf Life Books will be on site during the following events:


SEPT 15     5:00 – 6:00 PM Book Launch Chris Kraus, After Kathy Acker Contemporary Calgary
117 8th Avenue SW
SEPT 16 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM Symposium Never the Same Engineered Air Theatre
234 9th Avenue SW
SEPT 16 8:30 – 11:00 PM Evening Social Aural Cosmologies Royal Canadian Legion #1 Branch
116 7th Avenue SE
SEPT 17 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM Symposium Never the Same Engineered Air Theatre
234 9th Avenue SW
SEPT 17 11:50 AM – 2:00 PM Brunch and book pre-launch Brunch Launch Contemporary Calgary
117 8th Avenue SW



SEPTEMBER 16 – 17 (Open to the public)

Presented by TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary
CAMPER, located outside
Arts Commons, 8th Avenue SW,
near Cappuccini / Centre Court
  In concert with Contemporary Calgary’s NEVER THE SAME: what (else) can art writing do? TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary’s CAMPER will be on site Saturday, September 16 and Sunday, September 17 from 9AM – 7PM daily. A proposed space for discussion and regeneration, SUBTEXT offers symposium participants an auxiliary site to meet, connect, and reflect. Over the lunch hour, participants are invited to sign up to speak with guest artists and writers during special one-on-one programs, with further details to be announced soon.

CAMPER (Contemporary Art Mobile Public Exhibition Rig) is a 1975 Dodge Empress motor-home, modified to become a portable public exhibition and project space.  CAMPER’s mandate is to investigate the places where art, the road, education, and recreation meet, and to explore these intersections in an inclusive, participation-oriented manner that fosters public engagement and appreciation of contemporary art practices.

*Never the Same registration is not required

For more information: