The mission of the Mountain Standard Time Performative Art Festival Society (M:ST) is to ensure that performative art practices are recognized and sustained in the Southern Alberta region. M:ST fosters innovation and collaboration among local, national and international artistic communities.
Our mission is supported by 5 core values:
- Artistic integrity: We value and support the autonomy of the artist.
- Critical engagement: We value artistic measures that challenge, disrupt and destabilize.
- Border-crossing: We value practices that are interdisciplinary and interrogate the (performative) spaces between body, media and objects.
- Collaboration: We value situations and practices that connect artists, organizations, and ideas towards fostering diverse and accessible spaces for performance artists and allies.
- Social responsibility: We value and are accountable to our territory, ethical ecological responsibilities and social context.
About Mountain Standard Time Performative Art Festival Society
M:ST’s main activity is the organization and presentation of a biennial performative art festival. The term "performative" describes practices that originate from a visual or media arts discourse and involve the live presence of the artist.
M:ST festivals and programming are a collaborative effort between: The Alberta College of Art + Design, The Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers (CSIF), EMMEDIA, Untitled Art Society, The New Gallery, Southern Alberta Art Gallery (SAAG), CASA Lethbridge, Stride Gallery, TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary and The Walter Phillips Gallery (Banff).
This collaborative structure allows the festival to represent each organization’s mandate and audience, while providing extensive opportunities for cross-disciplinary and inter-organizational exchange. The result is a unique participatory context, where artists and audience experience contemporary performative work outside of more traditional festival models.