Over the past several months, M:ST commissioned and worked with a current student to curate a two project fundraiser. Similar to our Spring Runoff fundraisers in the past, Fare Trade consists of multiple conceptual projects. These projects are intended to raise more than just funds: community, conversation, and conviviality. Throughout the duration of the projects (September 2 - 29, 2019), we are also accepting donations online apart from the projects for those who wish to contribute more.
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Fare Trade: A Fundraiser for Mountain Standard Time
Fare Trade approaches contemporary performance art through the act of preparing and sharing food. Taylor Harder and Teresa Tam each navigate identity through their own connections to traditional knowledge of food, each prompting viewers to become participants through the shared human necessity of nourishment. Contextualized within a fundraising event, this project confronts issues of monetary exchange in relation to food, as well as art, in contemporary, neoliberal society. The temporal nature of art, specifically performance art, is illustrated through the impermanence and transience of foodstuffs, and our corporeal relation to it.
Through a series of interactive and participatory happenings and workshops, the artists draw from their own distinct lineages in order to create new traditions in response to their current realities. Working with edible materials, Taylor and Teresa each offer participants the opportunity to learn, share and to question their own habits of consumption. In Mother Preserves, Taylor shares their research reflecting upon the traditional uses of native plants of Western Canada and their medicinal properties. Through the holistic act of learning about these various plants, the act of sourcing and harvesting from the land, the crafting of edible preserves, and the sharing of these creations, Taylor seeks to channel both healing and connection, as well as to build a sense of community with other participants. Teresa’s project, 2 cents cart, prompts participants to share their personal opinions in exchange for home-made snacks. Teresa’s proposition creates a space for the thoughts and opinions of random strangers to not only be heard, but to be valued both metaphorically as well as literally - as a form of currency. In exchange for this tidbit of information about ourselves, we are offered a piece of Tam’s identity in the form of refreshment.
Food has long been a medium for art making, but the way food is traded, marketed, and consumed has never been so contentious. In response, capitalism has created waves of confusing to navigate, conscientious food trends that cannot be elaborated on here. While globally, our relationship with food is skewed, food can still be a crucial tool for staying or becoming connected with where we came from. A shared meal can become a vehicle for meaningful connection and learning, and having knowledge about which foods can help us and heal us can be extraordinarily empowering. Within the Teresa and Taylor’s work, the transactional nature of food is acknowledged and subverted, and food is used as a symbol for our fleeting relationship with art through each artist’s unique perspective.
Learn about each project at www.mountainstandardtime.org and visit their Facebook events below to RSVP:
2 cents cart by Teresa Tam
September 2, 13, 17, & 28
2 cents cart is a mobile installation and performative artwork modeled after Asian street food and tea carts. Setting up shop in various downtown locations, the Teresa will be serving tea and mochi, a Japanese rice cake dumpling. Visitors can receive refreshments in exchange for their “two cents” or a monetary donation.
Mother's Preserves by Taylor Harder
September 7, 22, & 29
Mother’s Preserves is a series of learning experiences that take 3 forms: a plant walk, a canning workshop, and a sharing circle. The events which will focus on the history and creation of medicinal jams, traditional forms of care and their relationships to witchcraft, and our familial and ancestral connections to local plant species.
Signy Holm is a Calgary-based artist and is currently a Bachelor of Fine Arts candidate at the Alberta College of Art + Design with a major in drawing. She works primarily through installation, performance, new media, often referencing theories of object-oriented ontology and more recently, colour theory. Holm critiques notions of the modern “Wellness”/”Self-Help” industry and its contradictions through installations that present such lifestyles in satirical ways. Through manipulation of found objects, Holm creates sculptural, poetic narratives that question function and dysfunction, often inserting her own body into the work through performative gestures. She has exhibited work for the Marion Nicholl Gallery (2017), Stride Gallery (2018) and is passionate about supporting Artist-Run culture within her community. Holm is co-director of two student-run groups at the college, including the ACAD HORSE Club and The Pidgin Collective.
Teresa Tam is a practicing artist based in Calgary, graduating from ACAD in 2014. Teresa’s practice utilizes familiar spaces and experiences and alter them into something foreign through re-interpreting and re-creating. Her projects are developed to include and emphasize visitor interactions. She specializes in digital platforms, functional installations and body-based exchanges. Teresa recently exhibited at Stride Gallery.
Taylor Harder is a Métis-Mennonite artist from Fort St. John, British Columbia and currently based in Mohkinstsis, on Treaty 7 Territory. Utilizing technology, fibre, and found materials they create structures and devices which call back to their place of origin. These objects are hybrids of technology—past and present—artificial and biologically occurring. These devices seek to recontextualize marginalized data and phenomena by revealing potential communication signals from the environment.