Call for Applications: Thematic Residencies and Banff Artist in Residence (BAIR) Programs at The Banff Centre

Call for Applications: Thematic Residencies and Banff Artist in Residence (BAIR) Programs at The Banff Centre

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

Photo: Students on deck of Chalet III (Farrally Hall), The Banff Centre, 1956.
December 1, 2011
Call for Applications: Thematic Residencies and Banff Artist in Residence (BAIR) Programs at The Banff Centre

01 The Retreat: A Position of dOCUMENTA (13)
Banff Research in Culture 2012
Faculty: Bifo – Franco Berardi, Bruno Bosteels, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Pierre Huyghe, Catharine Malabou, Gáspár Miklós Tamás
Organizers: Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Kitty Scott, Imre Szeman
Program dates: August 2, 2012–August 15, 2012
Application deadline: December 2, 2011


The Retreat constitutes a section of dOCUMENTA (13) that will take place at The Banff Centre during the course of the 2012 exhibition in Kassel, Germany.


Through the act (v.) and space (n.) of retreat, participants will raise questions about the character of our society and the modes of artistic and cultural investigation being introduced today to create new modes of becoming and belonging.


Faculty: Angie Keefer, Isla Leaver-Yap, Will Holder, Robert Snowden
Program dates: May 7, 2012–June 1, 2012
Application deadline: December 16, 2011


This residency is about the pleasure of writing and drawing images and words. Sort of. More to the point, it’s about two artists and a publishing company. Or, if you’ll allow us a boardroom illustration: It’s about what happens when the Venn diagram of artistic, literary, and scientific disciplines is re-conceived as a single, hand-drawn circle. For four weeks, we’ll think about reading, writing, and publishing as artists, which is not the same thing as reading, writing and publishing plain, or, say, reading, writing, and publishing about art.


Faculty: Silke Otto-Knapp, Jan Verwoert
Program dates: June 18, 2012–July 28, 2012
Application deadline: January 20, 2012


Doing impressions: What if we understood mimesis not so much in terms of representation, but literally, as a form of imitation, of mimicking, of doing impressions of nature? To draw a mountain is to mimic it, and, as a form of mimicry, a magical form of becoming.


Mimesis, as a magical practice, is a question of technique: of molding your vowels, modulating the lines you draw or paint, adapting movements, as a means of activating the sympathetic relationship between you and what’s out there.


The residency will be organized around regular field trips dedicated to plein air drawing, and close reading seminars in which to develop alternative intuitions of what mimesis could be.


23 Experimental Comedy Training Camp
Faculty: Michael Portnoy
Guests: Steven M. Johnson, Reggie Watts
Program dates: September 10, 2012–October 26, 2012
Application deadline: April 13, 2012


Rule #1: What you were doing and calling “art” is now called “experimental comedy.”


This residency will include a light study of contemporary humour theory in the fields of psychology, philosophy, and cognitive linguistics as well as a sprint through comedy-writing instructional texts and books on comedy in the visual arts. A weekly experimental comedy club, daily prank calls, and regular “roasts” will occur, where we take existing works of art, ideas, and forms of practice and tweak, skewer, prune and graft them to create new destabilizing chimera. In group sessions, the four main areas of focus will be language/logic, movement/character, scenario/situation, and things which do things.


25 Wood Land School – What colour is the present?
Faculty: Duane Linklater
Guest: Brian Jungen
Program dates: January 7, 2013–February 22, 2013
Application deadline: June 29, 2012


We should meet in the mountains to investigate: What colour is the present?


On a weekly basis, the Wood Land School will convene to share work, performance, poetry, dance, video, mix-tapes, songs, drink, and food to determine what colour is the present. Our determinations will be guided by our languages, where we come from, our city lives, our rural lives (or in between). We will get together in the mountains to see what becomes of this.


Please note: Enrolment to this program is limited to individuals of Aboriginal descent (status, non-status, Métis or Inuit).


Banff Artist in Residence (BAIR) Programs
Ongoing opportunities


Banff Artist in Residence programs offer independent periods of study where artists, curators, and other arts professionals are free to experiment and explore. Participants are provided with an individual studio accessible 24 hours a day, as well as use of Visual Arts facilities including printmaking, papermaking, ceramics, sculpture, and photography. BAIR offers short and long-term opportunities to work at a remove from the constraints of everyday life.


For more information and to apply:
Office of the Registrar
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 403.762.6180 or 1.800.565.9989

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