Jul 24

What’s with the CAMPER on Stephen Avenue?

by Shannon Calhoun · 0 comments

No, it’s not Calgary’s newest campground, but you will see a 1975 Dodge motorhome parked on Stephen Avenue this July.

Each summer TRUCK Contemporary Art Gallery hosts a mobile public engagement program that invites Calgarians to get involved in art. The program, which is called CAMPER (Contemporary Art Mobile Public Exhibition Rig), is run out of a motorhome that has been converted into a working art studio and presentation space.

On July 23, 26 and 27, this unique initiative will be setting up on Stephen Avenue Walk near the corner of 1 Street SW outside the Bay.

This year’s project, titled Big Sky, is run by a team of artists referred to as Instant Places (Ian Birse & Laura Kavanaugh).  The duo “create intermedia artworks on location using software instruments they design” and will transform the CAMPER into a mobile art laboratory that uses sounds and images collected from their surroundings to create works of art.

“Visual scores we compose entitled Data Trails direct us to observation nodes at locations in Calgary, where we record panoramic image/sound landscapes. Back in the camper we broadcast performance events, fragmentary distillations of image and sound translations from the gathered documents.”

Performances and activities will occur daily, so stop by and check it out!  To find out more you can follow them on Twitter @instantplaces or watch the live broadcast on Android and iPhone.

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