The cREative Realm
The cREative Realm is a vision for introducing artistic interventions into Transportation Infrastructure Reconstruction projects. The interventions are creative opportunities to:
Engage the businesses and the communities;
Attract attention and public attendance to the area during the reconstruction period;
Create a positive reframing of what is often seen as a challenging period of time.
The Pilot Project for the cREative Realm vision is underway during the reconstruction of Calgary’s 17th Ave SW. from Macleod Tr. to 14 Street. SW. The cREative Realm will coincide with the reconstruction project and is scheduled to occur between spring 2017 - fall 2019.
The cREative Realm contracts artists who will conduct short term, temporary and site specific art projects that engage the unique communities that touch on the corridor.
The overall framework for developing projects for the cREative Realm is one that is based upon adaptability. Individual projects need to respond to construction processes and scheduling. Artists/artist teams will work in a “block-by-block” manner, responding to the unique conditions of construction and the characteristics of each block along the 17th Ave corridor.
Individual artist/artist team projects will activate the blocks of 17th Ave as the construction season progresses. The projects will be varied; the artists will be diverse; and the cREative Realm will help to realize community excitement through new artwork and public engagement.
Each artist/artist team will bring forth their vision, working to support businesses by realizing creative projects within the scope of their own artistic practice. Download the Vision Document and Plan Document for the cREative Realm.
Block by Block Projects
Our plan is to turn a recently retired Telus phone booth into a recording booth, and place it in a fixed location on #thecREativeRealm 'Block Two' located between 4th and 5th Street on 17th Avenue SW. Calgarians will be encouraged to visit the booth, and record their own “17th Avenue Story”. We’ll collect these recordings, and will edit and weave them together into one large story, or create an episodic / thematic series of stories. The stories will be shared via social media and radio as a final legacy piece.
Shelter For What Remains intends to bring Calgarians to 17th Avenue during road reconstructions to challenge the way we think about funerals through a creative process and open storytelling. We will work with 6 local artists in the creation of new art works whilst documenting their process over the summer months. The culmination of this project will be an gallery exhibition and commemorative catalogue.
AZMA Digital artist team Matthew Waddell and Laura Anzola are creating three large scale interactive event spectacles this summer on representing #thecREativeRealm 'Block Four' from 6th-7th Street on 17th Avenue SW. Azma Digital is an artistic collective based in Calgary, Canada. We’re fascinated by how art and technology interact to create exciting experiences that shift the way we understand ourselves and the spaces around us. Our work combines elements of projection mapping, interactive installation, animation, graphic design, live performance, and sound, with a focus on artistic detail and technical execution.
In this project, through workshops offered to Western Canada High School students, I plan to work with participating youth by engaging them through a series of educational workshops and finally working with them in my art practice in site specific audio and cymatic artworks that relate directly to the 17th Avenue construction. The workshop structure is intended to provide youth with a brief history of contemporary sound and performance art practices, as I facilitate this art project. I propose to provide 3 intensive workshops available to students by which I hope will not only cultivate a final interesting piece of artwork but also a conversation about contemporary sound and performance art practices here on one of the noisiest most captivating parts of the city.
We are Lane Shordee and Nikki Martens, a creative duo investigating urban sustainability, ecology, and the economy via performance & installation. Our General Store is the first pop-up store that trades in the eight different forms of capital: material, intellectual, living, spiritual, financial, social, experiential, and cultural. At The General Store we recognize that it is the sum of these eight forms that contribute to a thriving, holistic, and sustainable community. The store becomes a research tool to see how these different forms of capital intermingle and coexist.
A story of Calgary; a story of any city or any life. How can you reconcile the murky past with the murky present? Download each episode in the series and listen on the corner of Macleod Trail and 17th Avenue. This podcast is created by Laura Reid, Mark Limacher, and Matt Knapik - available at www.cityhighfortune.com. The first season of City High Fortune takes place on the 200 Block of 17th Avenue SE in Calgary, Alberta. For the best experience, bring your headphones and internet device to the block and locate the bronze markers set into the sidewalk. The tour begins at the marker S.1 E.1.
We present to you in beautiful form the Project- Kaleidoscope Eyes as part of the cREative Realm Project featuring the visions of Rebecca Reid, Ryan Bourne and Randi Lee Ross in collaboration with Geometric Energy Corporation. Kaleidoscope Eyes is a project that will enhance and activate parts of 17th ave by the collaborative construction of a large scale Kaleidoscope. The Kaleidoscope experience will alter perception by utilizing visuals, music and immersive art making process. As well as a DIY make your own kaleidoscope workshop.
CONNECT is a live woodturning furniture installation by Saskatchewan-based father/daughter artist duo Laura & Michael Hosaluk. The pair has set up a street level generator-powered workshop which includes a wood lathe, bandsaw, drill press, and 1512 lbs of yellow cedar material to be used in the public construction of a seating structure on 200 block of 17th Avenue from August 11-17, 2017.
Unlock by is an installation inspired by the construction barriers along 17th Avenue and the common key. To me keys hold a memory or moment in time and when you look back on them that memory is unlocked. Anything from your diary, first bike lock, apartment key, car, job, house etc.