Untitled Art Society
343 11 Ave SW

Special Events

What if we were alive
Bridget Moser, Steve Roggenbuck, oualie frost, Allison Hrabluik, Salote Tawale

Curated by Natasha Chaykowski

  • Untitled Art Society
    August 29 – November 3, 2018
  • Opening reception and performance by Bridget Moser
    Saturday, September 22, 3 – 6 pm
    Untitled Art Society main space
  • Performance by Steve Roggenbuck
    Saturday, October 6, 2018, 9 pm
    Theatre Junction Grand
    Co-presented with M:ST Performative Art Festival

The Exhibition

Untitled Art Society

Bridget Moser: This Poem Does Not Help Me At All
‘This Poem Does Not Help Me at All’ is a collection of short works that take on multiple forms and shift unpredictably between performative modes, texts, and sounds. Seemingly improvised but in fact carefully scripted, these hybrid works feature bizarre interactions with everyday inanimate objects, abstract body movements, and absurd monologues. Moving between states of criticality, humour, and emotion, the resulting performance is at turns entertaining, sometimes tender and often, bewildering.

Bridget Moser is a performance and video artist whose work is suspended between prop comedy, experimental theatre, performance art, absurd literature, existential anxiety and intuitive dance. She has presented work in venues across Canada, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, Mercer Union, Gallery TPW, MSVU Art Gallery, Dunlop Art Gallery, PLATFORM Centre, and Western Front. She has presented projects throughout the US and Europe, and has been a resident artist at Fondazione Antonio Ratti in Como, Italy and guest faculty at The Banff Centre. Her work has been featured in Canadian Art, C Magazine, Visual Arts News, Artribune Italy, and a collaborative artist book published by Mousse Magazine. She was shortlisted for the 2017 Sobey Art Award representing the region of Ontario.

Steve Roggenbuck is an American poet and video artist whose work has explored the new forms that literature and humor can take on the internet. He is most known for his Youtube videos, which have accumulated over 1.5 million views online and were featured in the New Museum’s 2015 Triennial in New York City, the Oslo Poesifilm Festival in Norway, and Rowing Gallery in London. His work has been covered by the New York Times, ARTnews, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, NPR, The Fader, Gawker, and The New Yorker. He has published six collections of writing and performed his poetry at over 300 events in ten countries and all 50 United States. He is the founder of Boost House, a poetry publisher in the United States, and several podcasts. He is currently studying premedical science and organizing with the International Socialist Organization in Syracuse, New York.

Oualie is a beach, except in Calgary this time.
Irresolvable mental-scapes, sadness, fear, and curiosity fuel them.
Feel free to inquire about the microwave cookbooks.

Allison Hrabluik is an artist and filmmaker originally from Calgary, now living in Vancouver BC. She graduated from the Alberta College of Art & Design in 1999, and the Higher Institute for Fine Arts (HISK) in Ghent, Belgium in 2007. She teaches at Emily Carr University of Art & Design.Allison’s short films celebrate life’s crazy contradictions through a mix of narrative and documentary. Her short film The Splits premiered at Kassel Dokfest, Germany in 2015 and is in the collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery. The Splits features a cast of 25 performers who gather together in a hall to perform a range of activities from dog training to hair cutting, hot dog eating to speed skipping. Through their juxtaposition in editing a loose narrative has emerged, one that plays with physical and gendered expectations, and pictures the
beauty and absurdity of how we move with and against the grain of our daily lives.

Salote Tawale was born in Suva, Fiji Islands and grew up in the south eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Australia and is now based in Sydney, NSW. Tawale has been a lecturer and tutor in Photomedia and studio practice at Monash, Deakin Universities and at UNSW. She has developed and taught various workshops for school and community groups over the past 20 years.

Thank you to all of our funders including Canada Council for the Arts, Alberta Foundation for the Arts and Calgary Arts Development. A special thank you to EMMEDIA Gallery & Production Society for their support with the production of new work by oualie frost, and to our presenting partner, M:ST Performative Art Festival.