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Artist Residency ///// June 22 - July 26, 2018
Public Exhibition    ////     July 27 - August 12, 2018
Public Exhibition    ////     July 28 - August 11, 2018

The WRECK CITY Residency was an experimental Artist Residency + Exhibition in Calgary, occupying four venues across the city. 21 Artists-in-Residence from across North America participated in a 5-week residency, developing site-specific works for a public exhibition.


You can now read our published catalogue about The WRECK CITY Residency below!


Meet the WRECK CITY Residency Artists-in-Residence from Summer 2018!

14 artists, collaborative teams, and collectives were be selected based on the integrity of their portfolios, intentions, and relationship with DIY art spaces. A Documentary Filmmaker, Photographer, and Critical Writer-in-Residence documented the Residency from process through exhibition. 

Amber PB + Jeff Meldrum

Amber PB is a mover, a maker and a shaker - Calgary ex-pat turned spatial navigator, currently residing in Treaty 4 territory. Jeff is a maker, musician and occasional wilderness dweller interested in creating art that actively engages. Together they co-organize Swamp Fest, a music and arts festival largely inspired by Wascana's reputed Swamp Monster, and are the proud parents of Regina's third best dog. They are excited to bring their creative forces together for Wreck City 2018.

Catron Booker

Catron Booker is a performance and video artist working in Oaxaca (Mexico) and originally from Chicago (USA).  Catron holds an MFA in Acting from the University of California, Los Angeles and an MFA in Film, Video, Animation and New Genres, from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Previous works have been presented at Anthology Film Archives (NYC), GLBT History Museum (San Francisco), La Gozadera (Mexico City), Heaven Gallery (Chicago) and in Obsidian: Literature & Arts of the African Diaspora.

Photo by Edith Morales Sánchez

Chris Foster + Layne Hinton

Chris Foster is a multidisciplinary visual artist and designer based in Toronto. His artwork takes many forms including public installation, sculpture, design, printmaking and collaborative projects. Working across disciplines, his work engages conversations about material culture, architecture and the built environment.


Layne Hinton is a multidisciplinary artist and independent curator based in Toronto. Through analog projection, sculpture, installation, video, drawing, and printmaking, her artwork examines architectural forms, geometric structures, and the way in which line, light, and shadow play with these spaces. Continuing her exploration of space, Layne is a curator for Art Spin, an organization that presents site-specific projects and exhibitions in unique spaces in transition.

DEEP WEBSITE | Craig Fahner + Matthew Waddell

DEEP WEBSITE is a collaboration between Matthew Waddell and Craig Fahner, a newly-formed artist duo working in new media, performance and installation. With DEEP WEBSITE, Waddell and Fahner explore the contradictory nature of online culture, leading audiences into the dark and strange corners of the internet. Through a series of performances, participatory events, online interventions and stimulating 3D visuals, DEEP WEBSITE at WRECK CITY aims to question the exchanges that characterize digital citizenship in our technology addicted world.

David Hoffos

Since 1992 David Hoffos has maintained a full-time practice – with over 50 group shows, dozens of school and community collaborations, a few works for the stage and 40 solo exhibitions including a recent survey at the National Gallery of Canada. In 2014 Hoffos completed permanent public sculpture projects in Grande Prairie and Lethbridge. He has received awards including the Images Grand Prize, 2007, and a Sobey Art Award (2nd prize), 2002.

Laura Hudspith

Laura Hudspith (b. 1990) is a Toronto-based interdisciplinary artist working in sculpture, installation and video. Hudspith’s work plays upon associations inherent in commonplace objects and explores authenticity and the allure of simulation through the ersatz mirror. With an interest in merging civic conviction with artistic intent, curious arrangements and seductive visuals give way to inquiry of an equally personal and political nature, both provocative and antidotal. She has exhibited her work and participated in artist residencies in both Canada and the United States, and holds a BFA from Concordia University, Montreal.

Long Distance Call | Marianne R. Williams + Frédéric Bigras-Burrogano

We are Long Distance Call, an artist collective consisting of Frédéric Bigras-Burrogano, a Montreal-born artist and Marianne R. Williams, a cultural heritage information professional and researcher currently based in Fayetteville, Arkansas. LDC’s collaborative practice focuses on the use of photography, research, 3D printing and soundscape to investigate the liminalities of documentation, identity, and primary source materials. Concerns with the construction of national narratives through landscape and examining the bias of authorship in documentation and evidence are large areas of focus.

Nate McLeod

Nate McLeod is an artist and curator who received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Alberta College of Art + Design in 2010. McLeod has been involved in the founding of numerous projects including The Bakery (a studio collective offering affordable studio space to emerging artists), Fresh Bread (a print and web-based publication focused on the practices of Calgary based artists), and AVALANCHE! Institute of Contemporary Art (a gallery, shop, and studio space dedicated to emerging, experimental practices), and was the Associate Curator at Contemporary Calgary from 2014 to 2017. McLeod is currently the Educational Art Technician for the Drawing and Painting departments at the Alberta College of Art + Design. 

NASARIMBA | Mikhail Miller + Rachel Ziriada

NASARIMBA is the collaborative project of Calgary-based artists Mikhail Miller and Rachel Ziriada. Their art explores abstract compositional realms through a number of mediums including print, sculpture, installation and mural painting. Their work has been exhibited in galleries, festivals and public spaces across Canada. NASARIMBA recently held a residency and solo exhibition in Mexico City and is currently displaying an installation piece at the Arts Commons in Calgary.

Sarah Houle

Sarah Houle is a Metis multidisciplinary artist based in Calgary. She is from the Paddle Prairie Metis Settlement in northern Alberta. Her work is autobiographical with an interest in technology fantasy and craft. Cultural identity in the age of digital technology is important in her work, as elements of physical and digital space come together to conjure nostalgic imagery. Modern day fantastical legends express the artists social commentary on identity from the perspective of Metis culture and heritage.

Sarah van Sloten

Sarah van Sloten is an interdisciplinary artist currently living and working in Calgary. Van Sloten has most-recently been involved in projects across Canada with Artspeak Gallery (Windsor), An Artist Residency in Motherhood (Edmonton), AVALANCHE! Institute of Contemporary Art, Contemporary Calgary, WRECK CITY: Demo Tape, Calgary Allied Arts Foundation, Studio C and The Ledge Gallery (Calgary). Van Sloten holds a BFA (2010) in Drawing from the Alberta College of Art and Design and an MFA (2016) from the University of Windsor.

Teresa Tam

Teresa Tam is an artist based in Calgary, graduating from the Alberta College of Art & Design in 2014. Her practice utilizes digital technology and physical labour as mediums to explore alternative viewer engagement to familiar and personal spaces. She likes to work collaboratively with artists, formally or informally, and with audience participation and inclusion as a way to develop community, processes and dialogue. Teresa has recently exhibited as part of SAD LTD in The New Gallery and as Quartet in Transit in IKG LIVE 2.

WYRDOS | Sarah Smalik, Sara Tilley + Jamie Tea

Sarah Smalik is a recent grad of UCLA’s MFA in New Genres program, whose multidisciplinary work lands somewhere between mythology and technology, in reverence of the supernatural glitch, following the impulse to excavate the cobwebbed records of stories past to illuminate and mutate them, through experimental video, sculpture, installation and performance. Sara Tilley bridges theatre, writing, clown, mask, puppetry and improvised and durational performance, seeking new ways of blurring boundaries, honouring the non-human world, queering the present moment, and injecting magic into ordinary spaces. Jamie “Tea” Tognazzini incorporates music, circus, puppets, (and usually garbage) into interactive and theatrical audience experiences, activating the divine queer spirit of an environment using installation and interactive performance.

Zain Alam

Zain Alam is an artist whose work explores the life and history of minorities and marginalized groups. Described as “a unique intersection, merging the cinematic formality of Bollywood and geometric repetition of Islamic art,” his recording project Humeysha has been covered by Vice, Fader, and Village Voice and his writing featured in Miami Rail, Buzzfeed, and The New Yorker. He is presently the artist-in-residence at the Science, Religion, and Culture program at Harvard University.

Critical Writer-in-Residence | Carlin Brown

Carlin Brown (carlin b) is an artist and curator based in Portland, OR.

Carlin Brown has been awarded Career Opportunity Grants from both the Oregon Arts Commission and The

Oregon Community Foundation.

Documentary Filmmaker | Polina Teif

Polina Teif is a multidisciplinary artist, photographer and filmmaker. She received her BFA from the University of Toronto with emphasis on Visual Studies and Semiotics and currently pursuing an MFA in Film Production at York University with interest in experimental and documentary practices.

Photographer | Michael Tan

Michael Tan is one half of Diane + Mike Photography, and an all-round cool guy. He didn't submit a bio to WRECK CITY, but he deserves one, so we're fabricating it for him. Mike has history as a stage performer, including with Theatre Junction, Vertigo Mystery Theatre, and Alberta Theatre Projects, a background that becomes clear when you watch him as a photographer: he's constantly searching for (and finding) quintessential moments of action + relationship. A "self taught" photographer (presumably with some expert guidance from his partner, Diane Scaman), he captures incredible images that somehow epitomize moments and freeze them for the future. He popped out of the woodwork unsolicited during the first WRECK CITY project, casually captured the most beautiful images imaginable, and we've been delighted to work with him as often as possible ever since.


The WRECK CITY Residency is one of 200 projects funded through the Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter program, developed to fund arts during the 150th anniversary of Canadian confederation. WRECK CITY is one of 3 Calgary-based arts initiatives to be awarded this grant, including Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society, Ghost River Theatre, and Czapno Ensemble (Old Trout Puppet Workshop). These projects were chosen from over 2000 applications across the country. With this $35M investment, the Council supports the creation and sharing of the arts in communities across Canada.

WRECK CITY Residency


WRECK CITY Residency


WRECK CITY Residency


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