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Survival Guide

Antti Laitinen, Bark Boat, 2010. HD video still. Courtesy of the Artist.


Survival Guide relates artworks that demonstrate the action of transferring knowledge from one individual to the next, as part of a collective survivalism. Projects by artists and bushcraft expert, Mors Kochanski, examine cogent survivalist strategies within a contemporary art context: how to adapt and process current shifting political, economic, personal and environmental challenges to individual safety and stability.

Collective and communal survival is often based on a process of triaging the best way to adapt to untenable circumstances. Individually, we each rely on the embedded knowledge of material form and prescribed use value of its potentialities within the hierarchical needs of our daily life, depending on inherent knowing given to us by crafted techniques, navigation and constellations of connectedness that give rise to the conditions of autonomy.

Survival Guide asserts that independence is still reliant on the designs and codes inherently shared by another. The exhibition includes works by contemporary artists that exemplify processes of creative exchange and the principles of communal artistic practice, working toward a shared approach in realizing an improved future cultural legacy that writer Lisa Robertson defines as “survival as a life-beyond-life.”


The exhibition Survival Guide features works by the following Canadian and international artists:

  • James Beckett
  • Patrick Cruz
  • Brendan Michal Heshka
  • Isuma Productions (Zacharias Kunuk, Paul Apak Angilirq and Norman Cohn)
  • Nickelas Johnson and Mors Kochanski
  • Antti Laitinen
  • Liz Magor
  • Santiago Mostyn
  • Scott Rogers
  • Ajla R. Steinvåg
  • Paul Segers
Kristy Trinier

Kristy Trinier is the former Director of Visual, Digital and Media Arts at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Previously, as the Curator at the Art Gallery of Alberta, Trinier curated Future Station: 2015 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art, as well as exhibitions at the AGA and Enterprise Square Galleries. Her previous roles include Public Art Director at the Edmonton Arts Council, where she managed the City of Edmonton’s Public Art Collection, related exhibitions and public art programs and Grant Writer at Banff Centre. Trinier has written for Canadian Art, Momus and other arts publications. She holds a Bachelors degree in Visual Art and English from the University of Victoria, and a Masters degree in Public Art from the Dutch Art Institute (DAI, ArtEZ Hogeschool voor de Kunsten) as a Huygens scholar in The Netherlands.


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Tuesday: closed
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Friday: 11am-5pm
Saturday: 11am-5pm
Sunday: closed


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