JANUARY 11 – 13, 2018

IKG LIVE is a 3 day festival dedicated to live art that takes place at the Illingworth Kerr Gallery (IKG), Alberta College of Art + Design (ACAD). Organized by Lorenzo Fusi, Visiting Academic Curator, the festival is this year at its second edition (IKG LIVE2).

Live art can encompass many different activities including happenings and actions, performance, physical theatre and dance. Each day includes multiple live performances that will be staged at the IKG, one after the other or simultaneously. IKG LIVE offers a platform and stage for regional artists, whose practice actively engages, challenges and questions the notion of temporality within the exhibition context, to showcase their work. Their work is selected by means of an open call.


Alexandra Bischoff – winner RBC Development Award
E.M. Alysse Bowd
Stacey Cann
Haley Craw
Alyssa Ellis
Halie Finney
Kyrsten Lofts
Alicia Buates McKenzie
NIK – Special Mention Award
Ryan Danny Owen
Nurgul Rodriguez
Justine Sawicz
Quartet in Transit
Jake Klein-Waller
Nicole Swanson and Kitty Willow


IKG LIVE 2 is excited to introduce an evening programme of keynote performances at the conclusion of each day of the festival. The artists for this edition are: Andrew Bartee, Cecilia Bengolea (featuring Mikhail Morris), and Kapwani Kiwanga. There will also be a special performance by Terrance Houle and Cobra Collins, last years recipients of the IKG LIVE Development Grant.

Cecilia Bengolea
To dance to remember – video installation and dancehall share practice by Venomaliance
Dancer, choreographer, video artist. Cecilia Bengolea perceives dance and performance as ‘animated sculpture’ and welcomes the fact that these forms allow her to become both ‘object and subject at the same time’.

Kapwani Kiwanga

Kapwani Kiwanga works in a variety of media and operates at the intersection between truth and ction in order to unsettle hege- monic narratives and create spaces in which marginal discourse can ourish. Trained as an anthropologist and social scientist, her methodology includes crafting systems and protocols that unveil culture’s propensity to mutation.

Andrew Bartee, Artist in Residence – Ballet BC
A dance for lonely people – presented in collaboration with Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver

Andrew is from Everett, Washington and is currently based in Vancouver, Canada. He has danced with Ballet BC, Paci c Northwest Ballet, Whim W’Him, and The YC.


Interview with Nurgul Rodriguez, by Anton Cu Unjieng

Festival Dates

Janaury 11 – 13, 2018

1-8pm daily

all photos courtesy Jeremy Pavka