Geologic Time

Banff International Curatorial Institute, Visual + Digital Arts
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Program Information

Julius von Schoppe (1795–1868), Illustration of giant stone near the Rauenschen Mountains near Furstenwalde, 1827, Lithograph, von Tempeltey 

Overview

This Banff International Curatorial residency asks: How might a geologic lens affect artistic and curatorial practice? As the Earth’s history and system dynamics absorb the effects of modern human actions, what is at stake for cultural production? Art histories are full of biophysical processes from the enabling effects of industrial fossil capitalism, to the legacies of landscape representation. Yet how might curatorial and artistic practice venture beyond the great gulf between society and nature that was forged by a nineteenth-century understanding of human activities? This program of fieldwork, seminars, and independent study will ponder geological formations and stratigraphy, minerals, and resource extraction to speculate about a more expansive, slower and longer-term view of art, exhibitions, and their institutions.

What does the program offer?

Banff International Curatorial Institute (BICI) residency programs provide time and space for researchers, curators, critics, and cultural writers to develop innovative ideas.  This thematic residency provides structured programs where curators, and other arts professionals can come together to create work around a pertinent theme. Through peer interaction, discussion groups, independent research, formal lectures, studio visits, and consultations with world renowned visiting artists and curators, participants gain new ideas and insights that can be applied to creative exploration and professional development of their work. Participants are encouraged to exchange writing and curatorial ideas among each other, and discuss and present their individual projects.

Who should apply?

This program is open to curators, art writers, researchers, historians, and artists exploring this topic within curatorial practice and art criticism.

About the Banff International Curatorial Institute (BICI)

The Banff International Curatorial Institute (BICI) encompasses a range of public activities including symposia, think-tanks, exhibitions, and publications. BICI also provides research based programs in the form of residencies and workshops, and practicum opportunities. BICI’s programs and activities serve the communities of curators, artists, researchers, writers, critics, philosophers, and other cultural producers at various stages of their careers. These programs offer ongoing professional development and complement degree granting curatorial programs by providing a venue to meet, explore, and continue research.

Faculty

What's Included

Single or Shared RoomRead MoreClose

When applying, choose between staying in a single or a shared bedroom on the Banff Centre campus for the duration of your program.

Get connected with other artists on campus and focus on your projects in a creative environment while we take care of the day-to-day essentials.

Light Flex Meal PlanRead MoreClose

Using a credit-based system to dine on campus, our flexible meal plans allow you to select meals according to your own needs during your stay.

The Light Flex meal plan includes $21 credit per day, equivalent to breakfast and lunch in Vistas Dining Room.

Lecture SeriesRead MoreClose

A series of outstanding guest artists and curators will give free public talks and hold informal discussions.  Lecture Series talks are available on iTunes U.

Gym MembershipRead MoreClose

Your program fee includes free access to the swimming pool, climbing gym and fitness suite as well as discounted rates for classes at the Sally Borden Fitness and Recreation Centre.

Paul D. Fleck Library and ArchivesRead MoreClose

Access a wide range of publications, books, music and films in the Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives, open 6 days a week.

Box Office DiscountsRead MoreClose

Enjoy special artist rates for ticketed performances or complimentary access to events.

Community ServicesRead MoreClose

Enrich your experience and get to know other artists on campus by taking advantage of the activities and support provided by our Community Services team.

Fees & Financial Assistance

Program Fee (single room)*
$3 835.37
+GST
Program Fee (shared room)*
$3 071.00
+GST
What you can expect to pay (single room)
$2 249.37
+GST
What you can expect to pay (shared room)
$1 485.00
+GST

Application fee: $65 for each individual or group application. Group members must pay an additional registration fee of $35 on acceptance.

*Financial Aid up to 100% is available to cover tuition (meal plans and accommodations are not eligible for scholarship). 

If you would like to be considered, please complete the Financial Aid section when uploading your supporting materials.Help fund your experience at Banff Centre. View a compiled list of national and international opportunities here.

How to Apply

Collaborative Groups: a group leader must complete a single application and upload supporting materials on behalf of the whole group. Portfolio materials should be provided for the collective, individual resumes and bios should be provided for each member. 

Financial assistance

Be sure to complete the Financial Aid section to be eligible for financial assistance.

C.V.

A one-page resume or C.V. describing academic, professional, and other relevant experience.

Cover letter

A one-page cover letter explaining why you are interested in this program, what you hope to achieve by attending it, and how the program theme relates to your curatorial practice. 

Project proposal

A description of the curatorial project you will be working on during the program, including a summary of what you hope to complete (two pages max).

Portfolio

Three samples of relevant and recent written and curatorial work in PDF format.

Adjudication

Participants are selected by impartial adjudicators on the basis of their submitted material. In addition to artistic merit, consideration will be given to the likelihood that the artist's work will benefit from the program.  

Applicants will be notified of their status as soon as adjudication is complete, approximately 8-10 weeks following the application deadline.

All programs, faculty, dates, fees, and offers of financial assistance are subject to change. Program fee is subject to applicable taxes. Non-refundable fees and deposits will be retained upon cancellation. Any other fees are refunded at the discretion of the Banff Centre. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.

Contact the Registrar

For questions on preparing your application, please contact the Office of the Registrar:

Toll Free Number (Canada + USA)
1.800.565.9989