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Artist in Residence

Jul. 9 - 23, 2013

Engineers and scientists aren’t the only people who use experiments to test their ideas. Artists and designers also need to take their concepts out into the world and try them on for size. This summer, we are inviting artists to use TELUS Spark as a place to experiment, to take risks and to try things they couldn’t in their own studios.To test drive an idea you sometimes need an audience - if the artist is here, feel free to ask them questions and find out what they are working on.

The ART PILOT PROJECT intends to support and facilitate innovative and collaborative interactions between artists and visitors at TELUS Spark. There will be opportunities to meet and work with the artist on weekends and on Adults Only Night, stay tuned for annoucements and updates regarding the project. The ART PILOT PROJECT at TELUS Spark has been made possible by a grant from the Rozsa Foundation.

Artist Bio:
Tyler Los-Jones is a Canadian artist based in Calgary, Alberta. Tyler’s work examines how depictions of landscape can be made to bring the unnatural aspects of our conception of Nature into question. His work has been exhibited in solo and group
shows throughout Canada and the United States. Most recently Tyler's work has been shown at Third Party Gallery in Cincinnati Ohio and the Art Gallery of Calgary.

Alongside his artistic practice, Tyler has been engaged in various collaborative projects in Calgary, co-founding 809 Gallery in 2007 and Local Library, a multidisciplinary workshop and all-ages music venue in 2010.

Project description
TELUS Spark is in the midst of two distinct, yet parallel timescales represented by West
Nose Creek and Deerfoot trail. The creek, carved by glacial run-off about 17 000 years
ago signifies a tempo that seems to clash with the high-speed traffic and industry
found on Deerfoot trail.

For the Arts Pilot Project, I will work with visitors to reconsider Split Rock (a glacial
erratic just North of TELUS Spark) as a monument to a broad spectrum of timescales found in
the valley around the science centre. By investigating the relationships between these
timescales, I hope to encourage questions about how the concept of Nature is
constructed in our city.

Special thanks to granting sponsor: