As this public art project is developing and the community’s voice is getting integrated int the artwork, I am inviting all Ogden/Millican members to share their community stories over a hot fall coffee on November 3rd at Ogden Hall (MOCA), 2-4 PM.
In the first 1/2 hour I will give an overview of the project, provide updates on its development, and reply to any questions specific to this public art community engagement project. And in the second half of our session the participants will have an opportunity to share their community stories, particularly the personal stories of families and people who impacted the life and development of Millican/Ogden. I will be taking notes summarizing these histories to influence the content of the final artwork. Participants will have the opportunity to share an interesting fact or an important aspect of their personal history to be mapped in relation to the five artwork installation sites. Also, participants are welcome to bring their family relics and photographs to show to our group and for visual documentation (I will take photographs of these items upon oral consent).
Coffee and snacks will be served during this informal session. Please RSVP at the Facebook event so we get plenty of food for everyone in this session: https://www.facebook.com/events/2151657398202502/
Oksana Kryzhanivska is an interdisciplinary artist, who combines digital technologies with sculpting and painting art media. Oksana holds an MFA in Sculpture and a PhD in Computational Media and Design from the University of Calgary. Her art practice intersects fields of art, design, and computer science and resulted in a number of interactive international and local exhibitions in Australia, USA, and Canada. Aside from being a practicing artist, Oksana teaches creative workshops and interdisciplinary media courses promoting visual art in Calgary communities.
Further information about Oksana can be found at http://oksanak.com/
I am excited about this community public art project after the jury selected my Connecting Histories proposal for the public art installed in the Millican/Ogden community, Calgary, Alberta. This artwork aims to have a deeper look at the rich history of this community and connect the historical places, public history, private stories to its current residents and the city.
This public artwork will take the initiative to map places of historic and personal importance in the Augmented Reality format. This artwork will combine small sculptural landmarks located in park areas and location-specific virtual artwork inspired and contributed by Millican/Ogden residents and their histories in the community.
We started to research these topics with the first community walks in September. The participating community members proposed a list of meaningful locations in public park areas of which 5 will be selected based on accessibility, logistics and engineering requirements. An updated and finalized map will be revealed in our following meetup on November 3rd at MOCA Hall, 2:30 PM.
— Oksana Kryzhanivska