Plug In ICA: CALL FOR APPLICANTS: 2019 Summer Institute, Application Deadline March 25

2019 Summer Institute - Session I: Trackings and Trappings | faculty: Anju Singh, Justine A. Chambers, and Natalie Purschwitz. Session II: Indigenous Architectures | faculty: Joar Nango

POSTED: February 20, 2019
DEADLINE: Monday, March 25, 2019; 5 pm CST

Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art • Unit 1 460 Portage Avenue,
Winnipeg MB, CA

Session 1: Trackings and Trappings will be led by faculty members: Anju Singh, Justine A. Chambers, and Natalie Purschwitz. (July 8 to 19, 2019)

Session 2: Indigenous Architectures will be led by faculty member: Joar Nango (August 6 to 16, 2019)

Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art is now acceptingapplications for our 2019 Summer Institutes. The first session of the Institute, Trackings and Trappings, will be led by faculty members: sound artist Anju Singh, dancer and choregrapher Justine A. Chambers, and visual artist and designer Natalie Purschwitz. For the second session, Norwegian- Sámi artist and architect, Joar Nango, will be the lead faculty and facilitator for an intensive session focused on Indigenous architectures with a week of intensive knowledge sharing through a series of lecture programming followed by a week of production.

The Summer Institute is an international post-graduate artist research program for professional artists and thinkers working in all disciplines and media. In the 2019 edition, Plug In ICA will host two iterations of the Summer Institute. The first session, led by Singh, Chambers, andPurschwitz, will run from July 8th to July 19th. Working under the heading Trackings and Trappings, the three leads will explore expanded notions of mapping, encouraging participants to investigate their own practice through the trappings of normalized systems of belief. Participants are invited to reorient their gaze, sensation and attention to gain understanding of how hard-wired ideological structures influence how we chart our trajectories through the experienced world.

Session II facilitated by Joar Nango will start August 6th running until August 16th.

Foregrounding Indigenous approaches to design and alternative models of social space, Nango will lead participants through a series of texts, discussions, guest lectures, workshops, and studio time for the first week, engaging Winnipeg-based, Indigenous architects and thinkers. Participants will be encouraged to produce individually, with the possibility to work with Nango on a new piece by the Winnipeg Rivers, generating a reciprocal engagement to producing work. The seminar and workshop is open to visual artists of all kinds as well as writers, critics and scholars.

A number of visiting artists, curators and theorists will visit the Summer Institute for additional lectures, discussions, and studio visits.

Plug In ICA invites applications for participants who will work collaboratively in a peer-to-peer environment based upon their own interests and projects, as well as by exploring and aligning their work with collaborative or group activities which will be planned during the session.

This critical discursive opportunity will take place in Plug In ICA's purpose-built facilities, with an adjoining workshop, art research library, gallery, bookshop and neighbouring café. Plug In ICA is located at the heart of downtown Winnipeg on the University of Winnipeg's campus and adjacent to the Winnipeg Art Gallery within walking distance to various amenities for new visitors to the city.

There is no application fee for this program and everyone is welcome to apply. The standard tuition fee of $300.00 CDN has been generously covered by Winnipeg's Johnston Group. All other costs associated with participating in this program is the participant's responsibility: meals, accommodation, travel, travel insurance, materials and related production costs. Participants must also be Plug In ICA members in good standing, for a fee of $35 CDN (artist members).

Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by the end of April 2019.

See our Summer Institute Blog for interviews, and images of past Institutes.

All applications should be sent to

Summer Institute application forms are attached [SEE BELOW] and can be downloaded from our website. If you have any difficulties, please contact Erin Josephson-Laidlaw.

Joar Nango is an architect, builder, artist and self-publisher. Nango's work often explores the division between design, architecture and visual art and uses improvisation as method and process. Nango has been part of a number of exhibition projects throughout Canada and elsewhere. Among which includes, the Ottawa Art Gallery, Vancouver's Western Front, Gallery Deluxe in Halifax, The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo, Norway and Sydhavn Station in Copenhagen, Denmark. He recently presented European Everything at Documenta14 in Athens and Kassel in 2017. As well as facilitating the Summer Institute, Nango is one of the participating artists for the 2019 iteration of Winnipeg's public art project STAGES.

Natalie Purschwitz seeks out spaces between art, design, performance and daily life. Through her visual art practice she considers how materials connect with ideological production and quotidian experiences and in this way, her research lies at the intersection of anthropology, mythology, materiality and form. Clothing has often been an integral part of her work. She is interested in how clothing functions as a material, a language and a conceptual framework that can be used to examine cultural production. She has shown her work nationally and internationally at the Vancouver Art Gallery, The Polygon Gallery (North Vancouver, BC), Plug In ICA (Winnipeg, MB), the Japanese Canadian National Museum (Burnaby, BC), the McMichael Canadian Art Collection (Kleingburg, ON), the Prince Takamato Gallery (Tokyo, Japan), Canada House (London, England) and AGX Galerie (Tehran, Iran).

Justine A. Chambers is a dance artist living and working on the unceded territories of the Skwx̱wú7mesh, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. In her work she privileges what is felt over what is seen, by working with her body as an imperfect recording device to develop a cumulative embodied archive. Chambers' interests are in re-imagining dance performance and activating the dances that are already there - the social choreographies present in the everyday. Chambers is a founding member of projet bk, was associate artist at The Dance Centre (2015-2017) and artist in residence at artist run centre 221a in 2017. Chambers was the recipient of the Chrystal Dance Prize in 2016 and the Lola Award in 2018. Chambers has shared her projects at the Art Museum at University of Toronto, Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Artspeak, Festival of New Dance, Mile Zero, Agora de la Danse, Canada Dance Festival, Vancouver Art Gallery, The Western Front, Dancing on the Edge Festival and Dance in Vancouver. Recent collaborations include projects with Laurie Young, Elisa Ferari, Evann Siebens, Claudia Fancello, Marilou Lemmens & Richard Ibghy, Jen Weih, Brendan Fernandes and Josh Hite. Chambers is Max-Tyler Hite's mother.

Anju Singh is a sound artist living and working in Vancouver, BC who uses instruments, objects, and equipment to create pieces and environments that intend to challenge, confuse, or revisit traditional sounds and music in new contexts. She draws inspiration for her sound work from classical music, industrial machines, field recordings, and harsh noise. Anju's practice is currently focused on the process of creating sound art, with an emphasis on studying and understanding the current landscape of sound art and sound art practice in Canada and internationally. Her current projects include The Nausea (solo performance based work, noise), a number of extreme metal bands, working with string quartets coupled with harsh noise, and solo work consisting of sound sculpture/installation, sound art, and composition.

Session 1: Trackings and Trappings (July 8 to 19, 2019)

Session 2: Indigenous Architectures (August 6 to 16, 2019)


Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art recognizes we are on Treaty One Territory, the traditional territories of the Anishinaabe, Métis, Cree, Dakota, Dene, and Oji-Cree Nations.

Our Summer Institute is generously sponsored by the RBC Foundation who has made a generous commitment to fund multiple years of the program. We are also extremely thankful to the Johnston Group for subsidizing the tuition of all of the participants accepted.

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