The arb Institute is the subject of the final chapter of the newly published book Knock on Any Door (A Revised History): Art and Social Engagement in Calgary, 1912–2012. Published by the Department of Forgotten Histories, edited by Mia Rushton and Eric Moschopedis, and, with special thanks to the fluid hand of Douglas Haslam.
We successfully participated in AFGA's 2013 Pronghorn fencing project.
July 20–21 (pronghorn)
Removed 2 miles of page wire and added bottom strand of smooth wire and middle strand of barbed wire at the One Four Research Station. Added bottom smooth wire to 2 miles of three strand barbed wire fence and respaced existing three strands of barbed wire on a nearby ranch.
August 24–25 (pronghorn)
Added bottom smooth wire to 7 miles of three strand barbed wire fence and respaced existing three strands of barbed wire. This property bordered the AFGA's Peigan Creek Property and offered some spectacular landscapes to explore.
September 28–29 (pronghorn)
Added bottom smooth wire to 10 miles of three strand barbed wire fence and respaced existing three strands of barbed wire near Orion and Manyberries.
In addition to the pronghorn fencing, on September 27th we were excited to participate in a new project—Alberta Conservation's Reflector Project which warns the endangered Sage Grouse to the perils of barbed wire fencing.
three swift foxes, July 2013, One Four Alberta
watcher, video, 2012
On October 10–13th, 2012, the arb institute's watcher appeared as part of Mount Royal University's award-winning biennial conference series on the environment—Under Western Skies.
arb is an artist collective headquartered in Calgary, Alberta. The institute emerged in early 2009 to facilitate ongoing study into borders, boundaries and all forms of barriers that act as disruptive forces in the natural world. We have a mandate to direct actions that improve the status and equilibrium of the natural environment through the production of enigmatic art that inspires cross-fertilization between diverse communities and existing relational constructs.