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N@N – Kay Burns: How to Lie with Maps

N@N – Kay Burns: How to Lie with Maps

March 21, 2024 12:00 pm

Event Details

Although perceived as factual documents, maps have a curious history of including misrepresentations with intention and by accident. From early marine expeditions, to Google maps, to western Canadian colonialism and land speculation, Kay Burns, multidisciplinary artist and researcher, explores this peculiarity and reasons behind cartographic fallibility and misinformation.

Kay Burns (MA, MFA) is a multidisciplinary artist, curator, and researcher living in Moh’kinstsis / Calgary whose practice includes installation, performance art, sculpture, photography, audio, and other media. Much of her work over the past couple of decades attests to her strong interest in the intersection of art and museum practices. Her work questions the authority of information and has included performance lectures, alternative history tours (as performances and as locative media), and the creation of a parafictional museum. Her hybrid interests have also led to research/curatorial work in heritage museums, and within this presentation she revisits research undertaken while she was the 2023 Historian in Residence at the Calgary Public Library.

Free, everyone welcome

Held in person, in the Gallery Hall, ground floor Taylor Family Digital Library (adjacent to Nickle Galleries).

Detail, Harrison & Ponton’s Map of the City of Calgary, First Edition 1912, Supplement to the Henderson’s Directory, 1913 (Map item – “CALG 9” Calgary Public Library, Local History collection)