Last year, we started The Hibernation Project, a weekly domestic art intervention from Winter to Spring. Each weekend, artists responded to a theme, making work in and around our rental house in Calgary for the duration of one night. Intended as the antithesis of our many long-term projects, The Hibernation Project is a durational marathon of making, an immediate and gratifying experience during a difficult, isolating, and dark time of year. Winter artworks created during The Hibernation Project are DIY experiments intended for an audience primarily of friends and fellow artists.

This year, The Hibernation Project took on new meaning against the shifting landscape of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Despite this, almost 40 artists made new works with us – both in domestic and non-physical spaces.

We have an entire blog dedicated to this project. Below is a broad overview of Hibernation 2020.

Participatory artwork by Caitlind Brown

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HINDSIGHT: looking back to look forward

ARTISTS: Logan Lape, Svea Ferguson, Caitlind Brown, Wayne Garrett. Theme by Caitlind Brown & Wayne Garrett.

‘Synaesthetics’ gameboard by Caitlind Brown & Wayne Garrett

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SYNESTHESIA: tricksy sensory stimuli

ARTISTS: Svea Ferguson, Eric Heitmann, Laura Reid, Matthew Kennedy, Caitlind Brown, Wayne Garrett. Theme by Caitlind Brown & Wayne Garrett.

Jungle scene by Kasia Koralewska & Gina Veres

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GUILTY PLEASURES: coping mechanisms for eternal winters

ARTISTS: Svea Ferguson, Matthew Kennedy, Kasia Koralewska & Gina Veres, Caitlind Brown, Wayne Garrett, and numerous Guilty Pleasures “Potluck” participants. Theme by Caitlind Brown & Wayne Garrett.

‘Stage Fright’ by Logan Lape

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STAGED: objects in performance

ARTISTS: Svea Ferguson, Logan Lape, Caitlind Brown, and Wayne Garrett. Theme by Logan Lape.

Sound installation by Rebecca Reid & Marie Sulkowski

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CASTING: light, spells, nets, incantations

ARTISTS: Svea Ferguson, Susan Clarahan, Jennifer Crighton, Rebecca Reid & Marie Sulkowski, Caitlind Brown & Wayne Garrett. Theme by Caitlind r.c. Brown & Wayne Garrett.

Residue from a performance by Caitlind Brown & Wayne Garrett

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FROZEN TOGETHER: water, cold, snowsuits

ARTISTS: Noel Begin, Mark Erickson, Svea Ferguson, Jenna Swift, Caitlind Brown & Wayne Garrett. Theme by Noel Begin.

Inside a peep-box by Elaine Weryshko

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THE NIGHT SEA JOURNEY: stepping into the shadow realm, where spirits linger and monsters await

ARTISTS: Mark Erickson, Svea Ferguson, Monica Ila, Geneviève Paré & Kathryn Smith, Keith Rodger, Michael Ander Schok, Elaine Weryshko, and Caitlind r.c. Brown & Wayne Garrett. Theme by Elaine Weryshko. Collaboration with CAMP.

An installation by Matthew Kennedy & Phil Wilson

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GRADIENTS: the inbetween, from one to another

ARTISTS: Svea Ferguson, Jayda Karsten, Matthew Kennedy, and Phil Wilson. Theme by Matthew Kennedy. Thanks to Studio North & The New Blank.

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DIGITAL DINNER PARTY: a response to “social distancing” around COVID-19

ARTISTS: Eric Heitmann, Svea Ferguson, Lollipop (Jessica Wittman), Lane Shordee, Matthew Waddell, Caitlind Brown & Wayne Garrett. Theme by Nikki Tambourine with Caitlind Brown, Lane Shordee, and Wayne Garrett.

*First socially-distanced week, located in digital space.

The Hibernation Station co-hosts, Caitlind Brown & Wayne Garrett

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ARTISTS: Audrey Lane Cockett & Genevieve Pare, Desiree Nault (with an M:ST PSA), Jennifer Crighton, Jett Thunders & Mini-Jett, Keith Rodger, Lollipop (Jessica Wittman), Matthew Waddell & Laura Anzola, Ramin Eshraghi-Yazdi, Rebecca Reid, Ryan Bourne, Sarah van Sloten, and Svea Ferguson. Hosted by Caitlind r.c. Brown & Wayne Garrett. Original theme by Matthew Kennedy, adapted to social distancing by Caitlind r.c. Brown & Wayne Garrett.

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HIBER NATIONAL GALLERY presents INSPIRING EXPIRATIONS/EXPIRING INSPIRATIONS: endings, transitions, cycles, transformation and renewal

ARTISTS: Alia Shahab (with Anna Corbin, Geneviève Paré, & Jamie Tea. Poetry by Jordan Baylon. Music by Rachael Chaisson & Eric Heitmann), Caitlind Brown, Eric Heitmann, Heather Close, Jamey Lougheed, Jennie Vallis, Logan Lape, Svea Ferguson, and Wayne Garrett. Theme by Eric Heitmann.

Fire sculpture by Caitlind Brown & Wayne Garrett

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IRL: light the internet on 🔥!

(Original theme, GATHER BY FIRE: wooden sculptures for burning + summoning spring in honour of Matthew Mark ♥ will be rescheduled)

ARTISTS: Jayda Karsten, Jenna Swift, Keith Rodger, Lauren Hassell, Luba Deduch, Matthew Kennedy & Phil Wilson, Matthew Waddell & Laura Anzola (DJ AZMA TRAX), Rebecca Reid & Ryan Bourne, Svea Ferguson, and Caitlind r.c. Brown & Wayne Garrett. Theme by Caitlind r.c. Brown & Wayne Garrett.

A sign made for Week One of The Hibernation project 2020 by Logan Lape

Our sparkling thanks to the artists, participants, and friends who shared space together (in all the interpersonal, communal, abstract, non-physical, psychic, cognitive, spiritual, and transcontinental ways) over the Winter months 💖

A final word: even as the Spring sun comes to thaw the exhausted landscape, this is still a time for togetherness. In your own way and your own space, try to reach out to each other, friends. Being alone can be dangerous. Together is better, in all its many forms.

Part of Svea Ferguson’s Fridge Illustration Series (one drawing per week)

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