LIDS in the Calgary Biennial: Atlas Sighed


As part of the 2015 Calgary Biennial, LIDS has slacked off once again by creating a custom risographed letterhead for official correspondence with festival organisers. Watch for other lazy contributions to the event, coming soon. Like in March, maybe.

From the Calgary Biennial website:

Atlas Sighed: The 2014–15 Calgary Biennial is a guerrilla exhibition of contemporary art. Comprising numerous infiltrations into public space, this endeavour appropriates commercial vernaculars of the urban landscape in order to challenge conservative status quos.

Working monumentally and secretly, the following artists will be taking over billboards, bus shelters, telephone poles, newspapers, alleyways, administrative offices, cellphones, and the sky itself to realize this project: Dick Averns, Brittney Bear Hat, Steven Beckly, Victoria Braun, Bogdan Cheta, Alannah Clamp, CONSULTANCY GROUP, the Ladies Invitational Deadbeat Society, Natalie Lauchlan, Yvonne Mullock and Mia Rushton, Sans façon, Dan Zimmerman, and others.

The Biennial will be dispersed throughout Calgary and its suburbs from December 1, 2014 through to March 31, 2015 with support from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Pattison Outdoor, and anonymous sponsors. A number of conversations and public events will be held as part of this exhibition. Additional details will be released throughout the next few months.


New publication: Incredisensual Panty Raid Laff Along

LIDS and friends will be converging in Toronto at the end of May for a performance by Wednesday AND an official BBQ book launch with our feminist pals! Join us on Sunday May 26th at 3pm at the Feminist Art Gallery for the launch of our new publication.


Our new publication documenting the Incredisensual Panty Raid Laff Along is now available through local LIDS distributors near you! This handy volume gathers together materials produced during the residency: photographs, texts, recollections, and ephemera. Designed by Olya Zarapina, this publication also features 3 new texts by feminist scholars Jennifer Kennedy, Mireille Perron, and Amy Fung.

Sixty of the books are covered in limited edition dust jackets/posters that we printed at the Alberta Printmakers’ Society in June 2012. The slogan on the posters: “Do More With More, Do Less With Less,” was inspired by a discussion about how non-profit arts organizations negotiate the increasing pressure to participate in business-based models and the “cultural industry.” A PDF excerpt of the publication, with an edited transcript of one of our Sunday Tea n’ Chats discussions, The Value Of Our (Collective) Work is available as a free sneak preview. For details about how to purchase, please contact your local LIDS rep (Calgary/London/Toronto/Montreal), or send us a message at invitationalsociety(at)gmail(dot)com.

A copy of the publication has also made its way into Jen Kennedy and Liz Linden’s Book Swap… project, currently on display as part of the exhibition Brother, Can You Spare a Stack at the Center for Book Arts in New York.