Based in Calgary, Alberta, Studio M* recognizes the arts and culture as essential healing terrains for the restoration of sanity and nurturing the soul in the 21st century. We envision Studio M* as a gathering place for artists, writers, thinkers, healers and makers to explore ideas and creative impulses that don’t often get supported because they are not commercial enough, not comfortable enough, and are downright radical.
Studio M* is a creative artworking always in progress. We invite thinkers, writers, artists, healers, teachers and makers to join in co-creating a conscious awareness of the precarity of our lives and world. Clearly crises of all kinds are going to be the backdrop of everything we do. However, with wide-awakeness and co-creativity we hold the potential to transform the backdrops and re-contextualize new pathways to a better world.
In 1995 The Centre Gallery was formed in co-relation with the In Search of Fearlessness Centre and Research Institute led by Robert Michael Fisher and Barbara Bickel. In 1998 they operated The Centre Gallery through the Arts & Healing Society of Alberta, and two decades later, as Studio M* is forming, we see that original mission still largely appropriate for today:
- host multidisciplinary events, creating community, encourage/honour diversity, promote children’s art and expression
- addressing contemporary issues, provide diverse educational and creative opportunities
The “M” in Studio M* is in reference to the maternal relationality that is primal to all beings in the co-becoming of subjectivity in the Matrixial sphere. The * further extends the meaning of the M to multiple known and emergent unknown possibilities.
In 2009, we encountered “matrixial theory.” Theorized by Bracha L. Ettinger, an Israeli-French artist-psychoanalyst-activist and scholar in aesthetics, matrixial theory offers a transformative framework for reclaiming aesthetics and the arts from the destructiveness of the dominant phallic sphere. It offers a renewed understanding of the complementarity of the matrixial sphere, too long suppressed. The imbalance between the matrixial and phallic spheres has undermined the unfolding of a sane and sustainable world embedded in respectful ecological relations.
Although Studio M* is located near the Elbow River in the Beltline neighbourhood of Calgary, Alberta, having a physical space downtown, it extends beyond the boundaries of any one geographic location. It reaches into our home space that houses the 920A Live-In Library, in the Bridgeland community near the Bow River in Calgary. In Oct 2018 we will host open library hours on Fridays between 6-9pm. See our Library page.
Beginning in the fall of 2018 we will be offering short-term live-in residencies for artists, writers and scholars who want to study/create in a research creation lab milieu. See our Residency page.
Studio M* operates within a gifting/healing economy model. Please see our Gifting page for an explanation.