Ken Buera is a Calgary-based artist. His audio, video and collaborative works have been shown in Calgary, Edmonton, Banff, Lethbridge, Vancouver, Gatineau, Lisbon, London, Paris and Reykjavik. He is active in the local artist-run centre community as a volunteer and a board member of TRUCK: Contemporary Art in Calgary and currently plays guitar for a Flamenco ensemble.
“The +15 is the term for a network of indoor Calgary walkways that allow downtown workers to commute from building to building sheltered from the weather. Ghost is a 22-second looped video shot in the +15 at a location where The Glenbow Museum is connected by a bridge to the EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts. It was a failed music video that explores the relationship between urban culture and the institutions that direct our cultural practices. The venue is a specific corner that once had been a safe place for street people to congregate. Cameras were installed to deter loitering and the system has been successful in maintaining a surveillance method that lets pedestrians know who is around the corner. Ghost represents a simultaneous before and after look at the space and becomes an exploration of formal aesthetics, layers and lines.”
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