Private Investigators: Undercover in Public Space

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Kathryn Walter
Banff Centre Press, 1999 - Art - 84 pages
July, 1997. Eight artists infiltrate the public spaces of one of Canada’s most famous tourist destinations—Banff, Alberta. Each performer has a disguise and two goals: first, to address the contradictions at work in the national park’s townsite—mountain town versus tourist Mecca—and second, to examine the roles people play in conforming to society’s expectations. Performances that include a lesbian park rangers recruitment drive, a sound parade down Banff’s main avenue and a soap giveaway by two soothsayers. This book documents the often surprising results when artists move their work to public space. No expectations, including those of the artists themselves, are left challenged.

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About the author (1999)

Kathryn Walter is a visual artist who uses a variety of media to consider the interface between visual art and social space. Private Investigators: Undercover in Public Space is Kathryn's curatorial debut. This project continues her research on ways that artists access, interact with and disrupt public space. She has diversified her practice to include teaching and curating with an interest in working with others to build culture and local histories. She is currently living and working in Toronto.

KYO MACLEAR was born in London and grew up in Toronto as the only child of a foreign correspondent. While Stray Love is entirely a work of fiction, it is informed by Kyo's experience of living with a father who was quizzing her on the names of world capitals by the time she was seven. Her first novel, The Letter Opener, was awarded the K.M. Hunter Artists Award and nominated for the in Canada First Novel Award and the Evergreen Award. A dual British-Canadian citizen and resident of Toronto, Kyo is also an award-winning visual arts writer and the author of two acclaimed children's books: Spork and Virginia Wolf (2012). Visit her online at or on Facebook.

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