A lavender experience by Nikki Martens, Hibernation 2019

The Hibernation Project began as a weekly domestic intervention in Winter 2019, and was inspired, in part, by the open and deinstitutionalized weekly exhibitions at Kreuzberg Pavillion in Berlin. Artist-run in the most fundamental sense, the mandate of The Hibernation Project continues conversations from The House Project (2011) and WRECK CITY, empowering domestic space as an alternative to studio or gallery. Drawing from concepts of hygge, self-organization, and collectivity, at its core, this series is intended to nourish communal psychic wanderings during harsh winter months.

The Hibernation Project has come to house several off-season projects, including monthly sound art radio program EARS HAVE EYES, and spinoff car-based exhibition IDLE WORSHIP.

The project was instigated by artists Caitlind r.c. Brown & Wayne Garrett, and occurs in their home located in the neighbourhood of Ramsay, Calgary/Moh’kins’tsis on the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 in Alberta, which includes the Blackfoot Confederacy, the Tsuut’ina First Nation, the Stoney Nakoda, and the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III. We share these lands with gratitude.

Storytime inside the living room cave by Caitlind r.c. Brown & Wayne Garrett, Hibernation 2019