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 institution. 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 project was instigated by artists Caitlind r.c. Brown & Wayne Garrett, and occurs in their home located in 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, and the Stoney Nakoda, and the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III. We share these lands with gratitude.


Calgary dates: January 18 – April 4, 2020

Location: house in the Calgary community of Ramsay

A second component of The Hibernation Project is planned at the end of Winter/beginning of Spring in Dawson City & Whitehorse. 

Yukon dates: May 2020 in Dawson City and Whitehorse

Dawson location: the Klondike Institute of Arts & Culture’s Residency House

Whitehorse location: various Wonderhorse Festival venues


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