- Phase II : Session 1 DIGNITY AND ACCESS Carmen Papalia with Joulene Tse Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 7:00-8:30 pm nə́c̓aʔmat ct Strathcona Branch, Vancouver Public Library Wo Soon (Mary) ...
- FLOTILLA: SESSION 19 MARIE BURGE ON STRATEGIES FOR ENGAGEMENT: BASIC INCOME GUARANTEE (BIG) PROMOTION ON PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND & JOURNÉE SANS CULTURE ON CONSIDERING SUSTAINABLE ...
- FLOTILLA: SESSION 18 LINDSAY DOBBIN ON LISTENING AS A CREATIVE ACT & HARMONY WAGNER ON LISTENING TO THE ENERGY OF THE BODY September 22 2017 2:30-4:00 Presented ...
- PERFORMANCE JOHN OLIVER AND CAROL SAWYER MELT 8pm, Thursday June 22nd, 2017 The Foreshore Other Sights at Access Gallery 222 East Georgia, Vancouver BC Since the summer ...
- SESSION 17 CARMEN PAPLIA ON ACCESSIBILITY AS SOCIAL PRACTICE & MICHELLE TUNG ON ACCESS, CONNECTION AND TRANSLATION IN ADVANCING THE INTERESTS OF ABORGINAL COMMUNITIES Tuesday ...
- SESSION 16 CYNTHIA BROOKE ON LONGSHORE WORK AND UNION HISTORY & KRISTINA LEE PODESVA ON EBBING: TOWARDS AN ALTERNATIVE VOCABULARY OF VALUE Tuesday May 30, ...
- SESSION 15 LAIWAN with SEAGRASS, JELLYFISH and DYING STARS & WILL PLOWRIGHT on UNDERSTANDING INSURGENTS Tuesday May 16, 7pm The Foreshore Other Sights at Access Gallery 222 East ...
- SESSION 14 JUSTINE A CHAMBERS on DANCE AS A LIVING ARCHIVE FOR PERSONAL AND CULTURAL HISTORY, RITUAL AND RESISTANCE & DENISE FERREIRA DA SILVA ...
- SESSION 13 KARA UZELMAN on REMOTE EXPERIMENTS IN HEALTH CARE AND ART MAKING & HOLLY WARD on HER RECENT REFLECTIONS ON THE PEASANT AS ...
- PUBLICATION MEETING #1 HOW CAN WE FEEL POWERFUL INSTEAD OF POWERLESS? April 10, 7pm The Foreshore Other Sights at Access Gallery 222 East Georgia, Vancouver BC Visiting from ...
- SESSION 12 ERIC FREDERICKSEN: DEDICATED TO YOU, BUT YOU WEREN’T LISTENING & DR. CISSIE FU on THE POLITICAL & AESTHETIC POTENTIALS OF BODIES IN ...
- WORKSHOP ELISA FERRARI AND STACEY HO DEEP LISTENING March 28th, 6:30pm The Foreshore Other Sights at Access Gallery 222 East Georgia, Vancouver BC An evening of deep ...
- OPEN STUDIO GUADALUPE MARTINEZ OPEN STUDIO March 25, 4-6 pm The Foreshore Other Sights at Access Gallery 222 East Georgia, Vancouver BC For her residency at The Foreshore, ...
- SESSION 11 A WORKSHOP WITH GUADALUPE MARTINEZ AND ZOE KREYE INVESTIGATING GESTURES THAT CONNECT MATERIALITY TO NECESSITY Saturday March 25 1:30 – 3:30 pm The ...
- SESSION 10 JACQUELINE HOÀNG NGUYỄN on EXPANDING THE ARCHIVES and DAN PON on THE BRACKISH ECOLOGY OF GRUNT GALLERY’S ARCHIVE AND ARCHIVAL ...
- WORKSHOP GUADALUPE MARTINEZ AND CAROLINE BERGONZONI March 18th 2 – 4pm The Foreshore Other Sights at Access Gallery 222 East Georgia, Vancouver BC As part of ...
- PERFORMANCE JULIE CHAPPLE RETRACING- WE MOVE FORWARD THROUGH TIME Performance March 16th 7pm 222 East Georgia, Vancouver BC A durational performance that explores the continuity and ...
- SESSION 9 ARIANNE GELARDIN on ADDRESSING AMERICA’S SOCIOPOLITCAL CLIMATE THROUGH ART AND PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT and LISA PRENTICE on POLITICS, THERAPY AND ORGANIZING Tuesday March 7, ...
- SESSION 8 VANESSA RICHARDS on UNSILENCING OURSELVES – THE QUIET SITE OF SHAME and MARCUS YOUSSEF on the THE THEATRE OF ACTIVISM Tuesday ...
- SESSION 7 BUSTER SIMPSON on AESTHETICS AND CURIOSITY & COLL THRUSH on CITIES, POWER, AND SURVIVANCE Tuesday February 7 7:00 – 9:00 pm 222 E. Georgia, Vancouver ...
- SESSION 6 CECILY NICHOLSON on POETICS ENTRENCHED IN MOVEMENTS and BRACKEN HANUSE CORLETT on RECONCILIATION AS A PROCESS Tuesday January 24th 7:00 – 9:00 ...
- SESSION 5 GERMAINE KOH on WORKING BETWEEN DISCIPLINES and CAROL SAWYER on COUNTER-NARRATIVES Tuesday January 10th 7:00 – 9:00 pm 222 E Georgia Street, Vancouver Germaine ...
- SESSION 4 LINDSAY BROWN on THE LESSONS OF HABITAT ’76 and SHILOH SUKKAU on PUBLIC ART in NORTH EAST FALSE CREEK December 6, ...
- Field Trip KHAN LEE in conversation with BARBARA COLE at the VANCOUVER ART GALLERY TUESDAY NOVEMBER 22nd 7:00 – 9:00 pm Gallery, Courtroom 302 3rd floor, ...
- SESSION 3 CHRIS WILLIAMS ON ECO-SOCIALISM AND NLE’S MAKOKO FLOATING SCHOOL TUESDAY NOVEMBER 8 2016 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. This week we will gather to ...
- SESSION 2 TUESDAY OCTOBER 18 2016 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. JUSTIN LANGLOIS and HOLLY SCHMIDT REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE BLUE CABIN COMMITTEE: GLEN ALTEEN, BARBARA COLE ...
- SESSION 1 TUESDAY OCTOBER 4 2016 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. 222 E Georgia Street, Vancouver The first of many informal sessions of research and knowledge ...
- PHASE II : SESSION 2
LAND LANGUAGE: LAND RESPONSIBILITIES
Coll Thrush and Kamala Todd in conversation
Tuesday March 6, 2018, 7 – 8.30pm
Mount Pleasant Community Centre
Art Room (next to South entrance)
Attendance is Free
Creating home and a sense of place means building relationships. How well do we relate/give back/listen to the land and waters that are our home? Vancouver is so often seen as an international city belonging to no one/everyone. Its landscapes and narratives have been transformed and framed in ways that showcase the Anglo-colonial culture as the founders and caretakers of this coastal city. How are newcomers/settlers/guests/visitors complicit in this overwriting of Coast Salish people and their continuity on this land since time out of mind? How do the stories (re)emerge and remind us all that this is a place with ancient laws, relationships, histories, ancestors, cosmologies which are in fact the guiding frameworks for life on this Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, Squamish place? This is a conversation towards decolonizing the city, asking questions about learning the laws and expectations and responsibilities before we assume permission and right mindedness to “come ashore” and be good visitors.
Coll Thrush is Associate Professor of history at the University of British Columbia, where he teaches Indigenous, settler colonial and place-based histories. He is the author of Native Seattle: Histories from the Crossing-Over Place. He is also the co-editor of Phantom Past, Indigenous Presence: Native Ghosts in North American Culture and History (2011) and Indigenous London: Native Travelers at the Heart of Empire (2016). His current project, entitled Slaughter Town, focuses on landscape, trauma, and memory in his hometown of Auburn, Washington, formerly known as Slaughter.
Kamala Todd is a Metis-Cree community planner who makes films and writes about the stories and cultures layered within the Indigenous lands upon which she is a grateful guest. She has a Masters degree in Geography (UBC) and is the author of numerous documentary films and community arts projects. For six years she was the City of Vancouver’s Aboriginal Social Planner, and she continues to work with the City as an independent consultant to help build relationships within the context of (re)conciliation. She writes and directs for children’s television, including the Indigenous science series Coyote’s Crazy Smart Science Show and the Cree language series Nehiyawetan, both on APTN. Todd lives with her partner and two sons on the Sunshine Coast.
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Image Credit: Alberto Cruz — Creative Commons
- Phase II : Session 1
DIGNITY AND ACCESS
Carmen Papalia with Joulene Tse
Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 7:00-8:30 pm
nə́c̓aʔmat ct Strathcona Branch, Vancouver Public Library
Wo Soon (Mary) Lee Chan Room
730 East Hastings Street
Carmen Papalia and Joulene Tse Parent will discuss issues of cultural accessibility and human rights in the city, including Tse’s ongoing research on the history of Indigenous workers on the waterfront, as well as Papalia’s projects leading up to and including his recent conceptual work Open Access, a new, relational model for accessibility that sets a precedent for considerations of agency and power in relation to the disabling social, cultural, and political conditions in a given context.
Born in Vancouver in unceded Coast Salish Territory in 1981, Carmen Papalia is a social practice artist and non-visual learner who makes participatory projects about access to public space, the art institution and visual culture. His work has been featured at The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Harvard Art Museums,Cambridge; Tate Liverpool, UK; and locally at Gallery Gachet and the Surrey Art Gallery. Papalia is the recipient of the 2014 Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary and the 2013 Wynn Newhouse Award. His current work includes the multifunctional acoustic mobility device produced with Sara Hendren’s Investigating Normal Lab at Olin College of Engineering and Let’s Keep in Touch a collaboration with curator Whitney Mashburn that sets a precedent for haptic criticism to become a viable practice within contemporary art.
Joulene Parent’s maternal lines come from the Indigenous Dene Nation of Northern Saskachewan, and paternal lines from a father who was a working immigrant from Canton, China. Most of Joulene’s childhood was raised in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, the unceded territory of the Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. She is an active Union Member of the International Longshore Warehouse Union, and currently holds a two year Executive position for Local 500 Vancouver. She also sits on the Vancouver District Labour Council, as a Delegate and Co-Chair on the Women’s Committee.
Documentation from White Cane Amplified, 2015
Screenshot by Philip Lui
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- SESSION 16
CYNTHIA BROOKE ON LONGSHORE WORK AND UNION HISTORY
KRISTINA LEE PODESVA ON EBBING: TOWARDS AN ALTERNATIVE VOCABULARY OF VALUE
Tuesday May 30, 7pm
Other Sights at Access Gallery
222 East Georgia, Vancouver BC
Please join us for two short presentations followed by discussion.
Based on her experience as a Stevedore and member of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union BROOKE will discuss some of the history of the union as well as how the shift toward exclusion and security in the ports and shipping industry obscures our understanding of the movement of goods, the people who do that work and their experiences.
LEE PODESVA will share some thoughts on ebbing as a means for developing a vocabulary of value that turns away from the principles of gain, growth, and accumulation, among other economic delusions. This discussion will also share very preliminary research on tides, especially low tides, to open up a space of practice that knits corporeal, terrestrial, and celestial contexts with social realities. Let us consider what an alternative vocabulary of value might look like. What forms might it take economically, aesthetically, psycho-spiritually?
Cynthia Brooke is a Stevedore, member of of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, and former executive member of ILWU local 500 executive. She is also generally active in accessibility issues, and specifically for the Vancouver Folk Music Festival where she co-coordinates access security. She also provides port, and shipping facility tours for artists participating in access Gallery’s 23 Days at Sea residency program.
Kristina Lee Podesva is an artist, writer, editor, and publisher working between art making, critical writing, and experimental publishing. Taking many forms, her practice has had an ongoing concern with language and the politics of discourse. Her work has appeared at Artspeak (Vancouver), Darling Foundry (Montreal), Dorsky Gallery (Long Island City), the Power Plant (Toronto), and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco), among other venues. From 2005 to 2015, she was Editor at Fillip. She is currently in the process of forming the Bruna Press + Archive in Bellingham, Washington.
A strike supporter harangues police during the Battle of Ballantyne Pier. This photo ran on the front page of the June 19, 1935 Vancouver Sun.
Low tide on the west beach of Baltrum in the Niedersächsisches Wattenmeer National Park (Niedersachsen, Deutschland). Photo taken by Gisbert1. Color and contrast adjusted by Kristina Lee Podesva.
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- SESSION 10
JACQUELINE HOÀNG NGUYỄN on EXPANDING THE ARCHIVES and DAN PON on THE BRACKISH ECOLOGY OF GRUNT GALLERY’S ARCHIVE AND ARCHIVAL PROJECTS
March 21, 7pm
Other Sights at Access Gallery
222 East Georgia, Vancouver BC
JACQUELINE HOÀNG NGUYỄN will discuss her current collaboration with grunt gallery, The Making of an Archive, which is an alternative depository for vernacular photography in which diverse forms of civic engagement performed by minority groups––from care work to protests in public space––are digitized for archival purposes.
PON will present a conceptual view of grunt gallery’s archival initiatives through the rushes of the coastal riparian zone including a survey of past and current projects. Halophyte stands imagines the archive as a species of saline tolerant plant and explores some of the characteristics and parallels that make these organisms unique.
Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn completed the Whitney Independent Study Program, New York, in 2011, having obtained her MFA and a post-graduate diploma in Critical Studies from the Malmö Art Academy, Sweden, in 2005, and a BFA from Concordia University, Montreal, in 2003. She has been awarded many grants and fellowships, and her work has been exhibited internationally. In 2015, she was the first artist-in- residence at the Museum of Ethnography in Stockholm. The residency was part of SWICH – Sharing a World of Inclusion, Creativity and Heritage – a collaborative project involving ten European museums of Ethnography and World Cultures. She is currently co-editing Crating the World: Displaced Myths, Desires and Meanings a compendium to Nguyễn’s exhibition Black Atlas (2016) presented at the Museum of Ethnography. Based on archival photographs, the publication and the exhibition explore the implications of the administration of racialized labour for transporting material culture from foreign countries to the museum’s storage.
Dan Pon is a librarian based in unceded Coast Salish territories. He holds a MLIS degree from UBC (2012) and works as a librarian at Langara College and the West Vancouver Memorial Library. Dan manages the archive at grunt gallery and is currently conducting research on behalf of the Belkin Art Gallery and Geoffrey Farmer’s outdoor public art project Nothing Can Separate Us (When the Wheel Turns Why Does a Pot Emerge?).
Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn “Courtesy the artist”
Photo: Garry Ross, courtesy Phil Beeman
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- SESSION 9
ARIANNE GELARDIN on ADDRESSING AMERICA’S SOCIOPOLITCAL CLIMATE THROUGH ART AND PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT
LISA PRENTICE on POLITICS, THERAPY AND ORGANIZING
Tuesday March 7, 2017, 7:00 PM
222 East Georgia, Vancouver BC
GELARDIN will present a selection of projects from StoreFrontLab’s (San Francisco) current season of installations, happenings, discussions and workshops that address America’s sociopolitical climate using the agency of art and public engagement. The series, entitled NOW!, invites an evaluation of progress and demands an end to regressive values through direct action and counteraction.
PRENTICE asks do therapeutic practices and theories help or hinder social change? Considering the longstanding frictional relationship between Marxism and Freudian theory to the endpoint of today’s tendency to look for an analysis of political events in psychological terms, it would seem that therapy and politics make uneasy bedfellows.
Arianne Gelardin is curator at StoreFrontLab, an experimental exhibition space located in San Francisco, California. Founded in 2011 by architect David Baker and Yosh Asato, StoreFrontLab prides itself as “a small space for big ideas,” supporting conceptual and city-oriented projects that rely heavily on public dialogue and participation. Arianne also consults on the design and fabrication of public artworks for the San Francisco Arts Commission, facilitating the production of such works from proposals to architectural details. Working at the intersection of art, phenomenology, and sociology, Arianne’s personal practice finds form through writing, happenings, and visual language.
Lisa Prentice is a manual therapist, artist, and an ongoing researcher who explores somatic approaches to meaning making and understanding, and the relationship of human body(s) and the body politic. She is currently in private practice and has also worked with diverse groups including youth, artists and persons with mental health labels. She draws influence from the work of Wilhelm Reich, Martha Eddy, R.D. Laing, and Shou-Yu Liang.
Image: Tattoos of Sigmund Freud and Karl Marx, images found online
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- SESSION 8
VANESSA RICHARDS on UNSILENCING OURSELVES – THE QUIET SITE OF SHAME
and MARCUS YOUSSEF on the THE THEATRE OF ACTIVISM
Tuesday February 21st | 7 pm
222 E. Georgia, Vancouver BC
VANESSA RICHARDS will lead a conversation-in-action on the reclamation of the body as instrument of change and song in common life.
MARCUS YOUSSEF will share his insights on how good activism needs good theatre. He’ll address how the process of collaborating across difference affects, challenges, and strengthens creative practice.
Vanessa Richards has a social arts practice that explores what life becomes when we turn more often to each other than away. Community engaged initiatives have been devised with The Arts Club Theatre, Public Dreams, ECUAD, Capilano, SFU and PHS. In the UK her interdisciplinary work has been presented at the Tate Modern, ICA, Oval House Theatre, South Bank Centre. Poetry and critical works are anthologized in the UK, Holland, United States and Canada. She is the founder and song leader for the Woodward’s Community Singers and director of Creative Together, a song based facilitation process.
Marcus Youssef’s dozen or so plays – many of which investigate questions of culture, difference and “otherness” – have been performed at dozens of major festivals and theatres (and school gyms!) across North America, Australia and Europe, from Seattle to New York to Reykjavik to Berlin. Selected awards and nominations: Governor General’s, Rio-Tinto Alcan Performing Arts, Chalmer’s Canadian Play, Arts Club Silver Commission, Seattle Times Footlight, Vancouver Critics’ Choice (three times). Marcus is Artistic Director of Vancouver’s Neworld Theatre, sits on the city’s Arts and Culture Policy Council, co-chaired the Coalition of Progressive Electors and co-founded the East Vancouver artist run production studio, PL1422. He has served on the faculties of Concordia and Capilano Universities, teaches widely, and is a Canadian Fellow to the International Society of Performing Arts.
Youssef: A face in the crowd at a rally against draconian arts cuts, circa 2009
Richards: Thinking about singing. Hans Edwards. Richards Family Archive
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- SESSION 4
LINDSAY BROWN on THE LESSONS OF HABITAT ’76 and SHILOH SUKKAU on PUBLIC ART in NORTH EAST FALSE CREEK
December 6, 2016
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Join us for these brief presentations followed by discussion:
Taking Habitat Forum 1976 as a model for the confluence of design, politics, art and community, Lindsay Brown will look at the current situation in Vancouver regarding public space, land use policy and political maneuvering by our civic government and real estate developers. She will contrast approaches to land use and speculation in UN Habitat’s “New Urban Agenda” of 2016 and its more radical predecessor, the Vancouver Declaration of 1976, to provide context for Vancouver’s increasing abdication of meaningful, politically potent public spaces and public art practice.
Using the upcoming development of Northeast False Creek as a case study, Shiloh Sukkau will present her proposal to redirect private development public art allocations to support sites for the production of public culture. Recognizing that private development makes significant contributions to the urban environment and that these contributions often come at the expense of not-for-profit cultural production within Vancouver’s current environment of competition, Sukkau argues it is no longer suitable for private developers to commission works of art on behalf of the public. Alternatively, she proposes their required contributions be invested in building the capacity of publics and arts organizations to respond to the conditions of the city through changing programs of public art.
Lindsay Brown is a writer and activist living in Vancouver. Her book “Habitat ’76” is an illustrated history of the first UN Habitat conference in Vancouver due out in mid 2017. She is a writer of art and cultural criticism and an environmental and civic activist. She co-founded the fight against the casino expansion, Vancouver Not Vegas, which began as a protest against the BC government’s massive cuts to arts from a fund whose revenues derived from gambling. She was a child volunteer at Habitat ’76.
Shiloh Sukkau is currently enrolled in the Masters of Architecture Program at the University of British Columbia and received the Janet Fletcher award for female graduate student in Architecture in 2015. Prior to becoming a mother she completed her BFA from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 2007 and has participated in multiple exhibition and residency programs, most recently attending the Banff Summer Thematic Residency in 2015.
copyright photo credit: Erol Baykal, collection of Al Clapp, VPL
Jericho beach hangars, 1976, in the Moderne (late Deco) style
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- Field Trip
KHAN LEE in conversation with BARBARA COLE at the VANCOUVER ART GALLERY
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 22nd
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Gallery, Courtroom 302
3rd floor, Annex Building
Free for members or with Gallery Admission
from the Vancouver Art Gallery website:
In this talk, artist Khan Lee discusses making art for public spaces with curator and public art consultant Barbara Cole. Their conversation will consider Lee’s practice, looking at examples of his work with the artist collective Instant Coffee, his new installation Red, Green and Blue at Offsite, and a recent land art installation in Japan. Lee and Cole will also reflect on recent developments in public art in Vancouver and share their thoughts on the challenges and opportunities of exhibiting contemporary art in shared social spaces.
KHAN LEE produces sculpture, video, installation and performance works, which frequently draw on everyday objects and situations. In recent years, the artist has also created a number of public artworks. Red, Green and Blue is a site-specific installation at Vancouver Art Gallery’s Offsite space, which proposes a field of fabricated organic forms and filtered light.
BARBARA COLE is a member Other Sights for Artists Projects, a collective of Vancouver-based individuals with expertise in curating, project management, presentation, delivery and promotion of temporary art projects in public spaces.
Red, Green, Blue, 2016 (detail)
Maquette for site-specific installation at Vancouver Art Gallery Offsite
Photo: Rachel Topham, Vancouver Art Gallery