- Invasion Day – Foreshore Session 2020Other Sights in collaboration with the Blue Cabin present Invasion Day, a Foreshore Session. Featuring performances by Christie Lee Charles, ...
- DISRUPTING BARRIERS IN THE AREA OF ACCESSIBILITY29 of September, 7-9pm, Lost & Found Cafe, 33 W Hastings Street This event is free and open to the public. Please contact ...
- PHASE III: THE FORESHORE LISTENS – SEA LEGS WALK AND LISTENING PARTY WITH SARAH MOORETHE FORESHORE LISTENS: SEA LEGS WITH SARA MOORE Saturday, September 29, 4:30-6:30 pm Meet at the bike racks in front of Science World, ...
- PHASE III : THE FORESHORE LISTENS, PODCAST LAUNCH AND LISTENING PARTYPHASE III : THE FORESHORE LISTENS, PODCAST LAUNCH AND LISTENING PARTY This event is free and open to the public September 26, ...
- Blue Cabin Speaker Series: The ForeshoreThursday July 12, 7pm – grunt gallery, 350 E 2nd Ave, Vancouver, BC V5T 4R8 As part of the Blue Cabin Speaker ...
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- PHASE II : Session 2LAND LANGUAGE: LAND RESPONSIBILITIES Coll Thrush and Kamala Todd in conversation Tuesday March 6, 2018, 7 – 8.30pm Mount Pleasant Community Centre 1 ...
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- PERFORMANCEJOHN 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 17CARMEN PAPLIA ON ACCESSIBILITY AS SOCIAL PRACTICE & MICHELLE TUNG ON ACCESS, CONNECTION AND TRANSLATION IN ADVANCING THE INTERESTS OF ABORGINAL COMMUNITIES Tuesday ...
- SESSION 16CYNTHIA BROOKE ON LONGSHORE WORK AND UNION HISTORY & KRISTINA LEE PODESVA ON EBBING: TOWARDS AN ALTERNATIVE VOCABULARY OF VALUE Tuesday May 30, ...
- SESSION 15LAIWAN 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 14JUSTINE A CHAMBERS on DANCE AS A LIVING ARCHIVE FOR PERSONAL AND CULTURAL HISTORY, RITUAL AND RESISTANCE & DENISE FERREIRA DA SILVA ...
- SESSION 13KARA UZELMAN on REMOTE EXPERIMENTS IN HEALTH CARE AND ART MAKING & HOLLY WARD on HER RECENT REFLECTIONS ON THE PEASANT AS ...
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- SESSION 12ERIC FREDERICKSEN: DEDICATED TO YOU, BUT YOU WEREN’T LISTENING & DR. CISSIE FU on THE POLITICAL & AESTHETIC POTENTIALS OF BODIES IN ...
- WORKSHOPELISA 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 STUDIOGUADALUPE 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 11A WORKSHOP WITH GUADALUPE MARTINEZ AND ZOE KREYE INVESTIGATING GESTURES THAT CONNECT MATERIALITY TO NECESSITY Saturday March 25 1:30 – 3:30 pm The ...
- SESSION 10JACQUELINE HOÀNG NGUYỄN on EXPANDING THE ARCHIVES and DAN PON on THE BRACKISH ECOLOGY OF GRUNT GALLERY’S ARCHIVE AND ARCHIVAL ...
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- SESSION 9ARIANNE GELARDIN on ADDRESSING AMERICA’S SOCIOPOLITCAL CLIMATE THROUGH ART AND PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT and LISA PRENTICE on POLITICS, THERAPY AND ORGANIZING Tuesday March 7, ...
- SESSION 8VANESSA RICHARDS on UNSILENCING OURSELVES – THE QUIET SITE OF SHAME and MARCUS YOUSSEF on the THE THEATRE OF ACTIVISM Tuesday ...
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- SESSION 2TUESDAY 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 1TUESDAY OCTOBER 4 2016 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. 222 E Georgia Street, Vancouver The first of many informal sessions of research and knowledge ...
- FORESHORE INVASION DAY SESSION
Listen here for an excerpt of the Invasion Day Performances that occurred at the Blue Cabin on the Foreshore of False Creek on January 25th. The performers in order of appearance on the recording are: Claire G. Coleman (taken from a recording from Coleman’s performance in Sydney on the Mari Nawi boat on January 22), Jeneen Frei Njootli, Senaqwila Wyss and Miss Christie Lee Charles. This event took place in solidarity with the Invasion Day March in Australia on January 26th, in Sydney, Australia. Other Sights’ was based in Australia working on an artist exchange project there entitled The Future is Floating. In addition to January 26th being Invasion Day, it was also the last day of the artist exchange for The Future is Floating. Artists in Australia Marched in the Invasion Day march, whilst artists in Canada sang and spoke in solidarity with the Indigenous peoples of Australia. This event was also a fundraiser to support wildfire relief efforts in Australia.
Thanks to all performers and supporters.
- Invasion Day – Foreshore Session 2020
Other Sights in collaboration with the Blue Cabin present Invasion Day, a Foreshore Session.
Featuring performances by Christie Lee Charles, Senaqwila Wyss, and Jeneen Frei Njootli.
January 25th, 4pm-5:30pm at the Blue Cabin (Aquabus Ferry Dock at Plaza of Nations, 750 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver) Accessibility: Info can be found at: https://thebluecabin.ca/faq/ or email email@example.com
Invasion Day: Foreshore Session is the first of a multi-part 2020 Foreshore Series in which Other Sights will extend the conversation of The Future is Floating: an on the water artist exchange happening in Sydney Australia from January 13th – January 26th.
In an act of solidarity with Indigenous people and artists in Australia, the artists performing on January 25th (January 26th in Australia) will present songs and poems of our two continents for the land and water of False Creek. All will be performed outside on the lower deck of the floating residency platform at the Blue Cabin. The sound will project out over the water and across the creek. The sounds and songs recorded from these performances will be rebroadcast at sunrise for a period of seven days in honour of seven future generations. (Jan 25, 28 & 30, Feb 1, 4, 7, 10 & 13)
January 26th is Australia Day, meant to celebrate both Australia and the landing of Captain Cook, however many Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people know it as Invasion Day, the beginning of colonialism in Australia. Bringing together two harbours across the Pacific – False Creek in Vancouver and Sydney Harbour – this project is rooted in a desire to explore and confront the complex legacies of colonial presence through the lens of artistic practice.
Special thanks to Kamala Todd for working with Other Sights on the planning of this Foreshore Session with Jen Weih.
The artists and Other Sights would like to extend an invitation for donations to wildfire relief in Australia. The ongoing tragedies across the country prompt reflection on the relationship between colonialism, capitalism, environmental degradation, and global warming.
Other Sights and several participating Foreshore artists have been working with many peers, collaborators and relations in Australia. Our organization’s relationship with Australia has been ongoing over the past four years as we developed The Future is Floating, a project which is currently underway in Sydney. The Invasion Foreshore Session is an opportunity to not only stand in solidarity with Indigenous people but to also support wildfire relief for local Indigenous communities in need. Special merchandise will be available for purchase and refreshments will be served in the Blue Cabin where visitors can warm up between sets. All proceeds from sales will go to the following organisations:
Fire Relief Fund for First Nations Communities https://www.gofundme.com/f/fire-relief-fund-for-first-nations-communities
First Nations Fire Knowledge Land Lore https://ca.gofundme.com/f/first-nations-fire-knowledge-land-lore
ABOUT THE PERFORMERS
Senaqwila Wyss is Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation), Tsimshian, Sto:lo, Hawaiian and Swiss. She holds a Bachelors of the Arts Degree in the faculty of Communications, Arts and Technology, minor in First Nations Studies. She also holds a First Nations Languages Proficiency Certificate in the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Sníchim. She is raising her 3 year old daughter to be a first language speaker, which has not been done in her family four generations after colonial impacts. She practices ethnobotany with traditionally trained mom Cease Wyss with indigenous plant medicines. She was raised learning these ancestral teachings and uses plants as teas, medicines, tinctures and ceremony.
Jeneen Frei Njootli is a 2SQ Vuntut Gwitchin artist who was raised by her lesbian moms outside of the Yukon. In her award-winning interdisciplinary practice, she uses media such as performance, sound, textiles, collaboration, workshops and feral scholarship. Frei Njootli holds an MFA from the University of British Columbia, a BFA from Emily Carr University and has been living and working as an uninvited guest on unceded Musqueam, Squamish, Sto:lo and Tsleil-Waututh territories for 14 years.
Christie lee Charles is a singer from Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh nations who raps in her Indigenous Musqueam dialect.
- DISRUPTING BARRIERS IN THE AREA OF ACCESSIBILITY
29 of September, 7-9pm, Lost & Found Cafe, 33 W Hastings Street
This event is free and open to the public.
Please contact the organizers to let them know if you require assistance to attend and how your needs can be supported.
On September 29, 2018, artist and organizer Carmen Papalia will present a panel of community voices that will pose a vision for accessibility in the wake of a new federal accessibility plan that fails to address ableism and colonization; legislation that could limit grassroots support options and institutionalize support services at a local and federal level. In partnership with Other Sights and the City of Vancouver’s Creative City Strategy, the event will serve as an opportunity to discuss the potential impact of a wide-net approach to accessibility on the cultural and social service sectors.
A panel of speakers will introduce the topic and a series of short presentations by community members will offer perspectives that are underrepresented in the wider conversation about accessibility; outlining the barriers that currently keep those with complex needs from finding support and contributing to the cultural ecology.
Help set a new precedent for criticality in the area of accessibility and join the movement!
This project is supported by the City of Vancouver and Other Sights for Artists’ Projects. For more information on cultural plans and accessibility: http://othersights.ca/
- PHASE III: THE FORESHORE LISTENS – SEA LEGS WALK AND LISTENING PARTY WITH SARAH MOORE
THE FORESHORE LISTENS: SEA LEGS WITH SARA MOORE
Saturday, September 29, 4:30-6:30 pm
Meet at the bike racks in front of Science World, False Creek.
Join urbanist Sarah Moore on an hour-long walk and mobile listening party that considers the stories and spaces of False Creek, from fertile tidal flats to its current state. Sea Legs is one of a series of podcasts based on and informed by The Foreshore Sessions.
The Foreshore initiative asks; how do we generate conditions of emergence? How do we take up space differently? How do we support unruly practices and futures?
About the Sea Legs audio download: Sea Legs wants to hold you in the spaciousness of multiple past, present and possible future shorelines, and to give you the footing to see from there. This a compilation of what I heard in the Foreshore Sessions and audio works about space, story and tide in the city. I’ve pulled out threads of buried stories and cramped spaces, and tried to bring forward the many ways contributors are working to push aside heavy layers of institutionalized impatience and erasure to let in the more open physical, temporal, emotional and psychological space we need.
Bring headphones and a device that plays MP3 tracks. Sea Legs can be downloaded in advance or streamed at www.theforeshore.org. Event takes place rain or shine. Mobility accommodations available; please contact organizer: firstname.lastname@example.org
This event is part of BC Culture Days.
- PHASE III : THE FORESHORE LISTENS, PODCAST LAUNCH AND LISTENING PARTY
PHASE III : THE FORESHORE LISTENS, PODCAST LAUNCH AND LISTENING PARTY
This event is free and open to the public
September 26, 7-9 pm, Western Front, 303 8 Ave E, Vancouver
Please join us for the launch of four experimental audio zines edited by Vanessa Campbell, Stacey Ho, Sarah Moore and Dan Pon that respond, expand-on and incorporate elements of past Foreshore events. These works include sound pieces commissioned for The Foreshore by Bracken Hanuse Corlett, Lindsay Dobbin, Journée sans Culture, Laiwan, Justin Langlois, Cecily Nicholson, Kristina Lee Podesva, Carol Sawyer, and Jay White.
To celebrate and introduce these new works, Other Sights has partnered with Western Front, together we will host a captivating evening of discovery which includes:
Dedicated listening stations for each of the four audio zines
Archival images of False Creek and contemporary ephemera from the False Creek Flats
A traditional welcome and territorial acknowledgment by Musqueam elder Larry Grant. Grant will also share a Musqueam story chosen for its teachings to all peoples living in these territories and will discuss the philosophies embedded in hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓, the original language of the story.
Playful, mindful and ever-changing experiences and activities exploring the collective body will be facilitated by Luciana F. D’Anunciação
A book trade – event participants are encouraged to bring a book to trade, allowing them to share something wonderful and to refresh their own personal bookshelves as well.Zine Creators: Vanessa Campbell, Stacey Ho, Sarah Moore, Dan Pon
Mixing and Sound Design: Pietro Sammarco
Additional Event Contributors: Larry Grant and Luciana F. D’Anunciação
Other Sights, Western Front, as well as all participating artists, storytellers and zinesters welcome you to be a part of The Foreshore Listens.
We look forward to seeing you on the 26th!
The Foreshore Listens is produced by Other Sights for Artists’ Projects and coordinated by Other Sights Producer Jen Weih and co-presented by the Western Front. This project is supported by the British Columbia Arts Council, The City of Vancouver Public Art Program and the Canada Council for the Arts. Thanks also to Massy Books who is generously supporting the book exchange.
The Foreshore is produced by Other Sights, Contemporary Art Gallery and Access Gallery. The program was curated by Other Sights and Kimberly Phillips and coordinated by Jen Weih.
image credit: An unregulated public makes inconvenient demands (GIF) Justin Langlois for The Foreshore, Other Sights @ Access Gallery, 2017
- Blue Cabin Speaker Series: The Foreshore
Thursday July 12, 7pm – grunt gallery, 350 E 2nd Ave, Vancouver, BC V5T 4R8
As part of the Blue Cabin Speaker Series, artist Jen Weih and artist and curator Vanessa Kwan will speak about The Foreshore’s past and current projects. Sharing insight and intersections between ideas found in the Foreshore and themes and ideas within the Blue Cabin Project, which is a collaborative project between Other Sights, grunt gallery and C3.
Jen Weih is an artist and educator based in Vancouver, BC. Her projects range from printmaking to video to participatory movement events to projects in public programming and community engagement. She is currently a sessional instructor at Emily Carr University and has been actively involved with Other Sights for Artists’ Projects since 2011. From 2000 to 2003, Jen was programmer at VIVO, where she initiated public and community engaged projects and founded Signal and Noise Media Art Festival. She recently completed an artist residency at the City of Vancouver with City Studio and Living Labs.
Vanessa Kwan is an artist and curator with a focus on collaborative, site-specific and community-engaged practices. At grunt gallery she manages residencies, exhibitions and special projects and is also curator / producer at Other Sights for Artists’ Projects, an artist-run organization that curates and produces artworks for the public realm. She is a founding member of the arts collective Norma who were honoured with a Mayor’s Arts Award for public art in 2012. She regularly writes and publishes on art and culture, and is currently at work on curated projects at venues across the Pacific Rim (Vancouver, Seoul and Sydney) exploring artist-led creative exchange.
ABOUT THE BLUE CABIN PROJECT
The Blue Cabin Floating Artist Residency brings forward a desire and need for alternate modes of living and working and expands our understanding of what constitutes public space.
Representing the last vestiges of a cultural tradition of artists and others living in squatters’ shacks along the foreshores of this region’s waterways, Al Neil and Carole Itter’s Blue Cabin was one of many structures that dotted the shores of the Burrard Inlet. When the adjacent land occupied by MacKenzie Barge and Shipbuilding for 100 years was sold to Polygon Homes for redevelopment, the cabin’s demolition seemed imminent. Working collaboratively and with the support of many, Other Sights, grunt gallery and C3 moved the cabin to a nearby storage site and then on to Maplewood Farms where, in the sheep pasture, it underwent extensive repair by artist team Sus and Jeremy Borsos.
The organizations’ vision for the cabin is to outfit it as an artist studio and to mount it to a floating platform alongside a tiny house, to serve as a vital, off the grid, multi-disciplinary floating artist residency. The idea to set the cabin adrift from ownership or permanent location speaks to its history and occupation of the foreshore as a generative space. The Blue Cabin Floating Artist Residency is unique to this region while global in its reach.
- PHASE II: Session 3
Subterranean Weaving: On the Entwinement of Indigeneity and Hidden Labour in the Making of Contemporary Vancouver
Dana Claxton and Jaleh Manoor in conversation
Tuesday, June 5, 2018, 7 – 8.30pm
nə́c̓aʔmat ct Strathcona Branch, Vancouver Public Library
Wo Soon (Mary) Lee Chan Room, 730 East Hastings Street
Attendance is Free
Join celebrated local artist Dana Claxton and art historian Jaleh Mansoor as they debate the following questions, prompted by Claxton’s new series of photographic works: do unresolved aboriginal sovereignty and economics, a housing crisis precipitated by tectonic shifts in global wealth distribution and finally culture, a genre nested within lens-based practices responsive to the collapse of medium specificity, have anything to do with one another? Does the international dispersal of swelling wealth, of surplus value generated elsewhere, have anything to do with the decomposition and re-composition of a local aesthetic? Who or what stands at the vanishing point of two seemingly unrelated phenomenon that locate Vancouver on the GPS of global culture?
This event is part of The Foreshore, presented in partnership with the multi-disciplinary artist collective Other Sights for Artists’ Projects. The Foreshore hosts a series of roving discursive events held at community centres throughout the city of Vancouver, aiming to generate questions and confluence inspired by the conditions of the foreshore, the land along the edge of a body of water that is repeatedly submerged and revealed by the tide. In Vancouver, the term conjures specific histories of trade and exchange, habitation and nourishment, resistance and violent erasure. It might similarly evoke our contemporary lived situation in this city. Considering the potential of this zone as both a metaphor and physical site, year two of The Foreshore initiative pairs together returning speakers and guests of their choosing to deepen a generative and cross-disciplinary conversation around the following questions: Can there be land that is not property? How do we bring the centre to the edge? What is, as yet, unseen?
Image: Dana Claxton, ‘Subterranean Weaving: On the Entwinement of Indigeneity and Hidden Labour in the Making of Contemporary Vancouver’, 2018, (Work in progress). Courtesy the artist
- 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