Updates

 

THE FORESHORE, PART 2

The Foreshore continues! The CAG joins us for year two of The Foreshore, 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.

Session 3: Subterranean Weaving: On the Entwinement of Indigeneity and Hidden Labour in the Making of Contemporary Vancouver
Dana Claxton with Jaleh Mansoor
Tuesday, June 5, 7:00-8.30pm
nə́c̓aʔmat ct Strathcona Branch, Vancouver Public Library
Wo Soon (Mary) Lee Chan Room
730 East Hastings Street

Prompted by celebrated local artist Dana Claxton’s new series of photographic works, Claxton and UBC art historian Jaleh Mansoor will discuss and debate a number of inter-related questions relating to Aboriginal sovereignty and economics, global wealth distribution, and local and global culture.

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Session 2: Land Language: Land Responsibilities
Coll Thrush with Kamala Todd
Tuesday March 6, 2018, 7:00-8.30pm
Mount Pleasant Community Centre
1 Kingsway

Coll Thrush and Kamala Todd will engage in a conversation about decolonizing the city. How well do we relate/give back/listen to the land and waters that are our home? How are newcomers/settlers/guests/visitors complicit in the 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?

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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.

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BIG ROCK CANDY MOUNTAIN, HANNAH JICKLING AND HELEN REED

Begun in 2015, Big Rock Candy Mountain (BRCM) is a flavor incubator and taste-making think-tank between artists Hannah Jickling and Helen Reed and students, teachers and support staff at Queen Alexandra Elementary School in East Vancouver. The project takes its name from a folk song that has been revised and rewritten countless times to reflect a comic utopia, where we hear a “…buzzin’ of the bees in the peppermint trees, ’round the soda water fountains.” BRCM is a post-proportionate world where adults and rationality no longer define the rules and limits of what is possible.

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THE FUTURE BLUE CABIN FLOATING ARTIST RESIDENCY

Other Sights is one of three arts organizations that helped save Al Neil and Carole Itter’s Blue Cabin, the last squatters’ cabin on the Burrard Inlet. This tiny gem represents the last vestiges of a cultural tradition of people living in alternative housing along the foreshores of this region’s waterways. Facing demolition, the cabin was moved from its original site on the western edge of Cates Park in North Vancouver 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 is to repurpose the cabin 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, took shape and gained traction through the collaboration of grunt gallery, Creative Cultural Collaborations (C3) and Other Sights, all of whom remain committed to stewarding the residency into the future.

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