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 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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Following the same format as The Foreshore conversations that took place over Fall ’16 and Spring ’17, Other Sights’ producer Jen Weih, will be facilitating two events at Flotilla/Flottille, a gathering of artist-run centre practioners from around the world in Charlottetown PEI, September 21 through 24, 2017. Taking inspiration from a nautical metaphor of boats banded together in open water, Flotilla speaks to the shifting tides within cultural practice: ideas of nomadism, isolation, transition, exchange, and innovation. Flotilla is supported by the Association of Artist-Run Centres (ARCA) and the Association of Artist Run Centres from the Atlantic (AARCA).

Session 18: September 22, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Lindsay Dobbin on listening as a creative act, and Harmony Wagner on listening to the energy of the body
Session 19:  September 23, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Marie Burge on strategies for engagement: basic income guarantee (big) promotion on Prince Edward Island, and Journée sans culture on considering sustainable artists’ work

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Moored in Northeast False Creek
August 8 – 13, 2017

Open for public viewing 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. daily
Guided tours leaving from Habitat Island, Olympic Village

Closing Reception, Sunday, August 13
Tap and Barrel Restaurant, Olympic Village (second floor). 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

For one week at the height of the summer, Other Sights welcomes kayakers, canoeists and paddleboaters to paddle into the Coastal Camera Obscura, a floating artwork that is both sculpture and optical device. Overseers will assist with entering and exiting the structure, while on shore, guides will assist those without access to boats to climb into 1 and 2-person kayaks and accompany them to the artwork.

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The Foreshore is a year-long collaboration between Access Gallery and Other Sights that is inspired by the deep influence of the waterways on our cities and societies on the West Coast. The storefront next to Access’ gallery space at 222 East Georgia will be activated by a series of open sessions, screenings, work-ins, mini-artist residencies, and open studios. We are motivated by our organizations’ intersecting concerns, and by the increased potential for artists and audiences in joining forces.


Session 15: Laiwan with seagrass jellyfish and dying stars and Will Plowright on understanding insurgents.
Session 16: Cynthia Brooke on Longshore work and union history and Kristina Lee Podesva on Ebbing: towards an alternative vocabulary of value.
Session 17: Carmen Papalia on accessibility as social practice and Michelle Tung on access, connection and translation in advancing the interests of Aboriginal communities.

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May – June: Carol Sawyer
Special Sessions: Justin Langlois

THE FORESHORE: MELT | John Oliver and Carol Sawyer

Musical investigations into water-related themes, a work in progress

Since the summer of 2016 John and Carol have been working on a series of musical investigations into water-related themes, including polar ice melt, acid rain, and most recently, the foreshore of False Creek. Sawyer draws on a wide range of text sources, including wikipedia entries, interviews, and romantic verse to create improvised melodies interspersed with quotes from art songs and popular music, in conjunction with Oliver’s real-time improvised soundscapes and electric guitar. Melt is an informal presentation of their work-in-progress.

Attendance is free.

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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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Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and produced by Other Sights

Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun has produced a public art installation for the future site of the new Vancouver Art Gallery on the Larwill Park site that situates brilliantly coloured ovoid forms across the present-day-parking-lot. Yuxweluptun’s ovoids speak to the past and the present uses of Larwill Park, marking it with a watchful eye, and reminding us as we pass by and through the site that we live, work and interact on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish people.

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Other Sights has been part of the volunteer team that helped save Al Neil and Carole Itter’s Blue Cabin, the last squatters’ cabin on the Burrard Inlet. Now in storage awaiting repairs, 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. Our vision is to remediate and repurpose the historic cabin as an artist studio and mount it to a barge or 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 cabin into the future.

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