COASTAL CAMERA OBSCURA, Donald Lawrence
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.
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.
THE FORESHORE, SESSIONS
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.
THE FORESHORE ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM
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.
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.
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.
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.