The Lar­will Park Site Inau­gural Project

Begin­ning Sep­tem­ber 29, 2015

688 Cam­bie Street, Vancouver

The Lar­will Park site holds a unique place in the his­tory of Van­cou­ver. Dis­tin­guished first as a cricket and lacrosse pitch by early sports­men, the lot hosted count­less demon­stra­tions, jubilees and cel­e­bra­tions, vis­its from colo­nial roy­alty, mil­i­tary exer­cises, goats, a chain gang, riots and fairs. This plat­form for cel­e­bra­tion and for protest is now the pro­posed site of the new Van­cou­ver Art Gallery.

To sig­nal this impor­tant tran­si­tion, the Van­cou­ver Art Gallery has com­mis­sioned Other Sights to acti­vate a series of pub­lic art activ­i­ties at the Lar­will Park site over the next three years. Directly acknowl­edg­ing the his­tory of the site, the inau­gural project mounts a series of large “cutout” images taken from doc­u­men­tary pho­tographs that ref­er­ence its his­tory as a space for pub­lic gath­er­ings and expres­sions of pub­lic emo­tion, while plac­ing a spec­tac­u­lar empha­sis on the site’s poten­tial for the con­tem­po­rary imagination.

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Slow Dirt

Sep­tem­ber 23 — Octo­ber 31, 2015

Al McWilliams, Mered­ith Quater­main, Other Sights collective

At the invi­ta­tion of The West­ern Front, Van­cou­ver, Other Sights presents a three-part art­work cre­ated for Urgent Imag­i­na­tion: Art and Urban Devel­op­ment, a multi-site pub­lic art exhi­bi­tion and 2-day con­fer­ence that focuses on devel­op­ment in the Mount Pleas­ant neighbourhood.

Slow Dirt responds to the accel­er­ated, often manic, con­di­tions of real estate devel­op­ment in east Van­cou­ver by focus­ing on the slow, deep and gen­er­a­tive pro­duc­tion of the hum­ble earth­worm. Bear­ing char­ac­ter­is­tics and employ­ing method­olo­gies that are wor­thy of emu­la­tion, the earth­worm cre­ates ’sur­plus value’ on a sus­tain­able timetable. It is sen­si­tive to the local, immers­ing itself in the under­life and lifes­pans of the city and all that grows here.

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Mon­u­ment to Mys­te­ri­ous Fires

Cap­ture Pho­tog­ra­phy Fes­ti­val
April 6 – May 3, 2015
Que­bec Street at East 5th Avenue, Van­cou­ver BC

On the occa­sion of the Cap­ture Pho­tog­ra­phy Fes­ti­val, Other Sights has trans­formed 4 bill­boards at Que­bec Street and East 5th Avenue into a tem­po­rary mon­u­ment, com­mem­o­rat­ing the mys­te­ri­ous fires that have taken place in the Main Street vicin­ity of Mount Pleas­ant. Address­ing the east/west and the north/south axes of the city and how they fac­tor in the cur­ren­cies of ‘views’ as well as the esca­la­tion of prop­erty val­ues creep­ing east­ward, Mon­u­ment to Mys­te­ri­ous Fires trig­gers his­tor­i­cal and recent mem­o­ries of the neigh­bour­hood. The bill­boards, set per­pen­dic­u­lar to one another, carve out a sculp­tural space within a park­ing lot, in which to gather and reflect on the trans­for­ma­tion of the city.

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Cedric, Nathan and Jim Bomford


Through­out the sum­mer of 2014, Dead­head, a large-scale sculp­tural instal­la­tion by Cedric, Nathan and Jim Bom­ford, trav­eled by barge and tug to moor in two dif­fer­ent Van­cou­ver water­ways. Con­structed pri­mar­ily from sal­vaged mate­ri­als with some areas wrapped in pho­to­graphic murals, this curi­ous marine out­post asserted a pres­ence that both trou­bled and delighted.

This large scale, 160-page, full colour book traces the three year nar­ra­tive of Deadhead’s pro­duc­tion, includ­ing texts by Kim­berly Phillips, cura­tor Bar­bara Cole and event pro­gram­mer Jen Weih to explore impro­vi­sa­tion, adapt­abil­ity, uncom­fort­able his­to­ries, and the juris­dic­tional issues that con­tributed to the project’s rich legacy.

Con­trib­u­tors include: Bar­bara Cole, Kim­berly Phillips, Jen Weih and Mark Tim­mings, with pho­tographs by Cedric Bom­ford, Nathan Bom­ford, Mea­gan Hill-Carroll, Michael Love, Philip Nee Nee, David Peters, Bob Ross, Rachel Topham, Karen Zalema. Edited by Lorna Brown.

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The Games Are Open

Folke Köb­ber­ling and Mar­tin Kaltwasser


In 2010, as Vancouver’s South East False Creek began its new life as Canada’s largest ‘green’ hous­ing devel­op­ment, the Berlin-based artist team of Folke Köb­ber­ling and Mar­tin Kalt­wasser used mate­ri­als recy­cled from the Olympic and Par­a­lympic Win­ter Games Ath­letes’ Vil­lage to cre­ate a sit­u­a­tion of exchange and coop­er­a­tion. Over a nine-week period, the artists and cura­tor led a team of 36 vol­un­teers and stu­dents in the con­struc­tion of a hol­low, larger-than-life bull­dozer whose empty cav­i­ties were filled with soil and com­post to has­ten the artists’ intent for the art­work to decom­pose and pro­vide fod­der for new growth.

This richly illus­trated, 320-page pub­li­ca­tion doc­u­ments the fas­ci­nat­ing his­tory of the bulldozer’s stub­born and unruly pres­ence in the tightly reg­u­lated planned com­mu­nity with texts by cura­tor Bar­bara Cole and Bar­bara Holub. Holub, co-founder of transpar­adiso, an exper­i­men­tal prac­tice in archi­tec­ture, art and urban­ism, will bring insights into dura­tional processes and the sub­se­quent claim­ing ges­tures of the pub­lic, plac­ing them in the con­text of the evo­lu­tion of the neighbourhood.

Con­trib­u­tors include: Bar­bara Cole, Bar­bara Holub, Mark Tim­mings and Hans Sipma.

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A float­ing sculp­ture by Cedric, Nathan and Jim Bomford


For addi­tional infor­ma­tion, visit Deadhead’s ded­i­cated web­site HERE
Media cov­er­age can be found HERE

Dead­head Project Part­ners: Van­cou­ver Mar­itime Museum and the Van­cou­ver Cham­ber Choir.
Pre­sen­ta­tion House Gallery pro­vided valu­able sup­port for the com­mis­sion­ing and stu­dio pro­duc­tion phases.
Spe­cial thanks to Blue Water Sys­tems located in Delta BC.

We grate­fully acknowl­edge the sup­port of Arts Part­ners in Cre­ative Devel­op­ment, British Colum­bia Arts Coun­cil, The City of Van­cou­ver, The Canada Coun­cil for the Arts, Bur­rard Arts Foun­da­tion, The Leon and Thea Koerner Foun­da­tion, Van­cou­ver Foun­da­tion, and Ham­ber Foundation.


Grow diy Manual

Holly Schmidt

Book Launched in 2014

From May 1st to Novem­ber 30th, 2011 Other Sights for Artists’ Projects pre­sented Grow, a project by Van­cou­ver artist Holly Schmidt. The Grow DIY Man­ual draws from the writ­ing and cre­ative projects gen­er­ated dur­ing the project.

Inspired by the Farm­ers’ Almanac which is a repos­i­tory for sage advice about gar­den­ing, weather pre­dic­tions and can­ning recipes, the Grow DIY Man­ual brings together crit­i­cal writ­ing, illus­trated DIY projects, weather reports and local sea­sonal recipes. The man­ual acts as both a reflec­tion on the Grow project and a look for­ward to future possibilities.

Con­trib­u­tors include: Bar­bara Cole, Randy Lee Cut­ler, Mag­no­lia Pauker, Alexan­der McNaughton, and Holly Schmidt.

We grate­fully acknowl­edge the sup­port of the Canada Coun­cil for the Arts. Learn more about the project.

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I Know What I Want: Open Studio

An Other Sights col­lab­o­ra­tion with The West­ern Front and 221A

Other Sights is col­lab­o­rat­ing with The West­ern Front and 221A on a publicly-sited research inten­sive about the pos­si­ble futures of the Kingsway, Broad­way and Main Street neigh­bour­hood in Van­cou­ver. In addi­tion to con­duct­ing inter­views with local inde­pen­dent busi­ness peo­ple, cul­tural lead­ers and mem­bers of the design and plan­ning com­mu­nity, we gath­ered and cir­cu­lated ideas from neigh­bours at the West­ern Front 40th Anniver­sary party.

Between July 22 and 28, 2013, mem­bers of the Other Sights col­lec­tive cre­ated an Open Stu­dio at the Kings­gate Mall. Using an aer­ial view of the inter­sec­tion, we mod­eled the desires that were offered on site and through othersights.ca. The model adapted, com­bined and recom­bined these ideas through­out the week.

We grate­fully acknowl­edge the finan­cial sup­port of the Province of British Colum­bia. Learn more about the project.

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