Mon­day, Decem­ber 7, 2015, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Bur­rard Arts Foun­da­tion @ 108 E Broad­way, Van­cou­ver

Other Sights and BAF invite you to cel­e­brate the hol­i­day sea­son and the launch of two new Other Sights publications.

The Games Are Open doc­u­ments the trans­for­ma­tion of Folke Köb­ber­ling and Mar­tin Kaltwasser’s bull­dozer sculp­ture that occu­pied interim lands on the edge of Vancouver’s Olympic Vil­lage, while Dead­head explores the process and ideas behind Cedric, Nathan and Jim Bomford’s ambi­tious float­ing artwork.

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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.