A collaboration With Access Gallery and Other Sights
September 9, 2016 – November 30, 2017
222 East Georgia Street, Vancouver
The Foreshore is a year-long collaboration between Access Gallery and Other Sights’ for Artist Projects 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” describes the land along the edge of the water that is both submerged and revealed by the tide. Very simply, it is the wet part of the beach. The foreshore is a place of unclear jurisdiction, and thus of contestation, friction, and constant movement. Those who dwell in this zone must continually adapt to a changing environment. The foreshore also conjures histories specific to this region: narratives of trade and exchange, habitation and nourishment, resistance and violent erasure. It might similarly evoke our contemporary lived situation in this place. Considering the potential of this zone as both concept and site, The Foreshore initiative asks the following: how do we generate conditions of emergence? How can we take up space differently? How do we support unruly practices and futures?
- Session 1
Stephen Collis, Genevieve Robertson, and Jay White on immersive practices; Kimberly Phillips on 23 Days at Sea.
- Session 2
Justin Langlois and Holly Schmidt on their proposal for a floating school; Glenn Alteen, Barbara Cole, and Esther Rausenberg on the Blue Cabin Floating Artist Residency.
- Session 3
An evening of discussion: A radio lecture by Chris Williams originally recorded and aired on Alternative Radio on May 15, 2016; and a video about the Makoko Floating School on the lagoon of Lagos.
- Field Trip
Current VAG Offsite artist Khan Lee in conversation with Barbara Cole at the Vancouver Art Gallery.
- Session 4
Lindsay Brown on the lessons of Habitat ’76 and Shiloh Sukkau on rethinking how to use public art allocations.
- Session 5
Germaine Koh on working between disciplines and Carol Sawyer on counter-narratives.
- Session 6
Cecily Nicholson on poetics entrenched in movements and Bracken Hanuse Corlett on reconciliation.
- Field Trip
Buster Simpson lecture at Emily Carr University Visual Art Forums, co-presented with the City of Vancouver Public Art Program in partnerships with Access Gallery and Other Sights.
- Session 7
Buster Simpson on aesthetics and curiosity and Coll Thrush on cities, power and survivance.
- Session 8
Vanessa Richards on UnSilencing Ourselves – the quiet site of shame and Marcus Youssef on the theatre of activism.
- Session 9
Arianne Gelardin on addressing America’s sociopolitical climate through art and public engagement; and Lisa Prentice on politics, therapy and organizing.
- Session 10
Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn on expanding the archives and Dan Pon on the brackish ecology of grunt gallery’s archive and archival projects.
- Session 11
Zoe Kreye and Guadalupe Martinez host an afternoon of walking, collecting, and sharing in which participants explore movements stemming from sensation, desire and impulse. The workshop will be followed by an open studio with artist in residence Guadalupe Martinez.
- Session 12
Eric Fredericksen: Dedicated to you, but you weren’t listening and Dr Cissie Fu on the political and aesthetic potentials of bodies in public spaces.
- Session 13
Kara Uzelman on remote experiments in health care and art making and Holly Ward on her reflections on the peasant as a vital historical reference in the context of the neo-liberal city.
- Session 14
Justine Chambers on dance as a living archive for personal and cultural history, ritual and resistance and Denise Ferreira da Silva on Virtuality.
- 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.