Wednesday, November 7, 7 pm, Luxe Hall, Western Front
We live in flavourful times. Whether we’re noshing on hot-dog-flavoured potato chips or on purple-black heirloom tomatoes, craft beer, or seltzer water, szechuan peppercorns or unicorn frappuccinos, the gustatory trajectory of our era is the tireless pursuit of ever more flavour: fresher, intenser, hotter, weirder, more local, more authentic, more. This talk is about how we got here. Writer and historian of science, Nadia Berenstein offer a tour through the last century of flavour science and flavour creation, with a focus on the cultural dimensions and possibilities of added flavours.
Wednesday, October 31, 5 pm, Western Front
Artists Hannah Jickling & Helen Reed will launch a new public artwork commissioned by the City of Vancouver, QA CHEW’S BUBBLE TROUBLE, across top trick-or-treating neighbourhoods in time for Halloween! Named after Queen Alexandra Elementary School, the home of the artists’ ongoing residency, Big Rock Candy Mountain, the limited-run artist edition gum was developed over the 2017–2018 academic year in collaboration with the toughest taste-testers of all: grade 6/7 students. Join the artists October 31 to celebrate the launch and check out the exhibition which features several artworks that were shown to students during the gum’s research phase. The MOUTHFEEL exhibition runs from November 1-December 15.
Thanks to all those who joined Other Sights and Carmen Papalia for this panel event that featured a panel of community voices posing a vision for accessibility in the wake of a new federal accessibility plan that fails to address ableism and colonization. Also in partnership with Vancouver’s Creative City Strategy, the event served as an opportunity to discuss the potential impact of a wide-net approach to accessibility on the cultural and social service sectors.
Inspired by the mixed texture of self-published artist zines The Foreshore Listens responds to, expands on, and incorporates elements of The Foreshore sessions. The process of developing these audio works started with recordings commissioned from past Foreshore Session presenters. Invited to consider to a series of prompts from a foreshore in the distant future the responses range from ambient recordings to poetry to foley of a longed-for place. Session presenters were Bracken Hanuse Corlett, Lindsay Dobbin, Journée sans Culture, Laiwan, Justin Langlois, Cecily Nicholson, Kristina Lee Podesva, Carol Sawyer, and Jay White.
Audio zine editors, Vanessa Campbell, Stacey Ho, Sarah Moore, and Dan Pon draw out complex constellations of thought and insight otherwise latent in the series and crystalizes their depth and urgency. All four zines are now available for live-stream listening and download.
Thanks to all who attended the Blue Cabin speaker series featuring Jeremy Borsos, Daniel Francis, Carole Itter & Krista Lomax, The Foreshore, Glenn Alteen, Barbara Cole and Esther Rausenberg at grunt gallery. Sign up to the Other Sights mailing list for updates on the Blue Cabin and much more. Read more about all five sessions in the series here.