Carmen Papalia and Joulene Tse Parent will discuss issues of cultural accessibility and human rights in the city, including Tse’s ongoing research on the history of Indigenous workers on the waterfront, as well as Papalia’s projects leading up to and including his recent conceptual work Open Access, a new, relational model for accessibility that sets a precedent for considerations of agency and power in relation to the disabling social, cultural, and political conditions in a given context.
Presented as part of Flotilla: National Conference of Artist Run Centres, this last Session of The Foreshore Part I is co-presented by Marie Burge and Journée sans culture. Burge will review the history and concrete engagement work of the PEI Working Group for a Livable Income to establish Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) as a formal public program in PEI. Journée Sans Culture will discuss the methods, aspirations, and challenges that have shaped the group’s activities since 2015.
Presented as part of Flotilla: National Conference of Artist Run Centres, this second last Session of The Foreshore Part I is co-presented by Lindsay Dobbin and Harmony Wagner. Drawing upon a lifelong relationship with sound, landscape and water, artist and musician Dobbin will share stories about their creative practice of listening, and how it is a method to deeply communicate with, and be in relation to, the living land. Wagner will speak to how our bodies navigate this ever-changing, yet cyclical state, as seen through the lens of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Martial Arts.
Gelardin will present a selection of projects from StoreFrontLab’s (San Francisco) current season of installations, happenings, discussions and workshops that address America’s sociopolitical climate using the agency of art and public engagement. The series, entitled NOW!, invites an evaluation of progress and demands an end to regressive values through direct action and counteraction.
Prentice asks do therapeutic practices and theories help or hinder social change? Considering the longstanding frictional relationship between Marxism and Freudian theory to the endpoint of today’s tendency to look for an analysis of political events in psychological terms, it would seem that therapy and politics make uneasy bedfellows.
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.
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.
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.