A product of Big Rock Candy Mountain, QA CHEW’s BUBBLE TROUBLE was developed with the Grade 6/7 students in Karen Sandu’s class at Queen Alexandra Elementary School in East Vancouver on the unceded territories of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam nations. The students were: Aiden, Alex, Andrew, Angelo, Anna, Anthony, Celest, Edwin, Ellaine, Ellie, Farhin, Hannah Jacky, Jaden, Jaymes, Jaykwon, Kaleb, Levi, Lily, Saiyaka, Susan, Tatiana, Tessa and Yoni.
“We wanted our student co-creators to become sceptical consumers and also explore different flavour profiles,” – Hannah Jickling
“In developing these edible projects, the kids learn about processes of production and the materials that comprise goods. Big Rock Candy Mountain doesn’t promote gratuitous candy consumption, but complicates the relationship to sweets as culturally defined objects of desire. We chose gum because it’s a difficult material: it’s sticky, messy, and even banned from public schools.” – Helen Reed
Q.A. CHEW is a commission from the City of Vancouver Public Art Program as part of Big Rock Candy Mountain, a multi-phased project initiated by Hannah Jickling and Heln Reed. Big Rock Candy Mountain is a flavour incubator and taste-making think tank produced by Other Sights for Artists’ Projects through the support of the British Columbia Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. Big Rock Candy Mountain & Other Sights also gratefully acknowledge the support of the BC Arts Council Youth Engagement Program, The City of Vancouver, and the Vancouver School Board.
QA CHEW’s BUBBLE TROUBLE has received invaluable support from Queen Alexandra Elementary School staff including; Jamine Hickman, Megan Davies, Jon McCormick, Justin Reist, Joe Mergens and Carole Gomez.
Reed and Jickling are indebted to independent food consultant and flavour scientist Kathrin Wallace and to Chip Budde and Tom Hinkemeyer of Organic Gum LLC. Students from Helen Reed and Hannah Jickling’s Community Projects course at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design supported this project in the Fall of 2017: Heena Chung, Martina Eckert, Ashley Gendron, Klara Kirsch, Esther Lovell, Yan Wan, Kerem Dogura, Maya Gauvin, Taja Jinnah, Marija Kanavin, Michelle Ma, Ning Niu, Michael Peter and Yang Yu.
Terry-Dayne Beasley, Kylie Joe, Cole Pauls, Holly Schmidt and Cease Wyss and brought their expertise to workshops, research and documentation while Chris Lee has continued to support Big Rock Candy Mountain with design. Vanessa Kwan and Sunshine Frère have contributed their curatorial and managerial expertise via Other Sights for Artists’ Projects while Eric Fredericksen, Karen Henry, Tatiana Mellema and Tamara Tosoff have overseen this work, as representatives of the City of Vancouver’s Public Art Program. Additional thanks to Gloria Bejar, Nadia Berenstein, Diane Borsato, Melissa Cartwright, Dina Danish, Margaret Daskis, Pablo de Ocampo, Whit Deschner, Jeff Kulak and Ines Min.
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Photo Credit: Big Rock Candy Mountain (Hannah Jickling & Helen Reed)
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