Two urban agriculture projects

Posted by on Mar 12, 2012 in Grow, Press, Projects | No Comments

It may not have been the nadir of my dimness, but it was certainly the most twitlike thing I did last weekend. Believing the end time was the start time, I arrived at the Grow project’s mason-bee workshop three hours late, just after the participants had left. Still, the enthusiasm of artist Holly Schmidt and landscape architecture student Chloe Bennett shone on undiminished. Standing in the middle of what’s been dubbed the “Bulkhead Urban Agriculture Lab”, a public-art project on the south shore of False Creek, just west of the Olympic Village, they generously shared their knowledge and insights.

Artists and Gardens: A Growing Concern

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A cold wind blows off the grey waters of Vancouver’s False Creek. On a grassy promontory, just west of the Olympic Village and north of the former city works yard, a garden is being dismantled. Large planters, fashioned out of repurposed shipping bags and perched on second-hand wooden pallets, have yielded up their summer bounty of herbs, berries, grains, vegetables and edible flowers. Workshops have been given, walks have been conducted and seeds have been exchanged. More importantly, the garden has sown a large crop of community interest and environmental involvement.

The Situation Is This: Speaker Series Fall 2011

Posted by on Mar 11, 2012 in Projects, The Situation Is This | No Comments

Kathleen Ritter, October 5, 2011 Francisco Camacho, October 11, 2011 Samuel Roy-Bois: Interlocutor, November 8, 2011 Claire Doherty in conversation with Lorna Brown (coming soon as a Podcast) Over the last four decades, artists have re-imagined their relationship to public space. Moving from civic squares and lofty edifices, public art has expanded beyond a relationship […]

Looking Up

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Looking Up

Looking Up was a curated program of one-minute artists’ projects inserted between advertisements on the Bonnis Media CoreVision dual outdoor screens at Granville and Robson Streets in downtown Vancouver.

Group Search: Art in the Library

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Group Search considers our use of the library in many ways. Library visitors are looking for something; we enter a system in order to find it, and welcome surprising discoveries within our often-solitary search. We are active, inquisitive viewers in a visually complex environment that includes the architecture, the systems of categorization, the stacks and the furniture, the machines and signage, the escalators and glass, and the movement of people within.

Cameron Kerr: Marble Infrastructure Project

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Cameron Kerr: Marble Infrastructure Project

Marble Infrastructure Project inserted a series of marble sculptures by Cameron Kerr into public sites in and around the main library precinct.

Kathy Slade: Fifty-two Weeks of Transactions

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Kathy Slade: Fifty-two Weeks of Transactions

Kathy Slade undertook a 52-week performance, beginning in September 2006, resulting in a unique bookwork. Once a week, on an appointed day and time, she visited the Vancouver Public Library to choose and borrow a book. Each transaction receipt, which clearly states the date, time and book title, was digitally scanned and saved. Because the receipts are printed on thermal paper, they will slowly fade. At the end of the year, these documents from the performance were assembled into an artists’ book that was donated to the Vancouver Public Library Special Collections.

Marina Roy: Trappings

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Marina Roy: Trappings

A library is one of the last refuges for the democratic potential of a shared cultural consciousness, a true public commons. Reading takes many forms here – at times it is a very directed, instrumental pursuit of particular forms of knowledge, at other times it is more intuitive, a mental wandering, where one book leads to the next, through footnotes and bibliographies, and through browsing in the stacks.

Jillian Pritchard + Dan Starling: Twelve Subjects

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Jillian Pritchard + Dan Starling: Twelve Subjects

Displays, created by library staff and community groups, can be found throughout the many areas of the library, drawing attention to national days of remembrance, seasonal holidays, and topics of interest to library users, and highlighting different books and resources. Often found on the escalator landings, framed by the Copier room wall, these displays use familiar materials and presentation techniques to animate the space of the library.

Mark Soo: lamp

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Mark Soo: lamp

In the West, light bulbs are iconic symbols of illumination. They also symbolize ideas, knowledge, enlightenment, modern progress, and the eureka! moment. They evoke our desire for innovative thought in constructively re-imagining contemporary life.