The Foreshore: Session 12

Posted on Jun 12, 2017 in Events, Talk

[su_spacer size=”5″] A series of informal sessions of research and knowledge exchange.
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Tuesday, April 04, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

222 E Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC Canada

Please join us for these brief presentations followed by discussion.

Eric Fredericksen will discuss his interest in how art becomes public, and how sites become specific, through anonymous or publicized interventions, vandalism, parody, and time.

Dr. Cissie Fu will approach questions of political art in public space along three vectors–the aesthetics of taking a stance, the politics in social choreographies, and protest as an artistic gesture–towards teasing out the tensions between presentation and representation, while attending to the resonances between community and commutiny, in the 21st century.


Eric Fredericksen is a curator and writer in Vancouver and Seattle. He is the Public Art Program Manager for the City of Vancouver. Formerly the director of Western Bridge, Seattle, he has organized exhibitions at the Or Gallery, Contemporary Art Gallery, Artspeak, and the Bodgers and Kludgers Co-operative Art Parlour, Vancouver; the International Chilliwack Biennial, Cultus Lake Provincial Park, BC; What-the-Heck Fest, Anacortes, Wash.; Open Satellite, Bellevue, Wash.;and Limoncello, London. He has written catalog essays for Hadley+Maxwell, Heather and Ivan Morison, and Philippe van Wolputte, and has taught at the Sommerakademie Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Switzerland, and the University of Washington, Seattle.

Dr. Cissie Fu is Dean of the Faculty of Culture + Community at Emily Carr University of Art + Design and Co-Founder of the Political Arts Initiative, which invites 21st-century imag-e-nations of the political through digital technology and the creative and performing arts. Cissie’s research sits at the nexus of politics, philosophy, and performance, with a focus on contemporary manifestations of the political through individual and collective action and expression. Suspending divisions of theory/practice, contemplation/action, and analysis/performance, Cissie seeks common ground where thinking, making, and acting are equally foundational to being human, which, when taken as the starting point of political theorising, casts performance—of identity, will, and responsibility—as a powerful source for political awakening and a robust realisation of citizenship.



The Foreshore is a collaborative pursuit and shared space between Access Gallery and Other Sights. The Foreshore is inspired by the deep influence of the waterways on our cities and societies on the West Coast. As 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. As a site it conjures histories specific to this region: narratives of trade and exchange, habitation and nourishment, resistance and violent erasure. Considering the potential of this zone as both concept and site, the project 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?

Over the last 3 months, the storefront adjacent to Access’ gallery space at 222 East Georgia has hosted bi-weekly open discussion sessions informed by invited artists, writers, curators, and activists. Adding to this exciting program, we have launched an artist-in-residence series to provide space and time to artists interested in addressing questions of the foreshore.


Established as an non-profit artist-run centre in 1991, Access Gallery is platform for emergent and experimental art practices. We enable critical conversations and risk taking through new configurations of audience, artists, and community. For more information visit

Access Gallery gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Government of British Columbia through the BC Arts Council and BC Gaming, the City of Vancouver, the Hamber Foundation, the Burrard Arts Foundation, the Contemporary Art Gallery, NSB Reederei, and our committed donors, members and volunteers.

Other Sights gratefully acknowledges the support of the British Columbia Arts Council, The Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 15.

Image credits: Left: Jeremy Hunka, Global News, Vancouver BC, 2014; Right: “Yellow Umbrella Man Group – Part 2”, K of Hong Kong Thru My Eyes, 7 November 2014.