Blue Cabin Floating Artist Residency

Charles Campbell. “The Last Squat”. Subterrain Magazine. Issue 79 – Bye Bye Vancouver. Summer, 2018. “Al lived in the cabin for fifty years, on the border between Mackenzie Barge and Marine Ways and a stretch of beach that leads to Cates Park, on the edge that lies between land and ocean, at the exact spot where ownership is hard to determine, such that possession becomes all that matters. It’s an uncomfortable spot for those concerned with certainty in the rights to property, but it is exactly where Al wanted to be. The house is a remnant of a life that’s been obliterated in Vancouver. Call it the last squat. Yet because the Blue Cabin sat on a very particular in-between place, it survived.”

Scott Watson. “Blue Cabin”. Catalog Essay – Grunt Gallery. June, 2018.

The Capilano Review, Issue 3.35, Jeremy Borsos, Spring 2018. 

Kevin Griffin. “ARTSEEN: Artist Residency next stage for the Blue Cabin”.Vancouver Sun. January 18m 2018. 

Karin Larsen. “Al Neil” CBC News. November 17, 2017.

City of Vancouver. “Mayors Arts Awards”. October 4, 2017.

Maria Spitale-Leisk. “Window to past found in Blue Cabin subfloor”. North Shore News. October 3, 2017.

Bethany Lindsay. “A time capsule in the floor: artists’ cabin offers glimpse into Vancouver’s past”. CBC News. October 1, 2017.

Maria Spitale-Leisk. “Rare posters from Vancouver’s past discovered in squatter’s cabin”  North Shore News. September 27, 2017.

Kevin Griffin. “Blue Cabin restoration uncovers entertainment snapshot of old Vancouver”.  Vancouver Sun. September 18, 2017. “It’s an extraordinary humble building,” Jeremy Borsos said. “To be able to save it is really amazing. This is probably the first time that you’ll see a building restored that represents the heydays of hippiedom.”

Brent Richter. “Historic Blue Cabin to be restored for artists”.  North Shore News. June 30, 2017.  “A historic cabin that embodies North Vancouver’s industrial, countercultural and artistic history has been saved from scrap. The Blue Cabin, which found itself evicted from the Dollarton foreshore in 2015, is now being restored into an artist’s studio.”

Renee Bernard. “Blue Cabin will get a new life”. 1130 News.  June 30, 2017. “There’s a squatting history involved in it, and there’s also a maritime-industrial history involved in it. It puts together a couple of different histories that is in danger of being lost.” – Glen Alteen

Throughout 2017 and into early 2018, Jeremy & Sus Borsos, the artists who restored and refurbished the Blue Cabin, were also interviewed on CBC TV, Check 6 News TV, Canadian Art (forthcoming article by Caoimhe Morgan-Feir), Amanda Spotted Fawn Strong, and CBC Radio (with host Margaret Gallaher).


Big Rock Candy Mountain

Lindsay William-Ross. “This Bubble Gum Public Art Literally Gives You Something to Chew on.” Vancouver is Awesome. September 26, 2018.

Chloë Bass, Gregory Sholette & Social Practice . “Art as Social Action: An Introduction to the Principles and Practices of Teaching Practice Art”. Skyhorse Publishing Inc. Queens, 2018.

Janet Smith. “Artist Susan Point to receive Audain Prize, while Charlene Vickers, Hannah Jickling and Helen Reed named for VIVA Awards”. Georgia Straight. May 16, 2018.

Leah Sandals. “25 Artists Longlisted for the Sobey Award”. Canadian Art. April 17, 2018.

Kevin Griffin. “New public art works that engage the senses coming to Vancouver”. Vancouver Sun. December 20, 2017.

Lucien Durey. “Art in 2017: A View from Vancouver.” Canadian Art. December 18, 2017.SOUR VS SOUR is delicious and symbolic of the lively exchange between adults and kids instigated by Big Rock Candy Mountain’s inventive approach to public art. The project has proven that socially engaged practices can be funny and accessible while exploring new material approaches and furthering contemporary art dialogues. Jickling, Reed and Kwan are adept at selecting and combining playful, political and educational elements in a way that feels relevant and exciting. Next up: a chewable edition representative of recent explorations of gum as both a commodity and a sculptural medium.”

Ziwei Zhou. “Vancouver fosters arts education for inner-city youth”. November 22, 2017.

Liz Park.“Big Rock Candy Mountain” – Interview with Hannah Jickling Helen Reed & Vanessa Kwan. Women and Performance. October 23, 2017.

“CAG and Artist Harrell Fletcher launch a satellite gallery at Lord Strathcona Elementary School in Vancouver”. Galleries West. September 7, 2017.

Leah Sandals. “Art as Child’s Play: Recent Projects with Kids in Vancouver.” Canadian Art. April 15, 2016. “In many worlds, particularly in a contemporary art world, it is thought that if we engage with children, it’s not serious, it’s not rigorous, there is nothing they have to offer,” Jickling continues. “But despite it being very stressful and despite it being misinterpreted by critics and curators [as art education rather than art] we still keep coming back and centering ourselves here.”


The Foreshore

Anne-Sophie Rodet. “Access Gallery”. Pacific Rim Magazine. 2017. “Foreshore, a yearlong collaboration between Access Gallery and the non-profit artist collective Other Sights, is both an artist residency and an exhibit space. This project was inspired by Vancouver’s position on the shoreline, and the impact that water has on major cities and societies around the world.”


Coastal Camera Obscura

“Donald Lawrence’s Coastal Camera Obscura turns city on its head”. Georgia Straight. August 9, 2017. “When you see the distant viaducts upended, with the water rising, you’ll start to see the urban foreshore as a place of flux and question where it’s headed.”


Slow Dirt

Naiobh O’Connor. “Worms inspire Mount Pleasant art exhibition.” Vancouver Courier. October 21, 2015. “Other Sights spokesperson Jen Weih describes worms as humble, slow, careful and inevitably productive creatures whose function is additive as opposed to extractive.“It’s not going into the community and pulling out profit. It’s being in a community and generating value embedded in that community,” she said.”

Robin Laurence. “Urgent Imagination probes development push.” The Georgia Straight, October 15 – 22, 2015. Page 29. “Here, the lowly creature that transforms organic garbage into nutrient-rich soil is a metaphor for what urban development could be, a process both enriching and incremental.”



Kimberly Phillips. “On Bathtub Rings and Other Irritants: Cedric, Nathan and Jim Bomford’s Deadhead.” C Magazine 124, Strata, Winter 2014.  Pages 15 – 21. “If for only a brief moment, one could say, Deadhead conjured the city’s uncomfortable pasts.”

Lindsay William-Ross. “Best public art in Vancouver in 2014.” Vancity Buzz. December 19, 2014.

Kevin Griffin. “Best of 2014: Visual Arts. The Vancouver Sun. December 19, 2014.

“Best Floating Mystery Art.” The Georgia Straight, 19th Annual Best of Vancouver edition. September 18-25, 2014. Page 62.

Shaw TV, go! Vancouver. Published on September 17, 2014. “Deadhead Art Sculpture on Shaw TV.” Jen Muranetz. “It looks like a cross between a fort and a pirate ship. It’s called ‘Deadhead’ a floating art sculpture commissioned by Other Sights for Artists’ Projects.”

Kevin Griffin, “Deadhead: moored in a legal grey area in False Creek.” The Vancouver Sun. August 20, 2014. “The fundamental question is who owns the foreshore? Who owns the water? Who owns the land?”

John Thomson,”Floating Sculpture Intrigues and Infuriates.” DZine Trip Online Design Magazine. August 14, 2014. “Deadhead may look like a jumble of shapes and sizes but once on board, it becomes an intriguing labyrinth of intersecting planes and angles.”

Alex Varty, “Metaphors afloat aboard False Creek’s Deadhead.” The Georgia Straight. July 30, 2014.“The germ of Deadhead, then, was to create art that would lure people to the shore, then get them thinking about the uses of the littoral zone. Four years later, the project is that, and much more.”

Daphne Bramham, “In the eye of the beholder, A Tale of Two Barges.” The Vancouver Sun. July 23, 2014. “There’s a higgeldy-piggeldy barge with a tower, winding stairway and landing dock anchored off Vancouver’s Maritime Museum that looks like a fit spot for Popeye, or Kevin Costner in his Waterworld persona.”

Eileen Power. “Featured Story, Art Barge – Deadhead.”CBC Radio One, North by Northwest. Saturday July 19, 2014. “Freelance producer, Eileen Power braves the shallow waters off the Vancouver Maritime Museum in a rowboat to board the Deadhead, a floating sculpture built on a barge.”

Kevin Griffin, “Floating sculpture evokes squatters shacks, Deadhead structure was built without plans.” The Vancouver Sun. July 16, 2014. “For something called Deadhead, there’s really nothing remotely morbid about it. In fact, it’s just the opposite: it’s very playful and full of surprises.”



Joseph Hart.“Art for Eat’s Sake.” Public Art Review | Vol. 23 No. 2, Issue 46. 2011. “Artists are exploring the sustainability of our food systems with hands-on, interventionist projects.”

Robin Lau­rence.“Artists and Gar­dens: A Grow­ing Con­cern.” Cana­dian Art .  November 4. 2011. “I’m interested in how our urban environments are shifting and changing as a result of pressures around the ecological crisis.”

Robin Laurence. “Two urban agriculture projects bring art to Vancouver’s gardens.” The Georgia Straight. August 22, 2011. “The organizations and individuals behind them are making a new genre of public art that focuses on community, utility, sustainability, and reclaiming marginal urban areas for cultivation.”


Digital Natives

Lorna Brown. “Digital Natives”. Canadian Theatre Review. Vancouver After 2010. Edited by Peter Dickinson, Kirsty Johnston, and Keren Zaiontz. 164, Fall 2015. Pages 31 – 35. “As a temporary spectacle that leased a piece of the built environment, Digital Natives drew together the standardized global template of the billboard with this particular location, and the viewpoints of dispersed contributors and audience members.”

Rob. “Digital Natives Controversy (Vancouver, BC).” The C-Word.  April 7, 2011. “The whole thing seems to be quite an incredible idea and is worthy of much attention. And there has been. But not all of it has been positive publicity.”

Rossi Cheryl. “Twitter-like messages highlight Vancouver billboard art project: Aboriginal artists contribute messages.” The Vancouver Courier. April 5, 2011. “Interspersed with ads for Air Canada, Starbucks, cars and wine on the controversial electronic billboards adjacent to the Burrard Bridge, new messages are provoking thought in a different way.”

Clint Burnham. ‘Digital Natives’ Between ads for beer and pop music, an electronic billboard in Vancouver beams challenging messages by and about First Nations.” The Tyee. April 5, 2011. “With Digital Natives, we’ve taken back – temporarily – some visual space in the city for messages from individuals, to display a dialogue from this city and beyond.”

Marsha Lederman. “The billboard – on Squamish Nation land – becomes a venue for artistic and literary exchange between native and non-native communities.” The Globe and Mail, April 5, 2011.

One Digital Natives message a day for the month of April, Vancouver is Awesome. April, 2011. “over the course of the month of April messages form Digital Natives electronic billboard where posted once a day.”

Jessica Werb.“Burrard Street billboard to host public art work of Twitter messages.” March 31, 2011. “A public art project curated by Vancouver artist Lorna Brown and Simon Fraser University English lit associate professor Clint Burnham is elevating Twitter to an art form.”

Kevin Griffin. “We: Vancouver Opens Today at the Vancouver Art Gallery” The Vancouver Sun. February 12, 2011. “One of the works that will be breaking the boundaries of the gallery is Digital Natives, a series of text-based Twitter messages that will be sharing space with the advertising on the controversial electronic sign mounted on traditional Squamish territory on the Burrard Street Bridge.”


The Games are Open – Köbberling & Kaltwasser

Barbara Cole. “Hijacked Narratives”. Canadian Theatre Review. Vancouver After 2010. Edited by Peter Dickinson, Kirsty Johnston, and Keren Zaiontz. 164, Fall 2011. Pages 16 – 21. “Over the four years of the project’s existence, the artwork’s form shifted from sculpture, to garden, to dirt pile, each transformation driven by the agendas of assumed owners.”

Barbara Holub, Paul Rajakovics. “The Games are Open, Folke Köbberling, Martin Katwasser” Dérive, 51. April 17, 2013.

“Köbberling and Kaltwasser build nothing to last.”Video produced by Michael Cox. Posted to Vimeo, 2012.

“New Teutonia Must Fall, Folke Köbberling & Martin Katwasser”. Lodown magazine, Zeitschrift üfr Populärkultur und Bewegungskunst, Dec, Jan, Feb 2012. “In spatial and sculptural site-specific interventions, we tackle issues around the public domain, grass root participation and self-organization, market economics, mobility, shelter, sustainability, and the scarcity of resources. The potential for social conflict is inherent in all of these.”

Commissions, ”Folke Kobberking and Martin Kaltwasser, The Games Are Open, Vancouver, Canada.” Sculpture Magazine, January/February Vol. 31 No. 1, pg. 16. 2012. “The Games are Open simultaneously addresses community building through a new conception of “green space,” decommodification of the art object, and the accessibility of art.”

Folke Köbberling, Martin Katwasser, “The Games are Open”, in Urban Constellations, ed. Matthew Gandy, (Berlin: jovis Verlag GmbH, 2011), 89 – 91. “The project presents a kind of decay in the face of rapid and seemingly unstoppable urban change.”

“Full-scale bulldozer made from recycled Olympic Games materials.” Artabase Web. October 12, 2010. “Folke Kőbberling & Martin Kaltwasser spent 9 weeks creating the sculpture from 1,000 wheat board panels liberated from the neighbouring 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Athletes’ Village.”

Katherine Monk. “Olympic Village discards recast as public art, Berin-based artists reclaim abandoned space with biodegradable bulldozer.” The Vancouver Sun. August 7, 2010. “Koebberling says the compostable bulldozer is in itself a meditation on time, not only because it will biodegrade over the course of an estimated eight years, but because bulldozers are a symbol of massive and near-immediate landscape transformations.”


False Creek – T + T (Tony Romano and Tyler Brett)

Robin Laurence. “From bars to brollies, Bright Light shines,” Georgia Straight. February 7, 2010. “Among their many references are the inequities of Vancouver’s real-estate boom, the construction of the Athletes’ Village, and the now-banished floating homes of former False Creek squatters.”


Looking Up Series: Phinnagins Wyaake – Aaron Carpenter

Kevin Griffin. “Finn Again Awakes every three minutes.” Vancouver Sun, May 13, 2009. “He’s done that in homage to Joyce and his liquid nouns, words that change their spellings for various literary reasons each time they’re used. It’s among the many reasons why the novel is so impenetrable”.

“Literally: Aaron Carpenter, Joel Herman, Roula Partheniou.” a pamphlet produced by Artspeak Gallery to coincide with the screening of Finnagans Waake. “Interested in both mimicry and the processes of research, the artists consider the formal and connotative aspects of the book and the printed word as readymades and as points for further fiction”


Launch of Park – Marko Simcic

Kevin Griffin. “When a greenway becomes a park-ing lot.” Vancouver Sun. November 29, 2008. pg. F14. “Once placed on the street in spots used by people to park their cars, its physical presence should call attention to how the city’s urban space is used – especially how much land is set aside for parking so-called useful motorized vehicles.”

Robin Laurence. “Looking for a place to Park.” Georgia Straight, January 2-8, 2009. page 27. “Park creates a tension Simcic observes, between the public and the private. Between our sense of sharing and our sense of entitlement. Between our culture, domestic culture, and visual culture.”


Looking Up Series: Vox Pop – Antonia Hirsch

Jeremy Todd. “What Are We Now? On stadium and Vox Pop.” BlackFlash, Fall Issue 27.1, 2009. page 44. “Stadium crowds look into a singular point/event and respond in accordance to it, while being watched by others as a spectacular whole through media broadcasting. They also watch each other”

John Mackie. “An art wave hits Granville and Robson.” Vancouver Sun. October 18, 2008. “It may make you look differently at advertising, it may make you look differently at the type of imagery that’s thrown at us.”

Lynn Mitges. “Zero in on a new wave.” The Province. October 9, 2008. page B8.