The Foreshore Listens
The Foreshore Listens: an audio zine series produced by Other Sights
Audio Zine Creators: Vanessa Campbell, Stacey Ho, Sarah Moore, Dan Pon
Sound Mixing & Design: Pietro Sammarco
Project Lead: Jen Weih
Listen to the zine series:
Other Sights and The Foreshore would like to acknowledge that the land on which we gather is the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
Starting in the fall of 2016 – 2017 Other Sights hosted a bi-weekly program of discussion focused events within a dedicated space at Access Gallery, continuing (less frequently) in 2017-2018 in Vancouver Public Library spaces in collaboration with the Contemporary Art Gallery. Guided by our mandate to consider the aesthetic, economic, and regulatory conditions of public places and public life the series was essentially a public research project for Other Sights’ ongoing practice of commissioning temporary artworks for the public realm. We sought insights and dialog from folks working in diverse projects including- but not limited to; accessibility, poetry, housing rights, architecture, de-colonization, song, theatre, body work, urban indigenous history, labour organizing and art. We were interested to identify resonances between diverse practices and apparently unrelated projects and to make ourselves both vulnerable and uncomfortable in our own practice as artists.
Inspired by the mixed texture of self-published artist zines The Foreshore Listens responds to, expands on, and incorporates elements of The Foreshore sessions. The process of developing these audio works started with recordings commissioned from past Foreshore Session presenters. Invited to consider to a series of prompts from a foreshore in the distant future the responses range from ambient recordings to poetry to foley of a longed-for place. These are by Bracken Hanuse Corlett, Lindsay Dobbin, Journée sans Culture, Laiwan, Justin Langlois, Cecily Nicholson, Kristina Lee Podesva, Carol Sawyer, and Jay White and can be listened to, and downloaded here (see above) as well as on the official project site: www.theforehsore.org/audio
The editors, Vanessa Campbell, Stacey Ho, Sarah Moore, and Dan Pon were invited to work from the session recordings and the commissioned works to make curated or commissioned additions to the existing material. The resulting audio zines draw out complex constellations of thought and insight otherwise latent in the series and crystalizes their depth and urgency.
The Foreshore Listens is produced by Other Sights for Artists’ Projects, coordinated by Other Sights Producer Jen Weih and co-presented by the Western Front. This project is supported by the British Columbia Arts Council, The City of Vancouver Public Art Program and the Canada Council for the Arts. Thanks also to Massy Books who supported the book exchange at the event.