Mungo Thomson – Cricket Solos for Clarinet, Piccolo, Percussion, and Violin
Presented in partnership with Vancouver New Music
Friday, July 10, 2015; from 8:30PM
Emery Barnes Park (Richards and Davie Street)
To create ‘Crickets’, Mungo Thomson collaborated with composer Michael Webster to transcribe field recordings of crickets from around the world (France, Cameroon, Senegal, Martinique, Borneo, Thailand and Venezuela) into a musical score. The initial result was a dynamic composition for a 17-person classical ensemble, the score containing 25 chapters, or ‘movements,’ such as “12. Reunion Island, the Cirque de Cilaos at 1300 m. altitude, February 1998, nightfall in a banana plantation.” Thomson and Webster have subsequently developed Cricketsfor solo performers—individual musicians scattered around a park, each simulating the sound of a single cricket with a different instrument.
In partnership with Vancouver New Music, the Contemporary Art Gallery presents a new performance comprising these solo performances with Mark McGregor (Piccolo), Françoise Houle (Clarinet), Llowyn Ball (Violin) and Martin Fisk (Percussion).
Join us for this evening performance, which is concurrent with the opening of the exhibition: Mungo Thomson, Time, People, Money, Crickets at the Contemporary Art Gallery, Friday July 10, 7-10PM. The exhibition continues until August 30.MORE
Join us to celebrate the opening the exhibition:
Time, People, Money, Crickets
July 10 to August 30, 2015
Opening: Friday, July 10, 7-10pm
Join us for an evening live performance in partnership with Vancouver New Music concurrent with the opening of the exhibition.
Friday, July 10, from 8.30pm
Emery Barnes Park, Richards and Davie Street
To create Crickets, Thomson collaborated with composer Michael Webster to transcribe field recordings of crickets from around the world (France, Cameroon, Senegal, Martinique, Borneo, Thailand and Venezuela) into a musical score. The initial result was a dynamic composition for a 17-person classical ensemble, the score containing 25 chapters, or ‘movements,’ such as “12. Reunion Island, the Cirque de Cilaos at 1300 m. altitude, February 1998, nightfall in a banana plantation.” Thomson and Webster have subsequently developed Crickets for solo performers—individual musicians scattered around a park, each simulating the sound of a single cricket with a different instrument.
In partnership with Vancouver New Music, the Contemporary Art Gallery presents a new performance comprising these solo performances with Mark McGregor (Piccolo), Françoise Houle (Clarinet), Llowyn Ball (Violin) and Martin Fisk (Percussion).MORE
Saturday, July 11, 2pm
Los Angeles based artist Mungo Thomson will discuss his work.
The Contemporary Art Gallery presents a major solo exhibition by Los Angeles based artist Mungo Thomson. Time, People, Money, Crickets brings together a survey of work produced during the past five years, including key works in film, sound, sculpture and performance complemented by an extensive monographic publication.
Central to Thomson’s artistic proposition is an embrace of context—be it situational, institutional, mass cultural or art historical—and it is through the intelligent breadth of his individual works that we are prompted to examine the perceptual mechanics of everyday life in relation to a widerhistorical and cosmic scale.MORE
Come by for free exhibition tours and free drop-in art making events for kids, families, friends… all are welcome and all ages are welcome!
Last Saturday of every month: Saturday, July 25, 12-3pm and Saturday August 29, 12-3pm. In partnership with ArtStarts on Saturdays.
Saturday, July 25, 12–3pm
Responding to Thomson’s ‘Time’ participants create their own iconic Time magazine covers using a variety of watercolours and collage materials.
Saturday, August 29, 12–3pm
Responding to Thomson’s ‘Crickets’ participants will collaborate to make their own animal sound symphonies.
On the last Saturday of every month, the CAG invites all ages to drop-in for short exhibition tours and free art making activities that respond to our current exhibitions. This new initiative is presented in collaboration with ArtStarts on Saturdays. For more information visit: http://artstarts.com/weekend
Feedback Series: Murray Isman, Lucas Abela and Giorgio Magnanensi
Tuesday, July 28, 7pm
This feedback event will respond to ‘Crickets’ by Mungo Thomson. Bringing together three individuals from diverse backgrounds, participants will engage with these seemingly disparate experiences and knowledge to create new interpretations of Crickets. Murray Isman is a Professor of Applied Biology (Entomology/Toxicology) at the University of British Columbia; Lucas Abela a performance artist and Giorgio Magnanensi a composer, conductor, musician and artistic director of Vancouver New Music.MORE
The CAG has partnered with Cineworks, Hua Foundation and Access Gallery to bring you…
‘Strathcona Drawing Party’ is free collaborative community art project at several locations on Saturday June 20 from 11-5:30pm. Come explore unique cultural spaces in the Chinatown/Strathcona. Participants of all age are welcome to create and experiment at three drawing events throughout the day.
Workshops and venues include:
Drawing on Film / Cameraless Moviemaking
11am – 1pm
Cineworks – Annex
235 Alexander Street, Vancouver
Instructor: Nisha Platzer
This drop-in workshop will introduce participants to the magical possibilities of direct animation! Make your own hand drawn animations on 16mm film by drawing, painting and scratching right on the film itself. Experiment with drawing on clear film, scratching on black film or marking film that already has images on it. See your own patterns of shape and colour come to life with the magic of the movie projector!
Nisha Platzer is an artist and filmmaker working in multiple formats including stop-motion, 16mm, 8mm and handmade found footage. Some of her past projects include a series of film-poems made on HD, 8mm, and found footage, narrative shorts, and music videos for artists in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.
Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society (est.1980) is an artist-run production and exhibition centre that supports independent filmmakers and media artists. We engage our membership and the broader community through initiatives and services that foster dialogue and experimentation with the moving image and expansive approaches to cinema. www.cineworks.ca
1:30 pm -3:30 pm
Hua Foundation / Mah Society Benevolent Society
418 East Hastings, Vancouver
Instructor: Howie Tsui
Artist Howie Tsui will lead a tracing workshop creating hybrid monstrous plants. Hua refers to three phrases in Mandarin: ‘change’ 變化 [M: bian hua C: been faa], ‘people of ethnic Chinese descent’ 華人 [M: hua ren C: waa yun], and ‘culture’ 文化 [M: wen hua C: man faa].
Mongrel Vegetables: As a follow-up to the Hua Foundation’s Choi Project, which enhanced our familiarity to Chinese produce, artist Howie Tsui will lead a workshop that asks participants to hybridize elements of these vegetables into a portrait. This workshop will put a more Sino-centric spin on Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s portraits of heads comprised of vegetables and fruits. Perhaps in our current context, these portraits will reflect how our bodies are sustained through a melange of crossbred and modified ingredients; or in a more benign way, these constructions just illustrate a combination of ingredients in a satisfying stir-fry.
Hua Foundation develops solutions and build movements for the Hua community that strengthen our connections with culture, heritage and environmental sustainability. http://
The Chamber, Ian Johnston
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
222 East Georgia Street, Vancouver
Instructor: Alex M.F. Quicho
Join a time-based drawing workshop led by Alex M.F. Quicho and explore artist Ian Johnston’s installation ‘The Chamber’. The Chamber is an enormous inflating and deflating installation that shrouds and reveals an enormous mass of discarded household items diverted from what the artist terms “the waste stream.” Mesmerizing and sobering, The Chamber suggests to viewers, as Johnston states, “the paradoxical relationship between limited resources and seemingly unlimited appetite.”
Alex M.F. Quicho (b. 1990, Boston, USA) is an artist and writer from Manila, Philippines. Her works in graphite approach decolonization, dystopia, paranoia, and female agency, among other things. She is the creative director and founder of Highway, a publication for experimental culture.
An artist-run centre established in 1991 and situated in Vancouver’s historic Chinatown, Access Gallery is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and presenting the work of emergent artists, curators and cultural practitioners, as well as those entering a new experimental phase of their practice. We enable critical conversations and risk taking through new configurations of audience, artists and community.
We gratefully acknowledge support of Vancouver Foundation Neighborhood Small Grants.MORE