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Thursday November 20, 7-10pm

The Contemporary Art Gallery presents the first large-scale survey exhibition in North America of work by renowned Japanese artist Shimabuku. Demonstrating the breadth of the artist’s practice, works reveal an essential correspondence to things elsewhere in a wider world, insisting on our grasp of the continuity that exists between art and (non-art) life. As he travels the world, interacting with strangers, and conversing with nature, Shimabuku instigates moments of poetry, humour and surprise.

November 21, 2014 to January 11, 2015
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Shimabuku (1969, born in Kobe, Japan) lives and works in Berlin. Selected solo exhibitions include: Sea and Flowers, Barbara Wien Wilma Lukatsch, Berlin; City in the sea, Air de Paris, Paris; Flying Me, Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland (2014); Something that Floats/Something that Sinks, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK and Noto, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan (2013); Leaves Swim, Nogueras Blanchard, Barcelona, Spain (2012); Man should try to avoid contact with alien life forms, Centre international d’art et du paysage de l’Île de Vassivière, Vassivière, France; On the water, CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux (2011); The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (2009); DAAD galerie, Berlin; Wilkinson Gallery (2007); Swansea Jack Memorial Dog Swimming Competition, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea (2003); Then, I Decided To Give a Tour of Tokyo To the Octopus From Akashi, Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris (2002); America, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan (1994).


Exhibition Opening | Shimabuku - When Sky was Sea

Ben Russell
Sunday, November 23, 7pm
Off-site: Burrard Marina Field House
1655 Whyte Avenue
In partnership with Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society, CAG presents a weekend of events with American experimental filmmaker Ben Russell. A 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship and 2010 FIPRESCI award recipient, Russell’s films, installations, and performances foster a deep engagement with the history and semiotics of the moving image. He has toured worldwide with solo screenings and exhibitions at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Rotterdam Film Festival, the Wexner Center for the Arts, the Viennale, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York and was named by Cinemascope in 2012 as one of the ‘50 Best Filmmakers Under 50’.
Russell will host a free Film Social, screening Renzo Martens’ Episode III: Enjoy Poverty, followed by an open conversation.
This will be followed by two events at Cineworks’ Howe Street studio on Monday November 24: a daytime master class on subject and frame in moving-image arts, followed by an artist talk and free public screening of A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness, a feature-length film collaboration between Ben Russell and Ben Rivers (UK). Places for both free events and the master class will be limited and will require booking. More information
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Fluid Frames is an ongoing series of screenings, socials and workshops with internationally renowned filmmakers co-organized by Cineworks and the CAG.


Cineworks & CAG | Fluid Frames: Filmmakers Series - Ben Russell

Downtown Gallery Tours
Saturday, November 22, 1 pm

Join us for an afternoon of guided tours at Audain Gallery, SFU; Satellite Gallery and Contemporary Art Gallery. Meet us at Audain Gallery at 1 pm for a tour of Ricardo Basbaum’s The Production of the Artist as a Collective Conversation led by curator Amy Kazymerchyk and SCA Assistant Professor Sabine Bitter; 2 pm at Satellite Gallery for a tour of The Port, led by curator Cate Rimmer, and 3pm at Contemporary Art Gallery for a tour of exhibitions by Shimabuku and Gunilla Klingberg led by CAG Curator, Learning and Public Programs Shaun Dacey.


Downtown Gallery Tours: Audain Gallery, Satellite Gallery & Contemporary Art Gallery

Makiko Hara
Tuesday, December 9, 7pm

Makiko Hara is an independent curator and writer from Tokyo and was the co-founder of TOKYO ART SPEAK, an art-collective that organized monthly informal, bilingual, roundtable discussions (1993-2006). She served as project coordinator for the Yokohama Triennale (2001/ 2005) and the Echigo Tsumari Art Triennale (2003). From 2007 to 2013, she was the curator of Centre A — Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art. Recent solo exhibitions include: Kyohei Sakaguchi, Koki Tanaka, Lida Abdul, Sharmila Samant, Louise Noguchi, Noriko Sunayama, Yoshihiro Suda, Masashi Ogura & Paul de Guzman, Garry Neil Kennedy & Cathy Busby, Lani Maestro, Howie Tsui, YOUNG HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES, Nobuo Kubota and Li Yilin. Hara was recently appointed Guest Curator at Koganecho Bazaar 2014 and AIR Yonago 2014.

This series invites cultural and critical producers to present thoughts and ideas rooted in their own interests and practices, and invites audiences to join in the conversations that will explore relevant contemporary issues, theories, ideas and culture.


Feedback Talk | Makiko Hara

Carmen Papalia
Tuesday, December 2, 7pm

Vancouver based artist Carmen Papalia will host a talk/workshop exploring non-visual methods of knowing and interpretation. He designs experiences that invite participants to expand their perceptual mobility and each walking tour, workshop, collaborative performance, public intervention, museum project and art object, forms a gesture that contributes to a productive understanding of accessibility. Papalia’s work has been featured in exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Columbus Museum of Art, Portland Art Museum, Vancouver Art Gallery, Gallery Gachet and the Purple Thistle Center, Vancouver. In early 2015 Papalia will embark on a three month residency at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London as the recipient of the 2014 Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary.

This series invites cultural and critical producers to present thoughts and ideas rooted in their own interests and practices, and invites audiences to join in the conversations that will explore relevant contemporary issues, theories, ideas and culture.


Feedback Talk | Carmen Papalia

SFU Philosophers Café: Art Salons

In the spirit of social gatherings that provide forums for discussion, SFU Philosophers’ Café will run two art salons in collaboration with the Contemporary Art Gallery. Each café will start with a guided tour of current exhibitions with Director Nigel Prince, followed by a discussion with Shaun Dacey, Curator, Learning and Public Programs and special guests.

Salon on the exhibition ‘When Sky was Sea’ by Japanese artist Shimabuku
Saturday, December 6, 3pm



SFU Philosophers Café: Art Salons - on Shimabuku


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