Collaborative Poetry reading with Daniel Zomparelli and Dina Del Bucchia
Thursday, February 16, 7pm
In response to Erdem Taşdelen’s ‘The Quantified Self Poems’, poet Daniel Zomparelli will speak about his work with Taşdelen and the central role collaboration plays in his creative practice. Zomparelli and frequent collaborator Dina Del Bucchia will follow with a reading from recent work.
Zomparelli is editor-in-chief of Poetry is Dead magazine, co-podcaster of Can’t Lit and co-editor of After You, a collaborative poetry project. His first book of poems Davie Street Translations and Rom Com a collaborative book with Dina Del Bucchia are published by Talonbooks. His first collection of short stories Everything is Awful and You’re a Terrible Person will be published by Arsenal Pulp Press in Spring 2017.
What’s At Stake? Intertextual Indigenous Knowledges
Saturday, February 4, 12-5PM
World Art Centre, SFU, 149 West Hastings, Vancouver
What’s At Stake? Intertextual Indigenous Knowledges is an afternoon of talks, panels and a spoken word performance that examines knowledge, power, authority, and sovereignty in the construction of artistic practices. Following on Intertextual: Art in Dialogue, a roving reading group that was held at participating galleries over the last year, this program is meant to function less like a syllabus and more like a web of ideas. Intertextual aims to examine/critique and create/support a community based in text, recognizing the process of selection and concomitant erasure that occurs in any process of representation.
Taking the critical historiography of Native Art of the Northwest Coast: A Changing History of Ideas (UBC Press, 2013) as a point of provocation, this event belongs to an intertextual discussion of artistic practice and the role of art institutions (from artist-run centres to public gallery models) in Vancouver. This series has been produced with the participation of SFU Galleries, Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art, Contemporary Art Gallery, grunt gallery, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Museum of Anthropology, Presentation House Gallery, UBC Press, Vancouver Art Gallery, and Western Front.MORE
Sunday, April 9, 3pm
Join local artist Guadalupe Martinez for a tour of the current exhibitions in Spanish.
Guided visits are open to the public, providing free opportunities to engage with exhibitions and develop new skills for interpreting contemporary art. We also encourage visits from primary and secondary schools, ESL groups, university and college students and community groups. For more information or to book a guided visit for your group, contact email@example.com or telephone 604 681 2700.
Sunday, January 22, 3pm
Join artist Tommy Ting for a tour of the current exhibitions in Mandarin.
New exhibitions by Haroon Mirza and Erdem Tasdelen.
The Contemporary Art Gallery presents the first solo exhibition in Canada by British artist Haroon Mirza. Mirza has received international acclaim for work that tests the interplay and friction between sound and light waves and electric current.
Kinetic sculptures, performances and immersive installations purposefully cross wired. An advocate of interference (in the sense of electro-acoustic or radio disruption), he creates situations in which he describes his role as a composer, manipulating electricity, a live, invisible and volatile phenomenon calling on instruments as varied as household electronics, vinyl and turntables, LEDs, furniture, video footage and existing artworks by other artists to behave differently. Read more at www.contemporaryartgallery.ca
Guided visits are open to the public, providing free opportunities to engage with exhibitions and develop new skills for interpreting contemporary art. We also encourage visits from primary and secondary schools, ESL groups, university and college students and community groups. For more information or to book a guided visit for your group, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 604 681 2700.MORE
On the last Saturday of each month, the CAG invites all ages to drop-in for short exhibition tours and free art-making activities that respond to our current exhibitions.
Saturday, January 28, 12-3pm
Inspired by Haroon Mirza’s media installation create a pop-up drawing with a small circuit and LED lights. Try our glow in the dark drawing experience in the gallery.
Saturday, February 25, 12-3pm
Responding to Erdem Taşdelen’s ‘The Quantified Self Poems’, you will receive an envelope of secret words to create a poetry collage and self-portrait.
We acknowledge the generous support of the Peter Szeto Investment Group for our Family Day program.
Presented in collaboration with ArtStarts on Saturdays. For more details visit: www.artstarts.com/weekendMORE
Thursday, January 19, 6.30pm
Taşdelen will discuss his multidisciplinary practice involving video, installation, sculpture, drawing and artist books along with recent works on view at CAG.
The Contemporary Art Gallery presents two new works by
Toronto-based Turkish artist Erdem Taşdelen. Commissioned by
CAG in partnership with Cineworks, ‘Wild Child’ is an ambitious
two-part video installation which takes as its starting point, An
Historical Account of the Discovery and Education of a Savage
Man by Jean Marc Gaspard Itard, a physician who decided to care
for a feral boy found in Aveyron, France in 1798. Convinced that he
could “civilize” the boy by teaching him language, Itard was left
frustrated in his attempts to make the boy transcend his so-called
savagery when he proved incapable of learning to speak.
Presented in our windows is ‘The Quantified Self Poems’, a new series of twelve screen prints. Over a period of three months in the summer of 2016, Taşdelen reported his moods approximately three times a day on “Emotion Sense”, a self-improvement smartphone app developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge, UK. As he answered a series of questions the artist’s feelings were numerically encoded as data, effectively quantifying the unquantifiable. Working with programmer Ali Bilgin Arslan, Taşdelen developed an algorithm that translated this information into words drawn from a unique dictionary created by Vancouver-based poet Daniel Zomparelli. Unusual sentences emerge from which we attempt to make some kind of sense.MORE