A School for Design Fiction
As our contribution to Vancouver Design Week, the CAG is
working with James Langdon, recipient of the 2012 Inform
Award for Conceptual Design, presented by the Museum
of Contemporary Art Leipzig, Germany. Langdon will
offer a short course in reading objects, environments and
messages. Stimulated by the curious genre of design fiction, the programme asserts storytelling as the primary function of design. Langdon will conduct a three day workshop on September 16–18 exploring narrative approaches to design, a series of connected exercises subjecting a collection of found materials to various manual and conceptual processes.
The workshop is not concerned with speculative design or futurism, but with documenting and manipulating the narrative potential of ordinary artefacts through conside ration of their essence; their relations with each other; and the meanings they might be made to express.
Space is limited to 12 participants. further information at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 604 681 2700.
Life Drawing Workshop: The Dancer’s Foot
Hosted by Field House Artist in Residence: Brendan Fernandes
Contemporary Art Gallery
(555 Nelson st.)
Tuesday July 15, 7-8:30pm
Free: Limited space, please RSVP to Learning@contemporaryartgallery.ca
Join our summer artist in residence Brendan Fernandes for a unique life drawing class focused on the dancer’s foot. Fernandes has invited dancers from BC Ballet to model their well-trained feet for drawing. Basic drawing materials will be supplied (paper, pencils, conte and charcoal) but participants are welcome to bring their own.MORE
In Vancouver this spring, Keg de Souza is developing a series of community based workshops throughout 2015-16 engaging a critical dialogue regarding local food production. De Souza is working closely with various local urban farmers, food security activists and community members to explore the food politics within the city as both evidence of and a metaphor for urban displacement and its connection to colonial histories. De Souza will host a public picnic in early April.
To welcome back Burrard Marina Field House Studio resident Keg de Souza the CAG present a screening and Q&A with the artist. Completed this past fall while in residence in Indonesia, If There’s Something Strange In Your Neighbourhood… explores the gentrification of a squatter settlement built in the 1970s on a graveyard alongside the Indonesian city of Yogyakarta’s main river, Kali Code. In 2013 the local mayor announced plans to develop the area and the displacement of local residents has already begun. The layers of lived histories are evident in the community, tombstones are still visible in the walls of the kampung (neighbourhood) and ghost activity is abundant. For years people in the area have relied heavily on the local ghost buster to move the ghosts out of their houses, but these paranormal evictions are now becoming an uncanny parallel for their own evictions in the living world.
De Souza investigates the politics of space informed through a formal training in architecture combined with her experiences such as squatting in Redfern, Sydney. Her work emphasises participation and reciprocity, and often involves the process of learning new skills and fostering relationships to create site and situation-specific projects. For over ten years she has self-published her hand-bound books and ‘zines under the name All Thumbs Press.
This project was first presented in Kampung Ratmakan in October 2014 as an inflatable ghost house, Rumah Hantu, with an embroidered interior that was created from drawings by the local kids of their ghost stories and the film.
Screening time 32 minutes.
September 10, 2014
The Russian Hall
600 Campbell Avenue, Vancovuer
Anne Riley, Charlotte Newman, Hannah Axen, Kelly McInnes, Kristina Jaggard, Lexi Vajda, Maia Nichols, Matilda Cobanli, Natalie Tin Yin Gan, Ryan Genoe, Sophia Wolfe
Over the course of ten weeks, the Contemporary Art Gallery brought together eleven emerging artists to explore the intersection between dance, choreography and visual art in its inaugural Summer Intensive. This has culminated in the production of a new choreographic work, 600 Campbell.
Considering the absence and presence of objects and bodies, this durational performance examines ways in which each happening intersects with another, connecting the work, the audience and the space. The artists collaborate to present the viewer with an invitation for interaction, allowing them to influence the work and the space both as observers and active contributors.
We acknowledge the generous support of the British Columbia Arts Council Council Youth Engagement Program.MORE
Burrard Marina Field House Studio, 1655 Whyte Avenue
Tuesday, September 9, 7pm
The CAG presents an evening screening of documentaries shot
in China over the past decade by Field House artist-in-residence
Sameer Farooq: I Want to Grow Old (2008) and The Silk Road of
Beachcombers in Conversation
Vancouver Maritime Museum, 1905 Ogden Avenue
Thursday, May 29, 6pm
Join us for a conversation with Burrard Marina Field House Studio artist-in-residence Marie Lorenz, artists Rebecca Bayer and Josh Hite plus invited locals who will discuss their relationship to beachcombing.MORE