Monthly Archives: July 2011

Walking Tour with Ron Tran: Postscript


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On Saturday July 9th, Ron Tran gave a personal walking tour of his latest project, A Way to Go, which is itself a guided tour. Tran lead the attendees and a pony through alleys, which he named based on his earlier experience. The artist interspersed personal antidotes to elaborate on the prerecorded audio and images of the augmented reality tour.

At “stops” along the way Tran spoke about his interest in using the form of a guided walk to structure and depict his own experience of the city. Its formal characteristics spurred him to traverse places he wouldn’t normally consider, build narrative associations between specific locations, establish relationships with people he encountered and employ new technologies to guide an audience on an unexpected route through Vancouver’s downtown core.

Tran led a pony on his walking tour. This performative gesture was deliberately comic, adding a fantastical element that no doubt caused some double takes and created a degree of surprise. However, the animal also functioned romantically, as a poetic device to conjure a past time, becoming the antithesis of the GPS technology utilized as a guiding tool for this project.

A Way to Go, is the first in a series of projects using interactive technologies which take programming outside of the gallery allowing audiences to experience contemporary art within the wider context of the city. Working with Autobox Media and Hannah Hughes, the Contemporary Art Gallery has designed a program that uses Layar Reality Browser to guide audiences on a journey where they can explore and interact with artwork they encounter along the way. These projects will work on iphone and android smartphone’s. Devices are available at the gallery for visitors wishing to borrow one.

 

For more inforamtion please go to our website:  http://www.contemporaryartgallery.ca/#home

 

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From the Archives…Douglas Coupland and ‘ten years later’

As a student entering the Library and Information Studies program at UBC, managing, categorizing and organizing information is a common and enjoyable task. However, even for someone who seeks to impose rationality and logic, a dollop of semi-orderly chaos always makes the day more exciting.

Beyond the gallery walls, down a long hallway, past numerous doors, in an unusually bright and clean room is the location of CAG’s archive. While tidy in appearance, with boxes dedicated to various years in the life of the gallery, the content of these time capsules is rather muddled and heterogeneous, making it quite an adventure to sift through folders of its history.

 Having been given the responsibility of going through the archive in the anticipation of the CAG’s 40th Anniversary, it became part of my weekly routine; as if a participant in a bingo game, I scanned through the numerous pieces of paper, dates, newspaper articles and rare images to find a winning combination, a highlight of some sort, an informational jackpot.

“BINGO?”, echoed in my mind when I got to the box labeled “1986” and its folders dedicated to the 10th Anniversary of the CAG which was inaugurated with an exhibition entitled “Ten Years Later”, showcasing the work of seven mature artists who were intertwined with the gallery from its inception.  By 1976 the former Greater Vancouver Artists Gallery (present day CAG) had become incorporated as a  non profit charitable society from its beginnings in 1971 obtained the Local Initiatives Project (LIP) grant with which it was able to fund artists Marian Penner Bancroft, Judith Lodge,Liz Magor, Al McWiliams, Richard Prince, Judy Williams, and Robert Young (amongst many, many others) in their production of nearly 3,000 artworks over the ten year period and which became part of the City of Vancouver Collection.

Besides the general interest with regard to what the gallery and its anniversary exhibition were like almost 30 years ago, I found particularly fascinating and differing reviews of ‘Ten Years Later’.

The real “BINGO!” happened when I came across a short, time-stained and hastily cut-out article entitled “Gallery Bingo” by Douglas Coupland. Written when he was 25, this review was already marked by the witty and informal tone he was to become known for later on. Rather than describing the show, Coupland commented on the effect of this anniversary on the institution, on the transformation of the gallery’s image over the years:

“I sensed amongst the crowd an undercurrent of discomfort at their now having become the art establishment, condemned to dressing seriously and playing the role of adults regardless of whether or not they actually feel it.”

Interestingly enough, it seems that by its 40th Anniversary, instead of growing into a more conservative and staid establishment, the gallery has maintained its playful vitality.

Ksenia Cheinman, CAG Library and Archive Volunteer

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Ron Tran walking tour, with a pony, Saturday July 9 at 4pm

 


 Ron Tran, A Way to Go (detail during walk), 2011

 RON TRAN

 A Walking Tour: Saturday, July 9th, 4pm

Starting at the Contemporary Art Gallery

 

The Contemporary Art Gallery will host a walking tour of A Way to Go with the artist Ron Tran and a pony. At “stops” along the way Tran will speak about his interest in using the form of a guided walk to structure and depict his own experience of the city. Its formal characteristics spurred him to traverse places he wouldn’t normally consider, build narrative associations between specific locations, establish relationships with people he encountered and employ new technologies to guide an audience on an unexpected route through Vancouver’s downtown core.

Tran will lead a pony on his walking tour. This performative gesture is deliberately comic, adding a fantastical element that will no doubt cause some double takes and create a degree of surprise. However, the animal also functions romantically, as a poetic device to conjure a past time, becoming the antithesis of the GPS technology utilized as a guiding tool for this project.

A Way to Go, is the first in a series of projects using interactive technologies which take programming outside of the gallery allowing audiences to experience contemporary art within the wider context of the city. Working with Autobox Media and Hannah Hughes, the Contemporary Art Gallery has designed a program that uses Layar Reality Browser to guide audiences on a journey where they can explore and interact with artwork they encounter along the way. These projects will work on any smartphone. Devices are available at the gallery for visitors wishing to borrow one.

With special thanks to Autobox for their support

 

This program is generously sponsored by 2010 Legacies Now, The Canadian Art Foundation and TELUS

    

 

 

The Contemporary Art Gallery is financially supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the City of Vancouver and the Province of BC through the BC Arts Council and the BC Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch. We are very grateful for this support. We are also grateful for the support of Vancouver Foundation and our members, donors, and volunteers.

 

Contemporary Art Gallery, 555 Nelson Street, Vancouver, BC, V6B 6R5, Canada www.contemporaryartgallery.ca. Gallery Hours: Wed. – Sun. 12 – 6 pm.  Admission is by donation. For more information please contact:   info@contemporaryartgallery.ca or 604.681.2700

 

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Projector Stands for Sale

The Contemporary Art Gallery has just put up several projector stands on craigslist for sale. The prices are non-negotiable and the transaction is cash only and pick-up only. Please click on the following links to the respective craigslist page for photos and further details.

3 new Da-Lite Gigant projector stands, $100 each,

http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/van/for/2459023756.html

1 new Da-Lite Project-O-Stand, $80

http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/van/for/2459028268.html

3 used foldable projector stands, $20 each

http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/van/for/2459024557.html

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