Ron Tran, A Way to Go (detail during walk), 2011
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or 604.681.2700