Monthly Archives: December 2011

Goodbye for now!

Today is the last day of my six month Curatorial Internship at the CAG. Well actually, as I write this it is fast approaching the last minutes of my tenure here.

I’ve been trying for a while now to distill my experience here into a series of anecdotes or learned facts, but I keep feeling like they don’t add up into something meaningful enough to describe what this internship has given me.

Ultimately, the most valuable thing I’ve been able observe is how an institution like the Contemporary Art Gallery functions and what a curator’s role is. As a viewer of an exhibition one rarely has a sense of how much work goes into every single miniscule detail. The CAG is able to pull it off because there is an incredibly dedicated staff here that ensures that everything from the carpentry in the installation to the design of the publication is immaculate.

I already knew that all of the curator’s choices and the  judgements will be scrutinized, but I could not have anticipated the amount of personal responsibility you begin to take in making sure that ever detail is considered. There are pressures to be locally minded but not insular, to be international but not arrogant, to make your presence known but let the artist’s work shine, to be diplomatic, to be articulate, to be involved, to be discreet, to be social and to be studious. The funny thing is, all of these pressures just make me want to pursue this path more. Who wants to exist in a bubble? I want to have to answer to the highest standards possible, heck I want to eventually start setting those standards.

When I was interviewed for this position I remember Nigel asking me why I aspired to be a curator, between tangents and stuttering ‘umm’ I remember answering that one of the reasons was because I was interested in how an exhibition becomes much more than the sum of its parts. I still consider this to be a crucial element of exhibition making, but now I know that why I want to curate  goes far beyond some logistical considerations and the launch of an ‘event’. Rather, it is because I want to keep learning, I want to make connections, I want to track histories, I want to explore visual languages, I want to ask questions, and mostly I want to be sincere in these pursuits.

Meredith Carr – Curatorial Intern

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CAG Offsite Project: Vibrantes

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CAG Offsite Project: Vibrantes, a set on Flickr.

View screenshots made by the users of the participatory LAYAR project, Vibrantes. Subscribe to keep updated on new images as they are created.

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Photos from Vibrantes: Offsite Project Launch, Dec 3

The latest participatory offsite project at the CAG, inspired by Federico Herrero’s CAG commission Vibrantes, witnessed a wonderful turnout at its project launch last Saturday, December 3rd.

The new project provides participants with the opportunity to interact with emerging colour shapes that appear through their smartphones, creating layers of abstract forms over their surroundings.  The shapes are accessible throughout the downtown Vancouver area and can be captured as far as Granville Island and some participants have even found them in Kitsilano.  For more information on how to interact with this participatory project go to for easy-to-follow instructions.

Again, participants are encouraged to share their digital ‘paintings’ by taking screenshots and uploading these images to Twitter under the project hashtag: #CAGOFFSITE. See a few examples below and on our Flickr site:

Photos by various participants.

Kevin Day

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Online video uploaded: One Question, Corin Sworn

The latest installment in the CAG’s on-going video series One Question features Corin Sworn and her extrapolations of the question “what is your identification with materials in contemporary culture?” Sworn touches on themes of wandering attention, the unknown, and the recent past.  She sheds light on her thinking processes behind her latest project, Endless Renovation, which will be on view at the CAG until January 15, 2012.

Video production by Adrian Buitenhuis.

Kevin Day

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