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PechaKucha Night Vol. 23 Vancouver

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Here are a few images from PechaKucha Night Vol. 23 which took place on September 21st, 2012 at the Vogue Theater. This edition was presented by Contemporary Art Gallery in partnership with the design firm Cause +
Affect.

This highly successful evening focused on the visual arts as you can see from the list of speakers below. The presentations were very diverse, often funny and very informative. Many presented on their individual art practices while others discussed the organizations they work for. Overall it was a great evening, capturing a large audience of over 1000, and continuing to the after party, which was hosted by Contemporary Art Gallery.

We’d like to thank all the speakers:

Andrew Young • dyoung.co
Caitlin Jones • front.bc.ca
Germaine Koh • germainekoh.com
Kaput • wackytupaky.com
Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun • Artist
Michelle Allen • greencouchsessions.ca
Nicole Ondre • exercisecanada.com
Shaun Dacey • accessgallery.ca, burnabyartgallery.ca
Stephen Waddell • stephenwaddell.com
Zach Gray • thezolasmusic.com

With special thanks to Cause + Affect for inviting us to participate and pulling the evening together, and we’d like to extend our warm regards to the wonderful group of volunteers who made the event possible.

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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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Vibrantes: Offsite Participatory Project: Saturday Dec 3, 3 pm

Please join us on Saturday December 3rd at 3 pm at the CAG to launch the latest participatory offsite project expanding our current exhibition into the streets of Vancouver.

Federico Herrero’s vivid and dynamic new commission in the Contemporary Art Gallery’s façade, Vibrantes, is the inspiration point for our latest offsite project. Encapsulating the social nature of Herrero’s artistic practice, rooted in the display of work in the public realm, the project allows participants to generate their own compositions, blocking colour across the city’s buildings via a special program.

Through the screens of your smartphones, visitors will be able to view a potential and unfolding mural, occupying the digital space around the gallery and expanding into nearby streets. Users can then explore the surrounding area where they will be able to uncover series of coloured shapes with which to create virtual paintings in surprising locations.

Digital clusters of differing colours will shift and change dependent on the user’s position and viewpoint, allowing each person their own unique version of a mural in virtual space. Participants will be encouraged to compose and then share their digital paintings by taking screenshots and uploading these images to Twitter under the project hashtag: #CAGOFFSITE. All photographs will be credited and published on Contemporary Art Gallery affiliated media including this blog and the Facebook page, establishing an evolving community as we paint the town.

Get there at 3pm and be one of the first forty participants who will receive a coloured vinyl shape inspired by Herrero’s mural. With only one piece per person available, bring friends and family to create a cluster you can install on your walls at home.

http://www.contemporaryartgallery.ca.
Hours: Wed. – Sun. 12 – 6 pm. FREE ENTRY

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Remixology Six

The illustrious panel

Jenifer Papararo, the CAG’s Curator, was recently invited to speak at an event hosted by FreshMedia. Freshmedia is an organization that celebrates and fosters alternative media sources by generating conversation and ultimately, innovation.

The event, dubbed Remixology Six, focused on media in public space, the commercialization thereof, and how to build community in light of this. Jenifer, along with Consultant Hannah Hughes, discussed A Way To Go, Ron Tran’s current Offsite Project for the CAG. Remixology’s main questions, “How do we use new and old media tools to affect public space and generate conversations? ” was especially pertinant to Ron’s work and his attempt to breath poetic humanism into the sometimes cold (or at the very least, cool) world of technology and new media.

Jenifer Papararo discussing Ron Tran's "A Way to Go"

The other panelists were Alexander Biko McNaughton, public space specialist, David Mattatall, creator of  Zoo Zhop, and Debra Zho fom Center A. Check out Center A and Vancouver New Music’s recent Co-Lab effort www.map-sense.comby Germain Koh and Gillian Jerome for another creative and sensitive use of new media. Ain’t Zeitgeist grand?

Meredith Carr, CAG Curatorial Intern

From left: Alexander Biko McNaughton, David Mattatal, Debra Zho, Hannah Hughes, and Jenifer Papararo

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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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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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Screaming Alley smelled like fresh laundry: an entry on Tran’s A Way to Go

Hello dear CAG Blog readers,

My name is Kevin Day. I am one of the new curatorial interns who just joined the Contemporary Art Gallery this month. Today I had the privilege of taking Ron Tran’s A Way to Go, an off-site project involving a guided tour of the artist’s earlier experience of walking through the downtown area. The following are some thoughts I had while taking the tour.

As I came to Emery Barnes Park and listened to the interview with the caretaker of the fountain, there was an uncanny doubling as I was confronted with the feeling that the caretaker was right there talking beside me, yet concurrently, with the realization that he is at that very moment, elsewhere, operating the fountain’s machinery.

At numerous times, I made mental notes to myself that what the artist saw and experienced contrasted with what I was experiencing, such as the realization that the section between Richards and Seymour at Drake was closed off today for construction, relieving myself of the dread and danger of crossing the street that was most likely faced by Tran. Other difference included the fact that “Screaming Alley,” for me, exuded not so much screaming as its most evident trait but a strong waft of fresh laundry, and how in that same alley I did not find five dollars like Tran did but instead a red suitcase.

At Davie and Red Scarf Alley where the artist directed us towards the Found Balloon, I followed Tran’s exact point of view and movements as I watched the video of the balloon traversing the streets.

A constant sentiment that occurred to me throughout the walk was how the two distinct times/experiences (between the artist’s idiosyncratic journey and my own) forcefully merge together, simultaneously and paradoxically, even as their distinction is made evident.

The tour came to an end with an accompanying song, highlighting the common contemporary condition of not just looking at one’s phone all the time (as made evident and necessary throughout the tour), but listening to music everywhere as well, giving the semblance of having a perpetual personal soundtrack.

Here is an audio sample of A Way to Go.

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