Photography by Ash Tanasiychuk
Text pulled from SWARM 15 site, plus event pages
SWARM is a 2-night event that marks the launch of Vancouver’s artist-run centre (ARC) programming season with exhibition openings, performances, screenings and special events. Artist-run Centres (ARCs) are collectives and non-profit organizations, run by artists, supporting new and innovative practices in the arts. With a rich history that spans over forty years, ARCs have had a significant impact on the cultural ecology in Canada and around the world.
Stimulated Being aims to describe that energetic gulf between subject and stimulant, the moment of stimulation and the multiple vantages of stimulation. Julia Kreutz examines stimulation as a visceral sensation and phenomenon of understanding. The exhibition includes a series of illustrations of botanical stimulants that Kreutz was commissioned to make by UBC for a trading card game called Phylo.
Stimulated Being runs September 12 – October 20, 2014 @ Kafka’s, 2525 Main Street.
Borrowing its title from Vancouver artist Barry Doupé’s new film, the result of a 2013 Western Front Production Residency, our fall exhibition includes Doupé’s new work alongside sculptures by Vancouver artist Mark DeLong and animated Gifs by Toronto-based Lorna Mills.
* paintings / collages by Mark DeLong
* GIFs by Lorna Mills “Party Manners (series)”
* 22 min video by Barry Doupé
Investigations into oxytocin, a.k.a. “the love hormone,” fuel a grandiose multidisciplinary performance of LIQUID TRUST that incorporates video installation by Szuper Gallery (London/Munich), spoken word by Michele Sereda of Curtain Razors (Regina, SK), a Greek chorus, and new music by composer Ben Brown performed by the China Cloud Ensemble.
Life and People runs September 12 – October 25, 2014 at Western Front, 303 East 8th Avenue.
“Blue Shift” is the kind of distortion experienced as things move away from us, both in space and in time. Dealing with nostalgia, and the accompanying feelings of nausea and vertigo. The constructed nature of built space, and the reality-within-the-illusion, where each place also has its place, are explored via sculpture, derive, decollage of matter, and minimalist illustration.
Blue Shift runs September 12 – 19, 2014 @ Gropp’s Gallery, 144 East 6th Avenue.
W/ Emma Hendrix (sound design), Sharon Bradley (acting), Heather McDermid (violin & saw)
Does an emotional response to the replicant (or humanoid robot) shift from endearment to revulsion as our likenesses become indistinguishable? The Orchestra of the Uncanny Valley explores this question while enacting a rhetorical hypothesis across the fields of 3D animation, robotics, human aesthetics and modern epic theatre.
Also screening Sept 19 and 26, 8pm–12am
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