the 2017 SFU BFA graduating exhibition at Audain Gallery
With a playful title like Lazy Susan, unlike so many pretentious undergrad group show titles (hell, mine was “Flux” – ha!), the world was wide open with possibilities about the range and quality of work that would be seen. This was by far one of the most fresh showings of undergrad work to be seen […]
Tom Wherrett's jazz Americana fusion project takes the stage
Outside, it was a mess of wind and snow; inside in the warm and inviting China Cloud, there couldn’t have been greater contrast on the night that Elkhorn performed their album release party. Playing almost all new material, the band, who mixes jazz, folk, Americana, and elements of post-rock, kicked off their set with “Who? […]
Weekly performance series curated by Barbara Adler, Cole Schmidt and James Meger with frequent help from Debra Jean Creelman, Megan Stewart and Kyla Gardiner
VANDOC: Sawdust Collector started Sept 2016, correct? What does the name mean? Sawdust Collector: Yes, our first show was in September, only about a month and a half after we first decided to work together and join the Gold Saucer collective. At the end of February, we’ll have been running weekly shows for 6 months. […]
What does Red Gate's new residency at the Revue Stage mean to this cleverly rebellious underground arts org?
VANDOC: How did Red Gate’s takeover of the Revue Stage come to be? Jim Carrico: In the spring of last year we were approached by a members of the “Granville Island Vision Committee” to discuss their plans for repurposing the Emily Carr buildings on Granville Island after the art school departs for their new Great […]
2016 was an incredible year for music in Vancouver. Here are the 10 albums that had us particularly stoked for what’s happening locally. Hopefully you know all of these. If you don’t, give the full lengths a listen, buy the ones you love, and definitely go see these artists at their next live shows. Maarten […]
Kıvanç Tatar's performance at OPEN to ENTER, Selector's Records.
This performance is a duo with a musical agent, artificial intelligence, making music. The human performer is on the left channel and the musical agent is on the right channel. The agent listens to the human performer and itself real-time, making proactive decisions about future actions. The agent is trained on a 30 minute experimental […]
The inaugural exhibition at Plaza Projects in Aberdeen Square, Richmond
Photos by Ash Tanasiychuk Plaza Projects presents its inaugural exhibition curated by 7:30assemble, Precarium – Right Until Revocation, which is a convergence of five emerging curators and fourteen artists. Using this commercial space that has temporarily been made available, we are taking this moment of departure from conventional forms of an art institution to more […]
The VANDOCUMENT recap of ISEA2015. Not for the faint hearted or epileptic.
ISEA2015 was a six-day symposium (14-19th August 2015) featuring over 450 speakers, workshops, tutorials, panels, papers and institutional presentations, showcasing over 160 cutting-edge digital artworks. ISEA2015’s theme of DISRUPTION invited a conversation about the aesthetics of change, renewal, and game-changing paradigms. To go with this theme, this video is packed with raw bursts of energy; […]
A glimpse at the performances of Improvised Resolutions @ Gold Saucer
Photo and video documentation by Ash Tanasiychuk A friendly introduction, A gong, Bass & violin, Guitar, pedals, Lash out noise dance Improvised Resolutions, a night of improvised music at the Gold Saucer. Code of Silence, featuring Kıvanç Tatar on trumpet and electronics, Victor Zappi on D-Box (hackable musical instrument), Matthew Ariaratnam on prepared guitar and […]
ISEA2015 launches mellow but bright and generous with Instant Coffee party
Ash Tanasiychuk photos “Instant Coffee Light Bar is an ongoing art project that investigates the potential and power of light. The artists come to this idea through necessity. Living in a place such as Vancouver, Canada, where the rain can seem endless, the negative effects of the lack of sunlight on individual psyches and the […]