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This Might Feel Like Home

Text I wrote for the Whispers Project on the side of Little Mountain Gallery forms the title for a verbatim theatre project, which runs November 14-16, 2013 at Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House in Vancouver, Canada:

Run: November 14, 15 at 8p.m., November 16 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Star Star Theatre is pleased to present the premiere of a new play titled This Might Feel Like Home, curated by Mika Laulainen and Simone Brodie. This community engaged verbatim theatre project has been funded by the Neighbourhood Small Grants Program and will be playing at the Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House, 800 E Broadway. Admission is by Donation. What makes a place a home? Is it art on the walls, your coffee pot, the smell of your old books? Coming home to a specific person or your two rescue cats? This Might Feel Like Home celebrates the Mount Pleasant community using real words from local residents. As diverse as we are, we all have something in common, something that truly makes Vancouver special…..We all choose to make this place our home.

Verbatim theatre, or documentary theatre, uses the exact words of interviewed individuals to create a theatre piece that is not only about a certain group of people, but also by that same group. This Might Feel Like Home explores the ideas of home, community, and housing in Mount Pleasant through the stories of six very different people who share our community with us.

Directed by Simone Brodie, This Might Feel Like Home features the talents of numerous emerging actors who make Mount Pleasant their home, including Erika Babins, Randi Edmundson, Mika Laulainen, Jonathan Mason, and Xavier de Salaberry. This Might Feel Like Home will run from November 14th to 16th at 8 p.m. with a matinee on November 16th at 2 p.m. at the Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House, 800 E Broadway. For more information please contact Mika Laulainen.

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The Fifth Annual CARDED! Artist Trading Card Show

An image-text pairing from my Excerpts series is included in CARDED! again this year. This is always a really fun event, featuring the work of 50 artists in trading card form sold in $5 random packs. For one night only mingle and enjoy refreshments while trading cards. Each card is also displayed framed on the gallery walls. 

CARDED! is tonight, Saturday April 6, 2013 from 8-11pm at the new Hot Art Wet City space, located at 2206 Main Street, Vancouver, Canada.

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Review: The Possibility of an Island

The necessity for becoming introspective of the title and the subject of the pieces is wonderfully coordinated. But it’s not until long after one finds that the possibility of an island within the gallery is nothing more than a condensed scenario in which life is mirrored.

From an Aesthetica Blog review by William Davie of The Possibility of an Island, which closed at Grand Union this past Saturday, August 18, and in which work from my Excerpts series was included.

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A Whisper at the Hotel Del Mar is the backdrop for the cover photo of the August 9-15, 2012 edition of WE Vancouver.

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Excerpts. 2012. Installation view: The Possibility of an Island. 2012. Grand Union, Birmingham, UK. Photos by Tim Dixon.

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The Possibility of an Island: July 13 – August 18, 2012

A selection of work from my Excerpts series is included in the exhibition The Possibility of an Island, which opens very soon at the Grand Union project space in Birmingham, UK.

THE POSSIBILITY OF AN ISLAND
Opening Friday 13 July, 6–9pm
Exhibition continues 14 July to 18 August 2012, open Thursday to Saturday 12–5pm.

Featuring work by Cory Arcangel, Jacqueline Bebb, Paul Antony Carr, Tomas Chaffe, Stuart Croft, Jason Dodge, Sean Edwards, Joanne Masding and Andrew Sunderland. Curated by Tim Dixon.

Separated from a landmass and surrounded by sea, an island can appear a self-sufficient and closed unit, set apart from the world by its distinct language and custom, sitting in relation to and juxtaposed against an other. The very condition of an island’s possibility lies in its removal from something else, its displacement from a network of external influences that governs its being and gives it form. As such its relative autonomy is in fact contingent upon a range of factors that make it so.

The work of these nine international artists set questions of autonomy and contingency into play. The works, in video, drawing and sculpture, question their relationship to, and separation from, a world external to themselves.

Through strategies of isolation and displacement, the artists bring forth material elements from circulation in a larger context and enact processes which separate them from the world; the works extract themselves from their wider networks in order to become visible.

Both the objects and this exhibition are produced through processes of removal, selection and fragmentation. Implied within this is a reflection on the curatorial process and the nature of the curated group show; a construct in which individual works are brought into relation with others and both create and sit within a context.

FAMILY WORKSHOP
1–3pm Saturday 14 July 2012

Artist Joanne Masding will lead an informal, drop-in workshop, exploring the exhibition through light and surface, using projectors and everyday materials. Free to drop in for families and young people as part of Warwick Bar Summer Fete.

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The Possibility of an Island: July 13, 2012

A teaser for The Possibility of an Island is currently on the homepage of Grand Union (Birmingham, UK). The Possibility of an Island is curated by Tim Dixon, and features work by Cory Arcangel, Jacqueline Bebb, Tomas Chaffe, Stuart Croft, Jason Dodge, Sean Edwards, Joanne Masding, and Andrew Sunderland; as well as work from my Excerpts series. The show opens 6-9pm on July 13, 2012 at the Grand Union project space.

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This might feel like home. 195 East 26th Avenue, Vancouver, Canada.

I have contributed text to another Whispers Project mural, which reads: “If only the colors were a little different, this might feel like home.” This Whisper can be seen alongside other mural and graffiti art upon the sides of Little Mountain Gallery in Vancouver, Canada.

Whispers Project is a series of typographic murals located around Vancouver, and is coordinated by Eli Horn and Jordan Bent in collaboration with local writers.

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Excerpts. 2009. Installation view: I Heart Van Art. 2010. Chapel Arts, Vancouver, Canada.

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Excerpts. 2009. Installation views: The Dead 2. 2009. Great Northern Way Campus, Vancouver, Canada. Photos by Jordy Hamilton.

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