grunt gallery Announcement! Performance Videos released for 30th Anniversary

Still from Neil Eustache’s, Indian Art for Sale. 

grunt gallery releases newly digitized Performance Videos – Curated by Alex Pimm for grunt’s 30th Anniversary.

July 21, 2015 (Vancouver, BC) –

grunt gallery is excited to release six never-before-seen Performance Art Videos curated by Alex Pimm. The first video to be released is Indian Art For Sale, a performance by poet Neil Eustache.

Over the past three years, Alex Pimm has been overseeing the maintenance and archiving of grunt’s collection of video documentation – recordings of performances, installations and various accompanying material that date back to grunt’s first days. Pimm’s selections emphasize grunt’s extensive history of creating relationships between diverse communities – including local and international artists, First Nations artists and LGBTQ artists.

grunt gallery will release a new video every Tuesday from July 21 – August 18, you can find it at the 30th Anniversary Tumblr, or through our social media.
>> Watch the full video for Neil Eustache’s, Indian Art for Sale.

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Upcoming Exhibition: ARCTICNOISE



Exhibition Title: ARCTICNOISE
Artist: Geronimo Inutiq
Curators: Guest curated by Yasmin Nurming-Por and Britt Gallpen, produced in conjunction with International Symposium of Electronic Arts (ISEA); Glenn Alteen and Tarah Hogue (grunt gallery); and Kate Hennessy and Trudi Lynn Smith (Ethnographic Terminalia)
Exhibition Dates: Aug 5 – Aug 22, 2015
Reception: Monday, August 17 (7–10pm)
July 20, 2015 (Vancouver, BC) – grunt gallery, Ethnographic Terminalia and the 21st International Symposium on Electronic Arts (ISEA) are excited to present anexhibitionpanelworkshop and a performance for ARCTICNOISE. The exhibition is located at grunt gallery and runs from August 5 to August 22, 2015 with an reception on Monday, August 17 (7–10pm).

ARCTICNOISE is a media installation by Geronimo Inutiq (madeskimo) that draws on archival film footage and sound materials sourced from the Isuma Archive at the National Gallery of Canada, as well as sound and film materials from the artist’s personal collection and other ethnographical material. Conceived as an Indigenous response to Glenn Gould’s celebrated composition “The Idea of the North”, Inutiq will appropriate Gould’s piece as a musical score, paired with new voices and imagery to produce a layered and multi-vocal work.

The project folds into Inutiq’s larger practice of his alter-ego, madeskimo, that draws on the use of instruments, and digital and analogue synthesizers, as well as the remixing and processing of samples from a large variety of sources— including traditional Inuit, Aboriginal, modern electronic and urban music—in order to create an experimental platform.

At its crux, ARCTICNOISE intends to initiate conversations between various communities, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, and to provoke thoughtful exchange about the roles of Inuit orality and materiality in a post-colonial space within the context of new media artwork. New media, with its appropriative and collage-like nature, is employed as a specific strategy to foster a multi-vocal and multi-generational approach to these sensitive issues.

A curatorial essay written by Yasmin Nurming-Por and Britt Gallpen will be available at the exhibition. This essay will also be included in the forthcoming publication forARCTICNOISE.

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Additional Programming –

Terminus: Archives, Ephemera, and Electronic Art
Saturday August 15 (9:30 am to 5:30 pm)
at VIVO Media Arts |
2625 Kaslo Street, Kaslo St, Vancouver, BC V5M 3G9

Yasmin Nurming-Por and Britt Gallpen, with grunt gallery’s Curatorial Resident Tarah Hogue, are collaborating with the collective Ethnographic Terminalia to produce a workshop at the International Symposium of Electronic Arts (ISEA), which will be hosted by VIVO on Saturday, August 15th from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm, open to the public for viewing.

Following the 2015 ISEA theme of Disruption as it relates to the archive and its expression in new media, “Terminus: Archives, Ephemera, and Electronic Art,” will include presentations of electronic art works and theoretical frameworks that disrupt material, figurative, discursive, cultural, and political manifestations of the archive, broadly conceived. The workshop will result in a DIY publication of the proceedings that will be made available to the public in limited edition print and online formats.

Saturday, August 15th @ 8:00 pm
at the Vancouver Art Gallery |
750 Hornby St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2H7

Arrive by 8pm to watch a performance by Geronimo Inutiq (madeskimo) – the artist behind ARCTICNOISE.

Vancouver Art Gallery’s FUSE is a wildly popular event where art, music and performance collide. On August 15, 2015 FUSE will be the site of DISTURBANCE, guest curated by Kate Armstrong and Malcolm Levy in connection with the 21st International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA 2015), one of the world’s most prestigious global festivals presenting work at the intersection of art and technology.

Wednesday, August 19 (6:30 pm to 8:30 pm)
at Native Education College |
285 E 5th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5T 1H2

This event will include an artist talk by Geronimo Inutiq, a discussion of the curatorial process by Britt Gallpen and Yasmin Nurming-Por, and a presentation by Christine Lalonde, Associate Curator, Indigenous Art, National Gallery of Canada. These will be followed by responses from two local respondents (TBC).
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Media Contact for the exhibition:
Karlene Harvey, grunt gallery | 604-875-9516 or,

Media Contact for ISEA programming:
Maria Fedorova |

Funding Acknowledgments:

ARCTICNOISE is co-presented by ISEA and grunt gallery. We gratefully acknowledge funding from the Canada Council for the Arts, the McLean Foundation, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. A very special thank you to VIVO Media Arts Centre and the Native Education College for hosting the panel and workshop forARCTICNOISE.


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Shako Club | Blog Post

grunt gallery is happy to share the following Shako Club experience by Tara Robertson. Be sure to visit her blog.


Here’s the lunch box I received today from Shako Club.

11743007_10153394032260734_6053153501424641400_nI applied to receive a bento box a couple of months ago. The application process was a slightly odd questionnaire that I had some trouble answering. I don’t often get songs stuck in my head and it’s hard to pick my absolute favourite story from my childhood. We were told that our bento contents would be determined by the answers to this questionnaire.

The theme of land, sea, mountains is represented here with:

– top left (land) – chicken karaage, half a boiled egg on lettuce with 2 perfect crunchy cucumber sticks underneath

– top right (sea) red bean jelly made with kanten with a sansho leaves and a wee piece of candied ginger. there was a sliced strawberry hidden under the paper cup that held the jelly.

red bean jelly with ginger and shanso leaves on top that look like a flower

– bottom right (mountain) – veggie gyoza made with okara and spinach goma-ae

– bottom left  – rice with umeboshi

It’s in a gorgeous handmade maple box that’s been oiled with a cute Shako Club stamp on the bottom.

handmade maple bento box

Shako Club stamp

I sat down and Tazuko and I introduced ourselves to each other. There was also a translator who I didn’t introduce myself to until halfway through, which I feel was a bit rude of me. Tazuko talked a little bit about the process that they went through to make the bentos and then invited me to take the lid off and look. She explained the different ingredients and elements of this gorgeous lunch box. I was already familiar with the Japanese ingredients: okara (byproduct of making tofu), sansho leaves and kanten (agar agar).

Tazuko explaining the contents of the lunch box

She asked me if I liked Japanese food and I explained that I’m half Japanese and love Japanese food. I told her that karaage is my favourite and that I have really fond memories of the Japanese food that my Grandma used to make when we would visit each summer. Tazuko told me more about her history. She was born between Osaka and Nara in the mountains, and during the war their family fled their home to Yokohama.

She talked about the Japanese Canadian internment and the impact that WWII had on many Japanese and Japanese Canadian people. She talked about only having rice and umeboshi for lunch when she was a kid. I know how poor Japan was after the war and that for many people this is all they could afford, but hearing this truth from someone I had just met was really emotional for me. I was so touched about how much someone I had just met was sharing about their life with me, a complete stranger. I was also overcome with how lucky and privileged I am right now. I was blinking back tears then I really started crying, which didn’t seem to phase her or the translator. I forgot this cultural difference. In Japan it’s generally not seen as embarrassing to cry when you are extremely moved. In Canada I find that we don’t know what to do when people cry. We are generally uncomfortable with tears and “negative” emotions.

We chatted a bit more and I learned that she came to Canada 40 years ago and married a Nisei Japanese man. I was curious if she had kids but didn’t want to pry, so I didn’t ask.

We were asked to bring something small to gift back to the person we received the lunch box from. In my questionnaire I said that one of my hobbies is gardening. I ended up with a bunch of volunteer purple shiso plants in my community garden plot. I repotted one of these and brought one of the first cloves of garlic I had ever grown this past year. After all, who doesn’t like garlic? Also from living in Japan I know that gifts that can be consumed are often better. Tazuko and I chatted a bit about the connection between the umeboshi in the bento and the purple shies that I gave her—purple shiso is what gives umeboshi it’s colour.

We chatted a bit more. I took a few pictures of Tazuko and the bento she had made and then Cindy Mochizuki came by and said that Tazuko is her mom. Cindy is the artist responsible for this project and someone I’ve been getting to know better over the past year. It was awesome to find out that this amazing woman is her mom. If I had asked if she had kids earlier in the conversation I would have learned this.

I biked down to the seawall and enjoyed my lunch box and was reflecting on some relationships with work colleagues over the past month. I’ve delighted in a bunch of work relationships shifting to be more open and honest where other people have demonstrated courage in sharing stuff about themselves including: mental illness, learning disabilities, gender identity, sexuality, neurodiversity and personal insecurities that are incongruent with how I see them professionally. All of these people didn’t need to disclose these things about themselves but it made it easier for me to understand how they operate and gave me a glimpse of what they might be going through. To me these are acts of courage because they involve unpacking stigma and shame which is a revolutionary act that gives us all a little more room to breathe freely.

(Read the post on Tara Robertson’s blog).

Official Website | Shako Club
grunt gallery | Shako Club Serves Bento Box Lunches with Memories, Stories, and Gratitude

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Shako Club Serves Bento Box Lunches with Memories, Stories, and Gratitude

Shako Club Serves Bento Box Lunches with Memories, Stories, and Gratitude

For Immediate Release –

July 16, 2015 (Vancouver, BC) –  grunt gallery is excited to announce the roll-out for Shako Club’s bento boxes!

Since April, artist Cindy Mochizuki has been working with Japanese elders and membership through Tonari Gumi (Japanese Community Volunteers Association) to create a social setting for a project called Shako Club. This group meets weekly on Thursdays and socializes over recipes, stories, and concepts of wellness philosophies. Every weekly gathering is spent in the kitchen and studio space at Tonari Gumi as the members discuss a variety of themes and topics.

Jokes are shared, members help one another prepare meals, and ideas are explored for the creation of several themed bento boxes. These boxes are given to participants in Vancouver over a special three-week process in July. These culinary compositions follow a traditional Japanese bento box framework that incorporates three elements: Ocean, Land, and Mountain. Careful consideration is given to the selected ingredients, aesthetics, and cultural history.

Participants receiving the bento boxes filled out a unique questionnaire that included queries such as, “Name a Place You Would like to Travel to and Why?”; “Favourite Childhood Taste?”; “The Last Book you Read?”; and “Name One Wish for Yourself.” Shako Club members assigned participants to three separate themed lunches based on their answers.

On Thursday, July 9, twenty Vancouver participants attended the first bento box exchange. Members of Shako Club selected the individual participants for this particular lunch because their questionnaire answers were filled with tenderness, care, love, or nostalgic memories – the bento box theme was, “Romantic”. The lunch included watermelon lime jellies, onigiri comprised of green or purple shiso, ume and nori, cherry tomato roses, and star-shaped jellies and carrots. Each lunch exchange included a handwritten note from the Shako Club member who made their lunch for them on that day.

Participants were asked to bring a symbolic gift that reflected the spirit of reciprocity. Gifts included fruit pies, stones with healing properties, specially written poems, books, dried lavender, stationary, and other items that conveyed thanks for the thoughtful creation of their bento box lunch.

This Thursday, July 16, another bento box exchange occurred. Visit early next week for a new post that summarizes what transpired today! You can also follow grunt gallery on instagram or search for the hashtag #shakoclub.

Reflections from Shako Club members:

Shako Club taught me how to use your eyes to draw yourself into being interested in food or eating.  Sure there is taste, but it really was about how we use our eyes. How you can take the ordinary to make something new.”
 – Yoshiko Fukushima (translated into English) 

“Another thing that made a lasting impression on me was the time we spent together and that everyone shared the same feelings. I have so many great memories. Every Thursday I hold a lot of hope and I think, ‘What could we do at Shako Club today?’… My heart was excited.”
–Narumi Nakajo (translated into English) 

“I’m usually quite shy and not someone who can work in groups and so when I saw the title “Shako Club” (social club) I thought maybe it would be good for me. And since joining I made friends and learned a lot of recipes.”
– Fumiko Woloshyn (translated into English)


grunt gallery looks forward to the weeks to come and gives a special thanks to our collaborators,Tonari Gumi and the Asian Studies Society. Additionally, grunt gallery gratefully acknowledges Imagine B.C. and the City of Vancouver for making this project possible.

Visit for photos and more information on this exciting project.

Read more:

Shako Club: How a Box Lunch Made me Cry by Tara Robertson

An article and video on Shako Club by the Nikkei Voice:

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Globe & Mail Article: Al Neil & Carole Itter’s Cabin

Saved from demolition, historic Vancouver cabin needs a new home

Almost five months after it was due to be demolished, an artists’ cabin perched on the edge of Cates Park on Vancouver’s North Shore was instead being prepared for a move on Monday – a hard-won victory for the group of artists who fought to save it. Now they have a new challenge: finding a permanent home for the historic structure.The cabin has been used by Vancouver artists Al Neil and Carole Itter for decades, but after a land sale to Polygon Homes – which is developing the property – the cabin became endangered. An eviction notice was issued with a deadline of Jan. 31.

Read the whole article here.

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Three Indigenous Project Sites

grunt gallery wishes you a happy Aboriginal Day!

grunt has a rich history of working with indigenous artists, check out some of these project sites that archive text, images, video and more.

1) Indian Acts: Aboriginal Performance Art
A website that grunt gallery curated for Activating the Archives, it chronicles a performance art conference that took place in Vancouver in 2002.
Check out essay’s written by Tania Willard, Dana Claxton, Daina Warren, Archer Pechawis and more…


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2) Nikamon Ohci Askiy (songs because of the land)

In December 2008, artist Cheryl L’Hirondelle made daily journeys throughout Vancouver and “sung” the landscape she encountered. These encounters were captured by mobile phone by the artist and whatever other technologies are made available by participating viewers/audience (video, photo, audio). Check out this interactive website that includes sound bites from L’Hirondelle’s recordings.

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3) Beat Nation

The little exhibition that could. Some might not realize the humble beginnings of Beat Nation and how it began as a youth project website between grunt gallery and Native Youth Artist Collective. Check out the website that was originally created in 2009, the amount of emerging artists who have since built tremendous careers is inspiring.

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Check out all of grunt’s project websites here.

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SHAKO CLUB | Bentos and Wellness

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“Today in the Shako Club studio, we went through each of the 60 participant questionnaires. It was a marathon of a process – consisting of several broadsheets all over the table and me at times yelling out things … but we have gotten over the first hurdle of it.  Also today, we finally got our hands on the bento boxes that have just arrived from the wood carver, Minoru Yamamoto’s woodshop. Though he is still diligently making many more – we were were able to start the first batch of coating each of the boxes with a natural wax treatment. Something that is necessary that the maple box can withstand washing and the long term wear and tear…” [ read the entire blog post here].


“Cooking your soba noodles right…”

Tips on wellness.

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Shako club is a project initiated by grunt gallery working in collaboration with Tonari Gumi and the Asian Canadian Studies Society. Special thanks to Imagine BC for funding this project.

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Curated Reading Lists via ArcPost

Tarah Hogue Reading List

Click here to read more about Tarah Hogue’s Curated Reading List.

Visit ArcPost to view all of the Curated Reading Lists.

PAARC has collaborated with the grunt gallery, the Or Gallery, VIVO Media Arts Centre, Open Space and Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art to commission curatorial research drawing from the print material indexed in the Repertoire of BC ARCs’ Publications. Lorna Brown, Lucas Glenn, Tarah Hogue, Robin Simpson, and Benjamin Willems were commissioned to produce thematic curated readings lists and accompanying essays highlighting particular moments and orientations specific to BC’s artist-run histories. Through the publication of these reading lists, we hope to stimulate renewed interest in the practices and histories of BC ARCs from the particular perspective of their publishing activities.


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Launch: Curated Reading Lists from the Repertoire of BC ARCs’ Publications

[From the ArcPost website]

PAARC has collaborated with the grunt gallery, the Or Gallery, VIVO Media Arts Centre, Open Space and Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art to commission curatorial research drawing from the print material indexed in the Repertoire of BC ARCs’ Publications. Lorna Brown, Lucas Glenn, Tarah Hogue, Robin Simpson, and Benjamin Willems were commissioned to produce thematic curated readings lists and accompanying essays highlighting particular moments and orientations specific to BC’s artist-run histories. Through the publication of these reading lists, we hope to stimulate renewed interest in the practices and histories of BC ARCs from the particular perspective of their publishing activities.

Tarah Hogue, curatorial resident at grunt gallery, has developed a reading list entitled, Indigenous Women Artists in Artist-Run Centres.
Read her essay and list here.


This Saturday June 6 at 5pm, attend the launch of the Curated Reading Lists from the Repertoire of BC ARCs’ Publications project at VIVO Media Arts Centre.

5 PM: Panel discussion with participating curators
6 PM: PAARC social with refreshments and snacks!

The Pacific Association of Artist Run Centres will launch the Curated Reading Lists from the Repertoire of BC ARCs’ Publications project, realized in collaboration with the grunt gallery, the Or Gallery, VIVO Media Arts Centre, Open Space and Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art.

Project collaborators include:
Lorna Brown (commissioned by the Or Gallery), Lucas Glenn (commissioned by Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art), Tarah Hogue (commissioned by the grunt gallery), Robin Simpson (commissioned by VIVO Media Arts Centre), and Benjamin Willems (commissioned by the Open Space). These curators have been commissioned by partner organizations to produce thematic curated readings lists and accompanying essays highlighting particular moments and orientations specific to BC’s artist-run histories.

Curated Reading Lists can be found on ArcPost.

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