grunt gallery has been given the reins to program content on a new non-commercial urban screen in Mount Pleasant. The urban screen is being constructed on the second floor of the Rize building on the western side of Kingsway Avenue facing the street. The Mount Pleasant Urban Screen will launch in July 2018.
Our vision is to provide an urban screen that allows the viewer to interact in various ways with the content in contrast to the advertising/ consumer paradigm that is the rule with most highly visible screens in a public space. grunt has commissioned Métis filmmaker, Amanda Strong, to produce an original work for the Urban Screen. Her movie, Ghosts, is a stop-motion animated video work that will be featured on the Screen for a 12-month period in rotation with other art community programming. grunt’s first community program, PLACE, will showcase artwork about the neighbourhood of Mount Pleasant and surrounding areas by local artists. As well, it will exhibit a number of community archives.
We’re also happy to announce that CREATIVE BC – INTERACTIVE FUND is funding the interactive features on the Screen including an external camera, streaming audio and SMS capabilities!
SIGN UP FOR FREE URBAN SCREEN DIGITAL STORYTELLING WORKSHOPS
Become a part of the Urban Screen project. This spring, grunt gallery and EastVan Digital Stories join forces to work with Mount Pleasant residents who want to create short videos. Artists Lorna Boschman and Sebnem Ozpeta will host a series of six free weekly workshops at the gallery. The theme is Location. Create a digital story during the workshop by combining images, audio and/or video. We share technical fundamentals but, more importantly, through our group process you will be able to share your own authentic story. Selected videos from the workshops will be shown on grunt gallery’s Mount Pleasant Urban Screen and on digitalstories.ca. As works for the Urban Screen will not have sound, captions will replace audio. Videos shown on digitalstories.ca will have full audio and video and will have closed captions to make the work more accessible.
To sign up for a workshop, send an email to Lorna Boschman email@example.com. A maximum of four people can register per weekly workshop. We expect these workshops to fill up quickly. Please send in ASAP and please include your name, email address, phone/text number, and whether you live in Mount Pleasant.
ARTISTS: Lorna Boschman & Sebnem Ozpeta
WHERE: grunt gallery, #116 – 350 East 2 Avenue
DATES: (12 – 4 PM each day)
- Saturday, April 14
- Saturday, April 21
- Sunday, May 6
- Sunday, May 13
- Sunday, May 20
- Sunday, June 10
FACILITATED BY: Kate Barry
Lorna Boschman has a long history as an experimental documentarist. She designed a digital storytelling workshop for Cancer’s Margins and founded DigitalStories.ca in 2018. She was the Vancouver Mayor’s 2016 Arts Award honouree for Film & New Media and chose Sebnem Ozpeta as the 2016 Emerging Artist for Film & New Media.
Sebnem Ozpeta is a Vancouver-based visual artist, video editor, and videographer. She studied graphic design in Turkey, where she was born and raised.