ONLINE LAUNCH | New Documentation & Response by Tobias Ewé for Recollective: Vancouver Independent Archives Week 


Photo: Quivering by Hong-Kai Wang

“When an earthquake’s sonic event oscillates through the air – rolling over the earth – it absorbs all objects in its wake. The sonic outline of every object in the path of the sound wave is inscribed into its signature. An earthquake produces rumbling imperceptible infrasounds that alter the geological make-up, as well as deep bass frequencies that offer up new modes of understanding the malleability of geological strata. Movements are world-makers. As sound moves, worlds are created. As the earth quakes across its surface, new lines are drawn up.”   – Tobias Ewé

Recollective: Vancouver Independent Archives Week announces the web-launch of “On Hong-Kai Wang’s Quivering,” a newly commissioned text by Tobias Ewé in response to This is no country music, a performative lecture hosted at Artspeak on November 1, 2019, and Wang’s exhibition Quivering which was on view at Artspeak from October 26–December 7, 2019.

Read Tobias Ewé’s response and view the event and exhibition documentation on the Recollective website.

Recollective: Vancouver Independent Archives Week is a series of free public events that highlight artist-run centre archives, artists working with archives, and the intersections between contemporary art practices and social movements in Vancouver and beyond. Recollective commissions original response works to our programming from a variety of artists, writers, and activists. Stay tuned for more Recollective responses and programming at archivesweek.ca!

BIOS
Tobias Ewé
is a Danish experimental theorist currently based in Vancouver, BC. He is writing a PhD on inhuman psychoacoustics in the Department of Art History at the University of British Columbia. His research focuses on the epistemology of listening in modernity, and its symptoms in the sonic arts at the nexus between vibrational inhumanism and speculative aesthetics. His most recent work appears in Holger Schulze, ed (2019), Handbook of the Anthropology of Sound, London: Bloomsbury; and Laboria Cuboniks (2018[2015]), Xenofeminisme: En politik for fremmedgørelse, trans. Tobias Ewé, Copenhagen: Passive/Aggressive. Tobias has exhibited/performed diagrams and sonic fictions in Germany, Canada, Denmark, Italy and online.

Based in Taipei, Taiwan, Hong-Kai Wang’s research-based practice confronts the politics of knowledge lost in colonial and diasporic encounters. Through experimental modes of sonic sociality, her multidisciplinary work seeks to conceive of other time-spaces at the intersection of lived experience, power and ‘listening.’ Wang’s work critically interweaves the production of desire, histories of labor and economies of cohabitation. She has presented projects at Asia Art Biennial 2019; Theater Commons Tokyo 2019; Sculpture Center New York; documenta 14; Taipei Biennial 2016; Liquid Architecture; and the Museum of Modern Art.

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We’re Hiring an Engagement Coordinator for the Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen

Position: Engagement Coordinator
Project: Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen
Reporting to: Program Director
Hours: $27/ hour, 12 – 14 hours per week. Some evening and weekend work. Flexible schedule.
Start date: TBA

Project Description:

The Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen (MPCAS) is a 7m x 4m outdoor urban screen located at the intersection of Kingsway and Broadway in Vancouver. The screen is maintained and programmed by grunt gallery, and aspires to enrich and engage the public through the presentation of media art that reflects the diversity, historical richness and creative capacity of the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood. Through commissions, exhibitions, co-productions and partnerships, the screen features works for and about Mount Pleasant and the people who live here alongside programming that connects these local issues to global practices, ideas and concerns.

About the Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen and grunt gallery

The Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen is a place for media and interactive content both home-grown and far-flung, presented through the distinctive lens of the neighbourhood. Working with neighborhood producers and filmmakers MPCAS mirrors the community it calls home.

Programming the video screen on the new Independent building at Kingsway and Broadway is an exciting opportunity for grunt. We plan to develop the screen to encourage collaboration and represent the area in ways that showcase the cultural and community organizations in the neighbourhood and support the work they do.

grunt gallery has been a part of the Mount Pleasant community since 1984 and has seen tremendous changes over this period. During the past 36 years the area has gone from one of Vancouver’s poorest neighbourhoods to one of its richest. This transition hasn’t been easy and the social costs of thirty years of gentrification have been intense. The MPCAS has been born of this tension, and we seek to acknowledge both the Mount Pleasant that is fading away and the new communities  coming into being.

General Description of the Position:

The Engagement Coordinator works with staff and community partners to develop contacts, programming and strengthen relationships between the MPCAS and its partners in the community. This is a professional position that reports to the Program Director and associated staff.

The Engagement Coordinator is a planner, implementer, and relationship builder who is responsible for developing this new initiative in conjunction with the multiple and diverse communities in Mount Pleasant. We are looking for a candidate with deep roots in the neighbourhood who has knowledge of the diversity of its residents, businesses, community organizations and art communities..They will work with grunt staff to  develop strategies around programming, commissioning, and interactivity that engages the community and brings their visions to the screen. This is NOT a fundraising position.

The Engagement Coordinator will work within the communities in Mount Pleasant making connections and strengthening bonds between stakeholders and increasing visibility and access. The Engagement Coordinator is expected to work independently, but will play a key role in the MPCAS team, alongside the Program Director, curatorial staff and the technical manager.

Required Competencies:
Collaborative
Reliable
Committed
Independent
Community Minded
Tolerant
Creative
Flexible
Social
Resourceful

General Responsibilities:

  • Work with staff and committees to develop strategies and enhance contacts within the Mount Pleasant community in conjunction with the MPCAS’s vision for programming and the neighbourhood.
  • Design and implement an outreach plan that builds strong, long-term, and loyal relationships with audience members, supporters and communities.
  • Develop programming for the MPCAS engaging the heritage and cultural communities as well as community groups, seniors, youth and more.
  • Continue to develop relationships with partners and collaborators from the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations as well as the wider Indigenous communities of Vancouver.
  • Assist with content creation around community engagement that is aligned with MPCAS’s social media, website and newsletters focusing on their respective membership and activities.
  • Collaborate and communicate with neighbourhood organizations to develop activities that promote the MPCAS’s presence (eg. community events and festivals).
  • Work with grunt staff and established partners to bring local content to international networks.

Required Skills and Education:

  • Awareness of and experience working within the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood.
  • Strong knowledge and commitment to bridge-building within diverse community frameworks.
  • Good understanding of artist-run culture.
  • Post-secondary education or experience in community engagement, public programming, communications, activist organizing or arts-related disciplines is an asset.
  • Some knowledge of media art practices and production requirements.
  • Experience with youth/adult education programming an asset.
  • Ability to perform well in a team environment and collaborate with others.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills; ability to target outreach materials to varying audiences and age groups.
  • Strong organizational skills, able to identify and prioritize tasks with minimal supervision, work independently, and take initiative.
  • Working knowledge of Social Media, e.g. Facebook, Twitter and mass email systems;
  • Resourceful, hands-on and pro-active.
  • Proven ability to act in an assertive but professional manner and to represent oneself and an organization in a positive manner.
  • Ability to work flexible hours.

Business Ethics and the Workplace:

  • Must promote and set the example for ensuring a friendly, courteous, respectful and professional work environment.
  • Must maintain confidentiality of all personal, private, and professional information obtained within the course of employment.
  • Must not accept any gifts, loans or anything of value from any individuals with whom contact is had during the course of employment.

To apply: Please send cover letter and resume to Meagan Kus by email at meagan@grunt.ca

Application Deadline: Friday, April 17th, 2020 @ 5:00pm

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Recollective: Vancouver Independent Archives Week

Recollective: Vancouver Independent Archives Week is a series of free public events, panels, conversations, performances, and screenings that highlight artist-run centre archives, artists working with archives, and the intersections between contemporary art practices and social movements in Vancouver and beyond.

In its 2018 year, the program featured perspectives and approaches to archival practice through grassroots strategies, collective organizing, hybrid models, DIY spaces, open source solutions, and counter-archives that facilitate ownership of community memory by and for community. In its 2019/2020 programming year, Recollective will host a series of national and international presenters and respondents to examine these issues in a range of global contexts.

Recollective also commissions a variety of artists, writers, and activists to create critical responses to our events. This research is added on an ongoing basis to our website archivesweek.ca to extend discourse and access to wider audiences.

Recent Works by Stacey Ho and Jane Shi in Response To:
Representing the Ephemeral: wen yau on Performance, Protest and Memory

花 4 HK by Stacey Ho is a passage about a 14-year old girl arrested for drawing a flower on a wall with chalk was the starting point for Ho’s work in which Ho’s parents help them to translate some of the Yellow Umbrella Movement phrases wen yau used in her performance.

PASSPORT Palimpsest by Jane Shi plays with textual performance. Scaffoldings of genre, official identity documents, and dominating language offer me a platform upon which to imagine implications of Hong Kong people’s current and past fights for democracy and freedom. Using her diasporic histories and familial connections to the events of June 4th, 1989 as an emotional backdrop, Shi probes intimacies of memory, resistance, and future within bottlenecks of insurgence and suppression. Holding onto the grief, defiance, anger, hope, humour, and love necessary to sustain social movements, this zine guides readers through halls of official bureaucracy, everyday print culture, and digital correspondence. It is a warm-up for what might be if the future so many fight for (and have not given up on) is to come.

Documentation and responses available here: https://archivesweek.ca/events/representing-the-ephemeral

BIOS:
Stacey Ho is a 90% chill 10% not artist who’s into community building, books, and being sort of boring. They recently finished writing a short novella about aliens, love and boundaries tentatively called George the Parasite. They live on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ peoples. They are the founder and one of the core organizers of Slow Wave Small Projects.

Jane Shi is a queer Chinese settler living on the unceded, traditional, and ancestral territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. She is a poet, writer, editor, and community organizer whose work has appeared in Room, Poetry Is Dead, LooseLeaf Magazine, Canthius, and PRISM International, among others. She wants to live in a world where love is not a limited resource, land is not mined, hearts are not filched, and bodies are not violated

PARTNERS: 221a, Artspeak, The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Rungh Magazine, VIVO Media Arts Centre, and Western Front.

For more information please visit archivesweek.ca or email Emma or Dan at grunt gallery. emma(at)grunt(dot)ca or dan(at)grunt(dot)ca

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