Recollective: Vancouver Independent Archives Week
RECOLLECTIVE: VANCOUVER INDEPENDENT ARCHIVES WEEK is as a series of free public events, panels, conversations, and screenings that highlight artist-run centre archives, artists working with archives, and the intersections between contemporary art practices and social movements in Vancouver.
In its 2019 programming year, Recollective will look beyond Vancouver to host a series of national and international presenters and respondents to examine these issues in a range of global contexts.
ARTISTS: Chris Vargas, Chase Joynt, wen yau, Hong-Kai Wang, Dana Qaddah, and others TBA
Representing the Ephemeral: wen yau on Performance, Protest and Memory
Tuesday, July 9, 2019 / 7PM
grunt gallery, 116-350 E. 2nd Ave
How do we understand performance art through secondary documentation? What are the limits of the archive in communicating the power of protest or an act of resistance expressed through art? Hong Kong based artist and researcher wen yau presents a performance-lecture exploring the challenges of representing performative action in an archival setting. Looking to the transmission of knowledge and culture through the performing body, articulated as The Repertoire by scholar Diana Taylor, wen yau draws on her own experience at the intersection of arts and activism from the 2014 Occupy Central protests also known as the Umbrella Movement. wen yau’s auto-ethnographic research into ongoing political and cultural struggles in Hong Kong questions how we remember/re-enact gestures of solidarity from past and present generations of artists and dissidents. grunt is excited to share wen yau’s first-hand experience with the massive anti-extradition law demonstrations that have swept Hong Kong in recent weeks.
As a cross-media artist, researcher, curator and writer, wen yau has focused on performance/live art and social practices in the last few years. Her works often grapples with cultural difference and intimacy in public space and have been presented internationally. She worked as a Researcher at Asia Art Archive (2005-2012). She obtained a PhD at the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University, with her thesis titled “Performing Identities: Performative Practices in post-Handover Hong Kong Art and Activism”. In 2015-2016, she served as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the Performance Studies Department at the Northwestern University, USA. She also contributes frequently to various periodicals in Hong Kong and Asia.
RECOLLECTIVE: VANCOUVER INDEPENDENT ARCHIVES WEEK 2018
November 2-13, 2018 – A series of free public events, panels, conversations, and screenings that highlight artist-run centre archives, artists working with archives, and the intersections between contemporary art practices and social movements in Vancouver.
ARTISTS: Sid Chow Tan, Josh Gabert-Doyon, Christine, D’onofrio, Cindy Mochizuki, Elizabeth MacKenzie, Laiwan, Dr. Sunera Thobani, Raghavendra Rao K.V., Dr. Anne Murphy, Casey Wei, Elisa Ferrari, Salia Joseph, Samantha Nock, Syrus Marcus Ware, !Kona, Regent Park Film Festival, and more.
PARTNERS: 221a, Artspeak, The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Rungh Magazine, VIVO Media Arts Centre, and Western Front.
DATES: NOVEMBER 2 – 13, 2018
FIRST DISCUSSION EVENT: Touch Change: A conversation between Syrus Marcus Ware and !Kona, NOVEMBER 2, 7 – 9 PM at grunt gallery
This series is the first part of a robust two-year program that will include presentations from international contexts to take place throughout 2019. All presentation documentation and accompanying critical responses by writers, artists, activists, and others will be published on archivesweek.ca as a research resource for wider and remote audiences.
Recollective: Vancouver Independent Archives Week broadens the context, understanding, and awareness of independent archives by exploring what is at stake when artists and arts organizations confront the tasks of arranging, describing, preserving, and providing access to material history. Focusing on the intersection of arts and activism, social justice movements, and community networks, Recollective features perspectives and approaches that employ grassroots strategies, hybrid models, collective organizing, DIY spaces, open source solutions, and counter-archives that facilitate ownership of community memory by and for the community.
We are excited to partner again with Western Front, VIVO Media Arts, 221A, and The Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery, and welcome new partners Artspeak and Rungh Magazine to our initiative.