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Vancouver Independent Archives

March 16th, 2017

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springfever facebook (1)Spring Fever: Vancouver Independent Archives 2017

DATES: March 18 – April 8, 2017

221A, Access Gallery, grunt gallery, the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Other Sights for Artists’ Projects, Vancouver Art Book Fair, VIVO Media Arts Centre, and Western Front are excited to announce a three week programming series focusing on local independent archives and archival practices in the arts.

This spring season, Vancouver Independent Archives will offer a series of free public talks, screenings and community workshops that foreground local art and art history by drawing on the archives of Vancouver’s independent arts community. Building on the success of Vancouver Independent Archives Week 2015, Spring Fever invites new partner artists, scholars, and organizations to share their approach toward and practice within the archive. Our project aims to create inclusive spaces to consider the opportunities and limitations of our collections in documenting cultural narratives from Vancouver and beyond. We will emphasize the relationships between these narratives and social movements past and present to draw attention to shared experiences/struggles across communities that are diverse in age, ethnic background, sexual orientation, and gender. Artists have a longstanding and recognized role as cultural innovators, activists and archivists. Their work forms the foundation of many Artist-Run Centres’ (ARCs) collections, and their interventions help archival material reach new audiences and enhance critical perspectives on accepted histories. Activation as a means of preservation is a key framework of our program: we believe in the value of engagement and audience. Spring Fever is inspired by new growth from existing roots, seeking to sustain and celebrate sites and actions of collective cultural memory.

Watch for event updates.


March 18, 12-5pm Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, 1825 Main Mall, UBC

March 18, 7-9pm Deep Blue Open Archive with Jean Brazeau and Robin Selk
221A, 221 E. Georgia St.

March 19, 12-5pm Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
Western Front, 303 East 8th Ave.

March 21, 7pm The Foreshore Session 10: Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn and Dan Pon
Presented by Other Sights for Artists’ Projects and Access Gallery
The Foreshore, 222 E. Georgia St.

March 22, 7-8:30pm Archives LIVE!, a Reactivating: Art and Archives event
Panel discussion with Lorna Brown, Marcia Crosby, and Kay Higgins. Moderated by the Pleasure and Protest, Sometimes Simultaneously! free school with Randy Lee Cutler and Magnolia Pauker
Western Front, 303 East 8th Ave.

March 24, 6:30pm Workshop with Justine A. Chambers
Limited capacity; email to register
221A, 221 E. Georgia St.

March 25, 1-2pm Marianne Nicolson: Artist Talk and Book Launch
Nicolson will discuss her practice as it engages with Indigenous histories and politics, and relating oral traditions to methodologies of archival research
Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, 1825 Main Mall, UBC

March 27, 2-4pm Doing what we can with what we know: Challenges and opportunities for Western-Canadian Artist-Run Centre Archives
Presentation and discussion with Shannon Lucky, University of Saskatchewan Library
grunt gallery, 116-350 East 2nd Ave.
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March 29, 7pm Screening: Luke Fowler, Electro-pythagorus
A co-presentation of Western Front and Simon Fraser University Galleries
SFU Woodward’s, Djavid Mowafaghian Cinema, 149 W Hastings St., 3rd Floor

March 30, 7pm changeXchange Screening / Elephants: 70’s Video from the International Exchange Network
VIVO Media Arts Centre, 2625 Kaslo St.

March 30, 7pm V1.03.02 VABF Archive Activation
A curation of the Vancouver Art Book Fair’s archive by Stéphane Bernard
VABF Studio 2 – 236 E Pender St.

April 5, 7-8pm Residue: Anarchival Materiality Within Archives
Artist talk with Trudi Lynn Smith and Kate Hennessy, Making Culture Lab, SFU SIAT
grunt gallery, 116-350 East 2nd Ave.

April 8, 10am-5pm Symposium: Underground in the Aether: Conversations on connectivity, selfhood, and telecommunications
Keynote: Hannah B. Higgins, professor of art history, University of Illinois at Chicago. Organized by the Doryphore Independent Curators Society
VIVO Media Arts Centre, 2625 Kaslo St.

March 30-31, April 4-8 11am-6pm changeXchange Archival Exhibit / of cabbages and catalogues: Matrix and the Satellite Video Exchange Society
VIVO Media Arts Centre, 2625 Kaslo St.


Dan Pon, Archivist, grunt gallery | | 604-875-9516


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