This event is all about committing to vote for the candidate in your riding that supports arts and culture in your community.
Saturday January 17, 12 - 6pm
In Search of Desire: Dead Meat and The Ratspectacla
January 9 through January 31.
With members of The Canada Council for the Arts
November 10, 6 - 9pm
The Language Lab
October 18 to November 22
Opening: Friday October 17, 8pm
Cindy Baker (Saskatoon)
random intervals and sites in downtown Victoria from Friday August 29 to Tuesday September 2
Eponymously Yours, functions doubly as public relations excercise and as an actual performance. Cindy Baker, who has created a mascot of herself, walks a thin line between remaining true to her own personality and following guidelines of business standard mascot behaviour. Meet Cindy Baker at an informal reception at Open Space on Thursday, August 28 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm.
Sunday, June 8 2 pm
Knock on Woods International Residency and Dwelling for Intervals will be installed on Mayne Island from June 8 to 15, 2008.
Here’s your chance to do an International Artist Residency without suffering jetlag or airport taxes.
Knock on Woods International Residency is a nomadic temporary site that dedicates itself to offering local and international artists a sense of rootedness and respite from a hectic and bewildering globalism. The residency is a para-site that consists of a rustic tent-cabin and a forest of tree-flags that can be situated at almost any host location. Hosts offer backyards, rooftops, neighboring sidewalks, grassy knolls, decks and galleries as wildernesses for residents. Artists are invited to do a residency with Knock on Woods for a minimum of four hours and a maximum of 24. Proposals are being accepted from now until June 7, 2008 for the Mayne Island site. Selected residents will be responsible for their own transportation, food and materials.
Performance: Saturday, April 5, 7:30pm
Artist Talk: Sunday, April 6, 2:00 pm
Saturday, March 29 at 2pm
Archer Pechawis, Skeena Reece and Janet Marie Rogers
Hosted by Jackson 2bears
March 7, doors at 7pm / performance at 8pm
House Dream is David Hoffos' five phase installation. Bachelor's Bluff, its fifth installment, is currently showing at Open Space.
Like some scene out of the dark corners of David Lynch's bizarre yet inviting images, Scenes From The House Dream: Bachelor's Bluff constructs a sequence of anxiety with a calming force. Hoffos' suggests his piece "reads as an elegy to anxiety, stress and depression" in effect it "signals the quintessential modern condition."
October 16 - 20, 2pm - 5pm
Artist Talk, October 20, 12noon
Open Space is pleased to host a five-day residency with Edmonton-based artist Todd Janes. In a variety of public sites, Janes challenges the stereotypes associated with gendered labour and the increasingly blurred boundaries between public and private, work and pleasure. He reminds us of the marginal activities that we encounter daily and then consciously choose to ignore or acknowledge.
Saturday, February 24, Open Space (510 Fort St), in conjunction with CFUV and MediaNet presents Open-Ended: Conversations About Art Practice, featuring 5 contemporary Victoria artists discussing the intimate and public adventures of their artistic practices.
|The participating artists will be: Judith Price (Camosun College), Wendy Welch (Vancouver Island School of Art), Maureen Bradley (University of Victoria), the musician/visual artist Lily Fawn and Farheen HaQ, an independent video artist and educator. Radio host Betsy Nuse will moderate. |
Prior to the conversation a lunch will be served from noon to 1 pm, during which the artists will screen various works. Audience participation will be encouraged.
This event will be recorded by MediaNet for broadcast on CFUV, and television broadcast on the SHAW community channel, as well as web pod-casting.
The three organizations, Open Space, MediaNet and CFUV 101.9 FM Campus Community Radio, hope the event will stimulate critical discourse around artistic practice and the situation for contemporary artists, and if reaction is good to the event, it could serve as a model for a series of art talks.
Les Pardis Perdus
Saturday, October 28, 8 pm
Tickets $8 members/students/seniors, $10 general
Les Paradis Perdus is a theatrical maze through the past, inspired by childhood memories both fond and fearsome. With performances by Quebecois dancers Bill Coleman and Laurence Lemieux, and a whimsical sound score by Christopher Butterfield, including sound bites and themes from your favourite TV shows, Les Paradis Perdus is proof that “The best Paradises are the Paradises lost.”
Reading by Donato Mancini and Music by Nuthre (Jeff Morton)
510 Fort Street
Friday, June 23rd
Donato Mancini is a Vancouver based writer, composer and media artist.
Mancini will give a reading from his latest collection of poetry, Ligatures (New Star Books, 2005), which was recently short listed by the 2006 ReLit Awards.
In a series of interrelated suites, Donato Mancini’s début collection revisits, rearticulates and remixes key concepts behind the most radical writing experiments of the twentieth century: the use of linguistic restrictions to generate text; the incorporation of
found elements; typographical exploration of the visual properties of letters.
“Ligatures is a splendid read, a wake-up
call to both the eyes and the brain.”
Steve McCaffery, Apollinaire’s Bookshoppe
Glitch artist Nuthre (“nous-tres”), fresh from a European tour, will complete the evening with experimental electronica ranging from abstract explorations of pop music and Saskatchewan field recordings, to embarrassingly catchy, melodically-effusive metro-dork-outs; among other rhythmically challenging sounds.
Stay and Chat
Pairing the art of storytelling and food-making together for two spicy nights...
Friday, March 17, and Saturday, March 18, 2006
Jacques van Poppel (Netherlands)
Mike Murphy (Toronto)
Warren Arcan (Vancouver)
Mary Patterson (Victoria)
John G. Boehme, curator (Victoria)
Cocktails 7:00 pm, dinner performance 8:00 pm
General admission: $5.00; family admission $8.00
Contact Open Space at 250-383-8833 for information
Eric Metcalfe (Vancouver)
Opening: Friday, November 18 at 8pm
Artists’ Talk: Saturday, November 19 at 2pm, with Eric Metcalfe and Paul Plimley
Visual artist Eric Metcalfe’s multi-media installation Laura and a special performance by The Paul Plimley Tommy Babin Experience, transform Open Space into a tantalizing film set where cinema, jazz and art converge.
Miss Adventure | Julie Louise Bacon
Resource Centré Exposé
510 Fort Street
Saturday, June 5, 2004
6 pm: Open Space is pleased to introduce the Telecom History Project, OUTERSPACE seen on the Open Space website (www.openspace.ca/outerspace/index.html). Open Space has been an innovator in contemporary art since 1972. Under the Directorship of Bill Bartlett from 1974-1978, Open Space experimented with Slow-Scan video and other pioneering New Media Ventures. This historical period is a very important one not only for Open Space as it entered the International Art Scene but also for the development of New Media in general with regards to creativity and education. This research project was supported by The British Columbia Museums Association through a Digital Collections grant.
6 pm: Dream Factory, Milutin Gubash and Althea Thauberger. Sixteen amateur and professional artists were chosen, after auditions, to perform material from their existing repertoires. These performances were staged and videotaped at Open Space on the evening of August 1, 2002, in a makeshift television studio, installed within the gallery.
8 pm: Open Space New Music is proud to present a night of museful musical entertainment with performances from Erik Friedlander and the Tony Wilson 5tet. New wave jazz and improvisational cellist Erik Friedlander will wow the audience with original and complex improvised music, supported by a framework of rehersed pieces from his first solo CD entitled Maldoror, and other scores from such composers as banned Iranian pop star Googoosh, John Zorn, and Carlos Santana; while the Tony Wilson 5tet will soothe the crowd with thier melancholic melodies.
Monday October 27, 2003
Mapping the Transition from Page to Screen
Talk: Monday October 27, at 8pm
Mapping the Transition from Page to Screen was a one-year research project (2002-3) funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Board. It explored the common key moments of change for a writer moving to writing online and identified key skills which must be acquired for this transition to occur.
Sheila Ie and Carey Ann Schaefer
July 23 - August 3
Artists' Talk August 3 @ noon
The Perfect Distance is a poetic and complex collaboration between artists Sheila Ie and Carey Ann Schaefer in which the two will be travelling towards one another from separate cities to a geographical mid-point. The predetermined destination will include an abandoned "found" building that they will paint white, marking their arrival. Before reaching this mutual destination, they will each record sounds and gather other documentation from their respective journeys. Upon their return to Victoria, they will present their collection of sounds, images, information and memories as an installation in the gallery. The title of the work proposes that we consider "the perfect distance" - what makes it perfect and how do we measure the mid-point of two distances - from where to where do we go?
Lisa Anderson, Meg Walker, Ian Avery and Greg Corness
Performance July 19, 8 pm
Artists' Talk July 27 at noon
Re: miss Understanding consists of three premiere compositions by poets Lisa Anderson and Meg Walker and composers Ian Avery and Greg Corness. This collaboration will highlight notions about how one can be interpreted or misinterpreted, understood or misunderstood within the context of a group. For example, in the second composition, "What I really mean/What you really mean", the individuals will rally against the loss of their singular voice within the group. As one poet performs a text solo, the other begins to restate, paraphrase and misquote the original text. The first poet interrupts and tries to clarify her original statement, but she is limited to only using the words from the original text. Using a process of structured improvisation, various sounds will be layered into the compositions throughout the concert. Some of the sounds will be recorded live and immediately played back, others will range from prerecorded quotations and aphorisms that are part of the common vernacular, to sounds from a trumpet and a typewriter, to other found and electronic samples.
Cecile Clayton-Gouthro (Winnipeg) & Andrea Young (Victoria)
June 14 - July 6
Andrea Young will perform various short vocal compositions based around the installation.
Friday, June 14 @ 8pm, Friday, June 21 @ 2pm, Wednesday, June 26 @ 2pm & Friday, July 5 @ 8pm
Collaboratory: Connecting is the second exhibition in Open Space's Collaboratory Series and brings together Cecile Clayton-Gouthro (visual artist, textile historian) and Andrea Young (performer/composer) to create a visual and vocal presentation that includes three sculptural garments made entirely of vibrant-coloured shoulder pads, as well as a sea of shoulder pads covering the gallery floor. Andrea Young using voice and gesture will "connect" with Clayton-Gouthro and her work through public performances of structured improvisation.
Quartet for the Year 4698 or 5760: improvisation for four projectors
Laiwan (Vancouver) in collaboration with Lori Freedman (Montreal)
Quartet for the Year 4698 or 5760 is a multi-media installation that uses film, audio, live performance, music improvisation and computer media. This multidisciplinary installation marries visual arts and new music, two disciplines that have collaborated for many years at Open Space. Quartet explores time and space as well as the presence/absence of cultural histories within a critique of the limitations of machines. Moreover, it addresses themes of contemplation/spontaneity, temporality/duration and bodily presence (live music)/ mediated absence (on film). As a whole it is a collaboration in which the framework created by the visual artist and the improvisational abilities of the musician allow for an exploration of the fleeting nature of improvisation and the relationship of body and machine.
Roving Project Series:
October 9-October 27
October 9-13 Home Dialects - Tyler Hodgins
Project Dialogue, Saturday 13 at 3pm
October 15-20 pages of being lost - Chris Gillespie
Project Dialogue, Saturday 20 at 3pm
October 22-27 Prima Materia - Jo Cook, Lisa Cook, Donna Eichel, Lance Olsen, and Don Sutherland
Project Dialogue, Saturday 27 at 3pm
November 9-December 14 vertical gallery
Legally Blind - Charles Gardner and Kennedy Telford
October-November web projects - close-up - Ross Racine
September 24 Monday Nights @ Open Space
Theatre of Sound (Vancouver)
Four sound performers working from construction to deconstruction, layering and manipulating sound into a texture of warm sound. In collaboration with Monday Magazine.
David Yonge - Building physical sound
Shawn Bristow - Hmm...yes...Hmn
Nicole Dale - headache
Yellow Diablo - Mexican Microphone Wrestling