Interview with Designer Becki Chan, Producer of PechaKucha 08.05.18

Interview with Designer Becki Chan, Producer of PechaKucha 08.05.18

Becki Chan is a Vancouver-based spatial and jewelry designer with a background in sculpture and architecture. She also happens to be the producer of the Vancouver PechaKucha Night on May 8th, part of Vancouver Design Week! We chatted with Becki about the event, about her relationship to her creative practices, and the necessity of grid paper.

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Review: The Unconventional Romance Variety Show

Review: The Unconventional Romance Variety Show

Following the oh-so-conventional (puke in my mouth a bit) hallmark holiday came this refreshingly honest, open, and humourous series of acts responding to ideologies of love, romance, and relationships. The Unconventional Romance Variety Show celebrated sex and uncovered stereotypical notions of modern-day romance. Spicy, gritty and sometimes grotesque, the show offered racy entertainment for those seeking a not-so-hallmark approach to sensory stimulation.

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LIVE Biennale: Praba Pilar's "The NO!!!Bot"

LIVE Biennale: Praba Pilar's "The NO!!!Bot"

"Performance art is unpredictable and ephemeral, which makes it entirely an experience and a kind of art that falls flat when reproduced on Instagram stories or social PR strategies. The truth is, entering the space for performance art is daring; it’s consensual to receiving, witnessing, and participating in an experience impossible to experience once more. The experience could be anything.

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Interview: Jordan Abel

Interview: Jordan Abel

I was drawn to the western for a few reasons. One: it’s a genre that very often seems to represent Indigenous peoples in problematic, stereotypical ways. Two: there are thousands of western novels that are now in the public domain, but it is also a genre that is still very much alive today. Three: many North Americans have a deep and troubling nostalgia for the genre (which is also often intertwined with a kind of romanticizing of colonization that could also been seen as a romanticizing of Indigenous genocide).

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In Conversation with Barbara Chirinos

In Conversation with Barbara Chirinos

Writer Paloma Pacheco speaks with the inimitable Barbara Chirinos, programmer of the Black History Month film series at Vancity Theatre, and touches on the vitality of film as story-telling medium and the importance of diverse experience in art. “What I try to do with all Black History events is to promote them in the broader community. It is very important for the black community to show up because we need to be reminded of what we’ve accomplished, to recognize all of the people that have made contributions, to see people who look like us and to be reminded: We are worthy, we are fantastic, and we contribute to society.”

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Preview: Juxtapoz x Superflat at the Vancouver Art Gallery

Preview: Juxtapoz x Superflat at the Vancouver Art Gallery

 The exhibition is on view from November 5th through February 5th, 2017, and begs an afternoon’s worth viewing for art lovers and casual internet browsers alike. Juxtapoz x Superflat accomplishes a truly respectable feat: creating an accessible portal for the appreciation of “high-art” technique melded with “low-art” content.

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Interview: Sasha Singer-Wilson on My Ocean

Interview: Sasha Singer-Wilson on My Ocean

Using the words ‘environment’ and ‘Vancouver’ in the same sentence can result in some agonizing eye-rolling, so what better way to initiate conversation than through humour. My Ocean is the latest theatre piece drawn up by playwright Sasha Singer-Wilson which stars Nadeem Phillip (Rumble Theatre’s Cock, Neworld’s Doost) as the play’s only lead; a twelve year old environmental activist named Lenny.

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Three Kinds of Abstraction: Email Chain with Angela Fama, Joi T. Arcand, and Noah Spivak

Three Kinds of Abstraction: Email Chain with Angela Fama, Joi T. Arcand, and Noah Spivak

Sometimes, when you put on a group show, it can be difficult to arrange an interview with the artists you're featuring—especially when some live thousands of kilometres away or have a penchant for driving across continents. To hop across the timezone divide, April Thompson, in preparation for her show Three Kinds of Abstraction at Access Gallery, set up an email chain with Angela Fama, Joi T. Arcand, and Noah Spivak to chat about photography and how it interacts with social media, and their younger selves.  

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Interview: Laura Noonan of Meet Me at the Lamp(p)ost

Interview: Laura Noonan of Meet Me at the Lamp(p)ost

On August 12th, at the Beaumont Studios, Irish-born Laura Noonan and Tara Paget open Meet Me at the Lamp(p)ostan interdisciplinary celebration of Vancouver's East Side. The night promises to offer close and real examinations of the community and culture that Noonan and Paget have come to call home during their time here, and opens its doors, characteristically, to everyone from everywhere. 

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