IN CONVERSATION AT ACCESS GALLERY

February 18th, 2016

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In Conversation: Cindy Mochizuki with Hannah Jickling, Helen Reed, and Vanessa Kwan on Artistic Collaborations with Children

Thursday, February 18, 2016, 7:00 PM
Access Gallery

What is the radical potential of artists working with children? How do we understand agency and authorship in projects involving young people? How might such projects point to broader questions around the ethics of engagement in contemporary art practice, and to new (and often destabilizing) forms of interaction within the gallery and beyond? How might curators or institutions shift their practices to support a wider range of complex, generous, and attentive play, in younger communities and in a wider sense? These are some of the questions that will propel a conversation between artists Cindy Mochizuki (Access Gallery), Hannah Jickling, Helen Reed, and Vanessa Kwan (Other Sights for Artists’ Projects) on the occasion of their concurrent artistic collaborations with children. We view this informal event as a generative jumping-off point for a robust, longer-term discussion. Children are welcome at this event, of course!

TASTE MAKING AT FANA

November 20th, 2015

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Hannah and I were invited to present on our latest Other Sites for Artists’ Projects commission at the For A New Accessibility (FANA) convergence at Gallery Gachet. We gave a brief talk on the themes and research of Big Rock Candy Mountain, our public artwork, flavor incubator and taste-making think-tank housed in an East Vancouver Elementary School. Along with the opportunities for multi-sensory experiences that food and candy provide, Big Rock Candy Mountain explores candy’s cultural narratives and the ways in which it connects to larger stories about utopia, power and desire. After the talk the workshop participants spun some cotton candy into desirable and undesirable flavors. By combining different flavors of hard candy we created a good taste – Werther’s Originals and green apple Jolly Rancher combo and a bad taste – Ricola and Cherry Vicks. Special thanks to Elizabeth Milton for lending us her cotton candy maker.

AEROBIC JUSTICE

July 29th, 2015

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I wrote a piece of short fiction about performance artist Margaret Dragu for the summer issue of C Magazine. It’s called Aerobic Justice and speculates that one of Margaret’s performance personas, Lady Justice, takes control of a senior’s fitness class that she is leading. I’ll upload the piece shortly.

In the meantime, you can find our more about Margaret’s work here.

Above image credit goes to Shawna Dempsey.

 

BANDE A PART/KIDS THESE DAYS REVIEW

March 16th, 2015

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A nice review of Bande å Part/Kids These Days curated by Zoë Chan is featured in the Spring Issue of C Magazine. You can read it here.

TWIN TWIN PEAKS

February 11th, 2015

I love it when this project makes it off the internet, thanks for the screening opportunity REDO:

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TRAGEDY PLUS TIME

February 9th, 2015

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Hannah & I had some photographs in Tragedy Plus Time at the Dunlop Art Gallery, curated by Blair Fornwald, Jennifer Matotek, and Wendy Peart. 

From the curators:

“Comedy is tragedy plus time.”

This statement, attributed variously to Mark Twain, Steve Allen, Carol Burnett, Lenny Bruce, and Woody Allen, articulates the effects of time and critical distance, and the transformative and political dimensions of comedy. The artists in Tragedy Plus Time use humour to address a spectrum of difficult content, from the trauma inflicted by general societal ills, to tragedies which are more personal and specific.

KIDS THESE DAYS

February 9th, 2015

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I was very pleased to be invited to show Blue Moon in Bande a Part/Kids These Days, a show at the Foreman Art Gallery in Sherbrooke, Quebec, curated by Zoë Chan.

As part of the Carte blanche series, Bande à part/Kids these days focuses on a selection of projects from the 2000s by Québécois and Canadian artists who employ strategies that draw from the fields of anthropology, psychology, and sociology in their examinations of youth and youth cultures within a North American context. The artists document young people—their bodies, expressions, and movements, as well as investigate their tastes, thoughts, clothing styles, methods of communication, and leisure activities. The resulting artworks suggest an underlying desire on the part of the artists to capture the “essence” of youth or at least to affiliate themselves with the coveted values typically associated with this group: freedom, escape, authenticity, expressivity, creativity, and idealism. Popular ideas around youth are further explored in the fiction and non-fiction books on display and in the accompanying film series.

TECHNO-MUSIC QUEER-ECOLOGIES

June 3rd, 2014

The Beaver Mat & The Faggot Shack opened for one night at the Technoecologies symposium –

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Dance yourself into a state of disorientation with the ecstatic sounds of house and disco. Drink from the queerest of plants: the Nasty Nettle, the super fruity Angle Grinder and some peach-infused Sex On The Beach. Shift your body in tune with the variability of the more-than-human world and allow yourself to deviate from well-worn paths – desire lines can only form through use. The Beaver Mat and the Faggot Shack plays host to an evening of bouncing, grinding and socializing as part of the Inter-format Symposium on the Flux of Sand and Aquatic Ecosystems.

Come shake the sand from your underpants!

THIS SATURDAY, MAY 24 at the NIDA ART COLONY, Studio 3 (Taikos str. 43, LT-93121 Neringa, Lithuania, +370 469 20 370).

22:30 – 3:33, all cocktails 5 LT.

TECHNO MUSIC QUEER ECOLOGIES – temporary gay bar and informal open studio for all!

THE BEAVER MAT & THE FAGGOT SHACK

June 3rd, 2014

Hannah & I have been beavering away making a beaver mat & a faggot shack to present at the Technoecologies Symposium.

We have set up a research blog here.

And here’s some process shots:

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NIDA ART COLONY

June 3rd, 2014

Hannah & I have finally made it to Lithuania. We’re at the Nida Art Colony from May 1 – June 25, working on The Beaver Mat & The Faggot Shack, among many other lingering projects…

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the dunes.

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a perfect wood pile.

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the sun sets in the baltic sea.