ON THE MOVE | KRISTEN ROOS + ROSS BIRDWISE
Exhibition Dates: JULY26-31 4-10PM
Closing Reception: THUR. JULY 31, 7PM
This exhibition marks the end of VIVO at 1965 Main St.
We will reopen in September at 2625 Kaslo St.
VIVO is pleased to present a time-based sound and video installation by artists Kristen Roos and Ross Birdwise, in the soon-to-be vacant 1965 Main St. building (a space that has served as the organization’s base over the past 20 years).
This installation presents discoveries made by Roos and Birdwise during their three month residency* working around and within the centre’s re-location. Materials intrinsic to the organization’s existence and renewal over time have been retrieved and animated. Acting both as witnesses and investigators the artists have examined the experience of VIVO in its accomplishments, anxieties and precariousness through the individual lenses of the current members of the management collective.
This reflective process speaks to both the socioeconomic climate of the city and the embedded, shifting role of artist-run-centres. Posing questions about VIVO’s institutional history and its political agency, this exhibition might provide glimpses into things that can only be found in the glitches, noises, faulty systems and problematic conditions of institutions. Perhaps it is in these unstable, contested spaces and states that possible futures can sometimes be glimpsed.
As VIVO prepares its departure, 1965 Main St. becomes a momentary laboratory, storage facility, moving company, studio, haunted house, shrine – and the only site for this terminal installation.
* See On The Move Call for proposals disseminated by the Events+Exhibitions Department Nov. 2013-Feb. 2014
“A tradition of supporting artistic dialogues and alternative voices also speaks to the impact of socioeconomic changes and urban development. What is the role that VIVO has historically taken when responding to global socioeconomic forces, and what is the role it will take as an organization that is once again a victim of these changes? This history, and VIVO’s current situation will be reflected on while researching and creating work for On the Move. We are also interested in the history of VIVO’s funding. Who supplied it, how was it accessed, how much of it was there, and what agendas were being promoted, not only by VIVO, but by the funders themselves? We will be accessing VIVO’s archives and documenting, in a creative way, the daily goings on at VIVO (using the mediums of sound and moving image). This approach addresses VIVO’s past, present, and its transition to the future, and the documentation will become raw material for a time-based sound and video installation to be shown inside 1965 Main Street once the space is vacant. The installation will be a spectral presence in an empty space once teeming with activity.” (April 30, 2014)
KRISTEN ROOS is a Vancouver based artist whose practice includes site-specific installations, sound design for dance, and live performance. The exploration of the underground, the low frequency, and the hidden is present in many of his works. This includes his 2007 piece “Ghost Station,” which was installed in an unused Toronto subway station and used recordings derived from subwoofers and subway trains. He has exhibited in artist-run centers and festivals across Canada, and performed in new music venues in Austria and the Netherlands. His writing on sound and radio art appears in the Errant Bodies publication Radio Territories, and the New Star Books publication Islands of Resistance: Pirate Radio in Canada.
ROSS BIRDWISE is a Vancouver-based musician and visual artist. Much of his recent electronic music, whether beatless noise, or some sort of beat driven experimental music or free improvisation, is concerned with the deliberate manipulation of the listener’s sense of time and space and is concerned with disrupting or dequantizing the quantized grid that underlies much electronic music to attempt to create musical space-times that are alternately fluid, lurching, malfunctioning, awkward, violent or organic. Much of his video work has been similarly concerned with addressing issues around space and time, and time-based media itself, attempting to explore time and space in a philosophical but also visceral way. Identity, whether personal, impersonal or collective, or in terms of genre (in music) has also been an ongoing (and related) concern, and research to this end has centred on issues in philosophy, particularly individuation (Simondon), concrescence (Whitehead), duration (Bergson), and the virtual (Deleuze). Ross Birdwise has also been active in the arts as an arts writer, curator and convener of conferences and other events.
ON THE MOVE is curated by Elisa Ferrari
VIVO’s Tell-Tale Heart
A preview of VIVO’s On the Move installation
written by Brit Bachman for VANDOCUMENT