ABOUT SPRING FEVER
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.