A discussion with Donna Miranda, Lena Cobangbang, Lesley-Anne Cao and Allison Collins
Friday, March 5, 6pm Pacific Standard Time (Vancouver)
Saturday March 6, 10am Philippine Standard Time (Manila)
Zoom link here: https://zoom.us/j/96984635623 Webinar ID: 969 8463 5623
This conversation will draw from artist’s materials that survived a fire in 2020, at Green Papaya Art Projects, the longest running artist-run space in Quezon City, Philippines. Under lockdown and midway through a major archive project, the fire took a drastic toll on the activities of the group, which has been active in the community for over 20 years. In the spirit of sharing knowledge and appreciation for the care and safeguarding of independent archives, the Recollective team, based in Vancouver, British Columbia, connected through shared community and resources to support the digitization of the Green Papaya tapes, and to help bring the small collection of archival materials that survived the fire to new communities.
The Green Papaya Art Projects archive holds works by decades of artists who have been connected to the centre. This talk will highlight elements of the video tape collection, show excerpts of performance tapes by two artists: Donna Miranda, a co-founder of Green Papaya Art Projects, and Lena Cobangbang, an artist, community organizer, documentarian, and conduit of community knowledge. Cobangbang and Miranda, both based in the Philippines, will be joined by artist Lesley-Anne Cao, representing Green Papaya Art Projects archive, and Allison Collins, representing Recollective as the organizer of the event.
This talk will be held in English, via Zoom with captioning, and will be recorded as documentation for inclusion on the Recollective website where a commissioned response by Christian Vistan will also be launched at a later date.
Thank you to Tara Fraser for her vital preservation and remediation expertise and assistance on this project.
VIVO is located in the homelands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples in a warehouse space at 2625 Kaslo Street south of East Broadway at the end of E 10th. Transit line 9 stops at Kaslo Street on Broadway. From the bus stop, the path is paved, curbless, and on a slight decline. The closest skytrain station is Renfrew Station, which is three blocks south-east of VIVO and has an elevator. From there, the path is paved, curbless, and on a slight incline. There is parking available at VIVO, including wheelchair access parking. There is a bike rack at the entrance. The front entrance leads indoors to a set of 7 stairs to the lobby.
A wheelchair ramp is located at the west side of the main entrance. The ramp has two runs: the first run is 20 feet long, and the second run is 26 feet. The ramp is 60 inches wide. The slope is 1:12. The ramp itself is concrete and has handrails on both sides. There is an outward swinging door (34 inch width) at the top of the ramp leading to a vestibule. A second outward swinging door (33 inch width) opens into the exhibition space. Buzzers and intercoms are located at both doors to notify staff during regular office hours or events to unlock the doors. Once unlocked, visitors can use automatic operators to open the doors.
There are two all-gender washrooms. One has a stall and is not wheelchair accessible. The other is a single room with a urinal and is wheelchair accessible: the door is 33 inches wide and inward swinging, without automation. The toilet has 11 inch clearance on the left side and a handrail.
To reach the bathrooms from the studio, exit through the double doors and proceed straight through the lobby and down the hall . Turn left, and the two bathrooms will be on your right side. The closest one has a stall and is not wheelchair accessible. The far bathroom is accessible.