INTERDISCIPLINARY WORKS BY
Tara Travis & Elizabeth Milton
Soressa Gardner & Dennis E. Bolen
ONGOING PROJECTIONS AND DIGITAL SHORTS BY
DIGITAL SHORTS BY
Kristen Roos, Paolo Pennuti & Elisa Ferrari
Edén Bastida Kullick
a reading by
A NOT SENT LETTER SET BY
Jeremy Todd w/ Elizabeth Milton & Graham Meisner
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.
Coupe is a multi-disciplinary artist collective experimenting with the construction of shared meaning. The group has drawn lines across unfolding political sequences since its Vancouver-based formation in 2010. Two recent collective texts, Year Zero and Unnamed, will be presented with projected video for NSL&G.
Elizabeth Milton & Tara Travis have been collaborating since 2005. Milton is a Vancouver-based performance and media artist. Travis is an actor-writer-puppeteer, Artistic Producer of Monster Theatre and co-founder and Artistic Director of Sticky Fingers Productions. For NSL&G they present a new work that extends their use of humour to critically investigate the garish excesses of popular culture.
Soressa Gardner & Dennis E. Bolen return to NSL&G with a new interdisciplinary work, using material from Bolen’s recently published poetry collection Black Liquor to explore both post-war, working-class malaise and the cynically reasoned present. Gardner is a new music composer and classically trained vocalist. Bolen is a novelist, editor, teacher and journalist (as well as Gardner’s partner and frequent collaborator).
Manuel Piña is a Vancouver-based artist and teacher originally from Havana, Cuba. Much of his recent work considers the ways in which images are conceived, consumed and understood within digitally mediated culture(s). For NSL&G he presents new, ongoing projections and digital shorts that generate narratives around looking, the city (both Vancouver and Havana are featured prominently), landscape, power, history and social relations.
Dahlačkov is a collaboration between Selena Junačkov & Mark Dahl, who live and work in Belgrade, Serbia (Dahl is originally from Vancouver). Their practice takes inter-subjectivity as a basic premise while focusing on intertextuality, heteroglossia, irony and ideological critique. The Dahlačkov approach to art is not interested in the artistic object as such but rather in social relations and communication. For NSL&G, Dahlačkov present their first digital short.
Annie Briard is an artist and educator holding a BFA from Concordia University and a SSHRC-funded MAA in media arts from Emily Carr University (2013). Focusing on moving-image, installation and interactivity to explore visual perception and the role of wonderment in interpreting physical and internal worlds, she has exhibited her work in solo shows, festivals and screenings across Canada and internationally, and participated in residencies including White Rabbit Arts, the Banff Centre, and WEYA in England. She is an active arts organizer and member of the board for Montreal-based Studio XX and Art Contraste, and Vancouver’s Access Gallery. She is represented by Joyce Yahouda Gallery in Montreal.
Elissa Hanson is a performing artist and collaborator who lives and works on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. She investigates somatic, theatrical and political gestures. Elissa has performed and collaborated with EDAM Dance, Fight With a Stick, Justine A.Chambers, MACHiNENOiSY, The Biting School, Kinesis Somatheatro, Out Innerspace Dance Theatre, Company 605, Deanna Peters, Josh Beamish and Mascall Dance. Elissa's independent work comprises several solo dances, installation, and video works, and expanding her teaching practice in TRE technique, specializing in facilitating tension and fascial release.
Graham Meisner a Vancouver-based interdisciplinary artist and musician originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, returns to NSL&G with a new series of digital shorts utilizing parody, popular song and vulgarity to engage with current events and the uncertainties of contemporary life.
Laura Lamb is a Vancouver-based visual artist originally from Kenora, Ontario. Her work explores the appearance of narrative; the struggle to live authentically; displacement, marginality, utopia and disaster. Before creating the umbrella project and fictive world of Lamb’s Performing Objects, Laura created bodies of work in video and photography. For NSL&G Lamb presents Bits and Tatters, a recent video work.
Edén Bastida Kullick is an interdisciplinary artist and doctoral student in Buenos Aires, Argentina (originally from Monterrey, Mexico). For NSL&G he presents Stat US, a short digital film questioning the Puerto Rican state, the status of Puerto Rico, the Puerto Rican statute, and the condition of the state of the United States. The featured anthem serves the poverty of certain states that continue in such a state.
Kate Henderson is a Vancouver-based artist, photographer and teacher exploring transitional spaces between the analog and the digital in relation to lens-based technologies. Henderson returns to NSL&G to debut a second digital short addressing the fraught relations between human, analog bodies and mechanical interfaces.
Margaret Dragu aka Verb Woman, aka Lady Justice, is a renowned interdisciplinary performance artist living and working in Vancouver. She returns to NSL&G to present material from her ongoing How To Be Old How To Guide series, taking on thoughts and issues to do with aging, culture and society. 3 videos will be screened: Get Devices, Get Rolling and Get Group-y.