NOT SENT LETTERS & GUESTS form public constellations of engaged interdisciplinary and durational practice, uncompromised by the realpolitik conditions of contemporary art as a competitive professional sphere. The interrelatedness of art, society and everyday life is critically explored amongst a diverse plurality of artists and publics. Jeremy Todd organizes each event as an extension of his NOT SENT LETTERS PROJECT, an
ongoing entanglement with the production of meaning, self and cultural memory, involving online image/text posts (since 2005), digital film shorts, interdisciplinary performance works and cooperatively realized public events: notsentlettersproject.com
Interdisciplinary works by
MARINA ROY, a Vancouver-based artist, writer and visual arts instructor, presents an
audio-visual lecture about animation, the uncanny capacity of inert things to “look back,”
and how this relates to animism as belief system, and the idea of “vibrant matter.” This
last term is from Jane Bennett, who writes about how seemingly inert and inanimate
matter has agential power and potential, pointing to a political-ecological ethos of which
art can be an extension.
HAYLEY LAUREN & FILIP GORECKI debut Dancing Blue: vocal poetry and
synthesizer, earthquakes and tsunami diamonds, the upheaval of roads beneath inner
combat, landscapes of naked truth, the love within hatred, ghosts of heavy water, the
clearing after devastation. All ruins build as the coral reef relaxes.
digital film shorts:
NEAL ROCKWELL, a film-maker, photographer and writer living in Montreal, debuts
Hosts of the Dead, a New York City shot digital film blending elements of absurdist
theater and stylistic traditions within documentary photography. The work explores
biology, life, hope and hopelessness within capitalist relations, other elements of
contemporary society, and the mute power of transitory instances.
SEBNEM OZPETA, a Vancouver-based visual artist and videographer/editor, debuts a
work utilizing extensive footage shot in her home country of Turkey. The work gives form
to experiences of difference in being here and there, and to listening for one’s inner
voice through the city.
GRAHAM MEISNER, a Vancouver-based electronic music composer and videographer,
debuts Artist Statement 4, a satirical piece dealing with the balance between art and the
specialized jargon used to describe or contextualize it. Artist Statement 4 poses the
question: What has more value, the theoretical statement or the art itself?
not sent letters set:
JEREMY TODD presents a new NOT SENT LETTERS SET featuring projections, live
music scoring by ZUZIA JUSZKIEWICZ and letters selected and read from the project
archive by RACHEL E. BAUMANN (To Your Absence), PIETRO SAMMARCO (To The
Oldest Tree In Europe) & RINA LIDDLE (To Twitter Silence).
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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.