Not Sent Letters & Guests

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Saturday, June 13, 2015
Saturday, June 13, 2015

Saturday JUN 13 | 7:30PM

ADMISSION: $5-20 suggested sliding scale donation
(toward event production costs)
No one will be turned away due to lack of funds.

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a musical performance by FREDERICK CUMMINGS

digital shorts by

Not Sent Letters Set by JEREMY TODD in collaboration w/

NOT SENT LETTERS & GUESTS form public constellations of engaged interdisciplinary practice, unmediated 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 instigates each event as an extension of his ongoing Not Sent Letters Project, an entanglement with the production of meaning, self and cultural memory, involving image/text epistolary detours online (since 2005), digital shorts, interdisciplinary performance works and cooperatively realized public events:
This is the eighteenth NOT SENT LETTERS & GUESTS event.

JUDY JHEUNG & JANICE CHEUNG (Vancouver-based artists focusing on perceptual realities within urban movement and the incorporation of multiples and extended media within installation respectively) debut Conjectured State, exploring digital representations and their effects on personal connection in the tangible world. Through projection and live performance, the work hints at the impact of technological embodiment upon psychological being.

KAREN KNIGHTS & CRISTA DAHL (a past librarian and current committee member of the Crista Dahl Media Library & Archive — and an original member of the Satellite Video Exchange Society responsible for the formation and continued maintenance of VIVO’s archive) debut Predict My Future For Free. Through readings of early manifestos, forgotten correspondence, arcane notations, and imagery, disparate pathways to an imagined future are traced; pulled from the remnant hoard of sporadic intercourse between purposive individuals, collectives, and paralytic institutions found in the Crista Dahl Media Library & Archive.

MARIE-HELENE TESSIER & MEL PAGET (MASS MARRIAGE) collaborate in showing artworks that were expressed at one point in time but never shared, falling into a void. In doing so, visuals and lyrics meet around the impossibility of escaping the binary logic; the impossibility of love and other tormented meteorites only expressible when covered by NOISE.

MARK DAHL presents a non-medium-specific work.

PIETRO SAMMARCO & KATE HENDERSON (both Vancouver-based interdisciplinary artists) animate a few descriptions of Vancouver’s “hippy problem” found in complaint letters that were written in the late sixties and now sit in a folder within the Vancouver Archives. This folder was created by the Kitsilano Ratepayer’s Association (KRA), a group of property owners in Vancouver’s west side neighbourhood, and is an artifact of its coordinated efforts. As historian Daniel Ross has shown, defining the “hippy problem” was a way for neighbourhood elites to make sense of, and control, the new identities converging in Kitsilano, “based on a youthful and sometimes hedonistic exploration of alternatives to middle-class values and consumer capitalism.”

ZUZIA JUSZKIEWICZ (a cross-disciplined artist living in Vancouver) returns to NSL&G to present a performative mapping project accompanied by text, sound, participation and animation. The work stems from her latest project called QUO, a tribute and record to each minute passed. The project proceeds from the void. QUO is an active painting where peripheral landscapes dominate the imagery, looking into somewhere (wherever).

FREDERICK CUMMINGS (a Vancouver-based video and performance artist currently sewing towards a fashion collection) provides a musical performance relating to his recent series of short videos shot with a cell phone in Stanley Park, featuring acapella songs/singing addressed to current and past lovers.

AMY MODAHL (a BC-based artist and Deception Detection Officer with AmCor, who also teaches communications and linguistics) debuts Dear Hands That Sell, an animated short that re-draws subtle gestures from advertisements, the body language of persuasion, forming a letter in homage, starring bastard versions of those lovely hands that guide us to the products we all require.

CYNTHIA FLEUR BRONAUGH (an Ontario-born, Vancouver-based artist) returns to NSL&G after debuting her autobiographical slide show MESSAGE during the November 29th, 2014 event at Kranky Cafe. This is the sequel. POST is not a message. It is a headline.

ELMIRA HABIBULLAH (a Visual Arts major at SFU with a geology degree from the University of Tehran) returns to NSL&G to screen a recent work rendering the effects of media on audience emotions.

MARINA ROY & GRAHAM MEISNER (both Vancouver-based interdisciplinary artists) debut The Floating Archipelago, an animated short which imagines a feminist science-fiction utopia coming into existence after a meteorite hits a planet, causing chunks of the planet to fly outward into outer space–islands of ice, trees and rock. Nature itself takes on a supernatural nature: females of all animal species are released from the task of procreation by the waqwaq tree, and humanoid creatures live alongside all sorts of animals because they have come to understand the language of animals. Exploitation has been replaced by cooperation and a world without work.

JEREMY TODD presents a new NOT SENT LETTERS SET featuring BEN WILSON, KATE HENDERSON, ZUZIA JUSZKIEWICZ, MARK DAHL & MARGARET DRAGU. The work incorporates performance, projections, live scoring, reading and play, with letters to People Pulled From Bogs, Dethawed From Glaciers, The Sides Of Mountains, Extracted From Old Battlefields, Landslides And The Like, This Hatred Of The Homeless, Plenty Horses & Summer, all selected from the project archive:

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Our new venue will be refurbished for wheelchair access, but not before this event. There are five steps past the entrance door (each is a foot deep and seven inches high, with hand rails to the left and right). There are two undesignated, one-stall bathrooms (one with a urinal). Please contact us if other information is required and we will update this notice accordingly. | 604 872 8337

Venue Accessibility

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.

Wheelchair/Walker Access

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.

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