Imminent Future is a series of events programmed by Am Johal, Cecily Nicholson, Nicholas Perrin and Althea Thauberger that considers community and aesthetic responses to narratives of inevitablility, and privilege vis a vis imagining any future through intersections of cultural production, theory and activism.
In this next installment, Harjap Grewal, Tone Olaf Nielsen, Raymond Boisjoly, and Glen Coulthard (in presentation order) will discuss their current projects and work relating to global migration, aboriginal language, and alternative education.
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.
Based in Copenhagen, Tone Olaf Nielsen is an independent Curator, educator, and co-founding member of the artist-curator collective Goll & Nielsen and the curatorial collective Kuratorisk Aktion who in 2006 realized the comprehensive project Rethinking Nordic Colonialism: A Postcolonial Exhibition Project in Five Acts. She will speak about her work as program co-ordinator of Trampoline House, a user-driven culture house for asylum seekers and Danes working for a just and humane refugee and asylum policy in Denmark.
Raymond Boisjoly is an Aboriginal artist from Chilliwack now based in Vancouver, BC. His work has been presented at numerous artist-run centres and galleries. The first iteration of his current project, The Writing Lesson, was shown at Republic Gallery (Vancouver, BC) this fall. He will speak about his current research concerning black metal visuals and place names of Aboriginal origin.
Glen Coulthard is an assistant professor in the First Nations Studies Program and the Department of Political Science. Glen has written and published numerous articles and chapters in the areas of contemporary political theory, indigenous thought and politics, and radical social and political thought (marxism, anarchism, post-colonialism). His most recent work on Frantz Fanon and the politics of recognition won Contemporary Political Theory’s Annual Award for Best Article of the Year in 2007, and he is currently writing about the transformational value of “revenge” in relation to indigenous and anti-colonial struggles. He is Yellowknives Dene. He will speak about his work with Dechinta: Bush University Centre for Research and Learning, a land based University accredited program in the North-West Territories.
Cecily Nicholson is a Vancouver and Surrey-based organizer. She has worked with women of the downtown eastside community of Vancouver for the past decade and is currently the Coordinator of Funds with the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre. Cecily has collaborated most recently as a member of the VIVO Media Arts collective, Press Release poetry collective and No One is Illegal, Vancouver collective. Triage, a book of poetry, is forthcoming from Talonbooks in Spring 2011.
Am Johal is an independent Vancouver writer whose work has appeared in Seven Oaks Magazine, ZNet, Georgia Straight, Electronic Intifada, Arena Magazine, Inter Press Service, Worldpress.org, rabble.ca and many others. He has an MA in International Economic Relations from the Institute for Social and European Studies.