VIVO 2010: Safe Assembly presents

White Pillows Collective

Sat, Feb 27—Mon, Mar 1, 2010

VIVO2010:Safe Assembly, closes its programming with a celebration organized by the White Pillows collective. Come join us for an night of performance, games, interactions and dialogue. The collective will present documentation, ephemera, and stories of their performances during the Olympics. Naufus Ramirez-Figueroa will be performing a special piece for the evening. Heidi Nagtegaal will be cooking pancakes in the morning.

Ikbal Singh, will be silk-screening the logo of the collective, Albrecht Durer’s Sechs Kissen (6 Pillows), made in 1493. Please bring a t-shirt, paper, cloth or surface that you want the design to be silk-screened on.

Covering Up, a project by Lois Klassen and Pierre-André Sonolet will also be presenting documentation. The project involved participants to impose the personal by using household linen and bedding on a rapidly changing urban landscape producing momentary gestures of resistance.

Bring your pillows, sleeping bags, and comfortable clothes for pillow fights. Be ready to let go of any stress that the last two weeks of chaos have caused upon yourself, enjoy, and celbrate the legacy of VIVO2010; Safe Assembly in our community.

Since 1973, VIVO Media Arts Centre (aka Satellite Video Exchange Society, aka Video In), has provided a space for diverse dialogues, artistic experimentation and the freedom to respond. In keeping with our history, VIVO chose not to seek support through the 2010 Cultural Olympiad. As a hub for analysis, skill sharing, production, and collaboration, VIVO invites artists to consider their production in relation to the events and systems around them.

Afternoon School consists of both planned and spontaneous seminars, with examples of skill sharing, media activism, screenings from the Video Out archive with its rich history of protest in Vancouver, and discussions using critical theory and contemporary art to produce a counter-public.

The Evening News is a series of discussions and presentations that will include a forum for participants and audience members to show highlights and ephemera from what they have gathered throughout the day. These presentations will contribute to a larger conversation and archive around the cultural meaning and social impact of the Olympics.

We will be operating a radio transmitter during the last two weeks of February. Our signal will also be streaming online. Our range will be humble, and thus situated.

Social Propaganda Mixing Machine is an open call for participants to create sound or image propaganda.

We will be hosting the Vancouver (de)Tour Guide 2010 project in our front space.

Covering Up will be a street action photo/video-documentation project.

Safe Facade also beams from our front.

We also invite people to collaborate with our performance troupe, The White Pillows, to create responses to the day-to-day tensions of the event and site-specific performances that deal with public presence.

VIVO 2010: Safe Assembly intends to facilitate cultural expressions that arise from the community in a lineage of solidarity. If you are interested in participating please come visit us this month.

Artist Profile

White Pillows Collective

We are performance artists that respond to the day to day tensions of the Olympics.Aware of our rights and freedom of speech, we respond with creativity and joint actions on public space. Understanding the difference of presence and absence in any environment, we create situations that encourage dialogue and reflection. Performing for an open public and transgressing the boundaries of public and private. We are non-violent, and our site specific performances are critical, and poetic.

The collective members are:
Patrick Cruz, Francis Cruz, Chun Hua Catherine Dong, Francisco Fernando-Granados, Penelope Hetherington, Manolo Lugo, Heidi Nagtegaal, Alexandra Phillips, Naufus Ramirez-Figueroa, Emilio Rojas, Ikbal Singh.