Stacey Ho: A few ways to learn a couple things

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Saturday, November 28, 2015
Saturday, November 28, 2015

Saturday November 28th 7PM | A few ways to learn a couple things

Archives Week Wrap-up Reception to follow at 9PM

In 2014 artist Stacey Ho was invited to create a residency around VIVO’s history and archives. She proposed to produce a radio series in podcast form. Each episode would be composed of present-day interviews and interventions as well as samples of works from the Crista Dahl Media Library and Archive. Using the human voice as its primary material, these sound pieces would consider past and present connections between communities, concepts, and production through art, while alluding to collective, intangible, and oral history traditions.

“A few ways to learn a couple things” is the second iteration of this project. It presents plant medicine from the perspective of several traditions in juxtaposition with accounts of Vancouver’s alternative education movement. From the Crista Dahl Media Library and Archive, the installation samples “All Good Medicine: Kon-a-wai Kloshe La-mes-tin” (1993) by Cease Wyss, “Plum Sauce” (2001) by Karen Tam, and “What’s Stewing” (1974) by Ross Gentleman. The work also features conversations with Julia Aoki, Crista Dahl, Ellen Ho, and Nathalee Paolinelli as well as a reading library curated by Robin Simpson.

This event will be succeeded by a reception to cap off Archives Week presentations of the three collaborating artist-run centres: grunt gallery, the Western Front and VIVO Media Arts Centre. For more information about preceding events visit

STACEY HO is an artist, writer and curator. Her work investigates materiality across photography, sound, writing, and performance, while her research and practice consolidates this material into intuitive constellations or narratives. She attended the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and has since presented her work at FADO Performance Art, Gallery 44, and Spatial Poetics. Her writing has ben published through Modern Painters, RAM Galleri, Vidéographe, West Coast Line, and Inter: art actual. She lives in Vancouver, where she is associate director of LIVE Biennale.

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Stacey Ho lives on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples. Their practice considers intersections of culture, history, and embodiment from a feminist perspective while incorporating language, sound, and gesture. Their work has been presented at Art Metropole, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery (Toronto), Galerie oqbo (Berlin), Artcite (Windsor), RAM Galleri (Oslo), Or Gallery and the Vancouver Art Gallery. They organize Slow Wave Small Projects, a one-week Gulf Island retreat that re-imagines approaches to learning and art-making from feminist, activist, and land-based perspectives.

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