As You Live Here – thirstDays No.06

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Wednesday, July 13, 2016

love, intimacy and (com)passion, in a geopolitical context
A monthly series of video, film, performance and ceremony events
Project curator/artist-in-residence Jayce Salloum

Curated by Urban Subjects  (Sabine Bitter + Jeff Derksen + Helmut Weber)

Works from/selected by
Lisa Arrastia, Ricardo Basbaum, Raymond Boisjoly, Alice Dittmar, Phinder Dulai, Henry Hills, Souhei Imamura + students of Chiba Institute of Technology, Pia Lanzinger, Suzana Milevska + Sašo Stanojkoviќ, Cecily Nicholson, Anahita Jamali Rad, Fiona Whitty + Jude Anogwih, Cansu Yapici +Mücella Yapici

For thirstDays 06, Urban Subjects approach our relationship to the city, neighbourhood and housing, a relationship that is deeply shared and intricately spatial and a relationship that is one of the most intimate we have. To accumulate a broad lexicon for living today, we asked friends, artists and poets from around the globe to represent the everyday life, streets, and spaces of their cities, past and present, in film, music, and poetry. Join us for these moments of the poetic love of cities, and examples of what the novelist Jane Rule called “exuberant living.”
Our program, which is a global dialogue of the possibilities of cities and neighbourhoods, ranges from Vancouver, New York’s Lower Eastside and Harlem, Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo, Skopje, Vienna, and Lagos and others sites. Through this visual and poetic dialogue, part of our desire and (com)passion is to take the concept and image of living and housing, of cities and neighbourhoods out of the circuits of surplus value  to use value and back into use, life, and non-binary ways of  living. Housing, instead of being a site where we can work out ways of living and new modes of social reproduction, has become an increasingly central and precarious aspect of everyday life. The last half of the 20th century and into the 21st century has our cultural understanding of shifted away housing from its associations with a quality of life and a right (as it is recognized by a UN charter) to an aggressive form of financial speculation that can soar and crash abruptly and without the dignity of a material explanation. Even yesterday (July 10th), a new tent village in Vancouver and an occupation to stop evictions in Burnaby have illustrated the terrain of housing struggles! Housing has moved from a positive cultural and social value to another accumulation strategy for the ownership class: housing is a market rather than a right or even a dream. Instead, and counter to that, we’re focusing on the poetic love of the possibilities of cities and streets and spaces!

~ Urban Subjects

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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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URBAN SUBJECTS (Sabine Bitter, Jeff Derksen, and Helmut Weber) have worked together since 2004 on visual, curatorial, and book projects focusing on the transformation and possibilities of cities, urbanism, and housing. Based in the widely differing cities of Vancouver (Musqueam territory) and Vienna they have researched alternatives to top-down urban planning in cities such as Caracas, New Belgrade, Milan, Vienna and Vancouver. Their recent projects have speculated on the past and present representation of political moments and movements through the idea of the militant image. Their books include The Militant Image Reader (Camera Austria Editions), Front, Field, Line, Plane: Researching the Militant Image (adocs publishing), Momentarily: Learning from Mega-events (Western Front) and Autogestion, or Henri Lefebvre in New Belgrade (Fillip/Sternberg Press). They have been artists in residence at EXPO 2015 in Milan, Italy, the Leuphana Arts Program at Leuphana University Lüneburg, and VIVO.


Jayce Salloum is a Vancouver-based photographer and video artist known for installation works that sensitively investigate historical, social and cultural contexts of place. The grandson of Lebanese immigrants, Salloum studied in the United States and began his artistic career in 1975. The central themes played out in his work include questions of exile, ethnic representation and notions of identity. In 2014, Salloum won a Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts.