SO WIDE SO LOW SO HIGH – thirstDays No.08

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Thursday, September 29, 2016
Thursday, September 29, 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 Raymond Boisjoly + Jordan Wilson  

Featuring/works by Raven Chacon, Adam + Zack Khalil, Chandra Melting Tallow, Krista Belle Stewart, Sigbjørn Skåden, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers + more

This program is not about one thing in particular, nor is it about a set of things; its intention is to pursue the unexpected and unforeseen. Artists from New Mexico, New York, Sápmi, Vancouver and elsewhere will share works utilizing video, sound, installation and performance strategies. Concerns and ideas will emerge in the negative spaces between the works themselves, and resonate with the broader thematic of thirstDays: love, intimacy, and (com)passion in a geopolitical context. The integration of distinct practices in a loosely unified program is intended to produce unexpected outcomes through an open and emergent dialogue within the works and between the people involved. The unanticipated will also manifest itself in a series of performances from additional special guests. There will be karaoke and frybread served.

~ Raymond Boisjoly + Jordan Wilson

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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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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.


Jordan Wilson is an independent curator and writer. He was a co-curator of the exhibit c̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city, at the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. He is of mixed European-Indigenous ancestry and is a member of the Musqueam First Nation. He holds a Masters of Arts in Anthropology and a Bachelor of Arts in First Nations Studies, both obtained at UBC.


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.