VIDEO BAR: Niche of Lights

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Saturday, June 16, 2012
Saturday, June 16, 2012

Ambient social. Second Friday of the month. Free

For June’s Video Bar, Eli Bornowsky has made nine new videos composed of rhythmic coloured light, towards his ongoing body of work, Niche of Lights. Sharing its name with al-Ghazālī’s 11th century Sufi mystical text, Niche of Lights inflects al-Ghazālī’s thoughts on the tension between physiological perception and mystical potential. For al-Ghazālī, light is a metaphor for God, and our phenomenological experience of it extends from the primacy of the eye to visionary intelligence in the mind. Bornowsky’s animated colour fields are composed with the possibility of this range in mind, thus, Niche is less an artwork than an aperture for meditation. Installed within a social drinking event  Niche acknowledges the concurrence of gross and transcendent experiences. The rhythm of each video is 125 bpm, a standard tempo for club music, especially House.

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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Born in Alberta, Eli Bornowsky received his BFA in Visual Arts from Emily Carr in 2005. In 2007 his paintings were shown in the group exhibition Gasoline Rainbows at the Contemporary Art Gallery and he began working with the Blanket Gallery with solo exhibitions in 2007, 2008 and 2011. In 2008 he curated the exhibition Making Real at the Or Gallery and in 2009 his work was included in the exhibition Enacting Abstraction at the Vancouver Art Gallery. In 2010 he curated Clamour and Toll, a series of experimental noise performances at the Or Gallery and exhibited Walking Square Cylinder Plane, a solo exhibition at the Western Front. In 2011 he was commissioned to create a new work for the Walrus magazine. He has published numerous critical texts and has been shortlisted three times for the RBC Painting Competition. He is currently pursuing his MFA at Bard College in upstate New York.