VR Club is at VIVO this summer with T’uy’t’tanat Cease Wyss and Sunny Nestler, offering a Virtual Reality all-ages workshop series. This program connects approaches to sharing cultural knowledge and technical skills for using VR gear and software for art, storytelling, and creativity.The VR Club at VIVO program is sponsored by Curiosity Collider, an organization providing opportunities for artists whose work expresses scientific concepts and scientists who collaborate with artists. Thank you to Curiosity Collider for supporting low-barrier access for this program.
June 9, 1-4pm
June 16, 1-4pm
June 23, 1-4pm
June 30, 1-4pm
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.
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.
Dr T’uy’t’tanat Cease Wyss is an Indigenous Matriarch of the Skwxwu7mesh, Sto:lo and Hawaiian people. Through her work as an ethnobotanist, artist, activist and community-based educator, she strives to share Indigenous customs, teachings, and futures and to connect with other Indigenous peoples. Wyss’s thirty-year career encompasses a vast array of practices, from weaving, developing traditional indigenous remedies, medicine and cultural walks to the realm of Indigi Digital Futurisms. T’uy’t’tanat’s interactive, community-based work is insightful and informative of their contemporary conditions. Wyss is a collaborator, deeply involved in community building, and finds dialogue with communities crucial in exchanging knowledge and critical in preserving Indigenous understanding of the land and ecosystems. Wyss has shared these teachings in public institutions and organizations and has participated in creative and collaborative projects that share the many different methods of indigenous cultures in stewarding this effort in preservation.
Sunny Nestler is a visual artist whose practice is rooted in drawing, and studies mechanisms of biological life using a process that mimics DNA replication and mutation. Their subject matter cross-pollinates biological processes, for example the growth of a virus, or the changing interpretation of biological gender markers. Nestler’s past work includes collaborative animation, community-led arts programming, volunteering at artist-run centres, and a recent municipal commission. They are an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Culture and Community at Emily Carr University of Art and Design where they teach foundation, drawing, and science classes. Nestler is also active in artist’s publishing communities such as the Vancouver Art Book Fair, and was a co-founder of the Tempe Zine Fest. Nestler is currently researching ways that interactive virtual reality can be used by artists to connect and create remotely.