Swarm 15

2014

Swarm15

September 11–12, 2014

SWARM is a 2-night event that marks the launch of Vancouver’s artist-run centre (ARC) programming season with exhibition openings, performances, screenings and special events. Artist-run Centres (ARCs) are collectives and non-profit organizations, run by artists, supporting new and innovative practices in the arts. With a rich history that spans over forty years, ARCs have had a significant impact on the cultural ecology in Canada and around the world.

All SWARM events are free and open to the public.
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Learn more about ARCs or host a Swarm event.

Listings

Thursday, September 11
(Mount Pleasant and further afield)

Friday, September 12
(Chinatown/DTES)

Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society

Bent Light Collective

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Thursday: 7–9pm, Friday: 7–10pm | The Bent Light Collective was formed with the intention of sharing resources, ideas, and research while showcasing expanded cinema and experimental film. Bringing together five inventor-filmmakers the collective’s vision is to illuminate forgotten futures and technological mythologies from the broken machinery of an unrealized cinema, while supporting the creation and exhibition of work by film artists through physically driven techniques.

Contemporary Art Gallery*

Jürgen Partenheimer:
The Archive — The Raven

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Opening: 7–10pm | The Contemporary Art Gallery presents the first solo exhibition in Canada of work by acclaimed German artist Jürgen Partenheimer. Reflecting the diversity of the artist’s practice, the exhibition comprises works on paper, text, printmaking, ceramics and sculpture, much of it produced in Vancouver in spring 2014 during his recent residency as the Audain Distinguished Artist-in-Residence, hosted by Emily Carr University of Art + Design.

Gropps Gallery

Blue Shift

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Opening: 7pm | "Blue Shift" is the kind of distortion experienced as things move away from us, both in space and in time. Dealing with nostalgia, and the accompanying feelings of nausea and vertigo. The constructed nature of built space, and the reality-within-the-illusion, where each place also has its place, are explored via sculpture, derive, decollage of matter, and minimalist illustration.

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The Book of Jests by Hyung-Min Yoon

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Opening: 7–10pm | Vancouver-based artist Hyung-Min Yoon presents a series of images that draws from an obscure collection of marginal religious illustrations by Albrecht Dürer. Originally used to surround religious texts, Hyung-Min Yoon reimagines their placement and purpose by framing them around contemporary political jokes of various cultures in their original languages.

Interurban Gallery*

Paint Pot Print

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Opening: 6–9pm | An exhibition of recent works by painter/printmaker Sally Reesman and ceramic artist/printmaker Linda Lewis. Reesman’s fabricated and remembered portraits and events are explorations of peoples perceptions of themselves while Lewis’ use of retail-like display of ceramic objects hints at social malcontent.

Kafka’s Coffee and Tea*

Stimulated Being

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Opening: 8–11pm | Stimulated Being aims to describe that energetic gulf between subject and stimulant, the moment of stimulation and the multiple vantages of stimulation. Julia Kreutz examines stimulation as a visceral sensation and phenomenon of understanding. The exhibition includes a series of illustrations of botanical stimulants that Kreutz was commissioned to make by UBC for a trading card game called Phylo.

Malaspina Printmakers

Jimmy Xerox & the Mala Mala Malas

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Opening: 9pm–12am | This exhibition features new work by a local artist who practices under the moniker of Office Supplies Incorporated and Joseph Staples. It presents the musical cover band as a metaphor for the matrix and impression within printmaking. The history of print as a means of promoting live music will also be explored.

Toonie bar and live music sets by Femme Zeppelin at 9pm and 10:30pm

New Forms Media Society

Good Council Blows Smoke

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9pm–12am | Cuba brings the Crisis: News that the Russians have been tacking missiles onto Castro’s backyard will reach John as he is breaking into himself, a bedside reefer sending up insolent fumes that honey his nostrils while he hooks into his back-brace, and prepares to regard the sum of one small planet.

Joachim Koester, Sisters of Séance, Michael Loncaric

VIVO Media Arts Centre

Orchestra of the Uncanny Valley

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Opening: 8pm–12am | A sculptural video installation by Dinka Pignon

Does an emotional response to the replicant (or humanoid robot) shift from endearment to revulsion as our likenesses become indistinguishable? The Orchestra of the Uncanny Valley explores this question while enacting a rhetorical hypothesis across the fields of 3D animation, robotics, human aesthetics and modern epic theatre.

Also screening Sept 19 and 26, 8pm–12am

Western Front

Life and People

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7pm | Borrowing its title from Vancouver artist Barry Doupé’s new film, the result of a 2013 Western Front Production Residency, our fall exhibition includes Doupé’s new work alongside sculptures by Vancouver artist Mark DeLong and animated Gifs by Toronto-based Lorna Mills.

Western Front New Music

Liquid Trust

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9pm | Investigations into oxytocin, a.k.a. “the love hormone,” fuel a grandiose multidisciplinary performance of LIQUID TRUST that incorporates video installation by Szuper Gallery (London/Munich), spoken word by Michele Sereda of Curtain Razors (Regina, SK), a Greek chorus, and new music by composer Ben Brown performed by the China Cloud Ensemble.

Door $5 / Free for WF Members

Wil Aballe Art Projects*

Sean Weisgerber: Electric Mud

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Opening: 6–9pm | Weisgerber’s work explores materiality as subject. Situated at the axis of painting, sculpture, and installation, his specific choice of materials and processes are filtered through his own sensibilities while at the same time taking into consideration the history of abstraction. Minimalist and Process Art carry the most weight.

2050 Scotia Street
Suite #528 – Buzzer #189

221A

The Corruption of Time’s Dust

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Opening: 7–10pm | The Corruption of Time’s Dust is an exhibition of work by Nadia Belerique, Richard Fedoruk, Steven Hubert, Sylvain Sailly and Tegan Moore that reflects on manual processes of graphic reproduction, collage and the photographic form at it's height in 1980s advertising prior to their shift towards digitization. Curated by Julian Hou.

Access Gallery

Far Away So Close: Part I — Sarah Stein with Hyemin Kim, Erdem Tasdelen, Jim Verburg, Nicole Kelly Westman, Hyung-Min Yoon

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Opening: 7–10pm | Far Away So Close is an exhibition series that considers the bridging of distance as a quixotic gesture and investigates the particular relationship of this gesture to art making. Part I focuses the disappointments of language, the longing for communication and the responsibility we so often ask objects to bear in our efforts to shuttle meaning across the unpredictable terrain that is social life.

ACME Studios*

Swarm 15 @ ACME Studios

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7pm–1am | ACME Studios has been providing affordable production space for artists, designers and musicians for over six years. For Swarm, the building will be open to the public, transforming the hallways and stairwells into the Labyrinth Gallery. The exhibition is a collective endeavour and features artists from the building's 18 studios, many of which will also be open to the public for viewing.

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Yuji Agematsu

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Opening: 7pm | Yuji Agematsu was born in 1956 in Kanagawa, Japan. Since 1980 he has lived in Brooklyn, New York, where he collects, arranges, and archives discarded things from the street. He studied with Tokio Hasegawa of the experimental Taj Mahal Travellers, as well as the American percussionist Milford Graves. He recently presented solo exhibitions at Yale Union, Portland, and Real Fine Arts, Brooklyn.

Back Gallery Project*

Tyler Toews: Freestyle

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Opening: 6–8pm | The paintings of Tyler Toews incorporate the aesthetics of street art, from areas of paint drips to the artist's signature scrawled in thick paint like a graffiti tag in the bottom corner of a canvas. Abstract elements merge into faces sporting crudely painted jagged teeth and geometric facial features, creating a unique vocabulary that combines abstract expressionism and gestural painting styles.

Centre A*

Music Temple

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Performance: 7pm | Exhibiting artists Emi Honda and Jordan McKenzie will be performing live on the penultimate night of Music Temple—an installation comprised of found acoustic instruments, found percussion elements, and video projection.
Music Temple is co-presented with Powell Street Festival Society.

Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society

Bent Light Collective

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Thursday: 7–9pm, Friday: 7–10pm | The Bent Light Collective was formed with the intention of sharing resources, ideas, and research while showcasing expanded cinema and experimental film. Bringing together five inventor-filmmakers the collective’s vision is to illuminate forgotten futures and technological mythologies from the broken machinery of an unrealized cinema, while supporting the creation and exhibition of work by film artists through physically driven techniques.

Gallery Gachet

The 7th Annual Oppenheimer Park Community Art Show: Crossing Boundaries

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Opening: 6–9pm | Oppenheimer Park is pleased to present Crossing Boundaries, an exhibition showcasing artworks from Oppenheimer Park community. Included are paintings, drawings, print, sculptures, carvings, mixed media and video works.This year, the exhibition takes “crossing boundaries” as its focus with a variety of interpretations.

Gam Gallery

Michelle Weinstein: Mars Pamphleteer | Ghazel Abassalian: A Grain of Wood

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Michelle Weinstein's Mars Pamphleteer combines composite photos taken by the mars rovers and the conspiracy theory that the U.S. moon landing of 1969 was staged, working in animation, gouache paintings and installation.
In the studio, artist Ghazel Abassalian explores the material properties of wood, arranging found wood sculptures according to formal qualities of shape, colour and wood grain.

Or Gallery

The Troubled Pastoral Series: 31 soleils (Dawn Chorus)

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31 soleils (Dawn Chorus) is a video of a solar transit filmed through an H-Alpha solar telescope accompanied by a composition created from recordings of 31 different radio frequencies culled from the extremely low end of the spectrum. The piece refers to a specific phenomenon where at dawn one can pickup – if using the proper equipment – an array of radio signals that are not usually within range.

Publication Studio Vancouver

Lorna Brown: Carets, strike-outs, underlines, circles and dots

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Carets, strike-outs, underlines, circles and dots, is a solo exhibition by Vancouver-based artist Lorna Brown. Working from a digital scan of hand-written copy edit marks found online, the artist hired a sign painter to interpret the marks in a series of 48 paintings on wood.

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Remington Gallery and Studio*

Showcase of Resident Artists

Natalie L. @ Charles Stuart by Lynol Lui & Alex Waber ANDROGYNY

A selection of fashion based photographic works by Alex Waber, Lynol Lui and Alex Larent as well as a video installation by Stuart Gillies accompanied by live music from JP Deucet.

The photography portion will be up from Sept 12- Sept 30

Skylight Gallery*

LOL ((lots of love)) - A Group Art Show

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8–11pm | In this group show, twenty artists attempt to tackle the most ineffable and multifarious of life's tropes. What they found was the profound and the cliché; the sentiment and the pain; the sublime, the lewd, and the intellect. LOL ((lots of love)) explores all things "love" as expressed through the digital, the found object, the sculpture, the performance, the painting and the print.

UNIT/PITT Projects

Andrew Smith, Ithaca Smith, Mark Cunningham: The Monochrome Shop

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The monochrome shop is here to sell. While we take the commodification of art as a given, and as a starting point, this is not a position that we inhabit with ease or comfort. We occupy it because we simply can’t afford not to. The monochrome shop is staffed by artists selling a staple of modernism, the monochrome painting. Part exhibition, part performance, all hustle.

* Community Partners are non-member artist-run initiatives and other arts organizations such as galleries, museums and community centres who are taking part in the festival in support of artist-run culture.

Artist-Run Centres

Artist-run Centres (ARCs) are collectives and non-profit organizations, run by artists, supporting new and innovative practices in the arts. With a rich history that spans over forty years, ARCs have had a significant impact on the cultural ecology in Canada and around the world. Generally, these centres exhibit contemporary art which parallels the larger public institutions and private commercial galleries – offering an alternative to artists in determining how to represent their work. Most of Canada’s best known and internationally recognized contemporary artists, curators and cultural practitioners have come out of the artist-run centre movement.

www.arcpost.ca

PAARC Principles

Members of PAARC are collectives and non-profit organizations in British Columbia run by artists that advocate for livable incomes for artists and a commitment to the principle that artists deserve to be paid for their endeavours; stand against censorship and for the rights of artists to organize, work and advocate on their own behalf; and promote the meaningful inclusion of diverse voices, origins and abilities in the arts. Members support these rights as advocates of non-profit, critical, marginal, difficult and transgressive artistic expression.

www.paarc.ca

Swarm welcomes artist-run initiatives and participating community partners (public galleries, community centres) to submit an event to participate in the festival.

To add your event, email swarm@paarc.ca with the following information:

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