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)

Western Front

Life and People

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Opening @ 7:00pm | 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.

Friday, September 12

(Chinatown/DTES)

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The Corruption of Time’s Dust

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The Corruption of Time’s Dust is an exhibition of works by Nadia Belerique, Richard Fedoruk, Steven Hubert, Sylvain Sailly and Tegan Moore. Curated by Julian Hou. Opening reception from 7:00pm–10:00pm.

Access Gallery

Far Away So Close: Part I

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Part I of Far Away So Close focuses on language and communication. Each of the artists presented is concerned with describing the gulf that exists between utterance and comprehension, and the always-inadequate means we employ in our perpetual drive to define ourselves and connect with others.

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.

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:

  • Organization/collective name
  • Title of project (exhibition/event)
  • Project description (max. 400 characters), including Swarm event hours.
  • The run of your exhibition, ex: “September 13 – October 20, 2014″ (optional)
  • Event address
  • Event image (optional)
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