Talks

 Bob’s Salon / Vancouver, Crawling, Weeping, Betting 

February 21, 2014, Unit/Pitt Gallery, Vancouver

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Presented by battery opera performance and Unit Pitt Projects, David McIntosh and Chris Bose. I read a new piece of writing about memory and taste, and unveiled a bottle of 1980 Black Tower, which David McIntosh who is also a sommelier, opened, tasted and immediately spat out into a corner of the gallery. The formerly sweet, formerly popular German white wine was highly oxidized and almost drinkable (well, not really). We then passed the bottle around the audience; there were few takers. Dancers Daina Ashbee, Diego Romero and Hailey McCloskey, and musicians Max Murphy, Ben Brown, Russel Scholburg then improvised based on the story. Photos by Yvonne Chew and Kirk Tougas.

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Talk at Sam Sullivan’s Public Salon

Nov. 13, 2013, Vancouver Playhouse

 

 

Public Salons, organized by Sam Sullivan and Lynn Zanatta, continue the tradition originated by the late and beloved Abraham Rogatnick whereby speakers are invited to share something they are passionate about. There were eight of us that evening who presented to a sold-out crowd at the Vancouver Playhouse, including an architect, musician, writer, CEO, and activist. Presented by the Global Civic Public Society.

click here to learn more about Public Salons. 

 

 

Best Picture, Best Director

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5-channel video installation with 5 DVDs, DVD players & monitors, 5 director’s chairs, programmed video switcher

1:45 min.

 

Best Picture, 2004, was presented at The New China Town Barber Shop, an alternative gallery in Los Angeles, and subsequently as Best Director at Centre A Gallery a few months later in Vancouver.

 

Five pirated DVDs of the films nominated for the 2004 Best Picture Oscar (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Award) jump from TV to TV in random order in random time increments, moving as an evasive tactic, eluding those who wish to track their source. The DVDs were purchased on the black market in different regions of China and FedEx’d, mailed or hand-delivered to the artist. On Oscar Night, a red-carpeted, champagne-drenched Oscar Party was thrown in the L.A. gallery. The installation explores questions of access and ownership of copyright and intellectual property.