Althea Thauberger very recently produced a work called "Carrall Street" through artspeak gallery. It was an evening in which the artist cordoned off one block of Carall Street in Vancouver's Downtown East Side. The resulting pedestrian-only street was lit with film-style lights and animated by several different types of performances, from the nearly invisible, to theatrical recreations of historical moments which pertain to the area. Thauberger also worked with various neighbourhood groups including those on the streets of this historical area which presently faces many challenges including drugs, poverty, and gentrification. The work is in keeping with Thauberger's larger practice. Her internationally produced and exhibited work typically involves collaboration with a group or community that result in performances, films, videos, audio recordings, and books. Thauberger gravitates towards social enclaves – groups of people who exist or develop in some form of seclusion and are often perpetuated by social controls – that are both coercive and voluntary. Thauberger's performances have involved diverse groups including young Canadian female singer/songwriters, U.S. military wives, Canadian tree planters, Vancouver-based reserve soldiers, and male youth in the German civil service. These amateur performers express concepts of self-definition, alienation, and community through their stories.
Thauberger's work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Her work has been presented at Manifesta 7, Trento, Itlay; the Gaungzhou Triennial, China; the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver, 2008; Vancouver Art Gallery, 2008; BAK, Utrecht, 2007; Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, 2006; Kunstverein Wolfsburg, 2006; Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, 2006; Singapore History Museum, 2006; Presentation House Gallery, North Vancouver, 2005; Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerp, 2005; Berkeley Art Museum, 2005; Insite, San Diego/Tijuana, 2005; White Columns, New York, 2004; and Seattle Art Museum, 2004. In 2008 she will be traveling to the Canadian Forces Base in Kandahar, Afghanistan to work on a collaborative photograph with military members there. Althea Thauberger is based in Vancouver.