The Audain Visual Artist in Residence (AVAIR) program brings artists and practitioners to Vancouver who have contributed significantly to the field of contemporary art and whose work resonates with local and international visual art discourses. The visiting artists interact with the students and faculty of the School for the Contemporary Arts as well as the broader visual arts and cultural communities and the community-at-large. In keeping with the experimental nature of the School for the Contemporary Arts the terms of engagement are open and change from artist to artist. The cornerstone of the residency is the sharing of artistic research. The program is generously funded by the Audain Foundation Endowment Fund.



2011

Elke Krasny

Elke Krasny

Mapping the Everyday: Neigbourhood Claims for the Future, installation view, Audain Gallery, 2011. Photo: Kevin Schmidt.

Mapping the Everyday: Neighbourhood Claims for the Future

Audain Gallery, Vancouver
November 17, 2011 - February 25, 2012

This process-oriented exhibition is a collaborative project between the Downtown Eastside Women's Centre (DEWC), visiting artist Elke Krasny, the art collective desmedia, the collective red diva projects, the collective Coupe, Out of Bounds: Festival of Site-Specific Interventions, students from the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University and Audain Gallery.

The DEWC is a self-initiated and self-organized space. Emerging out of what is now known as second wave feminism, women in the neighbourhood founded the centre in 1978. In many ways, it is an example of bottom-up feminist urbanism. In its day-to-day operation, the centre primarily represents Indigenous and elder Chinese women, as well as other women in the Downtown Eastside community. What the women of the centre have claimed—and are still claiming—addresses and embodies all of the larger social, political and economic transformations that have challenged the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. These claims in fact constitute a vivid and vital historical mapping of the neighbourhood. Cecily Nicholson, a coordinator at the DEWC, significantly enabled the involvement of the DEWC in this collaboration.

Elke Krasny is a project-based artist and curator concerned with counter-hegemonic and feminist strategies of intervening in historical narratives, and with creating new constellations in the exchange of different forms of knowledge. The collaboration between the DEWC, Krasny and Audain Gallery centers on research-based mapping that draws from the DEWC’s archives. Presented as a text-based “horizon line” spanning the circumference of the gallery, the exhibition offers a visual map of the demands and aspirations of the DEWC community. These demands, both current and historical, address issues of poverty, violence, insecurity, social exclusion, the deferral of rights and the legacy of colonialism. Although describing specific challenges, these claims are also expressions of conviviality and solidarity. These expressions exist between women, between women and their neighbourhoods, and between the women of the centre and their global context.

Beginning their practice in the early 2000s, desmedia provided access to the tools and training necessary for members of the Downtown Eastside community of Vancouver to self-produce their own media representations. As part of this practice, desmedia collected a large archive of interviews on digital video, as well as other forms of artwork. On the occasion of this exhibition, Krasny and Audain Gallery have invited members ofdesmedia to reassemble their archive and publicly debate its future.

Playwright and performer Marie Clements has a history of collaboration with the DEWC. Based on a series of workshops with the women of the DEWC, Clements and her collaborator Michelle St. John, working as red diva projects, will produce a new performance work for the exhibition that explores the potential of fiction to express critical truth. Like Krasny, red diva projects explores writing as both a collective process and a process of collectivization formed by way of an expressive multitude of subjectivities.

By initiating this collaboration, Sabine Bitter, the Curator of Audain Gallery, is expanding and changing the institutional parameters of the position, function and mode of operation of a contemporary art gallery. This important, necessary form of “self-challenging of the institution” (and perhaps also “institutional self-challenging”) reacts to a setting defined by rapid urbanization, gentrification and the all-inclusive yet reductive scope of neo-liberal economics—a setting in which Audain Gallery is ultimately situated.

During the exhibition, the gallery will function as a platform and meeting ground for the production and exchange of different forms of knowledge. The “horizon line” will be a framing device and backdrop for a series of events, workshops, performances and projects that aim to build neighbourhood constellations that go beyond familiar exchanges. They also provide opportunities for direct community participation and the fostering of critical dialogue, while also challenging the conventional expectation of what constitutes a gallery exhibition. As part of the series, women from the DEWC will teach a series of hands-on workshops.

Working closely with the women of the DEWC, Elke Krasny and our other collaborators, Mapping the Everydayexamines the possibilities for, and consequences of community-based political activity as articulated in relationship with contemporary artistic and institutional practices.

Mapping the Everyday: Neighbourhood Claims for the Future is realized in partnership with the Downtown Eastside Women's Centre; with support from the City of Vancouver's 125th Anniversary Grants Program; the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture; the Vancity Office of Community Engagement as part of Simon Fraser University Woodward's Cultural Unit; and the English Department of Simon Fraser University.

Curated by Sabine Bitter.

Events

Opening Reception
November 16, 7pm

Panel Discussion: How can we collaborate?
With Elke Krasny, Cecily Nicholson and Sabine Bitter
November. 19, 2pm

Workshop: Japanese Brush Painting
Lead by Ari Tomita
November. 24, 1pm

Panel Discussion: Collective Futures in the Downtown Eastside
With the desmedia collective
November. 26, 2pm

Wednesday Night School: Introduction
Reading group with the Coupe collective
November. 27, 5pm

Wednesday Night School: Class Restoration
Reading group with the Coupe collective
December. 18, 7pm

Panel Discussion: Discussing Out of Bounds
Student-lead panel on the Out of Bounds: Festival of Site-Specific Interventions
January. 19, 7pm

Wednesday Night School: Marxism & Factography
Reading group with the Coupe collective
January. 22, 7pm

Screening: Jesus indian and The Language of Love (featuring Stephen Lytton)
Short films produced by red diva projects and Frog Girl Films
February. 7, 7pm

Performance: Jennifer Kreisberg
Genie award winning singer, producer, composer, and frequent collaborator with red diva projects
February. 10, 7pm

Wednesday Night School: How to Trace the Destruction of the Old World on Our Hands
Reading group with the Coupe collective
February. 22, 7pm

Performance: red diva projects
Featuring Marie Clements and Michelle St.John of red diva projects and women from the DEWC
February. 25, 7pm

Young-Hae Chang

Young-Hae Chang

YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES, THERE ARE NO PROBLEMS IN ART (installation image), digital video, 9:32 minutes, 2011.

YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES: THERE ARE NO PROBLEMS IN ART

Audain Gallery, Vancouver
September 13 - November 5, 2011

Audain Gallery is pleased to announce YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES (YHCHI), the widely recognized, Seoul-based art collective, as the fall 2011 Audain Visual Artist in Residence.

Co-organized with Centre A (Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art), THERE ARE NO PROBLEMS IN ART includes exhibitions presented from September 13 - November 5 at Audain Gallery and September 16 - October 21 at Centre A.  A total of three new, commissioned works by YHCHI will be presented in the upcoming exhibitions.

A fast-moving, text-based video artwork synchronized to a jazz score, THERE ARE NO PROBLEMS IN ART at Audain Gallery contrasts the conflict and struggle of daily existence within the seemingly unproblematic and easy life of an artist. In the artists’ characteristically irreverent manner, these issues are examined from the artists’ perspective through the use of a narrator whose musings provoke an empathetic “critique from within” that simultaneously assumes the roles of corroboration and critical inquiry.

YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES are the second artists to be hosted by the Audain Visual Artist in Residence Program, following the noted Slovenian artist Marjetica Potrć. A series of workshops and artist talks will be scheduled in September, in conjunction with Centre A, during the artists’ stay in Vancouver.

YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES is yhchang.com. Its principals, Young-hae Chang (Korea) and Marc Voge (U.S.A.), are based in Seoul. YHCHI has made work in 17 languages and presented much of it at some of the major art institutions in the world. It has made commissioned works for the Tate in London, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and the New Museum in New York.

Curated by Sabine Bitter.

Events

Opening Reception
Wednesday, September 12, 7pm

Artists' Talk
Wednesday, September 12, 6pm

Salons
IS IGNORANCE THE FOUNDATION OF ART? IF SO, WHY STUDY ART? IF NOT, IS ART ALL ABOUT SMARTS?
Wednesday, September 21, 9:30am

IS UNTRUTH ESSENTIAL IN ART? IF SO, WHAT’S WITH THE SAYING, “TRUTH IS BEAUTY AND BEAUTY IS TRUTH?” IF NOT, WHAT’S SO GREAT ABOUT TRUTHFUL ART?
Thursday, September 22, 9:30am

IF ART CAN BE EVERYTHING, IS EVERYTHING ART? IF SO, WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE AN ARTIST? IF NOT, DITTO?
Wednesday, September 29, 9:30am

HI, WE’RE YOUNG-HAE AND MARC, AND WE WERE IN TOWN FOR A FEW DAYS DOING SOMETHING OR OTHER, IF YOU’RE INTERESTED.
Wednesday, October 5, 6pm