Background / ThisPlace

May 10 – June 8, 2013
Exhibition, Artist Talk, Gathering/Meal/Social, Opening/Launch, Performance Art

About the Program

Background/ThisPlace is a retrospective and collaborative project based on Background/Vancouver, a photo-mapping expedition of Vancouver by Michael de Courcy with Taki Bluesinger, Gerry Gilbert, and Glenn Lewis on October 30, 1972. The project consists of the four artists walking three separate paths documenting their experiences in photographs. On October 30, 2012, Vancouver artists, Emilio Rojas, Guadelupe Martinez, and Igor Santizo, revisited this conceptual project. Forty years later to the day, these three artists came together to forge a new, fourth path that intersects with the original paths which revisits ideas about Vancouver's identity and history. The retrospective project is entitled, ThisPlace/Vancouver. The group explored the aspect of the social; through conversations, meetings and experiences with people met during the expedition. The artists documented their experiences using video, sound, and still-based images. Several multi-media and performance-based projects by Emilio Rojas, Guadalupe Martinez, and Igor Santizo were concurrently exhibited at grunt. In addition to the new works produced by Rojas, Martinez and Santizo, grunt also exhibited the photo mural conceived and produced by Michael de Courcy as part of an ongoing photographic documentary project of Vancouver’s artists collective, Intermedia society.

May 14, 2013: Social Cartography with Am Johal and Sarah Shamash
May 18, 2013: Background/Vancouver artists’ talk with Michael de Courcy, Glenn Lewis, and Grant Arnold
May 23, 2013: Sound walk // Mapping and Sound Panel with Vincent Andrisani and Randolph Jordan
May 25, 2013: ThisPlace/Vancouver artists’ talk with Emilio Rojas, Igor Santizo, Guadalupe Martinez // Potluck Dinner
May 29, 2013: Website launch reception // 49.2500° N, 123.1000° W by Eric Angus: a new live audiovisual performance built around AV documentation from across the Greater Vancouver area


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