Catalyze: Lively Objects Opening Reception

Sunday, August 16, 2015 - 18:00


New Media | Live Art | Music

Opening Reception for Lively Objects, curated by Caroline Langill & Lizzie Muller.

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Interactive Art, Performances, and an Outdoor Pavillion curated by Kate Armstrong & Malcolm Levy.

Date: Sunday, August 16, 2015
Time: 6:00pm-10:00pm
Admission: General $20 | Seniors & Students $14 | MOV Members (+1 Guest) Free
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Lively Objects brings together artworks that vibrate with mechanical, digital, and magical forces. Installations hidden throughout the Museum’s history galleries awaken our fascination with objects that come to life.

The artworks in Lively Objects take a variety of forms – gloves, tables, figurines, machines and projected images. These enchanted artworks disrupt traditional museum categories and presentation techniques. They start surprising conversations with neighbouring objects and invite visitors to reconsider the museum experience.

Lively Objects is part of The Living Effect, a SSHRC-funded project that investigates notions of “aliveness” in media arts objects. It features works created by faculty and alumni of OCAD University and Emily Carr University of Art and Design, including: Wendy Coburn, Steve Daniels, Judith Doyle (with Ian Murray), Kate Hartman, Garnet Hertz, Simone Jones & Lance Winn, Germaine Koh, and Norman White. Opening night performances by Diana Burgoyne, Judith Doyle, and Kate Hartman. 

One night only: Works by Tobias Klein, Nathanial Stern & Erin Manning, Amber Frid-Jimenez & Joe Dahmen, Instant Places (Ian Birse & Laura Kavanaugh), Mike Morris, Peter Williams, and Katsufumi Matsui, Kazunori Ogasawara, Seiichiro Matsumura, Seiko Okamoto & Cuichi Arakawa.

Also on view – Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show – an astonishing exhibition filled with interactive installations, artworks, video, and graphics based on the designer’s ten-year quest to increase his happiness.

Lively Objects is an associated exhibition of ISEA 2015.


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The Museum of Vancouver would like to acknowledge the following partners for their support and help in the development of Lively Objects:

Lively Objects Sponsors