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MOVments: Electoral Blossoms

The budding of the cherry blossoms meets the end of another fiscal year, and the conjunction of these two signifies a more familiar type of change than we’ve been acclimatized to over the past little while. Scandalous elections and nature’s renewal!

He’s no Jack, but the NDP has spoken with their election of Tom Mulcair as federal party leader. This decision has some wondering whether or not the idea of “cooperation” among opposition parties is still possible, while others speculate on the technologically-enabled “disruption” to the online voting system used in the election.

With all this electoral scandal, and robocalling, and so much of our identity and faith being put into advanced technology, one has to wonder if we can’t just learn to love and accept robots for who they are…

Vancouverites everywhere are rejoicing in the large sums of their fare-evasion tickets. News broke this week that apparently, you may never be held accountable for your $173 ticket. Almost makes you want to catch a train and have a friendly chat with a stranger, doesn’t it?

Lastly, Bill McKibben and Naomi Klein joined a room of hundreds at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternative’s annual Gala this week. The pair spoke with care and urgency on the state of our natural environment just as the CCPA releases their Annual Alternative Fiscal Budget, to tie up this post. It’s enough to make one want to spraypaint moss grafitti onto the nearest concrete jungle wall.

At the MOVeum: Veda Hille Sings Songs of the False Creek Flats this Friday night!

Going, going, but never gone: Bhangra.me

Originally slated to close on October 23, 2011, the coming close of Bhangra.me on January 1, 2012, is bittersweet.  As one of the longest running exhibitions at the MOV, we'll be sad to see this beautiful and rich feature, disassembled.

Launched on May 5, 2011, Bhangra.me: Vancouver’s Bhangra Story was the culmination of over two years of collaborative research, a mini exhibit (April 2010), two community consultations, and hundreds of hours of primary research.  Bhangra.me was a collaboration with the Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration, and was co-curated by community researcher Naveen Girn and MOV's Curator of Contemporary Issues Viviane Gosselin

Beginning with an unforgettable opening party on May 4, 2011 where over 500 people joinedVancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson plays the dhol special guest performers - including Mayor Gregor - in a vibrant celebration of this groundbreaking exhibition.

The research and collecting phase helped generate the first historical interpretation of Bhangra’s significance in Vancouver, and demonstrated its role as a cultural tool for inter-cultural bridging during labour disputes, challenging gender roles and re-imagining the definition of Canadian identity.

What the research, design, and curatorial team hoped to accomplish, was not just mount a beautiful exhibition displaying artefacts, but to use the exhibit itself, and related programming in order to catalyze new understandings about intercultural relations, hybrid identities, and strengthen community ties with(in) the South Asian community in Vancouver.

We're honoured to have Bhangra story mapworked with such amazing people, met so many great Bhangra fans, and we look forward to continuing to see, hear, and share Vancouver's bhangra stories on the Bhangra.me Storymap!

For those of you who haven't seen the beautiful touchscreens inside the exhibition, this is one piece of the exhibit, that will live on, indefinitely.  We invite you to add your story to the map, by uploading a photo, anecdote, to what we hope will become the next natural gathering place for Bhangra fans around the world!

Representing another first for the Museum of Vancouver, this hybrid Drupal/Silverlight powered storymap was a collaboration made possible by a community sponsorship from Microsoft Canada, in particular the Open Platforms crew, lead by Nik Garkusha.  A neat mobile version of the storymap was developed for W7 Phones by Redbit.

In all, with just a week left in what has been a truly remarkable journey, we hope you'll come check it out here at MOV, listen and dance, tell us what you think, and continue the conversation online.

Balle balle!

MOVments: Change & Our City

MOVments: current events in Vancouver by the Museum of Vancouver

Like much of the city, over here at the MOV, we’re thinking about Vancouver municipal politics, change, and the arts. What does another three years of Vision Vancouver look like? Increased citizen engagement? Increased investment in arts, culture, public space, and greenways?

Amanda over in Marketing, was intrigued by the increased voter turnout for Saturday’s polls, and wondering how Vancouver will react to this week’s relocation of Occupy Vancouver

Vancouver ChangeCamp might be a good place to start if you’re interested seeing change in yourself, your community or the city. Changecamp brings together people from the business community, the non-profit and activist world, government (both elected officials and staff) and those with lived experience in the issues we care about – MOV will be there!

Meanwhile, the city celebrated some of the city's most creative, at the Eastside Culture Crawl this past weekend, and MOV's Gala Milne produced this CBC spotlight on Melva Forsberg, who has been producing controversial, politicized buttons in Vancouver over the last 30 years - some of which are in archives at the MOV!

And thanks to all who came out to our Built City lecture last week on Revitalizing Wood Architecture. The Migrating Landscapes exhibit is in studio until November 27th, with closing talk and design challenge results announced on  Friday November 25th!

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