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May 08, 2017 / 7:00 PM
DOXA Festival Screening - Brasilia: Life After Design

Join us for the Canadian premiere of Bart Simpson's sublime urban documentary film, BRASILIA: Life After Design (Canada/UK, 2016; 78 min.), followed by discussion with critic of architecture and urbanism Trevor Boddy and documentary filmmaker Bart Simpson. 

Part ode, part critique, Bart Simpson’s film, comparable to Jonathan Richman's tribute to corporate architecture in Lonely Financial Zone, takes the viewer on a surreal and melancholic tour of a strange and monumental cityscape. The camera pans across urban vistas and peers through archways, connecting with city dwellers perched like birds around the vast spaces.

Designers conceived the federal capital, Brasilia, as a utopian project. It was constructed between 1956 and 1960 on an uninhabited site at the geographic center of the country. Brasilia was to be nothing less than the foundation for a new civilization, without the colonial baggage of the previous capital, Rio de Janeiro. Architect Oscar Niemeyer and urban planner Lucio Costa crafted their vision on modernist principles; they organized Brasilia to function as a “rational city.” Decades later, it’s fascinating to see the city’s population navigating the constraints the designers imposed in their obsessive quest for order. Outside the city center, residents make do—eating, shopping, erecting temporary structures, stopping to talk to each other, and generally carrying on with the messy business of being human. As Niemeyer himself states in the film, “life is more important than architecture.” – Adapted from Avril Woodend 

Date: Monday, May 8

Time: 7:00pm - 9:15pm

Admission: $15 Adults, $13 Students, Seniors and MOV members. Prices include GST.  

Open to youth under 18.


Our Neon Vancouver and Vancouver in the Seventies galleries will be open until 7pm. Film ticket holders are welcome to visit these exhibitions prior to the screening.

Guest Speaker Bios

Bart Simpson makes documentary films that entertain, engage and spark public debate. Films Simpson has produced include The Corporation (winner at over 25 festivals including Sundance, Toronto, and IDFA, and broadcast worldwide) and Moebius Redux (co-production with Avanti Pictures, Germany; ZDF-ARTE, Bravo! and others). Collaborations include Bananas!* and its sequel, Big Boys Gone Bananas!* (Sundance Film Festival), both with WG Film Sweden. Simpson recently formed a strategic partnership with Lowik Media, Montréal Canada, for development of select co-productions. See

Trevor Boddy is a critic of contemporary architecture/urbanism and a Vancouver-based consulting urban designer. His writing on buildings and cities has been awarded the Alberta Book of the Year Award and the RAIC’s Advocacy Award. At the 2011 World Architecture Congress/Tokyo, Boddy’s essay “MEGA + MICRO: Canada, Innovation at the Extremes” received commendation for the UIA/CICA’s Pierre Vago Prize for best architectural criticism worldwide. His exhibitions include HybridCity, included in the 2011 VAG exhibition WE Vancouver: 12 Manifestoes for the City; and Vancouverism: Architecture Builds the City. Boddy was Adjunct Professor in UBC’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture in 2012 and 2014; he has served as a studio critic and lecturer worldwide. See



May 11, 2017 / 7:00 PM
The Happy Film Screening and Discussion

Stefan Sagmeister - The Happy Film - showing May 11 at Museum of Vancouver

Stefan Sagmeister and Ben Nabors' playful documentary The Happy Film (2016, 95 min.) screens at the Museum of Vancouver as part of a very special program.

Following the film, Sagmeister will be joined by clinical counsellor and once ordained Buddhist monk Dr. Sean Pritchard, and UBC Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry Dr. Andrea Grabovac to discuss the film's pursuit of happiness and some of the pitfalls Sagmeister experiences on his journey. 

The Happy Film (festival trailer) from {group theory} on Vimeo.

Austrian graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister is doing well. He lives in New York, the city of his dreams, and enjoys success in his work, designing album covers for the Rolling Stones, Jay-Z and the Talking Heads. But in the back of his mind he suspects there must be something more. He decides to turn himself into a design project. Poignant existential questions arise: can he redesign his personality to become a better person? Is it possible to train his mind to become happier? Sagmeister pursues three controlled experiments of meditation, therapy, and drugs, grading himself along the way. Inevitably real life creeps in and confounds the process: art, sex, love, and death prove impossible to disentangle. His unique designs and painfully personal experiences mark a journey that travels closer to himself than ever intended.
Much like the sensory-rich Happy Show exhibition (on display at MOV in 2015), The Happy Film is a dazzling documentary that plays with design elements as it showcases enlightenment in an estranged structured modality. 
Sagmeister makes for an interesting and memorable subject as daily life and its emotional fluxes becomes fodder for the viewer to contemplate larger questions about their own mortality, cause and effect relationships, and levels of happiness. 
Date: Thursday, May 11
Time: 7pm
Admission: $24; *$21 for MOV members
*MOV members must present their membership cards to enter with membership discounted tickets. You will receive a code in our email newsletter for online discount at check out.  
MOV's exhibitions will be open to 8pm. Film ticket holders are welcome to visit the exhibitions prior to the screening.



Dr. Andrea Grabovac is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia. Her psychiatric practice focuses on inpatient psychiatry at Vancouver General Hospital and outpatient psycho-oncology at the BC Cancer Agency. Since 2006, she has been facilitating mindfulness-based treatments for sexual medicine, mood disorder and oncology populations. Andrea's academic publications explore the clinical relevance of re-contextualizing mindfulness-based interventions within Buddhist psychological frameworks. She is Associate Editor for the journal Mindfulness and has practiced and studied in the Burmese Theravada Vipassana tradition since 2002.  
Dr. Sean Pritchard holds a PhD in clinical psychology and currently has a private counselling practice in Vancouver. He has spent a number of years as an ordained Buddhist monk in the Burmese Theravada tradition. He has traveled worldwide teaching Mahasi-style vipassana (mindfulness) and Metta (loving-kindness) meditation practices to many different cultures and nationalities. His experience and teaching has provided him with a unique perspective on the Asian and Western understanding of mental health.
Stefan Sagmeister formed the New York based Sagmeister Inc. in 1993 and has since designed for clients as diverse as the Rolling Stones and the Guggenheim Museum. In addition to two Grammies, he has also won practically every important international design award. In 2012, designer Jessica Walsh became a partner and the company was renamed to Sagmeister & Walsh. His Happy Show became the most visited graphic design exhibit in history.
Stefan Sagmeister - The Happy Film - showing May 11 at Museum of Vancouver
May 18, 2017 / 7:00 PM
Super Science Slam – A Happy Hour Event

Science Slam Canada in partnership with Museum of Vancouver present this city’s most epic science showdown! Join us for the culmination of a year of Vancouver Science Slam events. Past competitors will face off for the grand champion title. Who will emerge as Van City’s best science communicator?

Hosted by Nikki Berreth and Alan Shapiro, this championship event will feature keyonte speaker Carson Kivari, the defending Science Slam winner, and competitors hand-picked from all walks of science. Based on the format of a poetry slam, competitors will have five minutes to present any science topic with creativity and ingenuity. The use of a projector or slides are not allowed. Presentations will be judged for communication skills, audience engagement, and scientific accuracy.
Our star-studded panel of judges includes a mashup of Vancouver’s top science and communication institutions featuring John ChapmanDan Dumsha and Brian Fisher.
Date: Thursday, May 18
Time: 7:00pm (Bar opens at 6:00)
Tickets: *Adults: $15; Seniors, Students: $13;  MOV Members: Free! 
* Online Tickets Sales will end ONE HOUR before the event begins. Remaining tickets on sale at the door / Visitor Services at the time of event.
Gallery admission included with event ticket. Come early to explore the exhibitions and have a drink.

John Chapman is a geologist and research scientist with the Geological Survey of Canada in Vancouver. His work focuses on improving our understanding of mineral deposits within the Cordillera of BC and Yukon. Although happily settled in Canada for almost a decade, he is originally from the UK and holds an undergraduate degree in geology from the University of Southampton and a PhD in geochemistry from Imperial College London.
Dan Dumsha is a Vancouver based Improviser, Teacher, and Corporate Trainer. Dan has been performing improv for over two decades from coast to coast. Dan is a Main Stage player at VTSL, the President of the Vancouver Queer Improv Society, and a producer of three Tuesday night improv shows at XYYVR on Davie Street. Dan is a Corporate Consultant with the Humphrey Group and on the Faculty for Executive Education at UBC Sauder.
Brian Fisher is a professor in SFU’s School of Interactive Arts and Technology. His Integrated Science Lab conducts scientific investigation of people's use of graphical information systems. Brian collaborates on designs of information systems for health, aerospace, emergency operations, cybersecurity, and financial and business analytics applications.
Carson Kivari  is a psychotherapist and artist whose interest is in helping others live meaningful inspired lives that extends past traditional counselling. In addition to peer-reviewed research and clinical practice, Carson uses hip-hop, music and filmmaking to help others understand that suffering and healing are normal, universal experiences.