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September 03, 2015 / 7:00 PM
Talk & Tour: Lively Objects with Germaine Koh

Talk & Tour: Lively Objects with Germaine Koh

Join us for an intimate talk with artist Germaine Koh, followed by an interactive tour of Lively Objects. In this exhibition, artefacts do not quietly await our appreciation. These enchanted artworks disrupt traditional museum categories and presentation techniques, and invite visitors to reconsider the museum experience.

Date: Thursday, September 3, 2015
Time: 7:00pm
Admission: General $14 | Seniors & Students $11 | Youth $8 | Family $38 | MOV Members FREE
Get Tickets: Call 604 736 4431 ext. 0
 
Koh’s talk will provide insight into the unique curatorial vision for exhibition, and invite us to explore how and why we are drawn to the experience of things that seem to come to life. Koh will discuss the mechanics and conceptual framework of her Topographic Table, as well as delve into the how and why of her artistic practice, which is concerned with the significance of everyday actions, familiar objects and common places.
 
Topographic Table recreates the contours of the mountains of North of Vancouver. Sensors and internet-connected electronics embedded in its frame cause the table to tremble in response to nearby vibrations and news about earthquakes in the Pacific Northwest. This piece of furniture models the geology and psychic condition of living near the Cascadia fault line.
 
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 curated by Caroline Seck Langill and Lizzie Muller. It 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.

Germaine Koh is a Canadian visual artist based in Vancouver. Koh's artwork ranges from performances to interactive machines to social experiments. Her pieces often deal with the ways we move through the world and interact with other people. Her exhibition history includes the BALTIC Centre (Newcastle), Bloomberg SPACE (London), Artspace (Sydney), The British Museum (London), Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), and the Liverpool, Sydney and Montréal biennials. Koh was a recipient of the 2010 VIVA Award, and a finalist for the 2004 Sobey Art Award.

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:

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September 20, 2015 / 2:00 PM
Talk & Learn: c̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city
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the city before the city
 
Talk & Learn: c̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city
 
Join us for an informal talk and tour of the Museum of Vancouver’s landmark exhibition c̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city. This afternoon talk from Larry Grant and Jill Campbell from the Musqueam First Nation will feature an introduction to Musqueam’s traditional language, and touch on the historical, cultural and political significance of revitalizing hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓. We will invite questions and conversation touching on several themes in the exhibition, and offer participants the opportunity to learn some key phrases and building blocks of the language. Advance registration for this interactive talk are strongly encouraged; youth and families welcome!
 
Date: Sunday, September 20, 2015
Time: 2:00pm
Admission: General $14 | Seniors & Students $11  | Youth $8 | Family $38 | MOV Members FREE
Get Tickets: Call 604 736 4431 ext. 0
 
About Larry and Jill:
 
Larry Grant is a Musqueam elder, born and raised in Musqueam traditional territory by a traditional hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ speaking Musqueam family. After 4 decades as a tradesman, Larry enrolled in the FNLG program, which awoke his memory of the embedded value that the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ language has to self-identity, kinship, culture, territory, and history prior to European contact. He is presently assisting in revitalizing hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ and co-teaching an introductory hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ course for the First Nations Languages Program at the University of British Columbia.
 
Jill Campbell is a member of the Musqueam Indian Band, and manager of its Musqueam Language and Culture Department. Since its inception in 1997, she has worked in numerous positions including Adjunct Professor with the First Nations Languages Program at the University of British Columbia. Jill has been working with the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ language for almost 30 years. She is passionate about language revitalization and her community.

 
 
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