|THE OPENING is all about delving into the fascinating, quirky and wonderful visual arts in Vancouver. Each week we’ll feature an artist, cover an exhibition, discuss a lecture and everything else in-between to delve deep into who and what makes art happen!
This week’s article is by guest contributor Agnes Wisden.
WORDS: AGNES WISDEN
Once the sun comes out and the dark rainy winter days are farther in between, the bicycles start to be dusted off and the city streets become alive with cyclists exercising, commuting, and taking leisure rides on their steeds of choice. Riding a bike adds its own adventure and wanderlust to the morning commute, and if yours takes you anywhere near and around Strathcona and Chinatown, you may have seen Jonathan’s Igharas‘ self-made pedal-powered music machine, The DJ Trike, in its more stationary, daytime incarnation. By night, it’s an entirely different beast: Igharas’ invention has appeared on Third Beach for sunset dances, filled the downtown streets with spontaneous late-night parties, and made a scene for political gatherings over the past few years, always taking passers-by by surprise. People lose themselves to the beat, the environment, and the spontaneousness of it all: it is, quite literally, a party on wheels.
Currently, Igharas is running a Kickstarter campaign, The DJ Trike Soundtravel Project, which will give the DJ Trike a complete design overhaul and see it undertake a cycling roadtrip from Vancouver to Los Angeles (an leg-burning distance that spans over 2985 km), throwing parties along the way. Igharas hopes to bring the connective possibilities of music that he’s experienced though his design down the West Coast and beyond, all while raising awareness for sustainable, pedal-powered energy and transport. In return for support, Igharas is offering unique one-one DJ lessons and, for keen non-Vancouverites, the commitment of the Soundtravel project to head to your city in particular.
It’s no surprise to learn that Igharas is both a designer and DJ himself. In its first incarnation, the DJ Trike came about as an idea for Igharas’ final thesis that fused his multiple passions into a single project. Inspired by utility tricycles in Asia, it is entirely self-powered, down to its ability to broadcast its pop-up parties live. Its mission is “about letting go and expressing your soul,” Igharas says, which is exactly what he hopes to continue doing with this Kickstarter campaign. More than halfway to his funding goal, he is tantalizingly close to bringing his inspiration and dream to the next level.