With the start of the Vancouver Art Book Fair kicking off tomorrow, allow VIA to entice you to head over to the Vancouver Art Gallery this weekend.
Here is an interview with two artists who will be showing, launching and selling their publication Monument. Leanne J and My Name is Scot went on a two month residency where they got to know several local artists, architects and creative types. Alongside their work, they will also be showing artist publications created by other artists who they worked with during their residency.
Both Artists have had work that was at previous iterations of the VA/BF, this time they’ll be at the fair touting their wares and sharing new works by artists from Sofia, Bulgaria. They’ll also be giving a talk, check out the program schedule on the VA/BF site for more info.
Happy Art Book-worming weekend!
VIA: What is Public Address all about?
Scot: It started as we were doing a residency in Sofia, Bulgaria this summer. We had been doing a body of work we debuted last year at a live performance festival. A performance where we have these two characters, the activist and the authority figure which involves Leanne dressing up as an activist and me dressing up as a riot cop. We’d been interested in how things of this nature are put forward into the media and how the politics of these events become polarised and authoritarian. We were interested in that and the language. A lot of language is used to type cast elements, like the word extremist etc. We developed this performance where we played with these roles and we essentially played with language. Leanne developed a set of prose which were fairly poetic and personal. We performed this down at victory square. She was dressed like an activist, yet her narratives were very poetic and very internal. They were contemplative and not strident in the way that typical media presents activists as extremists. And then, me the riot cop character, I compiled some texts based off of speeches from Ghandi and Mother Theresa and did a remix on them and had this authority figure narrative that was self questioning, not necessarily doubting, but kind of debunking the notion that there is a right way of dealing with these situations, this is the way that it has to be. And my character was very much going why, what is happening, what is our life about. So that is kind of the background, and so we had this residency in Bulgaria over the summer we wanted to sort of take these characters to there. When we were there it was year long anniversary of protests that were happening in the streets against the parliament’s corruption, they’d been trying to dissolve government, it didn’t happen. We were there for the 5th non-confidence vote, but the dissolving never happened. I suppose both of our work is about taking the person and trying to put it out there, or investigating public ways of dialoging. Public Address seemed to be a way of exploring how to broadcast the personal out into the public realm. I think in both our work it is important that we are trying to get to an emotional response, or elicit an emotional response in our viewers or readers, or what ever the audience. And um… yeah, you take it from here… …READ THE REST OF THIS ENTRY>>>