Join us for CATALYZE
, a large-scale event featuring cocktails, openings and performances to celebrate the 21st International Symposium on Electronic Arts (ISEA2015) at the Museum of Vancouver.
ISEA2015 Artistic Directors Kate Armstrong and Malcolm Levy have developed a program of works that investigate the state of contemporary culture, with specific reference to natural processes and the effects of digital aesthetics on the living.
This event features the opening of Lively Objects
, which explores the seduction of things that seem to possess, or to be possessed by life. It brings together a collection of objects that vibrate with vitality through mechanical, magical or mythical forces. The exhibition addresses the idea of enchantment in a contemporary context and asks why and how, in an age of rationality, we are attracted by the animistic and atavistic experience of things “coming to life”. Curated by Caroline Langhill and Lizzie Muller, Lively Objects
is spread throughout the eclectic permanent collection of the Museum of Vancouver, infiltrating dioramas, display cases and didactic panels. Lively Objects
features works by Diana Burgoyne, Wendy Coburn, Steve Daniels, Judith Doyle, Kate Hartman, Garnet Hertz, Simone Jones, Germaine Koh, and Norman White. CATALYZE
is an opportunity to see groundbreaking performances by Instant Places (Ian Birse and Laura Kavanaugh).
This event will feature an outdoor pavilion of drinks, conversation and music with works from Nathanial Stern & Erin Manning, Amber Frid-Jimenez & Joe Dahmen, and Tobias Klein. Nathanial Stern & Erin Manning will present Weather Patterns: the Smell of Red,
which uses wind and spice to create feedback loops that amplify how movement and transformation are sensed. Amber Frid-Jimenez & Joe Dahmen will present
, a video installation constructed from environmentally sustainable blocks of agricultural waste and mycelium, a thread-like fungus that plays an essential role in natural world. Tobias Klein will present Slow Selfie_3.0
, a slow-growing sculpture that transforms crystal condensation into a three dimensional self-portrait. And featuring artists, Katsufumi Matsui, Kazunori Ogasawara, Seiichiro Matsumura, Seiko Okamoto & Cuichi Arakawa.
The event costs $20 general admission. It is free for MOV Members and ISEA Festival pass holders. Special Student pricing $14. This also includes entry to Sagmeister’s The Happy Show (which closes Sept 7).
ABOUT THE MUSEUM OF VANCOUVER (MOV)
The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) creates Vancouver-focused exhibitions and programs that encourage dynamic conversations about what was, is, and can be Vancouver. Permanent exhibitions tell the city’s stories from the early 1900s to the late 1970s and are complemented by contemporary, groundbreaking feature exhibits.
Since its rebranding in 2009 the MOV has become a leader in the reimagining of museums. Our exhibitions are Vancouver centric and designed to make the viewer think not just about the objects, but their greater context. We've played host to two Venice Biennale in Architecture projects. We've even gone so far as to hire a Curator of Contemporary Issues. We are a bold, contemporary museum, and we can't wait for you to visit.