Monthly Archives: November 2011

Art, History, and Hiroshima

By Rhys Edwards

                                                   Photo by Ishiuchi Miyako

After several exhibitions throughout Japan since 2008, ひろしま hiroshima  by Ishiuchi Miyako opened recently at the Museum of Anthropology, marking the exhibition’s first foray into North America. Artist Ishiuchi Miyako began her professional photography career in the 1970s, and since then has become one of Japan’s foremost contemporary photographers. As an artist, she is predominantly concerned with the notion of personal memory and how it is disseminated through the human body as well as material objects.

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The Candy Store

By Kari Kleinmann

When I stepped into the Canzine West Festival at the Ukrainian Hall last weekend I was instantly overwhelmed by the array of choices. Where to go first? My strategy was to visit all of the tables before making a decision about which zines to collect. A zine fair is like being in a candy store. One could easily end up with a sore stomach and an empty wallet without this approach. With so many varieties, how do you choose? My own personal decisions are based on the aesthetics of a zine. I am the type of connoisseur who likes to enjoy the zine in its entirety after purchasing it. As a bookmaker, I also love the idea of containment. If there is a special nuance in the packaging, I am sold.
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Interview with Brian Lye

by Jesse Birch


Jesse Birch = JB | Brian Lye = BL

JB: Training a Fool is Not a Joke was structurally and aesthetically based on Rodney Graham’s 1997 Vexation Island, but there were other influences as well. Can you talk about the different elements that informed the production?

BL: I had two major influences for this film that predated Vexation Island.

The first is my neighbourhood here in Kerrisdale. After living away from it for 12 years I am back living at the house where I grew up in the ’80s and ’90s. I see a lot of changes in the neighbourhood, and all are related to the rise in property values. A lot of people who have lived here for a long time are taking advantage of the market and selling their homes and making quite a bit of money. The general result of this is that the old houses are all being torn down. If you walk around every day you see changes happening frequently here. It is quite crazy. This house where we shot TAFINAJ is just a block away from my parents’ home where I’m living now. With this film I wanted to be able to preserve at least one of the homes in the neighbourhood, because when things go I find it is hard to remember them without imagery. It is a house that my friends and I used to skateboard in front of every lunch hour and evening when we were in high school.

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Being [No]body

As part of Satellite Gallery’s ongoing effort to provide learning opportunities for students, we are happy to be part of a class project created by five SFU students from the Faculty of Contemporary Art. Sheena Clark, Eliza Nguyen, Sebastian Laskowski, Rachael Nakamura, and Tina Shabani curated a hypothetical exhibition called Nobody at Satellite Gallery. Here is a glimpse of their proposal and Power Point presentation.

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