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The Enduring Allure of Utopian Communities

By Sarah Davidson desertutopia7 Arcosanti is best described as a never-realized utopia. Dreamed up by architect Paolo Soleri in 1970, the (self-described) despot imagined a thriving city of 5000 in the middle of the Arizona desert. Soleri’s uncompromising vision doomed his ambitions, but Arcology, Soleri’s benevolent if deeply quixotic philosophy, persists in attracting thousands of visitors and a few dozen transient residents each year.

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Wander: on wilderness and walking

By Sarah Davidson

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I have a second life.  Well, not so much a second life, as a non-city one.  Often for a month at a time, I disappear into remote wilderness. This is part of a job that I get paid to do, teaching leadership courses to youth. It’s hard to communicate what this job is like, especially because when I say remote wilderness I don’t mean popular hiking routes. I mean getting dropped off by the side of the road in the Yukon, with no cell phone reception, no trails, no built structures and often no other signs of human life. I do this for weeks at a time. Continue reading

Vancouver Art/Book Fair: Part 2

by Zoya Mirzaghitova

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Phew! Another crazy weekend filled with art, books, and art books came to a close. We had a blast at this year’s Vancouver Art/Book Fair. A big thank you to Project Space for making it happen! Continue reading

Mini San Francisco Art City Guide

by Zoya Mirzaghitova

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A few weeks ago I decided that I needed to go somewhere. Where I really wanted to go was New York or Europe (I know, pretty stereotypical..) but there was no way my student budget would allow it. So I decided that I will go somewhere on the west coast of the States, far enough away that it’s different but close enough that it’s cheap. The cheapest tickets ended up being to San Francisco, so off I went. Continue reading

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Our Day at the Vancouver Art/Book Fair – LIVE

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Here are some exciting interactions Sarah, Yasmine and Erin had at the Art/Book Fair today. Top photo by Zoya Mirzaghitova, all other photos by Sarah Davidson.

Lazy Græy

by Kiel Torres

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As we reach the end of July, summer becomes a time of doing and going: going to the pool, going for a hike, going to see friends, going to meetings, going to summer school, going somewhere and doing things before going someplace else. Sometimes we are too busy. Continue reading

The Sacred Objects: In Conversation with George Nuku

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As we are preparing for LAB, our experimental summer tour program, in conjunction with Paradise Lost? Contemporary Works from the Pacific, we met with artist George Nuku in his workshop at the Museum of Anthropology to discuss his plans for an intervention in the Great Hall. Here’s an excerpt from our conversation with the artist. Continue reading

Culture Versus Culture

by Amie Beaton

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When my husband first suggested that we pack up our lives in Vancouver and move to France, I was full of excitement. I was thrilled with the idea of living in a place full of culture. Culture, however, is a word that has, for me, changed its meaning throughout the eight months that we have been here. Continue reading

Show & Tell Press: The Making of Made in Vancouver

by Kari Kleinmann and Kurtis Wilson

The newly formed Show & Tell Press, founded by artists Kari Kleinmann and Kurtis Wilson, will launch its first publication Made in Vancouver at Satellite Gallery this September 27, 2012 from 6 to 9pm. Made in Vancouver features the work of four Vancouver-based artists Patrick Cruz, Jennilee Marigomen, Aaron Read and Dan Siney, and pays homage to the thriving arts community within our city. The publication is a package comprised of five zines devoted to each artist. It showcases the work of a diverse group of artists putting pen to paper by using a variety of printing techniques from colour printing, risograph printing, silkscreen printing, to large roll printing.

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MIX at Five Sixty

Tonight Satellite Gallery became part of a building-wide art party at Five Sixty. The two floor space was transformed into a maze of contemporary art, and every room (plus the alley, where Scott Sueme and a friend were spray-painting) was filled with exhibitions from artists working with diverse themes and wildly different work. From Gordon Payne’s “cubo-futurist-surrealist” paintings to florist and up-and-coming artist Thomas Hobbs’ digitally manipulated, found paint-by-number figures, MIX really had something for everyone. On the ground floor a man approached me and asked where the gallery was. For once I had nothing to say except, “Uh, everywhere!”

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