Category Archives: Popular Culture

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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DIY: Rent prices high ***ART SPACE WANTED***

by Katharina Schulz

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In this socially awkward city, where eye contact on the street is shocking for most, there is an underlying desire to bump shoulders, shake bodies, nod heads together, and shed our social stigmas. Do It Yourself projects offer alternatives to established modes of entertainment, art, culture, and social space. They attempt to foster a sense of community, the “starving artists” become autonomous gallerists, and dancing to house music becomes romantic again. Continue reading

World Awareness Day

by Joni Cheung

Actors from Burkina Faso and Mali perform a scene from the play Et Si Je Les Tuais Tous Madame

Actors from Burkina Faso and Mali perform a scene from the play Et Si Je Les Tuais Tous Madame

Did you know that Burkina Faso is a country in Africa that is well-known for their love for films and crafts? Many countries in the world don’t receive the recognition they deserve when it comes to their contributions to the artistic world. That’s why Churchill Secondary is introducing World Awareness Day (WAD)! Continue reading

Stepping into Performance – A High Fashion Hybrid from Rick Owens’ Vicious

by Joanna Chaffin

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Aggression, rebellion, and breaking down barriers have all been notions intertwined in the work of performance art. Live action performance in art has stood to provoke an audience, make them cringe, scared and generally elicit a strong emotional reaction. From Marina Abromovic to Chris Burden to Yoko Ono, performance is something that tends to stick with us because of it’s oftentimes a ‘shock to the system’ due to the medium itself. Continue reading

Vancouver Art/Book Fair: Interview with Tracy Stefannuci

logo-2013Do you get excited about art you can hold in your hands? Vancouver Art/Book (VA/BF) fair organizer Tracy Stefannuci does.  We asked her about second annual Fair, coming to the Vancouver Art Gallery on October 5 and 6th. Continue reading

Yangachi’s “Surveillance Opera”

by Areum Kim

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Still from Yangachi’s 007:Surveillance Opera, 2008

Here is an artist who is digging the frontier of new media/performance-based art using surveillance cameras. South Korean artist Yangachi, whose pseudonym in Korean means a ‘jerk’, produced 007: Surveillance Opera (2008) using CCTV cameras that are ubiquitously installed in everyday places, a phenomenon that is becoming more and more systematic and obsessive. Yangachi manages to hijack these security cameras that are meant to continuously survey citizens, and he uses them as the channel to broadcast and record his recreation of a scene from the famous 007 movies. Continue reading

Fashion as Art: From Miuccia to the Met

by Joanna Chaffin

Alexander McQueen (British, 1969–2010). Dress, autumn,winter 2010–11. Courtesy of Alexander McQueen. Photograph, Copyright Solve Sundsbo Art + Commerce

Alexander McQueen (British, 1969–2010). Dress, autumn/winter 2010–11. Courtesy of Alexander McQueen. Photograph © Sølve Sundsbø / Art + Commerce

I can’t help but feel a slight stigma when telling people that I love fashion or even have aspirations to work within the industry. Is it the elitist frivolity in the ever-changing nature that tells you one minute something’s in and the next minute there’s a new black? Well consider my delight when such cultural institutions as the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met), the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), and the Whitney Museum of Art started recognizing contemporary fashion as an upheld artistic practice worthy of exhibition in a precious gallery. Could it be that designers such as Miuccia Prada, Lee Alexander McQueen or Jean Paul Gaultier are worthy of the same platform as the likes of Vincent van Gogh or Rembrandt? Continue reading