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

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

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

Real Housewives of Vancouver Meet Modern Art

by Jason Smythe

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When asked by Karen, the esteemed editor of this blog, to watch an episode of The Real Housewives of Vancouver that briefly deals with modern art, I was skeptical. Two thoughts immediately popped into my head: 1) How can such a low-brow show deliver any kind of intelligent commentary on modern art? and 2) What can a group of vapid gold-diggers who are more plastic than human possibly know about modern art? The answer to the latter: absolutely nothing. But in regards to the former, this low-brow extravaganza succeeds in revealing two truths about modern art: that it is made strange within popular culture, and that it is often collected as a tool of status. Continue reading