Category Archives: Travel

23 Days at Sea: Interview with Kimberly Phillips

by Jae in Jung

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Ross Kelly, 12 12 122 12 12 121, 2011. Inkjet print (detail).

Access Gallery held its Annual Auction fundraiser on Saturday, November 15, 2014. With artworks generously donated by more than 60 local and international artists, some of the proceeds of this fundraiser will go towards the development of Access’ new Traveling Artist Residency, Twenty-three Days at Sea. The residency will enable selected artists to book passage aboard a cargo ship and sail across the Pacific Ocean from Vancouver to Shanghai, China. These artists will be considered“in residence”for the 23 days aboard the vessel. The following interview is with Access Gallery‘s Director/Curator, Kimberly Phillips. Twenty-three Days at Sea will be officially announced through a press release and Call for Submissions in early December, 2014. Continue reading

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


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

Cathedrals, Factories and Plenty More Where That Came From

by Joanna Chaffin


If you’re reading this blog I bet you like to look at art, and probably read about it too. I can relate to that. As one of the editors of UBC’s Undergraduate Journal of Art History (UJAH), I’m reading about art all the time.

This year I’ve had the chance to work with author Marcus Jack. He wrote an essay called Cathedral/Factory about how the Tate Modern functions as both a cathedral and factory. What struck me as I continued to read his essay is how the entire act of going to a museum or gallery becomes a sort of religious, performative, or sacred experience. Continue reading

The Town is the Venue

by Zoya Mirzaghitova


There is a small town in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, called Huntley, with a population of 4500 people. It has been the site for a unique art experiment. Deveron Arts, a group of artists based there, began to use the entire town as a sort of art gallery. There is no established exhibition place but instead artists are invited for three-month residencies during which they can live in the town and find out about topics and issues relevant to the people there. They turn these topics into artworks that can take the shape of a festival, bike race, drive-in cinema, town tour, or any number of other unconventional events. The artists draw from their environment and, in turn, contribute to broader conversations about local issues, and potentially provide some solutions. Continue reading

Presence of the Past

by Janine C. Grant

In a city that constantly feels like it is getting newer by the day, it is important to get away to the old.  It is important to be confronted with history in its physical form; to survey the landscape and imagine a piece of you existing thousands of years before.  To take the time to appreciate the importance of the past—all the moments, be they mundane—that has lead you to your current state, alive.

Perhaps I am being over sentimental, dramatic, or just a plain anthropology nerd but whenever I go to see ruins I get this tingle running through my body.  My hands long to touch the stone, my fingers to trace the patterns.  I cannot help but imagine a hand thousands of years earlier doing the same.

I had this same feeling this summer when I visited Patara, an archaeological site in the present day village of Ovagelemis, Turkey. Patara is one of the oldest cities of Lycia dating back in Hittite texts to the 13th Century BC.  Its beachside access and ideal sailing conditions helped to maintain its importance throughout the years.  A few claims to fame include the birthplace of Saint Nicholas and the stop over site of Paul the Apostle, who is noted to have visited on one of his journeys to Rome.

Below are a few images of the ruins:

Entering the archeological site. The beach, located a 5 minute drive and
5 minute walk away from the entrance, has served for millions of years as one of the rare nesting sites of the Mediterranean loggerhead sea turtles.

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Diane Arbus: A Moment of Truth

by Janine C. Grant

Junger Mann mit Lockenwicklern zu Hause in der West 20th Street, N.Y.C., 1966

A young man in curlers at home on West 20th Street, N.Y.C. 1966  © The Estate of Diane Arbus

Treading the cobblestone streets during my recent visit to Berlin, my travel mates and I felt as though we were being watched.  From billboards and lampposts, a black and white image of a transvestite with penciled high arching eyebrows, hair in curlers and eyes caught in midsentence, stared us down and convinced us not to miss the Diane Arbus exhibit at the Martin-Gropius-Bau.

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Sorry, We’re Closed

by Rhys Edwards

Rhys Edwards opens up about his alienating search for contemporary art in the UK this summer.

I travelled to the United Kingdom earlier this summer, where I took the opportunity to visit a variety of contemporary art institutions. In taking the trip, I had hoped to expand my visual horizons, while gaining firsthand experience with the work of some of the most innovative and exciting artists in the world.

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Journey to Kreuzberg: Berlin’s Hospital turned Exhibition Space

by Janine C. Grant

Hallway leading to the exhibit

During my recent visit to Berlin, I felt the city’s pulse, and it thumped a steady beat of art. It seems you cannot go anywhere in Berlin and not come across a museum, gallery, or outdoor market brimming with artists selling their handcrafted wares.  Prices are tailored for the starving non-nine-to-fivers, restaurants serve breakfast till four pm, and historic buildings have been transformed into artist sanctuaries.

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Mumbai Diaries: Part 2—Interview with Abhishek Bhonsle

By Erin Campbell

I first heard about Photographer Abhishek Bhonsle through a mutual friend who suggested the two of us meet for coffee to discuss Abhishek’s artistic career and his thoughts on the Indian art world. Abhishek began his art career in the Bangalore theatre scene. He was a part of organised theatre jams and performed regularly. He later became an amateur theatre photographer, which gradually led to him to use the camera to explore the stories he discovered on the streets.

I met Abhishek at a beachside café in the steamy heat of Mumbai to learn more about his perspective and his creative practice.

Abhishek Bhonsle Photography

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