by Farah H. El-Afifi
I don’t think any one of us really knew what to expect out of Go8. I remember us awkwardly shuffling around Satellite Gallery on the first day, not knowing exactly what to do with ourselves. Eventually, we sat in a circle near the elevator and went around introducing ourselves. I could immediately tell that everyone there had so much to offer. Almost instantly we dove into the art world heads first, but we didn’t have to feel lost because we were guided every step of the way by people who were incredibly informed and ready to answer all of our questions. Every tour, presentation, project, and lecture was different and taught things we most probably wouldn’t have seen otherwise. It’s hard to think that the Go8 program lasted less than a week because we everyday was so packed with new information, new experiences, and a new perspective on art.
by Danaan C-J and Mara I-G
Imagine having only 5 days to experience all of Paris. In not even one week, your task is to soak up the city’s entire history, to visit every one of its famous sites and monuments, and by the end of the week, to have immersed yourself so completely in Parisian culture that you will have come to the point where you can call yourself a local. Now picture being given the same task, but applied to the Vancouver art scene. Welcome to Go8. Continue reading
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by YouBin Lee
YouBin Lee interprets her experience at Satellite Gallery with a collage
Trying new things has always made me nervous. This is because of the uncertainty of a new environment and the situations that I will encounter there. Participating in the GO8 program at Satellite Gallery was an adventure for all of us, where we would be challenging ourselves with the idea and practice of intervention art.
Satellite Gallery’s Angela Yang, a former GO8 student, tells us what she’s been up to since her time at the gallery.
I just graduated last year and am doing the one year Arts and Science Transfer program to UBC at Langara right now and hopefully I’ll get in for September. The GO8 Program was absolutely lovely! I really learned a ton about the art scene in Vancouver and about myself along the way too. I made fabulous new friends and the memories during the 2 weeks are priceless! Creating the public art display at the end of the program was a very new experience for me. I guess in a way it added to my experiences with challenging the status quo of society as I am currently taking a course in Peace and Conflict Studies and becoming more aware of the political scene in North America and abroad. I can’t say I’m doing much right now with art, but the program has definitely influenced me to get out more and see what art the city has to offer.