What is the lived experience of a city? What do tourist narratives of a place leave out, and how can we uncover the stories of a place often reduced to postcards and trinkets?
This summer Saskatoon-based artist David LaRiviere seeks to take on these questions about Victoria.
He joins Open Space as artist-in-residence to develop the media arts project #everysordiddetail. An “anti-tourist” project opposing the touristic narratives of the city in favour of fragmentary or messy bits of real life, #everysordiddetail seeks to create an alternative and uncensored map of the city.
While in residency from June 1st to July 31st, LaRiviere will be connecting with people living in Victoria and recording their stories of the diverse material of daily life in the city. Volunteer participants will be responding to the simple question “What happened?”
From these stories, LaRiviere will create an interactive map and audio tour, geo-locating interviews to the site where they occurred, and allowing those who take the audio tour to experience everyday surfaces imbued with a new sense. All stories will be kept anonymous in order to focus the project on the events rather than the participants. Folks are also invited to share their tales of Open Space in particular.
From August 1-25 the public will be invited to engage in the anti-tourism tour and listen to the recorded interviews through the #everysordiddetail app.
Open Space will act as a hub for the project, featuring a kiosk that will orient visitors interested in the tour.
Opening reception: Thursday, August 2 7-9pm
Artist talk and anti-tourism walking tour: Saturday, August 4, 2-5pm
Do you have a story of Victoria to tell? What happened?
If you are interested in participating in the project in any way, contact David LaRiviere at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call or text 1-306-881-3077. All volunteer participants will be guaranteed anonymity.
The artist would like to gratefully acknowledge project funding from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Saskatchewan Arts Board in support of #everysordiddetail.
Open Space respectfully acknowledges that we are on unceded First Nations territory. The City of Victoria and the surrounding areas lie on the territories of the Coast Salish and Lekwungen-speaking peoples, including the Esquimalt, Songhees, and W̱SÁNEĆ First Nations.
Open Space is not wheelchair accessible and is accessed by a flight of 15 stairs. There are two gender inclusive washrooms, one multi-stall and one single stall with a urinal. Please get in touch if you have any other questions or concerns.