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 has taken on these questions about Victoria.
He joined Open Space artist-run centre as artist-in-residence from June to August 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, LaRiviere has connected with people living in Victoria and recorded their stories of the diverse material of daily life in the city. Volunteer participants have responded to the simple question “What happened?”
From these stories, LaRiviere has created an interactive map and audio tour, geo-locating interviews to the site where they occurred. By keeping all stories anonymous, the project focuses on the events rather than the participants, and invites the listener to experience everyday surfaces imbued with a new sense.
Starting August 2, the public is invited to engage in the anti-tourism tour and listen to the recorded interviews through the #everysordiddetail app. From August 2-25 the tour will be accompanied by a gallery exhibition at Open Space, open Tuesday-Saturday, 12-5pm.
Opening reception: Thursday, August 2 7-9pm
Artist talk and anti-tourism walking tour: Saturday, August 4, 2-4pm
Check out the project via the Anti-Tourism Tour app on Google Play for android or at http://www.antitourismtour.com/
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.