Feeling Measurements

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Feeling Measurements
Open Space, 510 Fort Street, 2nd floor
Monday, January 8, 2018, 12:00 pm to Saturday, January 27, 2018, 5:00 pm

Residency Open Studio with Kerri Flannigan
8-27 January, Tuesday-Saturday, 12:00pm-5:00pm
Facilitated Risography Drop-In with Kerri Flannigan
Every Thursday between 12:00pm-6:00pm or by appointment
In Conversation with Cathy Busby
Tuesday 16 January, 7:00pm
Slow Scan Action + Residency Finissage
Friday 26 January, 7:00pm
Invasive Species Cordage Making + Discussion with Alexis Hogan and guests
Saturday 27 January, 4:30pm
“Fathom is the distance between two arms outstretched, from fingertip to fingertip. The word fathom derives from the old English word fathom ‘to embrace’ and speaks to what is graspable or imaginable and what is not. What is fathomable can be understood and embodied. What is unfathomable cannot. The fathom was originally used to measure land, but came to be used to measure of the depth of water. A knot would be tied into a rope for every fathom measured against one’s body. Knots as a way of indexing evokes themes of both safety and violence, of connection and constriction. They can strengthen and weaken.” – Kerri Flannigan
Please join us for the closing events of Feeling Measurements, the culmination of Kerri Flannigan’s residency at Open Space. Since July 2017, Flannigan has been devising and delivering a number of actions, performances, and skill shares, investigating queer experiences of place. Anchored in the fathom as a metaphor, Feeling Measurements has become an emergent, collaborative, and inter-generational methodology of research, skill-sharing, and storytelling. Exploring the body in space, Flannigan has investigated how we relate to, and move through our physical, emotional, technological, and sonic environments, asking these questions from queer perspectives. The residency format references the Collaboratory models engaged at Open Space in the 1970s, wherein Flannigan has collaborated widely to deliver a number of thematic public programs, focusing on skill-sharing. Collaborators include Laura Gildner, Estraven Lupino Smith, Katie Sage, Megan Quigley, Doug Jarvis, and Greta Hamilton, with whom Flannigan has devised, and co-facilitated several actions. Feeling Measurements collaborators have delivered zine-making and risography workshops, Slow-Scan performances, abstract map making, guided bird walks, and podcasting, as well as conversational and storytelling circles. Through Feeling Measurements, Flannigan has organized a number of components, seemingly disparate in nature, into an intimate space of shared experiences and skills.
As Feeling Measurements comes to a close, the gallery space will shift into an active studio of skill sharing, storytelling, and further collaboration and discussion. The public is welcome to visit, fathom, as well as share stories via a number the materials and technologies available in the space. In a visit, a person could create a rope from the sinew of Scotch Broom, print a zine on the risograph, or perform a low bit image through Slow-Scan Television. The installation for Feeling Measurements is diaristic in its recording of the residency’s activities, while continuing to be an active space of production, skill-sharing, and investigation. Feeling Measurements concludes with a number of actions including Kerri Flannigan in conversation with artist Cathy Busby, a live Slow-Scan performance followed by the residency’s finissage, and finally a round-table discussion on negotiations with place through understanding complicated relationships of invasive species systems. Please drop in as the residency comes to a close, and join us for these events. 
The Feeling Measurements residency includes a team of collaborators and co-conspirators that (so far) includes: Kerri Flannigan, Megan Quigley, Laura Gildner, Doug Jarvis, Alexis Hogan, Estraven Lupino-Smith, Greta Hamilton.
Slow Scan Mentorship and other support: Patrick Lichty, Peggy Cady and Bill Bartlett
Editing/support additional collaborations from: Claire Lyke, Kim Smith, Dan M, Dana Levine, Breanna Fabbro, Helen Marzolf, Rebecca Singer and Jess MacCormack
Submitted stories from: My Name Is Scot, Kim Smith, Jamie Ross, Vendela Phutmoh, Libby King, Kara Stanton, Kendra Marks, Greta Hamilton, Dan Mack, Kerri Flannigan, Laura Gildner
Project funers: Canada Council for The Arts, The BC Arts Council, The CRD, The Ministry of Casual Living