Artist's Talk

Arahmaiani: Breaking Words

Sunday, March 17, 2019,
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Sunday, March 17 from 3:00PM - 5:00 PM, Open Space presents Arahmaiani's performance "Breaking Words."

Arahmaiani is an Indonesia-based artist whose research and practice has shaped contemporary artistic production in Southeast Asia. While her work incorporates various media such as painting, video, dance and installation, she is primarily known for her performance work that addresses the impact of imperialism and industrialization on current political conditions. For the past eight years, a particular focus of her work has been in environmental issues in the Tibetan plateau region, where she has been actively collaborating on-site with Buddhist monks and villagers to foster greater environmental consciousness through an array of ongoing community projects. Combining political criticism, spirituality, and identity, Arahmaiani has defined herself as a prolific artist and activist.

(Un)Symposium: Akademy of human & Performance Art Aktions

Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 10:00 am to Saturday, October 14, 2017, 5:00 pm

Have you ever experienced someone in front of the Bay Centre downtown earnestly washing the sidewalk, or walking a blank chalkboard back-and-forth, or eating the contents of their jacket pockets in an exaggerated, seagull like fashion?  If so, did you wish that you could also let go of your self-respecting dignity and dive into the world of performance art? Now is your chance.
Open Space Arts Society is host to a week of performance art events that will explore the intersection of visual arts-based performance art practice and experimental theatre. Stemming from similar historical roots, these two areas of artistic expression use the human body as an artistic medium. Artists Margaret Dragu (Vancouver) and Jörn J. Burmester (Berlin) will lead a 5-day workshop-like “(Un)Symposium” that will turn traditional conference models on their heads and open up possibilities for how unique human actions can be instruments of cultural, political, and social creation. 

the absence of the origin of its likeness

Friday, November 4, 2016, 7:30 pm to Saturday, December 10, 2016, 5:00 pm

Has this photograph been digitally altered? Did the scene it show actually occur? Since the photograph’s invention, people have been enamored by the image’s resemblance to its subject. But changes in the field of photography like digital imaging and editing have brought this into question. In the absence of the origin of its likeness, artists Laura Dutton and Arnold Koroshegyi examine these issues, using both analogue and digital technologies, to destabilize traditional readings and open up new avenues for making and looking at photographs. 

Conversation on Indigenous Arts and Political Activism

Monday, June 15, 2015, 5:00 pm

Twenty-five years after the event in Kanehsatà:ke - often referred to as the ‘Oka Crisis’ - Indigenous artists are more than ever involved in the cultural, social and political life of this country. With rigour and humour they explore the impact of our collective colonial history and how it affects our current reality. In digenous artists are active in community-based movements like Idle no More. They are also engaged in reclaiming cultures and activating Indigenous knowledge
Open Space is delighted to host a conversation with world renowned filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin, 2015 Sobey Award nominee Raymond Boisjoly and 2014 Sobey Award nominee Peter Morin. Using their specific artistic practices as a point of departure, they will engage in a dialogue on the role of the contemporary Indigenous artist as political activist.
Aboriginal Curator in Residence France Trépanier will facilitate this conversation.

We’re never gonna get close because it’s hanging, since we took off the horse but kept the rider

Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 12:00 pm to Friday, June 20, 2014, 5:00 pm

Artist Talk: Friday, June 13, at 7:00 p.m.
Critical Mass Audience Participation: Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 3:00 p.m. meet at Open Space
Place: Open Space, 510 Fort Street, second floor
Admission: By donation
In the month of June, Yannick Desranleau & Chloe Lum (Séripop) will be instigating a series of site-responsive installations throughout the city of Victoria.
The Montreal-based duo’s interventions—sculpted from sheets of brightly coloured, screen-printed paper—unfold a disorienting collection of narratives, aesthetic references, and histories. Improvisation and experimentation structure the installations that temporarily take over the space until they are trodden and torn by passers-by, revealing the impermanence of monumentality.

Kafka Fragments: Stacie Dunlop and Andrea Neumann

Saturday, May 3, 2014, 7:15 pm

Pre-Concert Talk: 7:15 p.m.
Soprano Stacie Dunlop and violinist Andrea Neumann will present a concert of György Kurtág’s Kafka Fragments. This work consists of forty miniatures with text drawn from the diaries, letters, and notebooks of Franz Kafka. Ranging in length from a few seconds to several minutes, these fragments give us a glimpse of Kafka’s many faces. This cycle aims to show the connection Kurtág felt with the existential alienation that Kafka expressed about his own life. Come hear this sometimes poignant, sometimes humorous masterpiece of contemporary music.
“What happened in last [. . .] night’s performance was extraordinary and Ms. Dunlop and Ms. Neumann achieved the highest artistic success with these works.” – Calgary Herald, about a recent performance of Kafka Fragments

Strange Encounters

Friday, May 2, 2014, 2:30 pm to Saturday, May 31, 2014, 5:00 pm

Exhibition dates: Friday, May 2–Saturday, May 31, 2014
Opening: Friday, May 2, at 7:00 p.m.
Artist talks; Gustafson, Mueller, and Boyne: Saturday, May 3, at 2:00 p.m.
Experiencing art can be an act of wondering, of challenging our preconceptions and biases. Whether the work is beautiful or unsettling, it invites us to ask questions about ourselves and the world around us.
To this end, Open Space presents Strange Encounters, a series of discrete installations by four Canadian contemporary artists: Jean-François Bouchard (Montreal, QC), Chris Boyne (Montreal, QC), Anna Gustafson (Salt Spring Island, BC), and Stephen Mueller (London, ON).

Officially Bilingual/Officiellement bilingue 2

Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 2:30 pm to Saturday, March 1, 2014, 10:00 pm

Echenberg and Thomas performances: Friday, February 28, 2014, at 8:00 p.m.
Babin and Zapf performances: Saturday, March 1, 2014, at 8:00 p.m.
Rachel Echenberg artist's talk: Wednesday, February 26, 2:30 p.m., Camosun College, Lansdowne Campus, Young Building Room 216 
Rachel Echenberg and Sylvette Babin, two of Quebec’s acclaimed performance artists, join local artists Serina Zapf and Will Thomas for Officially Bilingual, a weekend of performance art—a particular visual art practice, distinct from theatre or dance.

Friday, November 21, 2014, 7:00 pm

Realities Follies

Friday, January 9, 2015, 7:00 pm to Saturday, February 21, 2015, 5:00 pm

Realities Follies surveys the work of five Victoria based painters; Jeremy Herndl,Todd LambethRick LeongNeil McClelland, and Jeroen Witvliet.
Curators Lynda Gammon (UVic Visual Arts Department) and Wendy Welch(Vancouver Island School of Art) observe: “We live in an image-world. Selfies on Facebook, instant sharing on Instagram, and photo albums on Flickr, all demonstrate our intense desire to re-present our world. Through the practice of painting, the artists in this exhibition, each in their own way, are re-presenting and interrogating the meaning of representation, and in turn, questioning our ways of perceiving reality.”


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