Knock on Woods International Residency and Dwelling for Intervals

Sunday, June 8, 2008, 5:00 pm

Knock on Woods International Residency and Dwelling for Intervals

Dates: June 8 to 15, 2008

Artists in residence: Yvette Poorter, Annette Witteman and Michael Garratt

Participating artists: Charlie Gardner, Isaac Flagg, Siobhan Humston, Annette Witteman, Brenda Petays, Tina Farmilo, Laurie Ljubojevic, Waine Rysak, Gregory Ball, Gabrielle Hanlon, Nicolas Robins, Craig Williams, Helen Marzolf and Danielle Hogan (all British Columbia)

Viscera II

Monday, March 31, 2008, 9:46 am

Viscera II

Performance: Saturday, April 5, 2008, 7:30 p.m.

Artists: Ron Athey (Los Angeles), Samantha Sweeting (UK) and the gyrl grip a.k.a. Llewyn Máire and Lisa Newman (Portland, Oregon

Curator: John G. Boehme

Artists' talk: Sunday, April 6, 2:00 p.m.


Open Space presented an evening of intensive performance with Ron Athey (Los Angeles), Samantha Sweeting (UK) and the gyrl grip a.k.a. Llewyn Máire and Lisa Newman (Portland, Oregon).

Open-Ended Conversations: The Invisible Economies of the Arts

Saturday, March 22, 2008, 9:38 am

Open-Ended Conversations: The Invisible Economies of the Arts

Date: Saturday, March 29, 2008 at 2 p.m.

Artists: Max Wyman, Glen Alteen, Kristen Wright and Bll Cowan

Open Space and Media Net hosted Open-Ended Conversations: The Invisible Economies of the Arts, a public conversation that looked at the crucial contributions made by the arts within our communities.

An Evening of Contemporary Indigenous Performance

Thursday, March 6, 2008, 5:00 pm

An Evening of Contemporary Indigenous Performance

Dates: March 7 and 8, 2008

Artists: Archer Pechawis, Skeena Reece and Janet Marie Rogers

Hosted by Jackson 2bears

Admission By donation 



Jackson 2Bears hosted two evenings of performance with guests poet, playwright, fiction writer and performer Janet Marie Rogers ( Mohawk), "Non-prophet" comedienne and performer Skeena Reese (Tsimshian Gitksan and Cree) who is a raucous comedienne and Archer Pechawis (Plains Cree), a media-integrated performing artist whose practice investigates the intersectionof Plains Cree culture and digital technology.

Circuit-Bending / Contact Mic Workshop

Saturday, February 2, 2008, 5:36 am

Circuit-Bending/ Contact Mic Workshop

Date: February 2, 2008, 1 to 5 p.m.

Artist: Jeff Morton

Date: February 2, 2008, 1 to 5 p.m.

Participants had access to instruction, materials and workstations for the construction of piezo-microphones, amplified circuit boards, and circuit-bent electronics.

The workshop was coordinated by Jeff Morton.

Piezo mics, also known as contact mics, are unlike most other kinds of microphones. They only amplify sound in the object to which they are attached; they do not amplify sound in the air around them. In this way they are very good for amplifying acoustic guitars or basses, other string instruments, or just about any object one wishes to listen to.

Workshop participants learned the basic soldering skills and diagnostic plans for building these microphones from simple materials available at very low cost.

David Hoffos Scenes From The House Dream: Bachelor's Bluff, 2007.

Thursday, November 22, 2007, 9:24 am


House Dream

Artist: David Hoffos 

House Dream was David Hoffos' five phase installation.  Bachelor's Bluff, its fifth installment, is currently showing at Open Space.  
Like some scene out of the dark corners of David Lynch's bizarre yet inviting images, Scenes From The House Dream: Bachelor's Bluff constructed a sequence of anxiety with a calming force. Hoffos' suggested his piece "reads as an elegy to anxiety, stress and depression" in effect it "signals the quintessential modern condition."

Iron Man

Monday, October 15, 2007, 5:00 pm

Iron Man

Dates: October 16 to 20, 2007

Artist: Todd Janes (Edmonton)

Artist's Talk: October 20 and 12, 2007

Open Space was pleased to host a five-day residency with Edmonton-based artist Todd Janes. In a variety of public sites, Janes challenged the stereotypes associated with gendered labour and the increasingly blurred boundaries between public and private, work and pleasure. He reminded us of the marginal activities that we encounter daily and then consciously choose to ignore or acknowledge.

Open-Ended: Conversations About Art Practice

Friday, February 23, 2007, 5:00 pm

Open-Ended: Conversations About Art Practice

Date: February 24, 2007

Artists: Judith Price (Camosun), Wendy Welch (Vancouver Island School of Art), Maureen Bradley (University of Victoria), Lylu Fawn (musician/ visual artist) and Farheen HaQ (independen video artist and educator)

Host: Betsy Nuse

Open Space hosted a discussion with five contemporary Victoria artists who discussed the intimate and public adventures of their artistic practices. 

Prior to the conversation there was a lunch, during which the artists screen various works. 

The event was recorded by MediaNet for broadcast on CFUV, and television broadcast on the SHAW community channel, as well as web-pod-casting. 

The event stimulated critical discourse around artistic practice and the situation for contemporary artists. 

Les Pardis Perdus

Friday, October 27, 2006, 5:00 pm

Les paradis perdus

Date: Saturday, October 28, 2006, 8 p.m.

Tickets: $8 members, students, seniors, $10 general

Les paradis perdus was a theatrical maze through the past, inspired by childhood memories both fond and fearsome. With performances by Quebecois dancers Bill Coleman and Laurence Lemieux and a whimsical sound score by Christopher Butterfield, including sound bites and themes from your favourite TV shows, Les paradis perdus was proof that “The best Paradises are the Paradises lost.”

Reading by Donato Mancini and Music by Nuthre

Thursday, June 22, 2006, 5:00 pm

Reading by Donato Mancini and Music by Nuthre (Jeff Morton)

Date: Friday, June 23, 2006, 8:30 p.m.

510 Fort Street

Donato Mancini is a Vancouver-based writer, composer, and media artist. Mancini gave a reading from his latest collection of poetry, Ligatures (New Star Books, 2005), which was recently shortlisted by the 2006 ReLit Awards.

In a series of interrelated suites, Donato Mancini’s début collection revisits, rearticulates, and remixes key concepts behind the most radical writing experiments of the twentieth century: the use of linguistic restrictions to generate text, the incorporation of found elements, and the typographical exploration of the visual properties of letters.


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