OFF LABEL Festival and The Art of the Placebo

Wednesday, October 26, 2011, 12:00 am to Wednesday, November 2, 2011, 1:00 am


Electronic Shamanism, Ted Hiebert and Jackson 2Bears



OFF LABEL Festival

The Art of the Placebo
October 26 To November 2, 2011
Open Space and other Victoria locations 

Schedule Overview

OFF LABEL is a weeklong festival that brings together an international group of artists and intellectuals to explore health, spirituality and the effects of technology in a digitally mediated world. The festival comprises gallery exhibitions, performances, workshops, lectures, panel discussions and thematic excursions.

Western Front and Pumps at Open Space

Monday, January 30, 1978 (All day)

Western Front and Pumps at Open Space

Artists: Kate Craig, Eric Metcalfe, Glen Lewis, Martin Bartlett, Michael Morris, Vincent Trasov, John F. anderson, Keith Donovan, Roy Arden, Sandra Janz, Christopher Reed, Kim Tomzak, R. Rick Trace It/ IDEA: Investigations Department of Eternal Art, John Mitchell and Gordon Kidd

Date: January 30 to February 19, 1978

Opening: Monday, January 30, 7 to 10 p.m.

Open Space Gallery presented Western Front and PUMPS at Open Space, a multi-media exhibition. 

"Western Front and PUIMPS are two of Vancouver's 'parallel galleries' and artist-administered centres. Both are run by professional artists who are involved in collaborative, interdisciplinary artistic endeavors. Each centre serves as a residence production area and exhibition space for in-house and guest artists"

Straight Art III: The Canadian Waters

Sunday, August 8, 1993 (All day)

Straight Art III: The Canadian Waters

Artists: Deon Venter, Linda Stanbridge, Brigitte Potter-Mal, Rowland Hill, Michael Dennis, Gwen Curry, Yuri Doric, James Lindsay, Paul Rode, Barrie Szekely, Kate Venter

Date: August 8 to October 3, 1993

Location: Port Angeles Fine Art Center

An exhibition of local Victoria artists held at the Port Angeles Fine Art Center (PAFAC). Organized in collaboration with Open Space and PAFAC. 

Urban Targets

Wednesday, April 11, 1984, 11:00 pm

Urban Targets

Artists: John Down, Klaus Jolkman, Klaus Staek, Pamela Broks, Luis Ituarte, Kelly Irving and many others

Curator: Michael Harding 

Date: April 12 to 28, 1984

Open Space sent out an open call to artists whose work was reflective of peoples action against the nuclear arms race submit. The exhibition featured documentation by artists regarding global reaction to the nuclear threat as well as guest speakers, film documentations and other related activities.

 "Then, using art's power to bring us together in the joy of creative endeavor, we are offered ways to do something for peace. It may be the simple meditation of folding an origami Peace Crane, or the active participation in the peace march."

Aria, A. VII from Archangel: An Opera

Sunday, February 7, 1982 (All day)

Aria, A. VII from Archangel: An Opera

Artist: Robert Hamon

Date: February 7 to 19, 1982

A multi-media performance that utilized frogs, pen flashlights, sparkling water and earplugs. 

List of Events: 

February 7: Robert Hamon performed in the tennis bubble at the Oak Bay Recreation Centre. 

February 7 to 19: Hamon's exhibition was on view at Open Space.

February 12: Hamon presented an evening of video-tapes. 



Open Space Invitational

Friday, July 17, 1981 (All day)

Open Space Invitational

Artists: Terryl Atkins, Vilio Celli, Sydney Condrashoff, MAry-Lynn, Ogilvie, Done Gill, Christine Cousineau, Alan Storey, Alison Pugh, Bill Pechet

Date: July 17 to August 30, 1981

An exhibition of recent works by young Victoria artists which included video, performance, sculpture, photography and painting.

Waveforms Collaboratory

Monday, November 5, 1979 (All day)

Waveforms Collaboratory

Artists: Jo Kondo (Japan), Sergio Cervetti (New York), Darrel DeVore (San Francisco), CCMC (Toronto), N.A.M.E. (Toronto), Maury Coles (Toronto), Christopher Butterfield (Toronto), Tom Erlich (Taos, N.M.), Martin Bartlett, Rudolph Komorous, John Celona

Date: November 5 to December 4, 1979

Waveforms featured new music and interdisciplinary art forms including Bob Parent's Golden Years of Jazz, photographs, Masako Kondo's photographs and prints and Darrel DeVore's kinetic wall-scroll drawings.



Saturday, April 16, 2011, 4:00 pm to Saturday, April 30, 2011, 12:00 am


Dates: April 16 to 30, 2011

Artist: Jamie Drouin and Trudi Lynn Smith

Opening: Saturday, April 16, at 4:00 p.m.

Conduit was an installation of light and sound by local artists Jamie Drouin and Trudi Lynn Smith. The opening reception was on Saturday, April 16, starting at 4:00 p.m. The exhibition continued until April 30, 2011.

The visual component of Conduit was based on principles of the camera obscura, while the sound elements were drawn from the pressure changes from the weather outside the gallery and shifting of the building itself. Drouin and Smith took the sights and sounds that entered the gallery naturally and amplified them.


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