Thurs. Mar. 1st ~ 8-10pm @ Gallery 1965
1965 Main Street, Vancouver, BC
This one-night art event marks the end of the yearlong series celebrating Vancouver 125 that featured Chelsea O’Brian, Dana Claxton, Douglas Coupland, James Yan, Jeff Chiba Stearns, Laiwan, Michael Turner and Tony Pantages.
This series of commissioned works was created for the video screens on the Canada Line and echoes over the multi-channel universe on websites, Facebook, YouTube and other digital and print platforms. 10 Seconds was curated by Paul Wong, presented by On Main in partnership with InTransitBC, and commissioned by the City of Vancouver Public Art Program with the support of Vancouver 125 and the participation of the Government of Canada.
This unique exhibition included work from student, emerging and established artists who delivered a collection of diverse points-of-view that converged in common themes. Artists reclaimed privatized space by interrupting the steady flow of commercial advertising through placement of media art works. The artists used a wide range of innovative approaches that explored using the video medium in 10 seconds. This included the cinematic, graphic, poetic, animated, performative, dramatic and the mining of archives. This experimental project claimed and recontextualized privatized space for the creation and presentation of new forms of public art for mass audience consumption. The placement of the works was both subliminal and subversive.
10 Second launched March 2011 with archival film footage of the first Stanley Park Easter Be-In depicting a hippie chick dancing freely.
Themes included intergenerational and cross-generational arcs in addressing the shared trajectories of family and community histories, and in the process uncovered and preserved history as contemporary media. A grandfather’s legacy is remixed into a multi-screen montage; in a touching portrait two Chinese grannies walk on water taking us through the ages; a performance artist soars over the city suspended from a helicopter; a new immigrant uses technology as a measure to contrast shifting cultures; Twitter becomes op art, and QR codes function as art that takes us into portals. Events such as the Stanley Cup Riot, inspired the animation of fire-breathing serpents. This work can be seen as a reflection on the recent past and of things yet to come in the year of the water-dragon.
We conclude the screenings on the Canada Line Feb. 16 to Mar. 11. The 8 works will be shown randomly every 2 minutes. All of the 10-second pieces can be viewed on YouTube, Facebook, and www.onmaingallery.com.
The 10 Seconds project is available on DVD and will be released on March 1 at Gallery 1965. Join us to celebrate. Watch for 10 Seconds on urban screens in Vancouver and around the world. Stay tuned!!!