One Percent by James Yan

One Percent by James Yan
June 13th to June 30th, 2011
Press Release (pdf)
Watch the Video


One Percent by James Yan is the third in the 10 Seconds series of commissioned works for the Canada Line video screens as part of a yearlong project celebrating Vancouver 125.

We are proud to present the work of James Yan, whose project has been developed with the Arts Umbrella Buschlen Mowatt Scholarship Program, now in its 25th year. Fifteen young artists were selected from an open call to secondary schools. This four-month program put talented teens together with professional artists mentoring them in the creation of new works for public exhibition. One Percent is part of the exhibition Spatial Recognition June 7-12 at 1445 W Georgia St.

As an immigrant, James had observed that Canada is technically behind in comparison to China. One Percent acknowledges this perspective by referencing the look and feel of Windows 95, the pervasive Microsoft operating system in use at the end of the 20th century. One Percent's "Loading Vancouver" graphic parodies the font used in Windows 95. Its background blue field mimics the official blue used in the City of Vancouver emblem: "for the sea and sky that surround our city." Viewers will see One Percent buffer from 0 to 86% waiting to see what is never revealed; lost histories, unrecorded moments, or things yet to come. This is a media artwork that toys with viewer anticipation and expectation. Yan forces us to wait in between the slick messages and glossy advertisements as he jams the regular flow of information assaulting commuters as they load on and unload off the trains.

James Yan was born in 1994 in Beijing, China and immigrated to Canada in 2005.
He attends King George Secondary School.

One Percent launches June 13th to June 30th on the Canada Line subway video screens and on Facebook and YouTube. A new work will be featured each month on the Canada Line April 2011 to March 2012. See previous projects Hippie Chick by Dana Claxton (April) and Slash Forward by Michael Turner (May). Coming up is Laiwan in July.

10 Seconds is curated by Paul Wong and presented by On Main in partnership with InTransitBC. Commissioned by the City of Vancouver Public Art Program with the support of Vancouver 125 and the participation of the Government of Canada.

For further information please contact

Press Release (pdf)

Related 10 Seconds Projects

Other 2011 Projects