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The New Cubism: Alex Grünenfelder on Cube Living in Vancouver

Alex Grünenfelder’s Cube Living. credit: Emily Jackson, Metro News

After making a sale, Alex Grünenfelder assembles the packaging for the space he is selling. credit: David Beers

Last month, Alex Grünenfelder’s Cube Living had a short run at Vancouver Chinatown’s 221 Gallery almost simultaneous with Vancouver Council taking the last brakes off the neighbourhood’s rapid [...]

“Vancouver’s waterfront has been ruined by its new communities of high-rise towers…designed for people who don’t want much to happen in front of them.” Fred Kent 2011

“Most designers are into their own ego rather than creating something remarkably human,” says Fred Kent, who founded the New York-based Project for Public Spaces (PPS) in the 1970s after helping to chart the behaviour of people in streets and parks with groundbreaking sociologist William H. Whyte.

Their research resulted in The Social Life of [...]

Crawl & Beg: Municipal Election Ennui High Tea for Enforcement of City of Vancouver Artist Live Work Rental Studio Bylaws

PDF available: 19-nov-2012-crawl-beg-high-tea-vancouver

Squatting in ‘Vancouverism’: Public art & architecture after the Winter Olympics 1/3

PDF copy of this article: ingram-2010-squatting-in-vancouverism1

Ken Lum’s from shangri-la to shangri-la, 2010 site-specific installation, Vancouver, photograph by Gordon Brent Ingram

Part 1 of 3

Public art was part of the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver; there was some funding, some media coverage, and a few sites were transformed. What were the new spaces created and modes [...]

Squatting in ‘Vancouverism’: Public art & architecture after the Winter Olympics 2/3

PDF copy of this article: ingram-2010-squatting-in-vancouverism3

Ken Lum’s from shangri-la to shangri-la, 2010 site-specific installation, Vancouver, photograph by Gordon Brent Ingram

part 2 of 3

fragment of Stan Douglas’s “Abbott and Cordova, 7th August 1971″ (2009) Inkjet in Laminate Glass photograph by Gordon Brent Ingram

Public art and community memory under Vancouverism
So how can public art [...]

Squatting in ‘Vancouverism’: Public art & architecture after the Winter Olympics 3/3

PDF copy of article: ingram-2010-squatting-in-vancouverism
Ken Lum’s from shangri-la to shangri-la, 2010 site-specific installation, Vancouver, photograph by Gordon Brent Ingram part 3 of 3

The multiplicity of publics in Vancouver’s public art: Coming Soon?
One of the first conversations of the kinds of difficult choices that will be necessary [...]

Spatial forms are social structures

“Spatial forms are social structures…Space, severed from its social production, is thus fetishized as a physical entity and undergoes, through inversion, a transformation. Represented as an independent object, it appears to exercise control over the very people who produce and use it. The impression of objectivity is real to the extent that the [...]

Bad things in the biosphere: Environmental crises as narrative [Re-casting The Terminal City (part 1)] * Reviews of H2Oil, Home, Island of Dreams, The Age of Stupid, and The Beekeepers

PDF copy available: ingram-11-2009-bad-things-in-the-biosphere1
There have been bad things threatening human communities since people have tried to get along. The line between natural menaces and human hubris is the stuff of culture and stories in particular. There are human threats, sins such as avarice, and then natural threats such as from hungry beasts.  Lately the pantheon [...]

False Creek: Public Art and / versus Real Estate Marketing | Collective Memory and / versus historical editing | Cultural production and / versus heritage markers

Since the first cities, public space has been a mash-up of art and advertising, fun and high culture, and remembering and forgetting. Many of the cultural (and political) stories and messages of communities, especially their elites, are transmitted through how public art and memorial works fits into and transforms adjacent urban space. So the environmental, [...]

Returning to the Scene of the Crime — Again and again: Vancouver’s unresolved legacy of anti-Sikh entrapments & trials for supposed ‘gross indecency’

A copy of this posting is available in a PDF file: returning-to-the-scene-of-the-crime-again-again-designs-for-the-terminal-city-21-august-2008
The following is  compilation of my notes for and contributions to the 39 minute video made in 2008, Rex vs. Singh[1] that was first screened this week in Vancouver as part of the Out on Screen, Vancouver Queer Film Festival.

The convergence of the early [...]