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Category Archives: heritage and history

Curating Laiwan’s four decades of artistic production, activism, theoretical engagement & teaching based in Vancouver: A resource site


A recent history of Railway and Gore Streets in Vancouver

Salish Canoe most likely Squamish in Burrard Inlet near Gore and Railway Street circa 1900

The corner of Vancouver’s Railway and Gore Streets was, little more than a century ago, the mouth of Luk’luk’i Creek. The Squamish, Tsliel-Waututh and Musqueam used the historic beach, now filled and extended at the northern end of Main [...]

Vancouver’s City Market in 1908

Vancouver’s City Market built on piers at what is today Main & East 1st Avenue. Opened in 1908 on what was then Westminster Avenue (and what became Main Street after roughly 1910), this market was on False Creet just west of what was then the False Creek Bridge.

Vancouver’s Great Fire soon after its incorporation in 1886


The 2nd Annual CRAFT PRIDE PROCESSION, Stratchona - Chinatown, Vancouver

CRAFT PRIDE PROCESSION was created in Vancouver, Canada, in 2011.
“We came together as a small collective to share our passion for textiles, process art and craftivism.
We were inspired by Lacey Jane Roberts, who has connected queer theory and craft in a very intelligent and creative way. The result of this is the Procession through which [...]

“Vancouver is an instant city…” stated Architect Gregory Henriquez

“Vancouver is an instant city,” says Mr. Henriquez, with a snap of his fingers. “There’s a repetition to all of that stuff that’s very cookie cutter.
It lacks the idiosyncratic nature of those cities that have evolved over a larger period of time. It’s not the fault of the architecture – it’s the fault 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 [...]

andesite & after: Interview with Annabel Vaughan + Rob Brownie by Gordon Brent Ingram

PDF copy of this article: vaughanbrownie-interviewed-by-ingram-2010-andesite-after-designs-for-the-terminal-city

andesite cladding, south side of the Vancouver Art Gallery photograph by Gordon Brent Ingram
Annabel Vaughan and Rob Brownie authored one of the more intriguing essays in the 2008 anthology on local sites, materials, cultures, and designs, Vancouver Matters.[i] Andesite is a hard volcanic rock that [...]

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, [...]

The re-emergence of Vancouver’s wooden streets

After long, wet winters, such as this year’s, Vancouver’s old wooden streets that were built little more than a century ago and that have been barely covered in asphalt, begin to re-emerge. These artifacts of the area’s old growth forests, that are primarily scraps of Douglas fir, were found on Railway Street, just west of [...]

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 [...]

The original (1886) plan for Vancouver projected from the studio of Birmingham & Wood, Carroll and Cordova Street, Vancouver


Alley graffiti off Main at Third Avenue East, Vancouver