Saturday, June 4, 2016

New Landscapes in the Republic of Property

While Vancouver continues to morph before our very eyes, the DTES still holds fast as a kind of Ground Zero, a place where the tactics of gentrification were forged and the strategies for community resistance keep getting refined. Whether its Hollywood North set dec’s turning local streets into a staging ground for the Marvel Universe, Port Authority privateers pumping more tankers and container traffic into the inner harbour or Robber Baron developers running rampant (on a field of Panama green), flipping tiny parcels of former refuge into huge chunks of change, the real owners, the people who put their lives on the line to build neighbourhood, thankfully, keep getting in the way. The view corridors may be more exclusive and the familiar landmarks harder to locate, but the big picture is still there for all to see. People, the Planet, not Profits. Here’s a few images that try and keep track of what’s really at stake.

I’m going to be away most of this summer at a residency, putting together a new project and these photos are kind of studies or sketches for some of the sculptural pieces that I’ll be working on. Notes to myself, or maybe just postcards from home.  Hope you’re all well, see you in the fall.  xs


Shoreline Erosion


Show Me the Body Politic


Blurred Lines


Scaffold


Niche Market


False Creeks


Take It Back


Demographic


Believer


Precarious


Bundle


Case Numbers


Proxy


(Un)conditional


Post-Human


Multitude


Millennial Exodus


The Best Place on Earth


Consultation


Proportional Representation


Effigy


Witness


Remediation


Economic Stratification


Lockout


Hard Times/Soft Power


Watershed Moment


Climate Refugees


Deglaciation


Habitat Loss


Walled Garden


Revitalization


Extras


Sousveillance


Brick & Mortar


Bread & Water


Diamonds and Pearls


Spillage


The Race to the Bottom


Degrowth




Friday, October 16, 2015

New work @ the Vancouver Art Book Fair


Hi All, if you're in Vancouver this weekend, October 17th and 18th, please drop by the Vancouver Art Gallery and check out the amazing assortment of book works, zines and more, including the latest book by yours truly called Where is Here, from the series - Documents of Psychic Amateurs published by the fabulous Perro Verlag
http://www.perroverlag.com/dopa.html .


The series explores psychic phenomena in a variety of intriguing ways and includes works from Bucky Fleur, James MacSwain, Sally Rees, Emily Gooden, Courtney Bourke and James Whitman and Owen Plummer. Here's what the publisher has to say about Where Is Here :

"How is a person a medium, how a conduit, a visionary, a faker? What happens when a ghost enters the room? And who are the ghosts anyway? My Name Is Scot's document, Where is Here, won't provide answers to any of these questions directly but it is, nevertheless, a profoundly focused engagement with, and evocation of the images and voices hovering at the edges of these questions." 

I might add that the book discretely touches on notions of people gone missing and the structures and systems that contrive to disappear them. I might also add that some of the source materials for the book were adapted from the Journals of the Society for Psychical Research, a multi volume anthology which used to reside far back in the stacks @ the VPL but which has since 'vanished' during one of the many recent Library makeovers and which, according to current system records, never existed at all...


Please drop by and say hello to the Perro Verlag crew who will be sharing a table with the Western Front on the first floor. For more info on time and location please visit :  http://2015.vancouverartbookfair.com 

And if you get a chance to look @ Where is Here, I'd love to hear what you think!