As a part of Nanaimo Art Gallery's celebration of 40 years, we ask the question What does it mean to live on an Island? through a widely distributed contemporary art project called Broadcast Archipelago. Through radio, and other broadcasting media, we will consult multiple voices, and share them with audiences across Nanaimo and beyond.
Throughout the year, a radio transmitter will be stationed in the gallery as a second space to exhibit audio based programming and recordings. Projects will also be broadcast and distributed through local and regional independent radio stations, and globally, through a gallery podcast. As a slow, yet widely accessible medium, radio has historically encouraged communal gathering and sustained listening. It has long been an important means of communication to and from remote locations, and it remains crucial to many regional islands and communities to disseminate information and sustain culture. By opening up a new space to encounter art, Broadcast Archipelago activates alternative modes of engagement beyond the visually dominant sphere of art.
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Black Diamond Dust | Book Launch & Readings
Thursday, March 16, 7 pm
Join us to celebrate the launch of Nanaimo Art Gallery's first major publication Black Diamond Dust. The event will feature readings by local historian Lynne Bowen, curator and co-editor Jesse Birch, and Vancouver based artist and writer Elisa Ferrari, who will share the work of the late Nanaimo poet, Peter Culley. There will also be a reception with beverages, book signings, and an opportunity to see our current exhibition Landfall and Departure: Prologue.
The publication expands on the contemporary art exhibition by the same name that took place at Nanaimo Art Gallery in 2014. Black Diamond Dust refers to coal mining, an industry that formed and fragmented communities through economic development, racial segregation, and labor inequity, while fuelling the modern world. This book brings to light forgotten or under-acknowledged histories, through artworks, poetry, essays, literature, folk songs, and archival images.
Black Diamond Dust is co-published with Sternberg Press in Berlin and edited by Jesse Birch with Will Holder. It is the first of three curatorial projects to engage the main resource industries of Vancouver Island (coal mining, forestry, and fisheries) through contemporary art.
Sound Walk with Elisa Ferrari | [In a quiet voice.] Meet me in silence where Esplanade meets Port Way Friday, March 17 & Saturday, March 18, 2:00 pm
Participants will meet at the intersection of Esplanade and Port Way in South Nanaimo.
ART21: Vancouver Screening at the Vault Cafe
Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 7:00 PM | Free
Artist Talk with Marina Roy | Saturday, February 11, 7:00 pm
Free for Members | $5 Non-Members
Join us for a talk by Vancouver-based artist Marina Roy. By using techniques of play and bricolage, Roy deconstructs the "pile-up of language and spectacle" to unearth new meanings and conceptions of reality. Mal de mer, a new video work that Roy made in collaboration with sound artist Graham Meisner, is on display as part of Landfall and Departure: Prologue.
Marina Roy is a Vancouver-based artist working across a variety of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, animation, video, and writing. She has participated in exhibitions across Canada, as well as in Europe, India, and the US. Roy is Associate Professor of visual arts in the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory at the University of British Columbia. Roy is interested in creating new visual languages in which human, animal, plant, mineral and microbial life coalesce into new formations, challenging the way industrialized countries think about the natural world we inhabit.