Artists to Explore Different Visions of Civic Life in Vancouver

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Posted on October 11, 2017 | Updated August 06, 2019, 9:06am

Ten Different Things invites artists to prototype and test new visions of art and civic life in Vancouver. Through 2017-18, ten projects will investigate conditions of how culture is experienced in Vancouver.

Living Labs at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, CityStudio Vancouver and The City of Vancouver Public Art Program are pleased to announce Ten Different Things, a project curated by Kate Armstrong.

Ten Different Things invites ten critically-engaged artists and collectives to prototype and test new visions of art and civic life in Vancouver.

Each project will explore conditions of how culture is experienced in Vancouver or investigate the role of culture as a critical ingredient in the construct and vitality of our city. The projects will be temporary and take a variety of forms—events, installations, residencies, interventions—which will be realized in the spring of 2018.

The artists — Colleen Brown (alumna); Instant Coffee; Laiwan; Khan Lee (alumnus); Holly Schmidt (alumna); Henry Tsang (Associate Professor); Janet Wang; Casey Wei; Jen Weih (sessional faculty member); and Pongsakorn Yananissorn (alumnus)and Denise Holland — will explore questions such as, “How can we create structures, processes, or dynamics to produce new ways of living, working, interacting, or occupying the city?” and “Where are the intersections in public life where we, as artists, can produce alternate outcomes?”

Through CityStudio Vancouver, the artists will have the opportunity to engage with City of Vancouver staff and protocols as part of the exploration and creation process, ultimately producing work that will be sited in the public realm. Ten Different Things will culminate with an event in May of 2018.

Ten Different Things is a way for artists to contribute to conversations about city-building and cultural policy not only through their expertise and engagement with the subject matter, but by creating new ways of working.”

– Kate Armstrong, curator, Ten Different Things

“A key part of what we do at CityStudio is find new ways to imagine what is possible in Vancouver. Through Ten Different Things we are excited to connect artists to City staff and City processes in order to engage in new conversations and imagine alternative futures.”

– Dr. Janet Moore, co-founder and co-director of CityStudio Vancouver


Living Labs is one of four research centres at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. The Lab develops projects and partnership models that use art and design as a mechanism for innovation and community building.

CityStudio Vancouver is an innovation hub where City staff, students, and community co-create experimental projects to make Vancouver more sustainable, liveable and joyful.

The City of Vancouver Public Art Program produces contemporary art for public spaces throughout the city. It supports excellence in public art of many kinds, by emerging and established artists, in new and traditional media, and through award-winning commissions and artist collaborations.

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