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Sunday, March 16
Social Materialist Kino Study Group 
7-10pm | Hosted by Donato Mancini
Zoo: A Documentary by Frederick Wiseman
The S.M.K.S.G. is (in its own words) “…an extremely informal, semi-private club that informally gathers to study formally extreme ‘social materialist’ documentary films. You are invited. 

Social materialist documentaries use no interviews, no voice-overs, no non-diegetic music, no narration, no didactic illustrations of concepts. No cutesy humanism. Neither story nor character based, social materialist documentaries explore groups, sites, institutions and other social formations or events through montages of candid footage. Social materialist documentaries are a specific subset of the documentary types known variously as “direct cinema,” or “cinema verite.”

We’ll be screening ZOO: A Documentary by the manipulative master of institutional inquiry, Frederick Wiseman (Titicut Follies; High School; Public Housing). ZOO is a film about the zoo in Miami, Florida, the care and maintenance of the animals by the keepers, the work of the veterinarians and their staff, and the visits to the zoo by people from all over the world. The film presents the wide diversity of interests and activities at the zoo and the interrelatedness of the animal, human, ethical, financial, technical, organizational and research aspects of operating the zoo.
Please RSVP Donato Mancini at donatoma ut g’male dut com
Sunday, March 16
Social Materialist Kino Study Group
7-10pm | Hosted by Donato Mancini
Zoo: A Documentary by Frederick Wiseman

The S.M.K.S.G. is (in its own words) “…an extremely informal, semi-private club that informally gathers to study formally extreme ‘social materialist’ documentary films. You are invited. 

Social materialist documentaries use no interviews, no voice-overs, no non-diegetic music, no narration, no didactic illustrations of concepts. No cutesy humanism. Neither story nor character based, social materialist documentaries explore groups, sites, institutions and other social formations or events through montages of candid footage. Social materialist documentaries are a specific subset of the documentary types known variously as “direct cinema,” or “cinema verite.”
We’ll be screening ZOO: A Documentary by the manipulative master of institutional inquiry, Frederick Wiseman (Titicut Follies; High School; Public Housing). ZOO is a film about the zoo in Miami, Florida, the care and maintenance of the animals by the keepers, the work of the veterinarians and their staff, and the visits to the zoo by people from all over the world. The film presents the wide diversity of interests and activities at the zoo and the interrelatedness of the animal, human, ethical, financial, technical, organizational and research aspects of operating the zoo.

Please RSVP Donato Mancini at donatoma ut g’male dut com

Sunday, January 5Think Tank w/ Aja Rose BondThe Witches Union Hall
7-9:00pm
On Sunday Jan 5, Aja Rose Bond will be hosting a Think Tank from 7-9pm with tea and snacks served. The questions posed relate to her newest project proposal, the Witches Union Hall: 
What would an explicitly magickal and radical space ideally offer to it’s communities? How could it be structured? Who would it serve? How might it be funded?
Aja is currently participating in the Groundswell: Grassroots Economic Alternatives program and is working on creating a project for her second semester that will ideally be launched by May. This is a crucial research and brainstorming phase and she is excited to get a broad range of people’s input on this proposed organization and community space. Aja Rose Bond is an intermedia artist with background in music, craft and fashion respectively, drawing from the deep influence of D.I.Y. punk, feminisms and magick. She explores the interplay of the public and the private through collaborations, collective organizing, solo-projects and a variety of mediums including sound, performance, installation, textile sculpture, drawing, collage and social practice. http://ajarosebond.com/THINK TANK Think Tank brings together Creators and a Public to engage in an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas, problem solving and mutual aid. A visiting presenter - perhaps an artist, an educator, a community organizer - meets with a room full of guests and poses a question, presents a work in progress, or reveals a particular challenge they’re facing in their work. By transforming a traditional “artist talk” into a non-linear dialogical space, Think Tank hopes to reveal the potential resources to be found through transparency, questioning and communing with people both inside and outside of our specific fields of work.

Sunday, January 5
Think Tank w/ Aja Rose Bond
The Witches Union Hall

7-9:00pm

On Sunday Jan 5, Aja Rose Bond will be hosting a Think Tank from 7-9pm with tea and snacks served. The questions posed relate to her newest project proposal, the Witches Union Hall:

What would an explicitly magickal and radical space ideally offer to it’s communities?
How could it be structured?
Who would it serve?
How might it be funded?

Aja is currently participating in the Groundswell: Grassroots Economic Alternatives program and is working on creating a project for her second semester that will ideally be launched by May. This is a crucial research and brainstorming phase and she is excited to get a broad range of people’s input on this proposed organization and community space.

Aja Rose Bond is an intermedia artist with background in music, craft and fashion respectively, drawing from the deep influence of D.I.Y. punk, feminisms and magick. She explores the interplay of the public and the private through collaborations, collective organizing, solo-projects and a variety of mediums including sound, performance, installation, textile sculpture, drawing, collage and social practice.

http://ajarosebond.com/

THINK TANK
Think Tank brings together Creators and a Public to engage in an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas, problem solving and mutual aid. A visiting presenter - perhaps an artist, an educator, a community organizer - meets with a room full of guests and poses a question, presents a work in progress, or reveals a particular challenge they’re facing in their work. By transforming a traditional “artist talk” into a non-linear dialogical space, Think Tank hopes to reveal the potential resources to be found through transparency, questioning and communing with people both inside and outside of our specific fields of work.

Wednesday, January 1Think Tank w/ Coral ShortCommunity Art, Utopia and Dystopias
12:00-2:00pm
Start off your New Year with a delicious Art Brunch! Bring your brand new 2014 year self and a delicious brunchy potluck item to STAG for the very first THINK TANK of the year on Community Art Utopias and Dystopias with Coral Short.COMMUNITY ART! is it possible? Whose community? Communities? Collaborations? Collectives? How do you organize? How do you work horizontally? Problem solve? Successes? Failures? Lets skillshare!  CORAL SHORT will share her 15 years of community art practice across the continents she has lived in: Europe, Asia and North America. Coral has parades, B movies, interactive performances, international residencies and long term noise projects all under her belt. She would love to share all her wacky stories with you and hopes to hear some of yours too as she loves a good story!https://www.facebook.com/events/553061928109630/ Coral Short was born on a beautiful island off the west coast of Canada and was raised in the Fraser Valley where her eccentric family lived off the land. She spends a fair amount of time dispersing her magic around the globe - in the air, on railroad tracks and highways. She has many beloved people, communities, and locations that she calls home. Short and her countless projects move at the speed of light; ironically she is the most still when she travels. This winter she is doing residencies at IDA in Tennessee and E|MERGE, a residency honing the art of collaboration, in Massachusetts. http://www.coralshort.com/THINK TANK Think Tank brings together Creators and a Public to engage in an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas, problem solving and mutual aid. A visiting presenter - perhaps an artist, an educator, a community organizer - meets with a room full of guests and poses a question, presents a work in progress, or reveals a particular challenge they’re facing in their work. By transforming a traditional “artist talk” into a non-linear dialogical space, Think Tank hopes to reveal the potential resources to be found through transparency, questioning and communing with people both inside and outside of our specific fields of work.

Wednesday, January 1
Think Tank w/ Coral Short
Community Art, Utopia and Dystopias

12:00-2:00pm


Start off your New Year with a delicious Art Brunch!

Bring your brand new 2014 year self and a delicious brunchy potluck item to STAG for the very first THINK TANK of the year on Community Art Utopias and Dystopias with Coral Short.

COMMUNITY ART! is it possible? Whose community? Communities? Collaborations? Collectives? How do you organize? How do you work horizontally? Problem solve? Successes? Failures? Lets skillshare!

CORAL SHORT will share her 15 years of community art practice across the continents she has lived in: Europe, Asia and North America. Coral has parades, B movies, interactive performances, international residencies and long term noise projects all under her belt. She would love to share all her wacky stories with you and hopes to hear some of yours too as she loves a good story!

https://www.facebook.com/events/553061928109630/

Coral Short was born on a beautiful island off the west coast of Canada and was raised in the Fraser Valley where her eccentric family lived off the land. She spends a fair amount of time dispersing her magic around the globe - in the air, on railroad tracks and highways. She has many beloved people, communities, and locations that she calls home. Short and her countless projects move at the speed of light; ironically she is the most still when she travels. This winter she is doing residencies at IDA in Tennessee and E|MERGE, a residency honing the art of collaboration, in Massachusetts.


http://www.coralshort.com/

THINK TANK
Think Tank brings together Creators and a Public to engage in an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas, problem solving and mutual aid. A visiting presenter - perhaps an artist, an educator, a community organizer - meets with a room full of guests and poses a question, presents a work in progress, or reveals a particular challenge they’re facing in their work. By transforming a traditional “artist talk” into a non-linear dialogical space, Think Tank hopes to reveal the potential resources to be found through transparency, questioning and communing with people both inside and outside of our specific fields of work.

September 1 | 7pm | Free (but bring $ for zines and artwork)
   Currents Against Us is a collection of stories, artwork, accounts, and analysis showcasing the maniacs who have uprooted themselves from their homes on land and thrown themselves into the ocean. The presenters went out on small plastic boats years ago and have attempted to find out what it’s like to try to make a life worth living out on the ocean.
   “Struggling to live in a new unfamiliar terrain and attempting to integrate our ideals and politics into our new lifestyles has led to many discoveries, failures, and achievements. While some go back to the land, we set out to sea. Our presentation will consist of a few stories from the past couple years on the water, readings from the zine “Against the Current,” and a Q/A session.”   Currents Against Us will have a distro of printed material with them: sea stories, accounts of living on boats, beautiful artwork, and analysis of how this aligns with their worldviews and politics. While CAU are only a small group touring and speaking, there are plenty of radical sailors out there and they hope to showcase some of the work they’ve been doing. Some of this can also be found on their website:
currentsagainstus.wordpress.comalwaysgainstthecurrent@gmail.com

Julian has infrequently written a zine called ONE WAY TICKET since 2002. It is essentially a zine about the small triumphs and tragedies of living an anarchist life, told through short, true stories. Over the years the zine has covered hitch-hiking travels, free food scavenging, precarious employment, three week bands, anti-prison demonstrations, renovating a collective house, and much more. There is a video of him reading a story here. There are some reviews of his most recent issues online here and here, and an article he wrote for the spring issue of the magazine Broken Pencil is here. 

September 1 | 7pm | Free (but bring $ for zines and artwork)


   Currents Against Us is a collection of stories, artwork, accounts, and
analysis showcasing the maniacs who have uprooted themselves from their
homes on land and thrown themselves into the ocean. The presenters went
out on small plastic boats years ago and have attempted to find out what
it’s like to try to make a life worth living out on the ocean.

   “Struggling to live in a new unfamiliar terrain and attempting to
integrate our ideals and politics into our new lifestyles has led to
many discoveries, failures, and achievements. While some go back to the
land, we set out to sea. Our presentation will consist of a few stories
from the past couple years on the water, readings from the zine “Against
the Current,” and a Q/A session.”

   Currents Against Us will have a distro of printed material with them: sea stories, accounts of living on boats, beautiful artwork, and analysis of how this aligns with their worldviews and politics. While CAU are only a small group touring and speaking, there are plenty of radical sailors out there and they hope to showcase some of the work they’ve been doing. Some of this can also be found on their website:


currentsagainstus.wordpress.com
alwaysgainstthecurrent@gmail.com

Julian has infrequently written a zine called ONE WAY TICKET since 2002. It is essentially a zine about the small triumphs and tragedies of living an anarchist life, told through short, true stories. Over the years the zine has covered hitch-hiking travels, free food scavenging, precarious employment, three week bands, anti-prison demonstrations, renovating a collective house, and much more. There is a video of him reading a story here. There are some reviews of his most recent issues online here and here, and an article he wrote for the spring issue of the magazine Broken Pencil is here

STRANGE ANIMAL

Vancouver artist Helen Reed will be hosting a small informal screening series at the STAG called Strange Animal. She’ll be screening films about humans turning into creatures and back again. These screenings are part of her research for a new video project about teenage werewolves.
The first screening was last week. We watched the Canadian horror classic, Gingersnaps (2000) by John Fawcett.
The second screening is Thursday, August 15. We will be watching Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010) by Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Film starts at 9pm.
The third screening is TBA.
Uncle Boonmee… is not a horror film, but it’s pretty fantastic/fantastical. Be ready for a mythical exploration of objects and people transforming and hybridising. And also for the first ever cinematic sex scene between a princess and a catfish. 
The Strange Animal screening series is part of the STAG Think Tank, info on this below. 
_______________________ The STAG Think Tank facilitates community sourced knowledge exchange at a small, social and non-hierarchical level. People or groups who are working on a project may invite people into a conversation that asks them to help with problem solving, critical reflection and collective imagining. It’s an inversion - or flattening - of the artist talk, lecture, top-down model that audiences, students and publics generally encounter. The STAG Think Tank acts as host and support to those people involved in creative, political, philosophical and other work of personal and public nature who would benefit from opening their process up to the thoughtful engagement of others. This public may be drawn from private circles, the existing networks of the Think Tank’s initiator or the STAG’s own network developed through its various collaborators, residents, library members and visitors. The STAG Think Tank is a continuation of the artistic collaboration between Aja Rose Bond and Gabriel Saloman. Beginning with the Strathcona Art Gallery (2010-2011) and continuing with the STAGLibrary (2011-2013), Bond and Saloman have developed a wide array of socially engaged practices which have encompassed curation, facilitating residencies, exhibition making, publishing, hosting readings, screenings and public events, and operating a semi-public, semi-private reading and lending library, all primarily out of their Vancouver home. 

STRANGE ANIMAL

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Vancouver artist Helen Reed will be hosting a small informal screening series at the STAG called Strange Animal. She’ll be screening films about humans turning into creatures and back again. These screenings are part of her research for a new video project about teenage werewolves.

The first screening was last week. We watched the Canadian horror classic, Gingersnaps (2000) by John Fawcett.

The second screening is Thursday, August 15. We will be watching Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010) by Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Film starts at 9pm.

The third screening is TBA.

Uncle Boonmee… is not a horror film, but it’s pretty fantastic/fantastical. Be ready for a mythical exploration of objects and people transforming and hybridising. And also for the first ever cinematic sex scene between a princess and a catfish. 

The Strange Animal screening series is part of the STAG Think Tank, info on this below. 

_______________________

The STAG Think Tank facilitates community sourced knowledge exchange at a small, social and non-hierarchical level. People or groups who are working on a project may invite people into a conversation that asks them to help with problem solving, critical reflection and collective imagining. It’s an inversion - or flattening - of the artist talk, lecture, top-down model that audiences, students and publics generally encounter. The STAG Think Tank acts as host and support to those people involved in creative, political, philosophical and other work of personal and public nature who would benefit from opening their process up to the thoughtful engagement of others. This public may be drawn from private circles, the existing networks of the Think Tank’s initiator or the STAG’s own network developed through its various collaborators, residents, library members and visitors.

The STAG Think Tank is a continuation of the artistic collaboration between Aja Rose Bond and Gabriel Saloman. Beginning with the Strathcona Art Gallery (2010-2011) and continuing with the STAGLibrary (2011-2013), Bond and Saloman have developed a wide array of socially engaged practices which have encompassed curation, facilitating residencies, exhibition making, publishing, hosting readings, screenings and public events, and operating a semi-public, semi-private reading and lending library, all primarily out of their Vancouver home. 


Hello friends,
  The STAG Library will be discontinuing our open hours for the rest of summer… so this weekend (Sunday, July 21 from 12-5pm) will be your last chance to casually drop in and peruse our shelves for your summer reading.
  Members will still be able to visit and borrow books - just make an appointment by emailing us. People interested in becoming members can contact as well.
  As for folks who have overdue books (and you know who you are) there’s never a bad time to bring your book back. You can slip it through our mail slot, leave it in a bag on the porch in front of our door, make an appointment or just knock and see if we’re home. We’d love to round up all of our stray books by summer’s end so make a point of dropping by!
  There are a lot of exciting things in store for the STAG Library, including some big changes, beginning very soon, so keep your eyes and ears peeled for upcoming announcements.
  For now, we’re going to be hard at work in our studios… but don’t surprised to find us taking a nap in our new banana hammock.
  Happy Summer!
xo
Aja and Gabriel

Hello friends,

  The STAG Library will be discontinuing our open hours for the rest of summer… so this weekend (Sunday, July 21 from 12-5pm) will be your last chance to casually drop in and peruse our shelves for your summer reading.

  Members will still be able to visit and borrow books - just make an appointment by emailing us. People interested in becoming members can contact as well.

  As for folks who have overdue books (and you know who you are) there’s never a bad time to bring your book back. You can slip it through our mail slot, leave it in a bag on the porch in front of our door, make an appointment or just knock and see if we’re home. We’d love to round up all of our stray books by summer’s end so make a point of dropping by!

  There are a lot of exciting things in store for the STAG Library, including some big changes, beginning very soon, so keep your eyes and ears peeled for upcoming announcements.

  For now, we’re going to be hard at work in our studios… but don’t surprised to find us taking a nap in our new banana hammock.


  Happy Summer!

xo

Aja and Gabriel





Residency Profile #8: E T Russian
ET RUSSIAN is a writer, performer, makeup artist, cartoonist, professional book nerd and physical therapist living in Seattle, Washington. Russian has published work in The Collective Tarot on Eberhardt Press, and Gay Genius on Sparkplug Press, co-founded the Seattle Disability Justice Collective, has performed with Sins Invalid in San Francisco, Co-Directed the movie “Third Antenna: A documentary about the radical nature of drag”, and authors the zine “Ring of Fire”, which is soon to be published in book form by Left Bank Books Publishing.  ET has performed across the country and internationally doing drag, integrated dance, telling stories and reading poetry. ET believes art is a powerful tool in the movements for disability justice, gender freedom and liberation for all people.
 During Russian’s residency at the STAG Library, they continued working on new material for their forthcoming book, “Ring of Fire”, which will collect the original zines by the same name, along with new interviews, writing and artwork made specially for this publication.
etrussian.com

Residency Profile #8: E T Russian

ET RUSSIAN is a writer, performer, makeup artist, cartoonist, professional book nerd and physical therapist living in Seattle, Washington. Russian has published work in The Collective Tarot on Eberhardt Press, and Gay Genius on Sparkplug Press, co-founded the Seattle Disability Justice Collective, has performed with Sins Invalid in San Francisco, Co-Directed the movie “Third Antenna: A documentary about the radical nature of drag”, and authors the zine “Ring of Fire”, which is soon to be published in book form by Left Bank Books Publishing.  ET has performed across the country and internationally doing drag, integrated dance, telling stories and reading poetry. ET believes art is a powerful tool in the movements for disability justice, gender freedom and liberation for all people.


During Russian’s residency at the STAG Library, they continued working on new material for their forthcoming book, “Ring of Fire”, which will collect the original zines by the same name, along with new interviews, writing and artwork made specially for this publication.


etrussian.com

Thursday May 2nd | 7pm-10pmLaunch of Soft Hed by Sasha Langford Soft Hed was completed during a one-month residency at the STAG between January-February 2013.  Taking literary and poetic devices as frameworks through which to explore drawing, Soft Hed makes an alternative use of multi-panel graphic sequencing to construct an anti-linear narrative of reflections on ideology, youth desire, and fantasy as liberation.As well as having the zine available for $2 at the launch, a large cake will be present for collaborative decoration by attendees.  After the cake decorating begins at 7pm, Michael Lucid’s 18-minute documentary ‘Dirty Girls’ (2000) about a group of feminist teenagers in the mid-nineties will be screened at around 8pm, after which the cake will be eaten.Sasha Langford is a Vancouver-based interdisciplinary artist and academic.  Her recently completed Honours Thesis in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University traces themes of discontinuous time and the corporeal in the work of contemporary artist Jin-me Yoon.  Sasha’s creative practice is currently focused on exploring grunge, pop, and noise conventions through collaborative and solo music projects.Accessibility info:The STAG Library has limited accessibility. There are wide steps leading up to the front door and a narrow stairwell leading to the bathroom. We apologize for this exclusion.The cake will be vegan and gluten free.

Thursday May 2nd | 7pm-10pm

Launch of Soft Hed by Sasha Langford
 

Soft Hed was completed during a one-month residency at the STAG between January-February 2013.  Taking literary and poetic devices as frameworks through which to explore drawing, Soft Hed makes an alternative use of multi-panel graphic sequencing to construct an anti-linear narrative of reflections on ideology, youth desire, and fantasy as liberation.


As well as having the zine available for $2 at the launch, a large cake will be present for collaborative decoration by attendees.  After the cake decorating begins at 7pm, Michael Lucid’s 18-minute documentary ‘Dirty Girls’ (2000) about a group of feminist teenagers in the mid-nineties will be screened at around 8pm, after which the cake will be eaten.


Sasha Langford is a Vancouver-based interdisciplinary artist and academic.  Her recently completed Honours Thesis in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University traces themes of discontinuous time and the corporeal in the work of contemporary artist Jin-me Yoon.  Sasha’s creative practice is currently focused on exploring grunge, pop, and noise conventions through collaborative and solo music projects.


Accessibility info:


The STAG Library has limited accessibility. There are wide steps leading up to the front door and a narrow stairwell leading to the bathroom. We apologize for this exclusion.

The cake will be vegan and gluten free.


Sunday, April 28 2013 at 8pm

AAB / about a bicycle

And I Didn’t Even Call the Police!

issue 2 / winter 2013

“To overcome this crisis without questioning the meaning of consumption, production, and investment is to reproduce the preconditions of financial capitalism, the violence of its ups and downs, the philosophy according to which ‘time is everything, man is nothing.’ For man to be everything, we need to reclaim the time of his existence.”

From Christian Marazzi’s The Violence of Financial Capitalism

About a Bicycle trudged through the autumn and winter seasons with another prolific round of readings, focusing on the irreversible and violent 2008, to present, financial economic crisis. Our intent was to historicize the economic principles that have led to Capitalism’s current transmutations, and reflect on the pathologic effects of standardized time on labour, psychologies, communication, and avant-gardism. In many ways the lens turned back on ourselves and highlighted where we capitulate to Capitalistic pressures (via consumption, silence, bourgeois narratives), yet prove a threat (through socio-political boycotts, self-reflexive line breaks, and by establishing a strong understanding of our working ties) to Capitalism’s obscene superego.  We engaged in a genealogical understanding of our current economic state, bit by bit, better acquainting ourselves with the varying degrees of brutality inflicted upon us by financial capital and the bitter logic of Neoliberalism, in order to be better critically situated within Capitalist hegemony.

AAB is a group of self-identified women, with interest in reading and discussing interesting critical themes that are pertinent to the space and time of the readers. http://aboutabicycle.wordpress.com/

Celebrate the launch of our second issue, entitled And I Didn’t Even Call the Police!, featuring performances by Anahita Jamali Rad, Danielle LaFrance, Patrick Morrison, Natalie Knight, Dorothy Trujillo Lusk, and Maria Wallstam. 

Hosted at the STAG: 826 East Pender Street, Vancouver BC, V6A 1W1

The issue will be available for $10 at the launch.

Sunday, April 28 2013 at 8pm

AAB / about a bicycle

And I Didn’t Even Call the Police!

issue 2 / winter 2013

“To overcome this crisis without questioning the meaning of consumption, production, and investment is to reproduce the preconditions of financial capitalism, the violence of its ups and downs, the philosophy according to which ‘time is everything, man is nothing.’ For man to be everything, we need to reclaim the time of his existence.”

From Christian Marazzi’s The Violence of Financial Capitalism

About a Bicycle trudged through the autumn and winter seasons with another prolific round of readings, focusing on the irreversible and violent 2008, to present, financial economic crisis. Our intent was to historicize the economic principles that have led to Capitalism’s current transmutations, and reflect on the pathologic effects of standardized time on labour, psychologies, communication, and avant-gardism. In many ways the lens turned back on ourselves and highlighted where we capitulate to Capitalistic pressures (via consumption, silence, bourgeois narratives), yet prove a threat (through socio-political boycotts, self-reflexive line breaks, and by establishing a strong understanding of our working ties) to Capitalism’s obscene superego.  We engaged in a genealogical understanding of our current economic state, bit by bit, better acquainting ourselves with the varying degrees of brutality inflicted upon us by financial capital and the bitter logic of Neoliberalism, in order to be better critically situated within Capitalist hegemony.

AAB is a group of self-identified women, with interest in reading and discussing interesting critical themes that are pertinent to the space and time of the readers. http://aboutabicycle.wordpress.com/

Celebrate the launch of our second issue, entitled And I Didn’t Even Call the Police!, featuring performances by Anahita Jamali Rad, Danielle LaFrance, Patrick Morrison, Natalie Knight, Dorothy Trujillo Lusk, and Maria Wallstam. 

Hosted at the STAG: 826 East Pender Street, Vancouver BC, V6A 1W1

The issue will be available for $10 at the launch.

Residency Profile #3: Andrew Witt
Andrew Witt is a critical theorist, writer and housing activist who has collaborated with such groups as Coupe le Tat, The Mainlander, The Vancouver Renter’s Union, and Van.Act! His writing has appeared online in the Mainlander and his text “Recessional Aesthetics" (co-written with Nathan Crompton) was published in the journal OCTOBER #139.
During his residency Andrew produced several collages in connection with Coupe le Tat. These collages were displayed in the windows of VIVO Media Arts Centre during the residency of Karen Mirza and Brad Butler’s MUSEUM OF NON-PARTICIPATION in connection to Institutions by Artists. In addition he further developed his collaborative text, “In Search of A Present Tense: Art in the Domain of Monopoly-Finance”, co-written with Graeme Fisher and eventually self-published through the Mainlander.
Andrew is currently based in London where he is attending University College of London as a PHD candidate in Art History.
http://ucl.academia.edu/AndrewWitt

Residency Profile #3: Andrew Witt

Andrew Witt is a critical theorist, writer and housing activist who has collaborated with such groups as Coupe le Tat, The Mainlander, The Vancouver Renter’s Union, and Van.Act! His writing has appeared online in the Mainlander and his text “Recessional Aesthetics" (co-written with Nathan Crompton) was published in the journal OCTOBER #139.

During his residency Andrew produced several collages in connection with Coupe le Tat. These collages were displayed in the windows of VIVO Media Arts Centre during the residency of Karen Mirza and Brad Butler’s MUSEUM OF NON-PARTICIPATION in connection to Institutions by Artists. In addition he further developed his collaborative text, “In Search of A Present Tense: Art in the Domain of Monopoly-Finance”, co-written with Graeme Fisher and eventually self-published through the Mainlander.

Andrew is currently based in London where he is attending University College of London as a PHD candidate in Art History.

http://ucl.academia.edu/AndrewWitt

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 || 6:00pm
The STAG Library presents the North American premier of
Oliver Ressler’s
TAKE THE SQUARE (2012; 88min)

The 3-channel video installation “Take The Square” is based on discussions conducted with activists from 15M in Madrid, the Syntagma Square movement in Athens and Occupy Wall Street in New York. Re-enacting the format of the working groups of the protest movements, four to six activists discuss with each other as a group in front of a camera. The discussions cover issues of organization, horizontal decision-making processes, the importance and function of occupying public spaces and how social change can occur.
The films were shot in the spring of 2012 in those places used by the movements of the squares for meetings and working groups: the Plaza de Pontejos, a quiet square in the immediate vicinity of the central Puerta del Sol in Madrid; at Plaza de la Corrala, a meeting place for the neighborhood assemblies of Lavapiès in Madrid; in Syntagma Square, the central assembly and demonstration point in front of the Parliament in Athens; and in Central Park in New York, where Occupy Wall Street held the “Spring Awakening 2012”.

for more information || http://www.ressler.at/take_the_square/
Oliver Ressler is a Vienna-based artist and activist who produces films, posters, billboards, billboard-objects, and magazines that intervene directly in public urban spaces and address political issues through different methods. These works attempt to support progressive social processes and to contribute toward a change in society.
http://www.ressler.at/
This screening is in association with Jeff Derksen’s seminar “Space/Scale/Culture: Literature and the Production of Space” at Simon Fraser University. To provide further context for the conversation that will follow you can read any of the following texts:
Brian Holmes. Profanity and the Financial Markets: A User’s Guide to Closing the Casino || http://brianholmes.wordpress.com/2012/01/02/profanity-and-the-financial-markets/
Margrit Mayer. Social Movements in the (post-) Neoliberal City || http://www.sendspace.com/file/3bl9bv
Eric Kluitenberg. Legacies of Tactical Media: The Tactics of Occupations: from Tompkins Square to Tahrir || http://www.sendspace.com/file/l7g4eq

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 || 6:00pm

The STAG Library presents the North American premier of

Oliver Ressler’s

TAKE THE SQUARE (2012; 88min)

The 3-channel video installation “Take The Square” is based on discussions conducted with activists from 15M in Madrid, the Syntagma Square movement in Athens and Occupy Wall Street in New York. Re-enacting the format of the working groups of the protest movements, four to six activists discuss with each other as a group in front of a camera. The discussions cover issues of organization, horizontal decision-making processes, the importance and function of occupying public spaces and how social change can occur.

The films were shot in the spring of 2012 in those places used by the movements of the squares for meetings and working groups: the Plaza de Pontejos, a quiet square in the immediate vicinity of the central Puerta del Sol in Madrid; at Plaza de la Corrala, a meeting place for the neighborhood assemblies of Lavapiès in Madrid; in Syntagma Square, the central assembly and demonstration point in front of the Parliament in Athens; and in Central Park in New York, where Occupy Wall Street held the “Spring Awakening 2012”.

for more information || http://www.ressler.at/take_the_square/

Oliver Ressler is a Vienna-based artist and activist who produces films, posters, billboards, billboard-objects, and magazines that intervene directly in public urban spaces and address political issues through different methods. These works attempt to support progressive social processes and to contribute toward a change in society.

http://www.ressler.at/

This screening is in association with Jeff Derksen’s seminar “Space/Scale/Culture: Literature and the Production of Space” at Simon Fraser University. To provide further context for the conversation that will follow you can read any of the following texts:

Brian Holmes. Profanity and the Financial Markets: A User’s Guide to Closing the Casino || http://brianholmes.wordpress.com/2012/01/02/profanity-and-the-financial-markets/

Margrit Mayer. Social Movements in the (post-) Neoliberal City || http://www.sendspace.com/file/3bl9bv

Eric Kluitenberg. Legacies of Tactical Media: The Tactics of Occupations: from Tompkins Square to Tahrir || http://www.sendspace.com/file/l7g4eq

 





On Sunday Novebmer 25 from 7:00 - 10:00 pm, the STAG (Strathcona Art Gallery) Library will host a book launch party for The Last Vispo Anthology, edited by Nico Vassilakis and Crag Hill. 

Running throughout the evening, there will be unscheduled pop-up readings and performances by:  Jim Andrews (Vancouver), Judith Copithorne (Vancouver), Crag Hill (Idaho), Donato Mancini (Vancouver), Gustave Morin (Windsor), Michael V. Smith (Kelowna), Nico Vassilakis (Seattle) and possibly more. 

The launch will also feature a window installation of visual poetry by Gustave Morin, and an exhibition of prints drawn from the Last Vispo.

Copies of the Last Vispo will be available for purchase.

BYOB Drink BYOB. Food. Friends. & concrete poetry. 

About the Last Vispo Anthology (from Fantagraphics):

Fantagraphics spotlights the intersection of art and language in this innovative new collection — without peer in English — that gathers the work of visual poets from around the world into one stunning volume. The alphabet is turned on its head and inside-out and the results culminate in a compilation of daring and surprising verbo-visual gems. // The Last Vispo Anthology is composed of vispo (a portmanteau of the words “visual” and “poetry”) from the years 1998 to 2008, during a burst of creative activity fueled by file sharing and email, which made it possible for the vispo community to establish a more heightened and sophisticated dialogue with one another. The collection extends the dialectic between art and literature that began with ancient “shaped text,” medieval pattern poetry, and dada typography, pushing past the concrete poetics of the 1950s and the subsequent mail art movement of the 1980s to its current incarnation. Rather than settle into predictable, unchallenged patterns, this vibrant poetry seizes new tools to expand the body of work that inhabits the borderlands of visual art and poetic language. // The Last Vispo Anthology features 148 contributors from 23 countries on five continents. It includes 12 essays that illuminate the abundant history and the state of vispo today. The anthology offers a broad amalgam of long-time practitioners and poets new to visual poetry over the last decade, underscoring the longevity and the continued vitality of the art form.


|||| THE STAG | 826 East Pender St. (b/w Hawks and Campbell, through the metal gate, house in the back) ||||
|||| The STAG is a project of Aja Rose Bond and Gabriel Saloman ||||

diademdiscos AT gmail DOT com

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related events: 

Gustave Morin is visiting Vancouver from Windsor, and there are two related events.

- A group poetry reading with Judith Copithorne, Catriona Strang, Dorothy Trujillo Lusk, Elizabeth Bachinsky and Mark Laba. People’s Co-op Books. Monday November 26. 7:00 pm.

- Gustave Morin will be giving a solo talk at the KSW on Saturday December 1st. 2:00 pm.

On Sunday Novebmer 25 from 7:00 - 10:00 pm, the STAG (Strathcona Art Gallery) Library will host a book launch party for The Last Vispo Anthology, edited by Nico Vassilakis and Crag Hill. 
Running throughout the evening, there will be unscheduled pop-up readings and performances by:  Jim Andrews (Vancouver), Judith Copithorne (Vancouver), Crag Hill (Idaho), Donato Mancini (Vancouver), Gustave Morin (Windsor), Michael V. Smith (Kelowna), Nico Vassilakis (Seattle) and possibly more. 
The launch will also feature a window installation of visual poetry by Gustave Morin, and an exhibition of prints drawn from the Last Vispo.
Copies of the Last Vispo will be available for purchase.
BYOB Drink BYOB. Food. Friends. & concrete poetry. 
About the Last Vispo Anthology (from Fantagraphics):
Fantagraphics spotlights the intersection of art and language in this innovative new collection — without peer in English — that gathers the work of visual poets from around the world into one stunning volume. The alphabet is turned on its head and inside-out and the results culminate in a compilation of daring and surprising verbo-visual gems. // The Last Vispo Anthology is composed of vispo (a portmanteau of the words “visual” and “poetry”) from the years 1998 to 2008, during a burst of creative activity fueled by file sharing and email, which made it possible for the vispo community to establish a more heightened and sophisticated dialogue with one another. The collection extends the dialectic between art and literature that began with ancient “shaped text,” medieval pattern poetry, and dada typography, pushing past the concrete poetics of the 1950s and the subsequent mail art movement of the 1980s to its current incarnation. Rather than settle into predictable, unchallenged patterns, this vibrant poetry seizes new tools to expand the body of work that inhabits the borderlands of visual art and poetic language. // The Last Vispo Anthology features 148 contributors from 23 countries on five continents. It includes 12 essays that illuminate the abundant history and the state of vispo today. The anthology offers a broad amalgam of long-time practitioners and poets new to visual poetry over the last decade, underscoring the longevity and the continued vitality of the art form.
|||| THE STAG | 826 East Pender St. (b/w Hawks and Campbell, through the metal gate, house in the back) ||||
|||| The STAG is a project of Aja Rose Bond and Gabriel Saloman ||||
diademdiscos AT gmail DOT com
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related events: 
Gustave Morin is visiting Vancouver from Windsor, and there are two related events.
- A group poetry reading with Judith Copithorne, Catriona Strang, Dorothy Trujillo Lusk, Elizabeth Bachinsky and Mark Laba. People’s Co-op Books. Monday November 26. 7:00 pm.
- Gustave Morin will be giving a solo talk at the KSW on Saturday December 1st. 2:00 pm.
Sunday, September 23 2012 at 8pm 
AAB / about a bicycle
Concatenate, Concatenate, Concatenate! 
issue 1 / summer 2012 
‘Be, Be, Be!’ is the metaphysical scream that dominates hierarchical civilisation, to which rhizomatic thought replies: ‘Concatenate, Concatenate, Concatenate!’
- Franco Berardi, Sensitivity to the Rhizome, 2007
During the course of the summer, About a Bicycle (AAB) developed a women’s critical reading and discussion series that addressed the gradual transformation of postmodernity on knowledge production and the manner in which this process has shaped social subjects within the institution, the State, the psycho sphere, and the imagistics of society. The series allowed participants to engage with selected texts that responded to Jean-François Lyotard’s The Postmodern Condition, from debates on aesthetics and politics to how we became posthuman, treading information theory, German Expressionism, and Italian Autonomism. AAB is a group of women, or anyone who self-identities as a woman, with interest in reading and discussing interesting critical themes that are pertinent to the space and time of the readers. This event marks the launch of AAB’s premier issue, Concatenate, Concatenate, Concatenate!, with contributions by Danielle LaFrance, Anahita Jamali Rad, Megan Hepburn, Marie-Hélène Tessier, Jacquelyn Ross, Sasha Langford, and more. Presenters will traverse pages of texts, combining performative iterations of the ‘philosopher’ and the ‘expert’ that serve to situate the postmodern in our current contexts.

Sunday, September 23 2012 at 8pm

AAB / about a bicycle

Concatenate, Concatenate, Concatenate!

issue 1 / summer 2012

‘Be, Be, Be!’ is the metaphysical scream that dominates hierarchical civilisation, to which rhizomatic thought replies: ‘Concatenate, Concatenate, Concatenate!’

- Franco Berardi, Sensitivity to the Rhizome, 2007


During the course of the summer, About a Bicycle (AAB) developed a women’s critical reading and discussion series that addressed the gradual transformation of postmodernity on knowledge production and the manner in which this process has shaped social subjects within the institution, the State, the psycho sphere, and the imagistics of society. The series allowed participants to engage with selected texts that responded to Jean-François Lyotard’s The Postmodern Condition, from debates on aesthetics and politics to how we became posthuman, treading information theory, German Expressionism, and Italian Autonomism.

AAB is a group of women, or anyone who self-identities as a woman, with interest in reading and discussing interesting critical themes that are pertinent to the space and time of the readers.

This event marks the launch of AAB’s premier issue, Concatenate, Concatenate, Concatenate!, with contributions by Danielle LaFrance, Anahita Jamali Rad, Megan Hepburn, Marie-Hélène Tessier, Jacquelyn Ross, Sasha Langford, and more. Presenters will traverse pages of texts, combining performative iterations of the ‘philosopher’ and the ‘expert’ that serve to situate the postmodern in our current contexts.

Dear Friends and Fellows,
While a group of three brave young women sit confined in a Moscow prison for taking to the streets in protest of a system we all know to be rigged, tyrannical, and murderous, we sit out here, not apart, but in solidarity. 
Charged with “hooliganism” after a “punk prayer” performance, Maria Alyokhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, and Ekaterina Samoutsevitch, alleged members of the feminist punk collective Pussy Riot are on trial, facing a seven-year sentence following their arrest in the Spring of 2012 for an action Pussy Riot performed at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow. We encourage you to answer, in equally impatient and unreasonable terms, the Russian government’s excessive use of force specifically as well as its intimidation towards all forms of dissent in general, especially against artistic and political freedom of expression. 
It is important here to highlight why these women are incarcerated and why we stand with them. As culture workers, they have facilitated a relationship to the everyday and reconsidered the world around them and their place within it. And so will we. As culture workers, they have created a space for open and vigorous questioning despite the lackthereof within their immediate environment. And so will we. As culture workers, they have sought to dissolve hierarchy in favor of movement, voice, and vision. And so will we. As culture workers, they have moved towards enriching the landscape where our collective, civic voice can move, grow, debate, and generate a desire and belief in the right to individual autonomy and equality regardless of difference. And so will we.
As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr once famously wrote: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere… Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
And so, the actions of Pussy Riot are our actions.As culture workers we fight for generative chaos. We conjure questions. We demand a RIGHT TO THE IMAGINATION! 
Free Space!Free Desire!Free Expression!Free Pussy Riot! 

Day of Action: August 17
Imagine, organize, and demonstrate support for Pussy Riot in your local community, cultural spaces, and households on August 17, 2012. Open the spaces which are yours and ours.
Come, observe, gather, and demonstrate support for Pussy Riot members Maria Alyokhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, and Ekaterina Samoutsevitch in Vancouver at  Access Gallery  222 East Georgia Street, 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Discussion and creative actions will take place! All are welcome!
Organize! Question! Celebrate!

In solidarity with cultural workers everywhere for the cause of Peace, Freedom, and Anarchy for true Equity!
crystal am nelson (Art Practical Contributor)Larissa Archer (Actress, Writer)Dena Beard (Curator)Aja Rose Bond & Gabriel Saloman (The STAG)Alex Cuff (Writer, Teacher)Randy Lee Cutler (Emily Carr University)Courtney Dailey (Red76/Mildred’s Lane/Project Mobile Livre - The Book Mobile)Joseph del Pesco (Kadist Art Foundation)Jamie Emerick (Artist)Luke Fischbeck & Sara Rara (Lucky Dragons)Christian L. Frock (Invisible Venue)Amy Fung (Cineworks)Dylan Gauthier (Red76 / Mare Liberum - Free Seas)Randy Gledhill (LIVE Biennale)Sam Gould (Red76)Makiko Hara (Centre A)Aaron Harbour (Editor, Art Cards)Katie Hargrave (Artist)Keith Higgins (UNIT/PITT Projects)Rachel Higgins (Artist)David Horvitz (Artist)Jessica Jackson Hutchins (Artist)Am Johal (Cultural Worker)Jackie Im (Independent Curator/Editor, Artcards)Doug Jarvis (PAARC, President)Packard Jennings (Destructables.org)Alystyre Julian (Artist)Jeff Khonsary (Fillip)Patricia Maloney (Editor, Art Practical)Brian McBay (221A Artist Run Centre)Heidi Nagtegaal (Hammock Residency)Michael D. Neville (Esq.)Magnolia Pauker (Fillip)Byron Peters (Lower Mainland Painting Co.)Demian Petryshyn (Artist)Kristina Lee Podesva (Fillip)Zachary Royer Scholz (Artist)Lisa Schonberg (Musician)A.L. Steiner (Artist)Althea Thauberger (Artist)Joseph Thomas (Artist)Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.)Jen Weih (Artist/OtherSights Board Member)Jacob Wick (Information Department/overca$h)Amy Zion(Fillip)

Dear Friends and Fellows,

While a group of three brave young women sit confined in a Moscow prison for taking to the streets in protest of a system we all know to be rigged, tyrannical, and murderous, we sit out here, not apart, but in solidarity. 

Charged with “hooliganism” after a “punk prayer” performance, Maria Alyokhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, and Ekaterina Samoutsevitch, alleged members of the feminist punk collective Pussy Riot are on trial, facing a seven-year sentence following their arrest in the Spring of 2012 for an action Pussy Riot performed at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow. We encourage you to answer, in equally impatient and unreasonable terms, the Russian government’s excessive use of force specifically as well as its intimidation towards all forms of dissent in general, especially against artistic and political freedom of expression. 

It is important here to highlight why these women are incarcerated and why we stand with them. As culture workers, they have facilitated a relationship to the everyday and reconsidered the world around them and their place within it. And so will we. As culture workers, they have created a space for open and vigorous questioning despite the lackthereof within their immediate environment. And so will we. As culture workers, they have sought to dissolve hierarchy in favor of movement, voice, and vision. And so will we. As culture workers, they have moved towards enriching the landscape where our collective, civic voice can move, grow, debate, and generate a desire and belief in the right to individual autonomy and equality regardless of difference. And so will we.

As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr once famously wrote: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere… Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

And so, the actions of Pussy Riot are our actions.
As culture workers we fight for generative chaos. 
We conjure questions. 
We demand a RIGHT TO THE IMAGINATION! 

Free Space!
Free Desire!
Free Expression!
Free Pussy Riot! 

Day of Action: August 17

Imagine, organize, and demonstrate support for Pussy Riot in your local community, cultural spaces, and households on August 17, 2012. Open the spaces which are yours and ours.

Come, observe, gather, and demonstrate support for Pussy Riot members Maria Alyokhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, and Ekaterina Samoutsevitch in Vancouver at  Access Gallery  222 East Georgia Street, 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Discussion and creative actions will take place! All are welcome!

Organize! Question! Celebrate!

In solidarity with cultural workers everywhere for the
cause of Peace, Freedom, and Anarchy for true Equity!

crystal am nelson (Art Practical Contributor)
Larissa Archer (Actress, Writer)
Dena Beard (Curator)
Aja Rose Bond & Gabriel Saloman (The STAG)
Alex Cuff (Writer, Teacher)
Randy Lee Cutler (Emily Carr University)
Courtney Dailey (Red76/Mildred’s Lane/Project Mobile Livre - The Book Mobile)
Joseph del Pesco (Kadist Art Foundation)
Jamie Emerick (Artist)
Luke Fischbeck & Sara Rara (Lucky Dragons)
Christian L. Frock (Invisible Venue)
Amy Fung (Cineworks)
Dylan Gauthier (Red76 / Mare Liberum - Free Seas)
Randy Gledhill (LIVE Biennale)
Sam Gould (Red76)
Makiko Hara (Centre A)
Aaron Harbour (Editor, Art Cards)
Katie Hargrave (Artist)
Keith Higgins (UNIT/PITT Projects)
Rachel Higgins (Artist)
David Horvitz (Artist)
Jessica Jackson Hutchins (Artist)
Am Johal (Cultural Worker)
Jackie Im (Independent Curator/Editor, Artcards)
Doug Jarvis (PAARC, President)
Packard Jennings (Destructables.org)
Alystyre Julian (Artist)
Jeff Khonsary (Fillip)
Patricia Maloney (Editor, Art Practical)
Brian McBay (221A Artist Run Centre)
Heidi Nagtegaal (Hammock Residency)
Michael D. Neville (Esq.)
Magnolia Pauker (Fillip)
Byron Peters (Lower Mainland Painting Co.)
Demian Petryshyn (Artist)
Kristina Lee Podesva (Fillip)
Zachary Royer Scholz (Artist)
Lisa Schonberg (Musician)
A.L. Steiner (Artist)
Althea Thauberger (Artist)
Joseph Thomas (Artist)
Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.)
Jen Weih (Artist/OtherSights Board Member)
Jacob Wick (Information Department/overca$h)
Amy Zion(Fillip)

Sunday, March 16
Social Materialist Kino Study Group 
7-10pm | Hosted by Donato Mancini
Zoo: A Documentary by Frederick Wiseman
The S.M.K.S.G. is (in its own words) “…an extremely informal, semi-private club that informally gathers to study formally extreme ‘social materialist’ documentary films. You are invited. 

Social materialist documentaries use no interviews, no voice-overs, no non-diegetic music, no narration, no didactic illustrations of concepts. No cutesy humanism. Neither story nor character based, social materialist documentaries explore groups, sites, institutions and other social formations or events through montages of candid footage. Social materialist documentaries are a specific subset of the documentary types known variously as “direct cinema,” or “cinema verite.”

We’ll be screening ZOO: A Documentary by the manipulative master of institutional inquiry, Frederick Wiseman (Titicut Follies; High School; Public Housing). ZOO is a film about the zoo in Miami, Florida, the care and maintenance of the animals by the keepers, the work of the veterinarians and their staff, and the visits to the zoo by people from all over the world. The film presents the wide diversity of interests and activities at the zoo and the interrelatedness of the animal, human, ethical, financial, technical, organizational and research aspects of operating the zoo.
Please RSVP Donato Mancini at donatoma ut g’male dut com
Sunday, March 16
Social Materialist Kino Study Group
7-10pm | Hosted by Donato Mancini
Zoo: A Documentary by Frederick Wiseman

The S.M.K.S.G. is (in its own words) “…an extremely informal, semi-private club that informally gathers to study formally extreme ‘social materialist’ documentary films. You are invited. 

Social materialist documentaries use no interviews, no voice-overs, no non-diegetic music, no narration, no didactic illustrations of concepts. No cutesy humanism. Neither story nor character based, social materialist documentaries explore groups, sites, institutions and other social formations or events through montages of candid footage. Social materialist documentaries are a specific subset of the documentary types known variously as “direct cinema,” or “cinema verite.”
We’ll be screening ZOO: A Documentary by the manipulative master of institutional inquiry, Frederick Wiseman (Titicut Follies; High School; Public Housing). ZOO is a film about the zoo in Miami, Florida, the care and maintenance of the animals by the keepers, the work of the veterinarians and their staff, and the visits to the zoo by people from all over the world. The film presents the wide diversity of interests and activities at the zoo and the interrelatedness of the animal, human, ethical, financial, technical, organizational and research aspects of operating the zoo.

Please RSVP Donato Mancini at donatoma ut g’male dut com

Sunday, January 5Think Tank w/ Aja Rose BondThe Witches Union Hall
7-9:00pm
On Sunday Jan 5, Aja Rose Bond will be hosting a Think Tank from 7-9pm with tea and snacks served. The questions posed relate to her newest project proposal, the Witches Union Hall: 
What would an explicitly magickal and radical space ideally offer to it’s communities? How could it be structured? Who would it serve? How might it be funded?
Aja is currently participating in the Groundswell: Grassroots Economic Alternatives program and is working on creating a project for her second semester that will ideally be launched by May. This is a crucial research and brainstorming phase and she is excited to get a broad range of people’s input on this proposed organization and community space. Aja Rose Bond is an intermedia artist with background in music, craft and fashion respectively, drawing from the deep influence of D.I.Y. punk, feminisms and magick. She explores the interplay of the public and the private through collaborations, collective organizing, solo-projects and a variety of mediums including sound, performance, installation, textile sculpture, drawing, collage and social practice. http://ajarosebond.com/THINK TANK Think Tank brings together Creators and a Public to engage in an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas, problem solving and mutual aid. A visiting presenter - perhaps an artist, an educator, a community organizer - meets with a room full of guests and poses a question, presents a work in progress, or reveals a particular challenge they’re facing in their work. By transforming a traditional “artist talk” into a non-linear dialogical space, Think Tank hopes to reveal the potential resources to be found through transparency, questioning and communing with people both inside and outside of our specific fields of work.

Sunday, January 5
Think Tank w/ Aja Rose Bond
The Witches Union Hall

7-9:00pm

On Sunday Jan 5, Aja Rose Bond will be hosting a Think Tank from 7-9pm with tea and snacks served. The questions posed relate to her newest project proposal, the Witches Union Hall:

What would an explicitly magickal and radical space ideally offer to it’s communities?
How could it be structured?
Who would it serve?
How might it be funded?

Aja is currently participating in the Groundswell: Grassroots Economic Alternatives program and is working on creating a project for her second semester that will ideally be launched by May. This is a crucial research and brainstorming phase and she is excited to get a broad range of people’s input on this proposed organization and community space.

Aja Rose Bond is an intermedia artist with background in music, craft and fashion respectively, drawing from the deep influence of D.I.Y. punk, feminisms and magick. She explores the interplay of the public and the private through collaborations, collective organizing, solo-projects and a variety of mediums including sound, performance, installation, textile sculpture, drawing, collage and social practice.

http://ajarosebond.com/

THINK TANK
Think Tank brings together Creators and a Public to engage in an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas, problem solving and mutual aid. A visiting presenter - perhaps an artist, an educator, a community organizer - meets with a room full of guests and poses a question, presents a work in progress, or reveals a particular challenge they’re facing in their work. By transforming a traditional “artist talk” into a non-linear dialogical space, Think Tank hopes to reveal the potential resources to be found through transparency, questioning and communing with people both inside and outside of our specific fields of work.

Wednesday, January 1Think Tank w/ Coral ShortCommunity Art, Utopia and Dystopias
12:00-2:00pm
Start off your New Year with a delicious Art Brunch! Bring your brand new 2014 year self and a delicious brunchy potluck item to STAG for the very first THINK TANK of the year on Community Art Utopias and Dystopias with Coral Short.COMMUNITY ART! is it possible? Whose community? Communities? Collaborations? Collectives? How do you organize? How do you work horizontally? Problem solve? Successes? Failures? Lets skillshare!  CORAL SHORT will share her 15 years of community art practice across the continents she has lived in: Europe, Asia and North America. Coral has parades, B movies, interactive performances, international residencies and long term noise projects all under her belt. She would love to share all her wacky stories with you and hopes to hear some of yours too as she loves a good story!https://www.facebook.com/events/553061928109630/ Coral Short was born on a beautiful island off the west coast of Canada and was raised in the Fraser Valley where her eccentric family lived off the land. She spends a fair amount of time dispersing her magic around the globe - in the air, on railroad tracks and highways. She has many beloved people, communities, and locations that she calls home. Short and her countless projects move at the speed of light; ironically she is the most still when she travels. This winter she is doing residencies at IDA in Tennessee and E|MERGE, a residency honing the art of collaboration, in Massachusetts. http://www.coralshort.com/THINK TANK Think Tank brings together Creators and a Public to engage in an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas, problem solving and mutual aid. A visiting presenter - perhaps an artist, an educator, a community organizer - meets with a room full of guests and poses a question, presents a work in progress, or reveals a particular challenge they’re facing in their work. By transforming a traditional “artist talk” into a non-linear dialogical space, Think Tank hopes to reveal the potential resources to be found through transparency, questioning and communing with people both inside and outside of our specific fields of work.

Wednesday, January 1
Think Tank w/ Coral Short
Community Art, Utopia and Dystopias

12:00-2:00pm


Start off your New Year with a delicious Art Brunch!

Bring your brand new 2014 year self and a delicious brunchy potluck item to STAG for the very first THINK TANK of the year on Community Art Utopias and Dystopias with Coral Short.

COMMUNITY ART! is it possible? Whose community? Communities? Collaborations? Collectives? How do you organize? How do you work horizontally? Problem solve? Successes? Failures? Lets skillshare!

CORAL SHORT will share her 15 years of community art practice across the continents she has lived in: Europe, Asia and North America. Coral has parades, B movies, interactive performances, international residencies and long term noise projects all under her belt. She would love to share all her wacky stories with you and hopes to hear some of yours too as she loves a good story!

https://www.facebook.com/events/553061928109630/

Coral Short was born on a beautiful island off the west coast of Canada and was raised in the Fraser Valley where her eccentric family lived off the land. She spends a fair amount of time dispersing her magic around the globe - in the air, on railroad tracks and highways. She has many beloved people, communities, and locations that she calls home. Short and her countless projects move at the speed of light; ironically she is the most still when she travels. This winter she is doing residencies at IDA in Tennessee and E|MERGE, a residency honing the art of collaboration, in Massachusetts.


http://www.coralshort.com/

THINK TANK
Think Tank brings together Creators and a Public to engage in an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas, problem solving and mutual aid. A visiting presenter - perhaps an artist, an educator, a community organizer - meets with a room full of guests and poses a question, presents a work in progress, or reveals a particular challenge they’re facing in their work. By transforming a traditional “artist talk” into a non-linear dialogical space, Think Tank hopes to reveal the potential resources to be found through transparency, questioning and communing with people both inside and outside of our specific fields of work.

September 1 | 7pm | Free (but bring $ for zines and artwork)
   Currents Against Us is a collection of stories, artwork, accounts, and analysis showcasing the maniacs who have uprooted themselves from their homes on land and thrown themselves into the ocean. The presenters went out on small plastic boats years ago and have attempted to find out what it’s like to try to make a life worth living out on the ocean.
   “Struggling to live in a new unfamiliar terrain and attempting to integrate our ideals and politics into our new lifestyles has led to many discoveries, failures, and achievements. While some go back to the land, we set out to sea. Our presentation will consist of a few stories from the past couple years on the water, readings from the zine “Against the Current,” and a Q/A session.”   Currents Against Us will have a distro of printed material with them: sea stories, accounts of living on boats, beautiful artwork, and analysis of how this aligns with their worldviews and politics. While CAU are only a small group touring and speaking, there are plenty of radical sailors out there and they hope to showcase some of the work they’ve been doing. Some of this can also be found on their website:
currentsagainstus.wordpress.comalwaysgainstthecurrent@gmail.com

Julian has infrequently written a zine called ONE WAY TICKET since 2002. It is essentially a zine about the small triumphs and tragedies of living an anarchist life, told through short, true stories. Over the years the zine has covered hitch-hiking travels, free food scavenging, precarious employment, three week bands, anti-prison demonstrations, renovating a collective house, and much more. There is a video of him reading a story here. There are some reviews of his most recent issues online here and here, and an article he wrote for the spring issue of the magazine Broken Pencil is here. 

September 1 | 7pm | Free (but bring $ for zines and artwork)


   Currents Against Us is a collection of stories, artwork, accounts, and
analysis showcasing the maniacs who have uprooted themselves from their
homes on land and thrown themselves into the ocean. The presenters went
out on small plastic boats years ago and have attempted to find out what
it’s like to try to make a life worth living out on the ocean.

   “Struggling to live in a new unfamiliar terrain and attempting to
integrate our ideals and politics into our new lifestyles has led to
many discoveries, failures, and achievements. While some go back to the
land, we set out to sea. Our presentation will consist of a few stories
from the past couple years on the water, readings from the zine “Against
the Current,” and a Q/A session.”

   Currents Against Us will have a distro of printed material with them: sea stories, accounts of living on boats, beautiful artwork, and analysis of how this aligns with their worldviews and politics. While CAU are only a small group touring and speaking, there are plenty of radical sailors out there and they hope to showcase some of the work they’ve been doing. Some of this can also be found on their website:


currentsagainstus.wordpress.com
alwaysgainstthecurrent@gmail.com

Julian has infrequently written a zine called ONE WAY TICKET since 2002. It is essentially a zine about the small triumphs and tragedies of living an anarchist life, told through short, true stories. Over the years the zine has covered hitch-hiking travels, free food scavenging, precarious employment, three week bands, anti-prison demonstrations, renovating a collective house, and much more. There is a video of him reading a story here. There are some reviews of his most recent issues online here and here, and an article he wrote for the spring issue of the magazine Broken Pencil is here

STRANGE ANIMAL

Vancouver artist Helen Reed will be hosting a small informal screening series at the STAG called Strange Animal. She’ll be screening films about humans turning into creatures and back again. These screenings are part of her research for a new video project about teenage werewolves.
The first screening was last week. We watched the Canadian horror classic, Gingersnaps (2000) by John Fawcett.
The second screening is Thursday, August 15. We will be watching Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010) by Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Film starts at 9pm.
The third screening is TBA.
Uncle Boonmee… is not a horror film, but it’s pretty fantastic/fantastical. Be ready for a mythical exploration of objects and people transforming and hybridising. And also for the first ever cinematic sex scene between a princess and a catfish. 
The Strange Animal screening series is part of the STAG Think Tank, info on this below. 
_______________________ The STAG Think Tank facilitates community sourced knowledge exchange at a small, social and non-hierarchical level. People or groups who are working on a project may invite people into a conversation that asks them to help with problem solving, critical reflection and collective imagining. It’s an inversion - or flattening - of the artist talk, lecture, top-down model that audiences, students and publics generally encounter. The STAG Think Tank acts as host and support to those people involved in creative, political, philosophical and other work of personal and public nature who would benefit from opening their process up to the thoughtful engagement of others. This public may be drawn from private circles, the existing networks of the Think Tank’s initiator or the STAG’s own network developed through its various collaborators, residents, library members and visitors. The STAG Think Tank is a continuation of the artistic collaboration between Aja Rose Bond and Gabriel Saloman. Beginning with the Strathcona Art Gallery (2010-2011) and continuing with the STAGLibrary (2011-2013), Bond and Saloman have developed a wide array of socially engaged practices which have encompassed curation, facilitating residencies, exhibition making, publishing, hosting readings, screenings and public events, and operating a semi-public, semi-private reading and lending library, all primarily out of their Vancouver home. 

STRANGE ANIMAL

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Vancouver artist Helen Reed will be hosting a small informal screening series at the STAG called Strange Animal. She’ll be screening films about humans turning into creatures and back again. These screenings are part of her research for a new video project about teenage werewolves.

The first screening was last week. We watched the Canadian horror classic, Gingersnaps (2000) by John Fawcett.

The second screening is Thursday, August 15. We will be watching Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010) by Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Film starts at 9pm.

The third screening is TBA.

Uncle Boonmee… is not a horror film, but it’s pretty fantastic/fantastical. Be ready for a mythical exploration of objects and people transforming and hybridising. And also for the first ever cinematic sex scene between a princess and a catfish. 

The Strange Animal screening series is part of the STAG Think Tank, info on this below. 

_______________________

The STAG Think Tank facilitates community sourced knowledge exchange at a small, social and non-hierarchical level. People or groups who are working on a project may invite people into a conversation that asks them to help with problem solving, critical reflection and collective imagining. It’s an inversion - or flattening - of the artist talk, lecture, top-down model that audiences, students and publics generally encounter. The STAG Think Tank acts as host and support to those people involved in creative, political, philosophical and other work of personal and public nature who would benefit from opening their process up to the thoughtful engagement of others. This public may be drawn from private circles, the existing networks of the Think Tank’s initiator or the STAG’s own network developed through its various collaborators, residents, library members and visitors.

The STAG Think Tank is a continuation of the artistic collaboration between Aja Rose Bond and Gabriel Saloman. Beginning with the Strathcona Art Gallery (2010-2011) and continuing with the STAGLibrary (2011-2013), Bond and Saloman have developed a wide array of socially engaged practices which have encompassed curation, facilitating residencies, exhibition making, publishing, hosting readings, screenings and public events, and operating a semi-public, semi-private reading and lending library, all primarily out of their Vancouver home. 


Hello friends,
  The STAG Library will be discontinuing our open hours for the rest of summer… so this weekend (Sunday, July 21 from 12-5pm) will be your last chance to casually drop in and peruse our shelves for your summer reading.
  Members will still be able to visit and borrow books - just make an appointment by emailing us. People interested in becoming members can contact as well.
  As for folks who have overdue books (and you know who you are) there’s never a bad time to bring your book back. You can slip it through our mail slot, leave it in a bag on the porch in front of our door, make an appointment or just knock and see if we’re home. We’d love to round up all of our stray books by summer’s end so make a point of dropping by!
  There are a lot of exciting things in store for the STAG Library, including some big changes, beginning very soon, so keep your eyes and ears peeled for upcoming announcements.
  For now, we’re going to be hard at work in our studios… but don’t surprised to find us taking a nap in our new banana hammock.
  Happy Summer!
xo
Aja and Gabriel

Hello friends,

  The STAG Library will be discontinuing our open hours for the rest of summer… so this weekend (Sunday, July 21 from 12-5pm) will be your last chance to casually drop in and peruse our shelves for your summer reading.

  Members will still be able to visit and borrow books - just make an appointment by emailing us. People interested in becoming members can contact as well.

  As for folks who have overdue books (and you know who you are) there’s never a bad time to bring your book back. You can slip it through our mail slot, leave it in a bag on the porch in front of our door, make an appointment or just knock and see if we’re home. We’d love to round up all of our stray books by summer’s end so make a point of dropping by!

  There are a lot of exciting things in store for the STAG Library, including some big changes, beginning very soon, so keep your eyes and ears peeled for upcoming announcements.

  For now, we’re going to be hard at work in our studios… but don’t surprised to find us taking a nap in our new banana hammock.


  Happy Summer!

xo

Aja and Gabriel





Residency Profile #8: E T Russian
ET RUSSIAN is a writer, performer, makeup artist, cartoonist, professional book nerd and physical therapist living in Seattle, Washington. Russian has published work in The Collective Tarot on Eberhardt Press, and Gay Genius on Sparkplug Press, co-founded the Seattle Disability Justice Collective, has performed with Sins Invalid in San Francisco, Co-Directed the movie “Third Antenna: A documentary about the radical nature of drag”, and authors the zine “Ring of Fire”, which is soon to be published in book form by Left Bank Books Publishing.  ET has performed across the country and internationally doing drag, integrated dance, telling stories and reading poetry. ET believes art is a powerful tool in the movements for disability justice, gender freedom and liberation for all people.
 During Russian’s residency at the STAG Library, they continued working on new material for their forthcoming book, “Ring of Fire”, which will collect the original zines by the same name, along with new interviews, writing and artwork made specially for this publication.
etrussian.com

Residency Profile #8: E T Russian

ET RUSSIAN is a writer, performer, makeup artist, cartoonist, professional book nerd and physical therapist living in Seattle, Washington. Russian has published work in The Collective Tarot on Eberhardt Press, and Gay Genius on Sparkplug Press, co-founded the Seattle Disability Justice Collective, has performed with Sins Invalid in San Francisco, Co-Directed the movie “Third Antenna: A documentary about the radical nature of drag”, and authors the zine “Ring of Fire”, which is soon to be published in book form by Left Bank Books Publishing.  ET has performed across the country and internationally doing drag, integrated dance, telling stories and reading poetry. ET believes art is a powerful tool in the movements for disability justice, gender freedom and liberation for all people.


During Russian’s residency at the STAG Library, they continued working on new material for their forthcoming book, “Ring of Fire”, which will collect the original zines by the same name, along with new interviews, writing and artwork made specially for this publication.


etrussian.com

Thursday May 2nd | 7pm-10pmLaunch of Soft Hed by Sasha Langford Soft Hed was completed during a one-month residency at the STAG between January-February 2013.  Taking literary and poetic devices as frameworks through which to explore drawing, Soft Hed makes an alternative use of multi-panel graphic sequencing to construct an anti-linear narrative of reflections on ideology, youth desire, and fantasy as liberation.As well as having the zine available for $2 at the launch, a large cake will be present for collaborative decoration by attendees.  After the cake decorating begins at 7pm, Michael Lucid’s 18-minute documentary ‘Dirty Girls’ (2000) about a group of feminist teenagers in the mid-nineties will be screened at around 8pm, after which the cake will be eaten.Sasha Langford is a Vancouver-based interdisciplinary artist and academic.  Her recently completed Honours Thesis in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University traces themes of discontinuous time and the corporeal in the work of contemporary artist Jin-me Yoon.  Sasha’s creative practice is currently focused on exploring grunge, pop, and noise conventions through collaborative and solo music projects.Accessibility info:The STAG Library has limited accessibility. There are wide steps leading up to the front door and a narrow stairwell leading to the bathroom. We apologize for this exclusion.The cake will be vegan and gluten free.

Thursday May 2nd | 7pm-10pm

Launch of Soft Hed by Sasha Langford
 

Soft Hed was completed during a one-month residency at the STAG between January-February 2013.  Taking literary and poetic devices as frameworks through which to explore drawing, Soft Hed makes an alternative use of multi-panel graphic sequencing to construct an anti-linear narrative of reflections on ideology, youth desire, and fantasy as liberation.


As well as having the zine available for $2 at the launch, a large cake will be present for collaborative decoration by attendees.  After the cake decorating begins at 7pm, Michael Lucid’s 18-minute documentary ‘Dirty Girls’ (2000) about a group of feminist teenagers in the mid-nineties will be screened at around 8pm, after which the cake will be eaten.


Sasha Langford is a Vancouver-based interdisciplinary artist and academic.  Her recently completed Honours Thesis in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University traces themes of discontinuous time and the corporeal in the work of contemporary artist Jin-me Yoon.  Sasha’s creative practice is currently focused on exploring grunge, pop, and noise conventions through collaborative and solo music projects.


Accessibility info:


The STAG Library has limited accessibility. There are wide steps leading up to the front door and a narrow stairwell leading to the bathroom. We apologize for this exclusion.

The cake will be vegan and gluten free.


Sunday, April 28 2013 at 8pm

AAB / about a bicycle

And I Didn’t Even Call the Police!

issue 2 / winter 2013

“To overcome this crisis without questioning the meaning of consumption, production, and investment is to reproduce the preconditions of financial capitalism, the violence of its ups and downs, the philosophy according to which ‘time is everything, man is nothing.’ For man to be everything, we need to reclaim the time of his existence.”

From Christian Marazzi’s The Violence of Financial Capitalism

About a Bicycle trudged through the autumn and winter seasons with another prolific round of readings, focusing on the irreversible and violent 2008, to present, financial economic crisis. Our intent was to historicize the economic principles that have led to Capitalism’s current transmutations, and reflect on the pathologic effects of standardized time on labour, psychologies, communication, and avant-gardism. In many ways the lens turned back on ourselves and highlighted where we capitulate to Capitalistic pressures (via consumption, silence, bourgeois narratives), yet prove a threat (through socio-political boycotts, self-reflexive line breaks, and by establishing a strong understanding of our working ties) to Capitalism’s obscene superego.  We engaged in a genealogical understanding of our current economic state, bit by bit, better acquainting ourselves with the varying degrees of brutality inflicted upon us by financial capital and the bitter logic of Neoliberalism, in order to be better critically situated within Capitalist hegemony.

AAB is a group of self-identified women, with interest in reading and discussing interesting critical themes that are pertinent to the space and time of the readers. http://aboutabicycle.wordpress.com/

Celebrate the launch of our second issue, entitled And I Didn’t Even Call the Police!, featuring performances by Anahita Jamali Rad, Danielle LaFrance, Patrick Morrison, Natalie Knight, Dorothy Trujillo Lusk, and Maria Wallstam. 

Hosted at the STAG: 826 East Pender Street, Vancouver BC, V6A 1W1

The issue will be available for $10 at the launch.

Sunday, April 28 2013 at 8pm

AAB / about a bicycle

And I Didn’t Even Call the Police!

issue 2 / winter 2013

“To overcome this crisis without questioning the meaning of consumption, production, and investment is to reproduce the preconditions of financial capitalism, the violence of its ups and downs, the philosophy according to which ‘time is everything, man is nothing.’ For man to be everything, we need to reclaim the time of his existence.”

From Christian Marazzi’s The Violence of Financial Capitalism

About a Bicycle trudged through the autumn and winter seasons with another prolific round of readings, focusing on the irreversible and violent 2008, to present, financial economic crisis. Our intent was to historicize the economic principles that have led to Capitalism’s current transmutations, and reflect on the pathologic effects of standardized time on labour, psychologies, communication, and avant-gardism. In many ways the lens turned back on ourselves and highlighted where we capitulate to Capitalistic pressures (via consumption, silence, bourgeois narratives), yet prove a threat (through socio-political boycotts, self-reflexive line breaks, and by establishing a strong understanding of our working ties) to Capitalism’s obscene superego.  We engaged in a genealogical understanding of our current economic state, bit by bit, better acquainting ourselves with the varying degrees of brutality inflicted upon us by financial capital and the bitter logic of Neoliberalism, in order to be better critically situated within Capitalist hegemony.

AAB is a group of self-identified women, with interest in reading and discussing interesting critical themes that are pertinent to the space and time of the readers. http://aboutabicycle.wordpress.com/

Celebrate the launch of our second issue, entitled And I Didn’t Even Call the Police!, featuring performances by Anahita Jamali Rad, Danielle LaFrance, Patrick Morrison, Natalie Knight, Dorothy Trujillo Lusk, and Maria Wallstam. 

Hosted at the STAG: 826 East Pender Street, Vancouver BC, V6A 1W1

The issue will be available for $10 at the launch.

Residency Profile #3: Andrew Witt
Andrew Witt is a critical theorist, writer and housing activist who has collaborated with such groups as Coupe le Tat, The Mainlander, The Vancouver Renter’s Union, and Van.Act! His writing has appeared online in the Mainlander and his text “Recessional Aesthetics" (co-written with Nathan Crompton) was published in the journal OCTOBER #139.
During his residency Andrew produced several collages in connection with Coupe le Tat. These collages were displayed in the windows of VIVO Media Arts Centre during the residency of Karen Mirza and Brad Butler’s MUSEUM OF NON-PARTICIPATION in connection to Institutions by Artists. In addition he further developed his collaborative text, “In Search of A Present Tense: Art in the Domain of Monopoly-Finance”, co-written with Graeme Fisher and eventually self-published through the Mainlander.
Andrew is currently based in London where he is attending University College of London as a PHD candidate in Art History.
http://ucl.academia.edu/AndrewWitt

Residency Profile #3: Andrew Witt

Andrew Witt is a critical theorist, writer and housing activist who has collaborated with such groups as Coupe le Tat, The Mainlander, The Vancouver Renter’s Union, and Van.Act! His writing has appeared online in the Mainlander and his text “Recessional Aesthetics" (co-written with Nathan Crompton) was published in the journal OCTOBER #139.

During his residency Andrew produced several collages in connection with Coupe le Tat. These collages were displayed in the windows of VIVO Media Arts Centre during the residency of Karen Mirza and Brad Butler’s MUSEUM OF NON-PARTICIPATION in connection to Institutions by Artists. In addition he further developed his collaborative text, “In Search of A Present Tense: Art in the Domain of Monopoly-Finance”, co-written with Graeme Fisher and eventually self-published through the Mainlander.

Andrew is currently based in London where he is attending University College of London as a PHD candidate in Art History.

http://ucl.academia.edu/AndrewWitt

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 || 6:00pm
The STAG Library presents the North American premier of
Oliver Ressler’s
TAKE THE SQUARE (2012; 88min)

The 3-channel video installation “Take The Square” is based on discussions conducted with activists from 15M in Madrid, the Syntagma Square movement in Athens and Occupy Wall Street in New York. Re-enacting the format of the working groups of the protest movements, four to six activists discuss with each other as a group in front of a camera. The discussions cover issues of organization, horizontal decision-making processes, the importance and function of occupying public spaces and how social change can occur.
The films were shot in the spring of 2012 in those places used by the movements of the squares for meetings and working groups: the Plaza de Pontejos, a quiet square in the immediate vicinity of the central Puerta del Sol in Madrid; at Plaza de la Corrala, a meeting place for the neighborhood assemblies of Lavapiès in Madrid; in Syntagma Square, the central assembly and demonstration point in front of the Parliament in Athens; and in Central Park in New York, where Occupy Wall Street held the “Spring Awakening 2012”.

for more information || http://www.ressler.at/take_the_square/
Oliver Ressler is a Vienna-based artist and activist who produces films, posters, billboards, billboard-objects, and magazines that intervene directly in public urban spaces and address political issues through different methods. These works attempt to support progressive social processes and to contribute toward a change in society.
http://www.ressler.at/
This screening is in association with Jeff Derksen’s seminar “Space/Scale/Culture: Literature and the Production of Space” at Simon Fraser University. To provide further context for the conversation that will follow you can read any of the following texts:
Brian Holmes. Profanity and the Financial Markets: A User’s Guide to Closing the Casino || http://brianholmes.wordpress.com/2012/01/02/profanity-and-the-financial-markets/
Margrit Mayer. Social Movements in the (post-) Neoliberal City || http://www.sendspace.com/file/3bl9bv
Eric Kluitenberg. Legacies of Tactical Media: The Tactics of Occupations: from Tompkins Square to Tahrir || http://www.sendspace.com/file/l7g4eq

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 || 6:00pm

The STAG Library presents the North American premier of

Oliver Ressler’s

TAKE THE SQUARE (2012; 88min)

The 3-channel video installation “Take The Square” is based on discussions conducted with activists from 15M in Madrid, the Syntagma Square movement in Athens and Occupy Wall Street in New York. Re-enacting the format of the working groups of the protest movements, four to six activists discuss with each other as a group in front of a camera. The discussions cover issues of organization, horizontal decision-making processes, the importance and function of occupying public spaces and how social change can occur.

The films were shot in the spring of 2012 in those places used by the movements of the squares for meetings and working groups: the Plaza de Pontejos, a quiet square in the immediate vicinity of the central Puerta del Sol in Madrid; at Plaza de la Corrala, a meeting place for the neighborhood assemblies of Lavapiès in Madrid; in Syntagma Square, the central assembly and demonstration point in front of the Parliament in Athens; and in Central Park in New York, where Occupy Wall Street held the “Spring Awakening 2012”.

for more information || http://www.ressler.at/take_the_square/

Oliver Ressler is a Vienna-based artist and activist who produces films, posters, billboards, billboard-objects, and magazines that intervene directly in public urban spaces and address political issues through different methods. These works attempt to support progressive social processes and to contribute toward a change in society.

http://www.ressler.at/

This screening is in association with Jeff Derksen’s seminar “Space/Scale/Culture: Literature and the Production of Space” at Simon Fraser University. To provide further context for the conversation that will follow you can read any of the following texts:

Brian Holmes. Profanity and the Financial Markets: A User’s Guide to Closing the Casino || http://brianholmes.wordpress.com/2012/01/02/profanity-and-the-financial-markets/

Margrit Mayer. Social Movements in the (post-) Neoliberal City || http://www.sendspace.com/file/3bl9bv

Eric Kluitenberg. Legacies of Tactical Media: The Tactics of Occupations: from Tompkins Square to Tahrir || http://www.sendspace.com/file/l7g4eq

 





On Sunday Novebmer 25 from 7:00 - 10:00 pm, the STAG (Strathcona Art Gallery) Library will host a book launch party for The Last Vispo Anthology, edited by Nico Vassilakis and Crag Hill. 

Running throughout the evening, there will be unscheduled pop-up readings and performances by:  Jim Andrews (Vancouver), Judith Copithorne (Vancouver), Crag Hill (Idaho), Donato Mancini (Vancouver), Gustave Morin (Windsor), Michael V. Smith (Kelowna), Nico Vassilakis (Seattle) and possibly more. 

The launch will also feature a window installation of visual poetry by Gustave Morin, and an exhibition of prints drawn from the Last Vispo.

Copies of the Last Vispo will be available for purchase.

BYOB Drink BYOB. Food. Friends. & concrete poetry. 

About the Last Vispo Anthology (from Fantagraphics):

Fantagraphics spotlights the intersection of art and language in this innovative new collection — without peer in English — that gathers the work of visual poets from around the world into one stunning volume. The alphabet is turned on its head and inside-out and the results culminate in a compilation of daring and surprising verbo-visual gems. // The Last Vispo Anthology is composed of vispo (a portmanteau of the words “visual” and “poetry”) from the years 1998 to 2008, during a burst of creative activity fueled by file sharing and email, which made it possible for the vispo community to establish a more heightened and sophisticated dialogue with one another. The collection extends the dialectic between art and literature that began with ancient “shaped text,” medieval pattern poetry, and dada typography, pushing past the concrete poetics of the 1950s and the subsequent mail art movement of the 1980s to its current incarnation. Rather than settle into predictable, unchallenged patterns, this vibrant poetry seizes new tools to expand the body of work that inhabits the borderlands of visual art and poetic language. // The Last Vispo Anthology features 148 contributors from 23 countries on five continents. It includes 12 essays that illuminate the abundant history and the state of vispo today. The anthology offers a broad amalgam of long-time practitioners and poets new to visual poetry over the last decade, underscoring the longevity and the continued vitality of the art form.


|||| THE STAG | 826 East Pender St. (b/w Hawks and Campbell, through the metal gate, house in the back) ||||
|||| The STAG is a project of Aja Rose Bond and Gabriel Saloman ||||

diademdiscos AT gmail DOT com

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related events: 

Gustave Morin is visiting Vancouver from Windsor, and there are two related events.

- A group poetry reading with Judith Copithorne, Catriona Strang, Dorothy Trujillo Lusk, Elizabeth Bachinsky and Mark Laba. People’s Co-op Books. Monday November 26. 7:00 pm.

- Gustave Morin will be giving a solo talk at the KSW on Saturday December 1st. 2:00 pm.

On Sunday Novebmer 25 from 7:00 - 10:00 pm, the STAG (Strathcona Art Gallery) Library will host a book launch party for The Last Vispo Anthology, edited by Nico Vassilakis and Crag Hill. 
Running throughout the evening, there will be unscheduled pop-up readings and performances by:  Jim Andrews (Vancouver), Judith Copithorne (Vancouver), Crag Hill (Idaho), Donato Mancini (Vancouver), Gustave Morin (Windsor), Michael V. Smith (Kelowna), Nico Vassilakis (Seattle) and possibly more. 
The launch will also feature a window installation of visual poetry by Gustave Morin, and an exhibition of prints drawn from the Last Vispo.
Copies of the Last Vispo will be available for purchase.
BYOB Drink BYOB. Food. Friends. & concrete poetry. 
About the Last Vispo Anthology (from Fantagraphics):
Fantagraphics spotlights the intersection of art and language in this innovative new collection — without peer in English — that gathers the work of visual poets from around the world into one stunning volume. The alphabet is turned on its head and inside-out and the results culminate in a compilation of daring and surprising verbo-visual gems. // The Last Vispo Anthology is composed of vispo (a portmanteau of the words “visual” and “poetry”) from the years 1998 to 2008, during a burst of creative activity fueled by file sharing and email, which made it possible for the vispo community to establish a more heightened and sophisticated dialogue with one another. The collection extends the dialectic between art and literature that began with ancient “shaped text,” medieval pattern poetry, and dada typography, pushing past the concrete poetics of the 1950s and the subsequent mail art movement of the 1980s to its current incarnation. Rather than settle into predictable, unchallenged patterns, this vibrant poetry seizes new tools to expand the body of work that inhabits the borderlands of visual art and poetic language. // The Last Vispo Anthology features 148 contributors from 23 countries on five continents. It includes 12 essays that illuminate the abundant history and the state of vispo today. The anthology offers a broad amalgam of long-time practitioners and poets new to visual poetry over the last decade, underscoring the longevity and the continued vitality of the art form.
|||| THE STAG | 826 East Pender St. (b/w Hawks and Campbell, through the metal gate, house in the back) ||||
|||| The STAG is a project of Aja Rose Bond and Gabriel Saloman ||||
diademdiscos AT gmail DOT com
__
related events: 
Gustave Morin is visiting Vancouver from Windsor, and there are two related events.
- A group poetry reading with Judith Copithorne, Catriona Strang, Dorothy Trujillo Lusk, Elizabeth Bachinsky and Mark Laba. People’s Co-op Books. Monday November 26. 7:00 pm.
- Gustave Morin will be giving a solo talk at the KSW on Saturday December 1st. 2:00 pm.
Sunday, September 23 2012 at 8pm 
AAB / about a bicycle
Concatenate, Concatenate, Concatenate! 
issue 1 / summer 2012 
‘Be, Be, Be!’ is the metaphysical scream that dominates hierarchical civilisation, to which rhizomatic thought replies: ‘Concatenate, Concatenate, Concatenate!’
- Franco Berardi, Sensitivity to the Rhizome, 2007
During the course of the summer, About a Bicycle (AAB) developed a women’s critical reading and discussion series that addressed the gradual transformation of postmodernity on knowledge production and the manner in which this process has shaped social subjects within the institution, the State, the psycho sphere, and the imagistics of society. The series allowed participants to engage with selected texts that responded to Jean-François Lyotard’s The Postmodern Condition, from debates on aesthetics and politics to how we became posthuman, treading information theory, German Expressionism, and Italian Autonomism. AAB is a group of women, or anyone who self-identities as a woman, with interest in reading and discussing interesting critical themes that are pertinent to the space and time of the readers. This event marks the launch of AAB’s premier issue, Concatenate, Concatenate, Concatenate!, with contributions by Danielle LaFrance, Anahita Jamali Rad, Megan Hepburn, Marie-Hélène Tessier, Jacquelyn Ross, Sasha Langford, and more. Presenters will traverse pages of texts, combining performative iterations of the ‘philosopher’ and the ‘expert’ that serve to situate the postmodern in our current contexts.

Sunday, September 23 2012 at 8pm

AAB / about a bicycle

Concatenate, Concatenate, Concatenate!

issue 1 / summer 2012

‘Be, Be, Be!’ is the metaphysical scream that dominates hierarchical civilisation, to which rhizomatic thought replies: ‘Concatenate, Concatenate, Concatenate!’

- Franco Berardi, Sensitivity to the Rhizome, 2007


During the course of the summer, About a Bicycle (AAB) developed a women’s critical reading and discussion series that addressed the gradual transformation of postmodernity on knowledge production and the manner in which this process has shaped social subjects within the institution, the State, the psycho sphere, and the imagistics of society. The series allowed participants to engage with selected texts that responded to Jean-François Lyotard’s The Postmodern Condition, from debates on aesthetics and politics to how we became posthuman, treading information theory, German Expressionism, and Italian Autonomism.

AAB is a group of women, or anyone who self-identities as a woman, with interest in reading and discussing interesting critical themes that are pertinent to the space and time of the readers.

This event marks the launch of AAB’s premier issue, Concatenate, Concatenate, Concatenate!, with contributions by Danielle LaFrance, Anahita Jamali Rad, Megan Hepburn, Marie-Hélène Tessier, Jacquelyn Ross, Sasha Langford, and more. Presenters will traverse pages of texts, combining performative iterations of the ‘philosopher’ and the ‘expert’ that serve to situate the postmodern in our current contexts.

Dear Friends and Fellows,
While a group of three brave young women sit confined in a Moscow prison for taking to the streets in protest of a system we all know to be rigged, tyrannical, and murderous, we sit out here, not apart, but in solidarity. 
Charged with “hooliganism” after a “punk prayer” performance, Maria Alyokhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, and Ekaterina Samoutsevitch, alleged members of the feminist punk collective Pussy Riot are on trial, facing a seven-year sentence following their arrest in the Spring of 2012 for an action Pussy Riot performed at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow. We encourage you to answer, in equally impatient and unreasonable terms, the Russian government’s excessive use of force specifically as well as its intimidation towards all forms of dissent in general, especially against artistic and political freedom of expression. 
It is important here to highlight why these women are incarcerated and why we stand with them. As culture workers, they have facilitated a relationship to the everyday and reconsidered the world around them and their place within it. And so will we. As culture workers, they have created a space for open and vigorous questioning despite the lackthereof within their immediate environment. And so will we. As culture workers, they have sought to dissolve hierarchy in favor of movement, voice, and vision. And so will we. As culture workers, they have moved towards enriching the landscape where our collective, civic voice can move, grow, debate, and generate a desire and belief in the right to individual autonomy and equality regardless of difference. And so will we.
As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr once famously wrote: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere… Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
And so, the actions of Pussy Riot are our actions.As culture workers we fight for generative chaos. We conjure questions. We demand a RIGHT TO THE IMAGINATION! 
Free Space!Free Desire!Free Expression!Free Pussy Riot! 

Day of Action: August 17
Imagine, organize, and demonstrate support for Pussy Riot in your local community, cultural spaces, and households on August 17, 2012. Open the spaces which are yours and ours.
Come, observe, gather, and demonstrate support for Pussy Riot members Maria Alyokhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, and Ekaterina Samoutsevitch in Vancouver at  Access Gallery  222 East Georgia Street, 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Discussion and creative actions will take place! All are welcome!
Organize! Question! Celebrate!

In solidarity with cultural workers everywhere for the cause of Peace, Freedom, and Anarchy for true Equity!
crystal am nelson (Art Practical Contributor)Larissa Archer (Actress, Writer)Dena Beard (Curator)Aja Rose Bond & Gabriel Saloman (The STAG)Alex Cuff (Writer, Teacher)Randy Lee Cutler (Emily Carr University)Courtney Dailey (Red76/Mildred’s Lane/Project Mobile Livre - The Book Mobile)Joseph del Pesco (Kadist Art Foundation)Jamie Emerick (Artist)Luke Fischbeck & Sara Rara (Lucky Dragons)Christian L. Frock (Invisible Venue)Amy Fung (Cineworks)Dylan Gauthier (Red76 / Mare Liberum - Free Seas)Randy Gledhill (LIVE Biennale)Sam Gould (Red76)Makiko Hara (Centre A)Aaron Harbour (Editor, Art Cards)Katie Hargrave (Artist)Keith Higgins (UNIT/PITT Projects)Rachel Higgins (Artist)David Horvitz (Artist)Jessica Jackson Hutchins (Artist)Am Johal (Cultural Worker)Jackie Im (Independent Curator/Editor, Artcards)Doug Jarvis (PAARC, President)Packard Jennings (Destructables.org)Alystyre Julian (Artist)Jeff Khonsary (Fillip)Patricia Maloney (Editor, Art Practical)Brian McBay (221A Artist Run Centre)Heidi Nagtegaal (Hammock Residency)Michael D. Neville (Esq.)Magnolia Pauker (Fillip)Byron Peters (Lower Mainland Painting Co.)Demian Petryshyn (Artist)Kristina Lee Podesva (Fillip)Zachary Royer Scholz (Artist)Lisa Schonberg (Musician)A.L. Steiner (Artist)Althea Thauberger (Artist)Joseph Thomas (Artist)Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.)Jen Weih (Artist/OtherSights Board Member)Jacob Wick (Information Department/overca$h)Amy Zion(Fillip)

Dear Friends and Fellows,

While a group of three brave young women sit confined in a Moscow prison for taking to the streets in protest of a system we all know to be rigged, tyrannical, and murderous, we sit out here, not apart, but in solidarity. 

Charged with “hooliganism” after a “punk prayer” performance, Maria Alyokhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, and Ekaterina Samoutsevitch, alleged members of the feminist punk collective Pussy Riot are on trial, facing a seven-year sentence following their arrest in the Spring of 2012 for an action Pussy Riot performed at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow. We encourage you to answer, in equally impatient and unreasonable terms, the Russian government’s excessive use of force specifically as well as its intimidation towards all forms of dissent in general, especially against artistic and political freedom of expression. 

It is important here to highlight why these women are incarcerated and why we stand with them. As culture workers, they have facilitated a relationship to the everyday and reconsidered the world around them and their place within it. And so will we. As culture workers, they have created a space for open and vigorous questioning despite the lackthereof within their immediate environment. And so will we. As culture workers, they have sought to dissolve hierarchy in favor of movement, voice, and vision. And so will we. As culture workers, they have moved towards enriching the landscape where our collective, civic voice can move, grow, debate, and generate a desire and belief in the right to individual autonomy and equality regardless of difference. And so will we.

As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr once famously wrote: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere… Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

And so, the actions of Pussy Riot are our actions.
As culture workers we fight for generative chaos. 
We conjure questions. 
We demand a RIGHT TO THE IMAGINATION! 

Free Space!
Free Desire!
Free Expression!
Free Pussy Riot! 

Day of Action: August 17

Imagine, organize, and demonstrate support for Pussy Riot in your local community, cultural spaces, and households on August 17, 2012. Open the spaces which are yours and ours.

Come, observe, gather, and demonstrate support for Pussy Riot members Maria Alyokhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, and Ekaterina Samoutsevitch in Vancouver at  Access Gallery  222 East Georgia Street, 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Discussion and creative actions will take place! All are welcome!

Organize! Question! Celebrate!

In solidarity with cultural workers everywhere for the
cause of Peace, Freedom, and Anarchy for true Equity!

crystal am nelson (Art Practical Contributor)
Larissa Archer (Actress, Writer)
Dena Beard (Curator)
Aja Rose Bond & Gabriel Saloman (The STAG)
Alex Cuff (Writer, Teacher)
Randy Lee Cutler (Emily Carr University)
Courtney Dailey (Red76/Mildred’s Lane/Project Mobile Livre - The Book Mobile)
Joseph del Pesco (Kadist Art Foundation)
Jamie Emerick (Artist)
Luke Fischbeck & Sara Rara (Lucky Dragons)
Christian L. Frock (Invisible Venue)
Amy Fung (Cineworks)
Dylan Gauthier (Red76 / Mare Liberum - Free Seas)
Randy Gledhill (LIVE Biennale)
Sam Gould (Red76)
Makiko Hara (Centre A)
Aaron Harbour (Editor, Art Cards)
Katie Hargrave (Artist)
Keith Higgins (UNIT/PITT Projects)
Rachel Higgins (Artist)
David Horvitz (Artist)
Jessica Jackson Hutchins (Artist)
Am Johal (Cultural Worker)
Jackie Im (Independent Curator/Editor, Artcards)
Doug Jarvis (PAARC, President)
Packard Jennings (Destructables.org)
Alystyre Julian (Artist)
Jeff Khonsary (Fillip)
Patricia Maloney (Editor, Art Practical)
Brian McBay (221A Artist Run Centre)
Heidi Nagtegaal (Hammock Residency)
Michael D. Neville (Esq.)
Magnolia Pauker (Fillip)
Byron Peters (Lower Mainland Painting Co.)
Demian Petryshyn (Artist)
Kristina Lee Podesva (Fillip)
Zachary Royer Scholz (Artist)
Lisa Schonberg (Musician)
A.L. Steiner (Artist)
Althea Thauberger (Artist)
Joseph Thomas (Artist)
Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.)
Jen Weih (Artist/OtherSights Board Member)
Jacob Wick (Information Department/overca$h)
Amy Zion(Fillip)

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The STAG Library is a semi-public, semi-private library run out of the Strathcona home of Aja Rose Bond and Gabriel Saloman. The library comprises a variety of printed matter and audio available for lending, reference, events, workshops and more.