Exhibitions

Lively Objects

Sunday, August 16, 2015 to Monday, October 12, 2015

Lively Objects brings together artworks that vibrate with mechanical, digital, and magical forces. Installations hidden throughout the Museum’s history galleries awaken our fascination with objects that come to life.

The artworks in Lively Objects take a variety of forms—gloves, tables, figurines, machines and projected images. Visitors can hunt for them or drift through the galleries and take their chances. Some works hide in plain sight, speaking only to those who stop to listen. Others deliberately pull focus and make a ruckus. Read more about the individual artworks here or download the brochure.

In Lively Objects, artefacts do not quietly await our appreciation. These enchanted artworks disrupt traditional museum categories and presentation techniques. They start surprising conversations with neighbouring objects and invite visitors to reconsider the museum experience.
 
Lively Objects is curated by Caroline Seck Langill, and Lizzie Muller. The exhibition features works created by faculty and alumni of OCAD University and Emily Carr University of Art and Design: Wendy Coburn, Steve Daniels, Judith Doyle, Kate Hartman, Garnet Hertz, Simone Jones and Lance Winn, Germaine Koh, and Norman White. It is part of The Living Effect, a SSHRC-funded project that investigates notions of “aliveness” in media arts objects.

Caroline Seck Langill is a Peterborough-based writer and artist. She has curated new media art exhibitions for various venues including SAW Gallery, the Ottawa Art Gallery, and InterAccess. Caroline Seck Langill is Dean of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the School of Interdisciplinary Studies at OCAD University.

Lizzie Muller is a curator and researcher specializing in interdisciplinary collaboration, interaction, and audience experience. She is Director of the Masters in Curating and Cultural Leadership at UNSW Faculty of Art and Design, Australia.

Lively Objects is an associated exhibition of the 21st International Symposium on Electronic Art: ISEA2015.

The Museum of Vancouver would like to acknowledge the following partners for their support and help in the development of Lively Objects.

August 16, 2015 / 6:00 PM
Catalyze: Lively Objects Opening Reception

Catalyze

Catalyze
New Media | Live Art | Music

Opening Reception for Lively Objects, curated by Caroline Langill & Lizzie Muller.

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Interactive Art, Performances, and an Outdoor Pavillion curated by Kate Armstrong & Malcolm Levy.

Date: Sunday, August 16, 2015
Time: 6:00pm-10:00pm
Admission: General $20 | Seniors & Students $14 | MOV Members (+1 Guest) Free
Get Tickets: https://catalyze.eventbrite.ca

Lively Objects brings together artworks that vibrate with mechanical, digital, and magical forces. Installations hidden throughout the Museum’s history galleries awaken our fascination with objects that come to life.

The artworks in Lively Objects take a variety of forms – gloves, tables, figurines, machines and projected images. These enchanted artworks disrupt traditional museum categories and presentation techniques. They start surprising conversations with neighbouring objects and invite visitors to reconsider the museum experience.

Lively Objects is part of The Living Effect, a SSHRC-funded project that investigates notions of “aliveness” in media arts objects. It features works created by faculty and alumni of OCAD University and Emily Carr University of Art and Design, including: Wendy Coburn, Steve Daniels, Judith Doyle (with Ian Murray), Kate Hartman, Garnet Hertz, Simone Jones & Lance Winn, Germaine Koh, and Norman White. Opening night performances by Diana Burgoyne, Judith Doyle, and Kate Hartman. 

One night only: Works by Tobias Klein, Nathanial Stern & Erin Manning, Amber Frid-Jimenez & Joe Dahmen, Instant Places (Ian Birse & Laura Kavanaugh), Mike Morris, Peter Williams, and Katsufumi Matsui, Kazunori Ogasawara, Seiichiro Matsumura, Seiko Okamoto & Cuichi Arakawa.

Also on view – Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show – an astonishing exhibition filled with interactive installations, artworks, video, and graphics based on the designer’s ten-year quest to increase his happiness.

Lively Objects is an associated exhibition of ISEA 2015.

 

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The Museum of Vancouver would like to acknowledge the following partners for their support and help in the development of Lively Objects:

Lively Objects Sponsors

 

September 03, 2015 / 7:00 PM
Talk & Tour: Lively Objects with Germaine Koh

Talk & Tour: Lively Objects with Germaine Koh

Join us for an intimate talk with artist Germaine Koh, followed by an interactive tour of Lively Objects. In this exhibition, artefacts do not quietly await our appreciation. These enchanted artworks disrupt traditional museum categories and presentation techniques, and invite visitors to reconsider the museum experience.

Date: Thursday, September 3, 2015
Time: 7:00pm
Admission: General $14 | Seniors & Students $11 | Youth $8 | Family $38 | MOV Members FREE
Get Tickets: Call 604 736 4431 ext. 0
 
Koh’s talk will provide insight into the unique curatorial vision for exhibition, and invite us to explore how and why we are drawn to the experience of things that seem to come to life. Koh will discuss the mechanics and conceptual framework of her Topographic Table, as well as delve into the how and why of her artistic practice, which is concerned with the significance of everyday actions, familiar objects and common places.
 
Topographic Table recreates the contours of the mountains of North of Vancouver. Sensors and internet-connected electronics embedded in its frame cause the table to tremble in response to nearby vibrations and news about earthquakes in the Pacific Northwest. This piece of furniture models the geology and psychic condition of living near the Cascadia fault line.
 
Lively Objects brings together artworks that vibrate with mechanical, digital, and magical forces. Installations hidden throughout the Museum’s history galleries awaken our fascination with objects that come to life.

The artworks in Lively Objects take a variety of forms – gloves, tables, figurines, machines and projected images. These enchanted artworks disrupt traditional museum categories and presentation techniques. They start surprising conversations with neighbouring objects and invite visitors to reconsider the museum experience.

Lively Objects is curated by Caroline Seck Langill and Lizzie Muller. It is part of The Living Effect, a SSHRC-funded project that investigates notions of “aliveness” in media arts objects. It features works created by faculty and alumni of OCAD University and Emily Carr University of Art and Design, including: Wendy Coburn, Steve Daniels, Judith Doyle (with Ian Murray), Kate Hartman, Garnet Hertz, Simone Jones & Lance Winn, Germaine Koh, and Norman White.

Germaine Koh is a Canadian visual artist based in Vancouver. Koh's artwork ranges from performances to interactive machines to social experiments. Her pieces often deal with the ways we move through the world and interact with other people. Her exhibition history includes the BALTIC Centre (Newcastle), Bloomberg SPACE (London), Artspace (Sydney), The British Museum (London), Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), and the Liverpool, Sydney and Montréal biennials. Koh was a recipient of the 2010 VIVA Award, and a finalist for the 2004 Sobey Art Award.

Lively Objects is an associated exhibition of ISEA 2015.

 

                              ISEA Logos    MOV Logo

 

The Museum of Vancouver would like to acknowledge the following partners for their support and help in the development of Lively Objects:

Lively Objects Sponsors

August 13, 2015 / 3:36 PM
Lively Objects press release

Museum Comes to Life with ISEA2015 Exhibition

Lively Objects hidden within Museum of Vancouver’s history galleries

 

VANCOUVER, BC – To mark the arrival of the 21st International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA 2015), the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) debuts a new exhibition on display August 16 – October 12, 2015. Lively Objects brings together artworks that vibrate with mechanical, digital, and magical forces. Installations hidden throughout the Museum’s history galleries awaken our fascination with objects that come to life.

The artworks in Lively Objects take a variety of forms—gloves, tables, figurines, machines and projected images. Visitors can hunt for them or drift through the galleries and take their chances. Some works hide in plain sight, speaking only to those who stop to listen. Others deliberately pull focus and make a ruckus.

In Lively Objects, artefacts do not quietly await appreciation; these enchanted artworks disrupt traditional museum categories and presentation techniques. They start surprising conversations with neighbouring objects and invite visitors to reconsider the museum experience.

Lively Objects is curated by Caroline Seck Langill, and Lizzie Muller. The exhibition features works created by faculty and alumni of OCAD University and Emily Carr University of Art and Design: Wendy Coburn, Steve Daniels, Judith Doyle, Kate Hartman, Garnet Hertz, Simone Jones and Lance Winn, Germaine Koh, and Norman White, with opening night performances by Diana Burgoyne, Judith Doyle, and Kate Hartman.

Opening Reception: August 16, 2015, 6-10pm

To celebrate the opening of the Lively Objects and ISEA2015, MOV is hosting Catalyze, featuring interactive art, performances, and an outdoor pavilion, curated by Kate Armstrong and Malcolm Levy. Tickets available at: https://catalyze.eventbrite.ca

 

Credits

Caroline Seck Langill is a Peterborough-based writer and artist. She has curated new media art exhibitions for various venues including SAW Gallery, the Ottawa Art Gallery, and InterAccess. Caroline Seck Langill is Dean of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the School of Interdisciplinary Studies at OCAD University.

Lizzie Muller is a curator and researcher specializing in interdisciplinary collaboration, interaction, and audience experience. She is Director of the Masters in Curating and Cultural Leadership at UNSW Faculty of Art and Design, Australia.

 

About Museum of Vancouver (museumofvancouver.ca)

The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) is an award-winning authority on Vancouver’s history, sharing the region’s stories from its Aboriginal beginnings to contemporary topics. It creates engaging exhibitions and programs that encourage dialogue about what was, is, and can-be Vancouver, serving as a gathering place that connects Vancouverites to each other, and Vancouver to the world.