Ah, the sweet smell of victory.
The BC Lions charged their way to a Grey Cup win on Sunday – and quel surprise – the only brawl to break out involved former CFL legends and a ‘peace offering’ of flowers at an alumni luncheon. Looks like the MOV won’t be inheriting any more “vanlover” graffiti walls for the time being.
What goes up must come down, and in this case a celebration in sports, means a sad lament for the environment as the Federal Government announces its intention of pulling out of the Kyoto Accord . Along with strong nationalism and the ‘harperization’ of government communications, this latest move has many Canadians and a few MOVers considering the terms “Conversatism” and “Orwellian” more closely. (Maybe now is a good time to mention that CBC Vancouver is holding their open house this Friday, Dec 2nd.)
Meanwhile, the tents may have gone down for Occupy Vancouver, but the group is looking at new phases for the movement, which has brought more discourse on class and capitalism to the forefront than ever before. In London, the occupy groups have begun occupying abandoned banks and buildings - Amanda in marketing wonders what we'll see from the Vancouver group.
Neon Lover? Perhaps our current exhibit has got you thinking about Granville’s “Great White Way” and considering historical neon signs. As Hanna pointed out, the Yale Hotel is closing for renovations after 123 years, but promises to maintain it’s brick walls and neon signage.
Speaking of renovations, be sure to have your voice heard on the state of Vancouver’s viaducts.
And lastly, for those of you interested in the relationship between public media and art, Kate recommends “Urban Screens and City Building”, a free public talk with Mirjam Struppek at SFU Surrey. Many collaborations have been made between museums and urban screen projects asking the question, “What is their potential for creating personal or shared experiences?”
Like much of the city, over here at the MOV, we’re thinking about Vancouver municipal politics, change, and the arts. What does another three years of Vision Vancouver look like? Increased citizen engagement? Increased investment in arts, culture, public space, and greenways?
Vancouver ChangeCamp might be a good place to start if you’re interested seeing change in yourself, your community or the city. Changecamp brings together people from the business community, the non-profit and activist world, government (both elected officials and staff) and those with lived experience in the issues we care about – MOV will be there!
Meanwhile, the city celebrated some of the city's most creative, at the Eastside Culture Crawl this past weekend, and MOV's Gala Milne produced this CBC spotlight on Melva Forsberg, who has been producing controversial, politicized buttons in Vancouver over the last 30 years - some of which are in archives at the MOV!
And thanks to all who came out to our Built City lecture last week on Revitalizing Wood Architecture. The Migrating Landscapes exhibit is in studio until November 27th, with closing talk and design challenge results announced on Friday November 25th!