Isobel map of Stanley Park

Call for Participation: Fieldwork Session #1


As part of Yu Su’s Fall 2017 fellowship with 221A, she will be working with Librarian Vincent Tao to convene a semester of research and programming under the working title Pollyanna Sound Archive Prototype 01. The project assembles artists and musicians to together develop a speculative sound archive at Pollyanna Library.

Sound is fluid, transitory, ceaselessly mutable. It circulates in the volume between bodies and spaces as a ripple of momentary changes in pressure. The archive is commonly understood as static, placid, immutable; a quiet repository of institutional memory. Standard procedures in sound archiving are analogous to a kind of capture, submitting vibrations to the jurisdiction of the archive—its rules, its infrastructure, in other words, its ‘inside’. Derrida intervened, “No archive without outside.” If archiving sonic material submits outside to inside, what results when this polarity is inverted? Or: how can the archive be re-made in the liquid form of sound?

In the semester’s first of two fieldwork sessions, Yu Su will lead a team of researchers to collect sound recordings in Stanley Park. The session will embark from a temporary site of operations hosted in the Instant Coffee field house.

Pollyanna Sound Archive Prototype 01 is part of Notes on Permanent Education (N.O.P.E. 2017), a collective research program convened by 221A Librarian Vincent Tao to inaugurate the organization’s new fellowship model and its primary support, Pollyanna Library.


To register to participate in this fieldwork session, please visit Pollyanna Library (221 E Georgia St.) during public hours and speak with the Librarian, or with Yu Su during her office hours. A $5.00 CAD deposit is asked to reserve recording equipment.

Registration closes on October 12 and is limited to 12 participants.

Pollyanna Library public hours:
Tue, Wed: 2 PM – 8 PM
Thu, Fri, Sat: 12 PM – 6 PM

Yu Su’s office hours at Pollyanna Library:
Tue, Wed: 6 PM – 8 PM

Project Support

British Columbia Arts CouncilProvince of British Columbia