Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures — Library and Public Program

Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures Library and Public Program


February – March 2017

Throughout the winter , 221A presents a season of public talks, performances, and workshops in collaboration with the Vancouver Art Gallery and Emily Carr University of Art + Design, on the occasion of Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures. With this program, 221A hopes to offer a space and time oblique to the terrain of the civic museum for the exhibition’s 40 artists to traverse alternative lines of thought and forms of engagement.

For the duration of the season, the organization’s headquarters at 221 E Georgia is a production space and presentation platform for program participants, resident artists and visitors to develop, present and perform. A central support to this activity will be a public reading room and library collection presenting books, texts, and ephemera selected by contributors to the exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery, its catalogue and the resulting program. 221A invites you to visit and spend time with this material during its open hours.

Vancouver Special Forum

UBC Robson Square, Theatre C300
February 25, 1 – 5pm

In this afternoon of talks, artists and writers offer perspectives on Surrealism, abstraction, and conceptual practice—three conversations that cut across the works presented in the Vancouver Art Gallery exhibition Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures.

1:00pm – Perspectives on Surrealism
Andrew Berardini & Rachelle Sawatsky, Steffanie Ling, with responses from Julia Feyrer and Rebecca Brewer

2:20pm – Perspectives on Abstraction
Mina Totino, Eli Bornowsky, with responses from Colleen Heslin and Sylvain Sailly

3:45pm – Perspectives on Conceptual Practice
Raymond Boisjoly, Gareth James, with responses from Matt Browning and Krista Bell Stewart

Residencies at 221 East Georgia Street

221A is hosting resident artists for the production of new works that will be presented throughout the program.

Rebecca Brewer and Julia Feyrer – MESH research group
Ron Tran – Rehearsal and production of Finchwell Revisited (2017)
Justine A. Chambers – Rehearsal and production of Semi-precious (2017)
Julian Hou – Production of costumes and audio for Nexus Line (2017)


Saturday, February 11, 2–4pm
Calendar launch with Antoni Oko and Mark Delong. Details

Saturday, February 11, 5–6:30pm
ALTERNATIVE FACTS, curated by Myriam Ben Salah. Details

Tuesday, February 14, 6:30–8pm
Let rat tails write my epitaph: Derya Akay, Anne Low, and Barry Doupé read from the library. Details

Saturday, February 25, 7–9pm
Wendy’s Revenge book launch with Walter Scott. Details

Saturday, March 4, 2–4pm
Richard William Hill and Colleen Brown read selections from the library

Friday, March 10, 2–4pm
A discussion with Duane Linklater, Marianne Nicolson, and Jordan Wilson

Saturday, March 18, 7–9pm
Deep Blue open archive with Jean Brazeau and Robin Selk

Friday, March 24, 6:30pm
Workshop with Justine A. Chambers. Capacity is limited; email to register


Topics in Global Art: Call • Convene • Collect
Emily Carr University
SB Rm 301
Thursdays, January 26 – March 30
4:30 – 6:30pm


Library and Reading Room
221 East Georgia Street
Tuesday – Friday, 10am–5pm
Saturday, 12pm–5pm


Parallax Study
221 East Georgia Street
February 15, February 22, March 8 and March 22
6:30 – 8:30pm
Please email to sign up; space is limited

Project Support

BC Arts CouncilThe Province of British Columbia's Creative Economy Strategy