LocoMotoArt artists, Laura Lee Coles & Rob Scharein are excited to introduce their community engaged art project Moments of Happiness (2015-2016).
Motivated with the intent to offset the negative feelings people receive from the
onslaught of news reports of global violence, hardship and tragedy, the artists will ask
members of the Vancouver community to think of what makes them happy and place their moments of happiness in a database. Starting in October, the artists will assemble all the contributions and create a final artwork that will be displayed at the participating community centre on March 20, 2016 IN CELEBRATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS INTERNATIONAL DAY OF HAPPINESS.
Participant’s can contribute in one or all three ways listed below:
1. Email the artists a photo from their cell phone which reminds them of a moment
of happiness (email@example.com)
2. Write down a single word that represents happiness to them
3. Write down a short sentence that describes a memory of a happy time.
SUNSET COMMUNITY CENTRE LOBBY -
OFFICIAL LAUNCH -
MARCH 20, 2015 2:30 - 4:00 P.M.
KERRISDALE COMMUNITY CENTRE
2:00 PM -5:00 PM
APRIL 21 (SENIOR CENTRE)
MAY 26 (LOBBY)
JUNE 19 (SENIOR CENTRE)
DUNBAR COMMUNITY CENTRE
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
RICHMOND WORLD FESTIVAL
SEPTEMBER 5 - 7:00 - 9:00
GLOBAL VILLAGE - MINORU PARK
TO BE ANNOUNCED
Re-creation's aim was to engage the dialectic of modern urban permaculture and the absence of the vibrant sounds of animal species once inhabiting such spaces. After the afternoon workshop and field trip, participants returned to McBride Park, where they processed the recordings and installed them, with the public invited to experience their sound installation.
This workshop was lead by residency artist Miles Thorogood with the assistance from residency artist Phil Thomson, two of LocoMotoArt's four audio and sound artists!
Both activities were part of the Sustenance Festival.
Organized By: Village Vancouver (Ross Moster) and LMA's Miles Thorogood
Photos: Laura Lee Coles
Time: October 5, 2014 from 9am to 5pm
Location: McBride Park Fieldhouse/Aberthau Mansion and surrounding environs
Organized By: Village Vancouver (Ross Moster) and
LocoMotoArt's Miles Thorogood
A hands-on community arts based workshop and public event presented by Village Vancouver in collaboration with Aberthau artist-in-residence LocoMotoArt. Re-creation aims to engage the dialectic of modern urban permaculture and the absence of the vibrant sounds of animal species once inhabiting such spaces.
A re-creation of those sounds will be achieved through a distributed sound emitting system seamlessly woven into the physical and aural fabric of a local park space. Led by LocoMotoArt artist Miles Thorogood, LMA artist Phil Thompson will instruct participants in recording techniques and then sounds will be obtained through a field trip to Aberthau Mansion and Jericho Beach, where we will explore less urbanized spaces. Using 3 sets of recording equipment, groups of up to 4 participants will record what they consider to be important sounds in an environment to a permaculture.
We will then return to McBride Park, where we’ll process the recordings and install them, and the public will then be invited to experience our sound installation (see separate event below.)
Registration: Pre-registration is required. Limit 12 participants. RSVP to Refirstname.lastname@example.org. Please bring your own water, lunch and snacks.
Followed by a public event from 5-9:30 pm:
RE-CREATION Sound Installation
Re-creation aims to engage the dialectic of modern urban permaculture and the absence of the vibrant sounds of animal species once inhabiting such spaces. After the afternoon workshop and field trip (see above event), participants will then return to McBride Park, where they’ll process the recordings and install them, with the public invited to experience their sound installation.
FREE. No registration is required for the evening installation.
Both activities are part of the Sustenance Festival.
The evening of July 14th twelve members of LMA gathered at McBride Field House for our Summer meeting and dinner get-together. It was a great opportunity to see all the plants in bloom from our Spring clean up and to catch up with each other as friends and community artists during some spectacular weather!
The meeting was also an opportunity to plan the details of our current and upcoming Summer shows, workshops and events for our group and participating guest artists over the next several months. Please keep an eye on our Aberthau, Patterns and Workshop Pages for updates!
Photos: Wynne Palmer
MAY 31, 2014, LocoMotoArt hosted Swap 'Til Your Drop, in partnership with Village Vancouver Transition Society. Community members of the Kitsilano area, Cindy McMillan and Vida Mas were awarded a Neighbourhood Small Grant from the Greenest City Fund by Vancouver Foundation, via Kitsilano Neighbourhood House to plan and offer this afternoon event. Cindy and Vida organized tents, tables, goods, services, and the recycling depot. Also in the day's activities, LocoMotoArt promoted their various summer workshops and events, Rob Scharein, Dave Leith and Laura Lee Coles presented PoSSeSSiONz, an interactive sound and video installation about hoarding and consumerism. Approximately 75 - 80 people attended throughout the day, riding bikes, walking dogs, and dropping off items for the recycling depot. Here are some of the images from the day!
Photos: Laura Lee Coles
May 16, 2014 was clean up day for the grounds around LMA McBride Field House Studio. Artists being artists, Laura Lee Coles, Rob Scharein and Bobbi Kozinuk decided to turn what may seem a mundane activity to some, into a fun photo and video project!
Enjoying the current wonderful weather, Coles photographed the plant life around McBride and Scharein created a creative time lapse video, with custom software!
There will be an upcoming show at the end of May, where LMA artists will be tabling their upcoming residency workshops.
Video: Rob Scharein
Photography: Laura Lee Coles
The early evening of May 12, 2014, LocoMotoArt, joined by Ross Moster of Village Vancouver, held an informal outdoor dinner and meeting to catch up with each other and to talk about future plans for shows, workshops and activities at both Aberthau and McBride field house studios, and through various City community centres.
So far LMA artists in residency with the City of Vancouver, have provided demos, workshops, talks, shows. We have brought in guest speakers, guest artists and engaged local organizations, artist collectives and businesses.
This LMA Blog has utilized Tags for all posts. To see individual artist or organization activities at either of our studios, please see both Aberthau and McBride Page links at top. Look under Categories in the right column and click on artist's name. If you would like to see activities by type of art, then please click on the term, ie generative art.
We look forward to organizing and presenting more artist in residency work, introducing and working with more guest artists, collectives, lecturers and working with the very supportive administration, staff and volunteers of Aberthau Mansion, McBride and West Point Grey Community Centre. We also wish to acknowledge the ongoing support of our families, friends and wonderful sponsors: BC Hydro, Vancouver Cultural Affairs, Charqui Restaurant, CiTR 101.9FM Radio and William F. White International Ltd.
Photos: Wynne Palmer
Laura Lee Coles & Rob Scharein's Moments of Happiness Blog