This month, UNIT/PITT is giving you all sorts of reasons to swing by 8EAST. From book launches to live music to comedy to markets, we welcome you to join us.
Wrong Wave 7 curated by NuZi Collective
Wrong Wave is an erratic festival hosted by UNIT/PITT celebrating the intersection of music, performance, visual art and publishing. Curated by NuZi Collective (Betty Mulat & Zam Warsame), the seventh instalment will feature the launch of a limited edition publication on Tue Nov 19, and a music showcase on Thu Nov 21. All design materials by Cora Yiu.
November 19 | Zine Launch & Artist Talks | 7-10pm
Join us to celebrate the launch of WRONG WAVE BY NUZI COLLECTIVE, an art book with contributions by Nicola Awang, Amna Elnour, Marv Houngbo, Odera Igbokwe, Nanyamka Lewis, Kafiya Mudey, Betty Mulat, and Afrodykie Zoe. Design by Cora Yiu, and riso printed with Moniker Press.
Artist talk/discussion with Nanyamka Lewis (Black Art Gastown) and Amna Elnour, led by NuZi (Betty Mulat, Zam Warsame).
November 21 | Turunesh, Megang, Venetta, zam zam | 7-11pm
This evening is an intimate music supplement to the zine launch, with admission by sliding scale $10-20 at the door.
Thursdays-Saturdays | Retail Residency: Agony Klub | 12-4pm
In addition to U/P-published catalogues and artist books, we are carrying magazines, music and other limited edition items of the “popular esoteric” released by Agony Klub, a local printed matter and music label founded by KC Wei. Agony Klub will also be hosting an event in December as part of their Retail Residency, details TBA.
Retail hours are Thursdays-Saturdays 12-4pm. Cash and credit card are accepted. (Hours may be affected in late November as we embark on a small renovation.)
November 12 & 19 | The Black Market | 12-3:30pm
The Black Market is organized by Afro Van Connect, creating safe spaces for African Descent Youth to discover their authentic voices through community participation. The Black Market will feature a dozen local vendors, participants TBA
November 13 | Room Journal Issue 1 Launch Party | 6-9pm
For its first issue, Room focuses on the space of the Bathroom. Complexities and contradictions of the bathroom including questions of privacy and publicness, cleanliness and dirtiness, the high and the low, and the ritualistic and the mundane are fleshed out and interrogated by a number of contributors with varied perspectives, including architects, artists, writers, filmmakers, general contractors, teachers, students and curators.
November 15 | Lil Comedy Jumps In Some Leaves! | 8:30-10:30pm
Lil Comedy is a fun hip stand-up comedy show hosted and produced by Andrea Jin, Alistair Ogden and An-Te Chu. November comics TBA. The event always sells out, so make sure to purchase your tickets in advance.
UNIT/PITT is excited to welcome Roxanne Panchasi, Molly Randhawa and Eleanor Wearing to the Board of Directors, joining Sunny Nestler and Terra Poirier. U/P would also like to thank Emma Metcalfe Hurst and Patrick O’Neill for years of service as Treasurer and Chair respectively, and most recently, for assisting with the hiring of a new Executive Director.
Sunny Nestler (Chair) is an artist whose work is rooted in drawing and studies mechanisms of biological life using a process that mimics DNA replication and mutation. They also work in video, installation, performance, and painting. Their subject matter cross pollinates biological processes, DIY communities, and unusual landscapes with the political affect of relatedness and adaptation. Sunny completed an MFA at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 2013, where they teach drawing and natural science. Sunny is also the programs manager for the Bike Kitchen and has been involved in community bike shops since 2007 as a founder, organizer, mechanic and administrator. Sunny is originally from New York and was raised in Arizona, where they helped run an artists’ collective and underground venue that was a hub for a diverse range of activists, artists and musicians.
Roxanne Panchasi is an Associate Professor of History at Simon Fraser University who works on modern French culture, politics, memory, military technologies/imaginaries, and film. She is the author of Future Tense: The Culture of Anticipation in France Between the Wars (2009), and her current research focuses on nuclear weapons and testing in France and its empire since 1945. The founding host of New Books in French Studies (a podcast series on the New Books Network since 2013), Roxanne is the mother of one sassy kid, and the owner of one absurd little dog.
Terra Poirier (Secretary/Vice-Chair) is a photographer and book artist interested in memory, contested space, labour and (in)visibility. Many of her projects are activist interventions or autobiographical graphic narratives concerned with storytelling, agency and the disruption of erasure. Terra is the creator of the 2018 artist book Non-Regular: Precarious academic labour at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, made in collaboration with 26 instructors and artists. Terra’s activist art is informed by her experiences as a queer teen mother, her previous anti-poverty and prison justice organizing, and her day job translating social justice research into accessible forms. She also works with long exposure pinhole photography to explore memory, place, and their disruptions. Terra’s films on mothering, queerness and poverty have screened at festivals worldwide, and she’s mentored through the Gulf Islands Film and Television School, the Access to Media Education Society, and the Vancouver Queer Film Festival. terrapoirier.ca / @t.pois
Molly Randhawa is a writer, editor, independent publisher, events producer, radio host, and curator based in Vancouver, BC. Founder of independent arts collective and publication, Contrast Collective, her focus remains in facilitating open and honest discourse, and cultivating spaces for marginalized artists.
Eleanor Wearing (Treasurer) brings experience from the local music community, where she has spent 5+ years as an organizer, musician, writer and radio producer. She has worked at local record label Mint Records, spent time as a volunteer and director for Music Waste Festival, written for Weird Canada, and worked as the Volunteer Manager of CiTR Radio and Discorder Magazine. Eleanor holds a BA in Human Geography from UBC. She is interested in challenging and shifting the predominately white, cis and male artistry in Vancouver’s music community, through examining how it has been supported historically and how it is upheld today. She is also interested in accessibility, and how Vancouver’s arts communities approach this issue in its variety of forms.
Emma Metcalfe Hurst is an artist, writer, curator, recorder, organizer and arts administrator from the unceded Coast Salish Territory of Vancouver. Recent collaborations include Recollective: Vancouver Independent Archives Week with Dan Pon at grunt gallery; SPIT with Christian Vistan on writing, experimental publishing, radio and workshop projects; Artspeak Radio Digest with Artspeak and Vancouver Co-op Radio; Acts of Transfer at the Western Front; and Coming out of Chaos: A Vancouver Dance Story with Karen Jamieson Dance. She holds a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design and is currently an MAS student at UBC’s iSchool. She held the position of Treasurer at Unit/PITT from 2017-2019.
Patrick O’Neill is an artist and arts educator for youth having previously worked at the Vancouver Art Gallery and Arts Umbrella. He received his BFA in Visual Arts from UBC (located on the unceded, occupied, and traditional lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations) and is currently pursuing his MA in Contemporary Art Practice at the Royal College of Art. He engages with local found materials, exploratory mark-making, and various forms of language to produce assemblages, paintings, and text-based work. His practice explores habits of thought and behaviour to consider the self as something inextricably subjective, social, and political.
I’ve gotten this question a lot, and rightfully so. It’s a good prompt to introduce myself in my own words, and share some Fall/Winter program teasers.
Before becoming Executive Director at UNIT/PITT, I held positions with local non-profit arts organizations, including The Cinematheque, Capture Photography Festival, Discorder Magazine, and VIVO Media Arts Centre. I completed a BFA at UBC Okanagan in 2013, which instilled in me passion for, and urgency towards, institutional critique. In the last few years, I have worked on projects that interrogate artwashing and gentrification, and more broadly question abuses of power and privilege in the arts. I believe in radical transparency, and will always champion compensation and the fair treatment of artists, arts workers, and community organizers.
This is the intention I bring to U/P. I am conscious of the space we occupy on the threshold of Chinatown and the Downtown Eastside at 8EAST, on unceded lands belonging to the xʷməθkwəy̓əm, Skwxwú7mesh, and səlil̓wətaʔɬ/Selilwitulh First Nations. I look forward to facilitating programming that empowers locally based artists and residents.
This summer myself and the board of directors began modifying our mission and vision in conjunction with a three-year Strategic Plan that will see our operations and decision-making made more transparent, as an act of accountability towards the communities we serve. The artist-run centre, demystified.
Over the next few months, U/P will host programs that recognizes people living and working in our immediate neighbourhood. September 21 is the first instalment of Lil Comedy, a new monthly series at 8EAST hosted by An Te Chu, Andrea Jin and Alistair Rogden. Our Retail Residency kicks off with an Agony Klub pop-up, and an evening of music and readings TBA. U/P will be at Vancouver Art/Book Fair Oct 18-20. Wrong Wave returns in November with a lineup curated by NuZi Collective. Tear It Down will also return with original works by five local artists TBA, exhibited on poster kiosks across Vancouver.
If you’ve ever considered becoming involved with U/P, now is the time. I encourage local artists to submit to the CV Bank to get on our radar. If you want to support our programming and also receive special invitations to events, you can buy a membership ($10-50). U/P is a charitable organization, and a donation of $20+ will get you a tax receipt. As opportunities arise over the next year, we will put out calls for volunteers and knowledge-exchange. Or perhaps you want to join the leadership? We are actively recruiting for our board of directors—email [email protected] for more information.
I hope to see you soon,
Brit Bachmann, Executive Director