Book launch Thursday, April 30

Collective walks publications promoCollective Walks/Spaces of Contestation Publications Launch

April 30, 2015, 7pm

UNIT/PITT Projects will launch artists’ books by Zoe Kreye and Catherine Grau; Didier Morelli; and Mariane Bourcheix-Laporte. These publications are part of the project Collective Walks/Spaces of Contestation, curated by Mariane Bourcheix-Laporte, which unfolded as a series of performances, public actions, lectures, and an exhibition presented by UNIT/PITT in 2013 and 2014 with the assistance of our presenting partners, the SFU Institute for the Humanities and the SFU Vancity Office for Community Engagement. Collective Walks/Spaces of Contestation examined the collective walk/protest/public demonstration as both a performance and a social formation with, at its core, four collaborations between artists and community organizations. The publications were produced retroactively and act as expanded documents of the artists’ works and the curator’s thought process in relation to this endeavour.

Unlearning Walks by Zoe Kreye and Catherine Grau (ed. Mariane Bourcheix-Laporte)
Unlearning Walks is a chronicle and blueprint for the work of the Unlearning Walking Club, a project of artists Zoe Kreye and Catherine Grau. Continuing their research into the ways in which dominant experiential paradigms can be deconstructed through movement, playfulness and heightened awareness of the body’s relation to space, the artists devised a series of exercises to venture into the uncharted territory of sensorial and intuitive unlearning.

La fête permanente by Didier Morelli (ed. Mariane Bourcheix-Laporte)
Didier Morelli’s La Fête Permanente borrows the name of Robert Filliou and George Brecht’s Eternal Network to describe his collaboration with the members of Britannia High School’s Outreach Alternative Program in Vancouver. Over several weeks, the students evolved a collective practice exploring the formal and social implications of collective action in space. La fête permanente presents a collection of the artist’s thoughts and documentation of the students’ contributions.

TRACTS by Mariane Bourcheix-Laporte
TRACTS is an artist’s book that serves as a curatorial manifesto for Collective Walks/Spaces of Contestation, a series of talks, public actions, publications, performances, and an exhibition curated by Mariane Bourcheix-Laporte in 2013-2014.

UNIT/PITT is grateful for the assistance of the Canada Council, the British Columbia Arts Council, and the City of Vancouver; we are particularly grateful to individual donors, volunteers, artists, and cultural workers, without whom we would be unable to continue. The Collective Walks/Spaces of Contestation project was also assisted by a grant from The Hamber Foundation.

About Kay Higgins

Executive Director of UNIT/PITT since 2010. Artist, writer, publisher.
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