Dr.Sun Yat Sen Park – Summer 2014 to Spring 2015

CONDUIT is a one-year project for site-specific installations and community engagement in Vancouver’s Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Public Park. CONDUIT describes the overarching theme of transmitting energy.

CONDUIT has three sequential components:

Contour | Concert | Converse


Contour employs natural plant debris to create a series of projects that delineate the park’s natural topography and architectural design patterns. Each project highlights the interrelationship of our physical, cognitive and emotional responses to the site.  Community collaboration will be multifaceted offering experiential opportunities to work with different plant materials through both structured events, and casual passerby interactions. In this way, we intend the process of mutual creative involvement will reawaken our sensibilities to the complexity of patterns that surround and connect us.

Contour: August 1 to November 15, 2014  
Sharon Kallis, Pierre Leichner, Robin Ripley

Concert describes a project of three artists working together in collaborative agreement of purpose, feeling and action.  Our intention is to create cross-cultural hybrids through the combination of sculptural installations, sound and physical action. Improvisational performances with community members, based on a hybrid structure, will bring together diverse movements such as Butoh, Tai Chi, and Hip Hop. Audio components will be derived from mimicry of commonly understood cultural references. Our objective is focused on the belief that connections between individuals and communities can be forged through guided interactive opportunities that diminish assumptions and lift the barrier of spectatorship.

Concert: December 1, 2014 to March 15, 2015 
Fae Logie, Tiki Mulvihill, Shirley Wiebe

Converse is a multiple stream, interactive conversation between artists, plants and community.  We define community as the natural environment, the human population and the cultural communities of Strathcona, the Downtown East side and Chinatown. Our process will entail visual, interactive and performative methods that are both celebratory and reflective. The dialogue is based on notions of nature and natural environment – the movement and migrations of plants, animals and humans. What role and relationship do urban dwellers have in the process? We will examine this through a series of street interventions, site-specific installations and community co-created artworks. A conversation of ideas and beliefs will emerge. Feedback is inherently built into this project and is collected throughout its unfolding engagement.

Converse: April 1 to July 1, 2015 
Nicole Dextras, Haruko Okano, Marina Szijarto