Invasion Day - Foreshore Session
January 25th, 4pm-5:30pm at the Blue Cabin
(Aquabus Ferry Dock at Plaza of Nations, 750 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver)
Other Sights in collaboration with the Blue Cabin present
Invasion Day - Foreshore Session. Featuring performances by Christie Lee Charles, Senaqwila Wyss, and Jeneen Frei Njootli.
Invasion Day: Foreshore Session is the first of a multi-part 2020 Foreshore Series in which Other Sights will extend the conversation of The Future is Floating: an on the water artist exchange happening in Sydney Australia from January 13th – January 26th.
In an act of solidarity with Indigenous people and artists in Australia, the artists performing on January 25th (January 26th in Australia) will present songs and poems of our two continents for the land and water of False Creek. All will be performed outside on the lower deck of the floating residency platform at the Blue Cabin. The sound will project out over the water and across the creek. The sounds and songs recorded from these performances will be rebroadcast at sunrise for a period of seven days in honour of seven future generations. (Jan 25, 28 & 30, Feb 1, 4, 7, 10 & 13)
January 26th is Australia Day, meant to celebrate both Australia and the landing of Captain Cook, however many Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people know it as Invasion Day, the beginning of colonialism in Australia. Bringing together two harbours across the Pacific - False Creek in Vancouver and Sydney Harbour - this project is rooted in a desire to explore and confront the complex legacies of colonial presence through the lens of artistic practice.
Special thanks to Kamala Todd for working with Other Sights on the planning of this Foreshore Session with Jen Weih.
The artists and Other Sights would like to extend an invitation for donations to wildfire relief in Australia. The ongoing tragedies across the country prompt reflection on the relationship between colonialism, capitalism, environmental degradation, and global warming.
Other Sights and several participating Foreshore artists have been working with many peers, collaborators and relations in Australia. Our organization’s relationship with Australia has been ongoing over the past four years as we developed The Future is Floating, a project which is currently underway in Sydney. The Invasion Foreshore Session is an opportunity to not only stand in solidarity with Indigenous people but to also support wildfire relief for local Indigenous communities in need. Special merchandise will be available for purchase and refreshments will be served in the Blue Cabin where visitors can warm up between sets. All proceeds from sales will go to the following organisations:
Fire Relief Fund for First Nations Communities
ABOUT THE PERFORMERS
Senaqwila Wyss is Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation), Tsimshian, Sto:lo, Hawaiian and Swiss. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in the faculty of Communications, Arts and Technology, minor in First Nations Studies. She also holds a First Nations Languages Proficiency Certificate in the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Sníchim. She is raising her 3-year-old daughter to be a first language speaker, which has not been done in her family four generations after colonial impacts. She practices ethnobotany with traditionally trained mom Cease Wyss with indigenous plant medicines. She was raised learning these ancestral teachings and uses plants as teas, medicines, tinctures, and ceremony.
Jeneen Frei Njootli is a 2SQ Vuntut Gwitchin artist who was raised by her lesbian moms outside of the Yukon. In her award-winning interdisciplinary practice, she uses media such as performance, sound, textiles, collaboration, workshops and feral scholarship. Frei Njootli holds an MFA from the University of British Columbia, a BFA from Emily Carr University and has been living and working as an uninvited guest on unceded Musqueam, Squamish, Sto:lo and Tsleil-Waututh territories for 14 years.
Miss Christie Lee (Christie lee Charles) is a singer from Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh nations who raps in her Indigenous Musqueam dialect.
Other Sights for Artists’ Projects operates as a collective of Vancouver-based individuals with expertise in curation, project management, presentation, delivery and promotion of temporary art projects in public spaces. Other Sights is dedicated to challenging perceptions, encouraging discourse and promoting individual perspectives about shared social spaces. Other Sights seeks to create a presence for art in spaces and sites that are accessible to a broad public, such as the built environment, communications technologies, the media, and the street.
Operating outside of the gallery context, Other Sights develops new and unexpected exhibition platforms and provides support to artists, writers and curators interested in creating temporary, critically rigorous work for highly visible locations. We collaborate and share resources with organizations and individuals in order to present projects that consider the aesthetic, economic and regulatory conditions of public places and public life.
ABOUT THE BLUE CABIN
The Blue Cabin Floating Artist Residency is a mobile artist residency located in Vancouver British Columbia on Canada’s Pacific Coast. Currently located on a floating platform in False Creek in downtown Vancouver, the residency gives the artist a unique perspective on the city from the water. The deckhouse is an off the grid home with modern appliances and comforts and a 360-degree view of the small harbour, while the historic cabin acts as a studio for the artist’s activities. Located on the foreshore in close proximity to shopping and amenities, the Blue Cabin provides a home base in this waterfront city. The six to eight week time frame allows the artist time for solo production as well as opportunities for engagement within the community.
The Blue Cabin was built in 1927 as a float home by a Norwegian carpenter and shipbuilder and in 1932 was towed to a small cove by Cates Park where it was lifted on pilings above the intertidal zone where it sat for the next 83 years. During those years, the cabin had various occupants most notably artist, musician, and writer, Al Neil and artist Carole Itter. Neil moved into the cabin in 1966 and was joined in the 1970s by Itter. In 2014, three Vancouver arts organizations – grunt gallery, Other Sights for Artists’ Projects and Creative Cultural Collaborations (C3 - came together as The Blue Cabin Committee to organize storage, remediation and develop programming for the cabin including the artist residency.
The Blue Cabin committee is dedicated to ensuring the cabin’s legacy continues, benefitting both artists and broader publics alike. The artist residency provides a unique space for regional, national, and international contemporary artists to research and make work, engage with the local arts community, create dialogue with artists outside the Vancouver region, and expand audiences for contemporary art. More than a residency, the cabin also acts as a conduit for Vancouver’s lost histories, offering programming that educates the public about the region’s foreshore history and the communities connected to it. The mix of heritage and contemporary culture in this project creates a rare interface, one that presents opportunities to examine and celebrate where these concepts meet, and how they interact.