On Fridays via currents and waves, you can hear all four of the Foreshore Listens audio zines, a selection of Foreshore audio Vignettes from Phase I - Foreshore responders as well as a great selection of aquatic environmental recordings and experimental audio works that explore a variety of sites of friction, movement, and contestation.
The Foreshore was a multi-year collaboration between Access Gallery, Contemporary Art Gallery, and Other Sights’ for Artist Projects. Inspired by the deep influence of the waterways on our cities and societies on the West Coast, multiple locations in and around Vancouver were activated by a series of open sessions, screenings, work-ins, mini-artist residencies, and open studios. The Foreshore project coordinators were motivated by their organizations’ intersecting concerns, and by the increased potential for artists and audiences in joining forces.
The “foreshore” describes the land along the edge of the water that is both submerged and revealed by the tide. Very simply, it is the wet part of the beach. The foreshore is a place of unclear jurisdiction, and thus of contestation, friction, and constant movement. Those who dwell in this zone must continually adapt to a changing environment. The foreshore also conjures histories specific to this region: narratives of trade and exchange, habitation and nourishment, resistance, and violent erasure. It might similarly evoke our contemporary lived situation in this place. Considering the potential of this zone as both concept and site, The Foreshore initiative asks the following: how do we generate conditions of emergence? How can we take up space differently? How do we support unruly practices and futures?
The Foreshore project was comprised of three phases.
PHASE I, 2016-2017, featured nineteen collaborative discussion sessions, two field trips, four residencies and workshops.
PHASE II, 2017-2018, featured four collaborative discussion sessions with a previously participating session artist inviting a new participant to continue on discussing ideas from previous sessions as well as current research.
PHASE III, 2018, featured the development and creation of The Foreshore Listens, an audio zine series commissioned by Other Sights.
Fore more information about the Foreshore: www.theforeshore.org