Spring Soundwalk – Listening to Paint Dry
Sun May 29 2022 at 02:00 pm to 03:45 pm
East 8th Avenue & Kingsway | Vancouver, BC
About this Event
Listening to Paint Dry – Led by Jorma Kujala
Approx. 15 minute introduction and 1 hour walking time, followed by a half hour open discussion.
Meeting Location: NE corner of East 8th Avenue and Kingsway, south side of Mount Pleasant Community Centre
Mount Pleasant is an eclectic mix of painted spaces and places that continue to shake and shape, physically, mentally, and emotionally. Over the past century, this area’s small and large-scale construction has been a bellwether of social, cultural, economic, colonial and political forces that have cemented themselves onto these unceded lands. In recent years, it has also been awash with the Vancouver Mural Festival’s colourful contributions.
Paint is a critical component in construction and art creation, and its processes of drying, hardening and curing are integral to its longevity. This soundwalk continues historical, cultural and socioeconomic explorations from earlier soundwalks, by listening to paint dry, by listening to the pulses of this community, as well as probing places where we too may have hardened and cured. Between the layers of neighbourhood paint, we will tune in to growth that develops when discovering something new, when rediscovering essential and elemental experiences that may have been forgotten. Blended with the sounds of traffic, people, commerce and construction that whitewash our urban environment, we will listen for equally important echoes of this neighbourhood, the less obvious auditory renderings of absence as well as presence that form this poetics of space.
*** This Soundwalk will happen rain or shine; please dress appropriately for the weather and terrain. Reservations are not required, but are recommended as capacity is limited. ***
Jorma Kujala’s academic and interdisciplinary art practice includes painting, mixed media, collage, drawing, as well as his soundwalking research as coordinator of the Vancouver Soundwalk Collective. His work is informed by the interchange between the social and the studio, and he researches networks of shared knowledge, identity, memory, and social interaction that emerge when culture, communication, and social forces intersect. His work also investigates perceptions of truth, repetition, re-creation and re-enactment, as well as the bodily interplay between the senses, the individual, and environments. He gratefully acknowledges he lives, works and plays on the unceded ancestral lands of the Coast Salish peoples: the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh), the Tsleil-Waututh (Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh) and the Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm) Nations.
Photos: Jorma Kujala
Where is it happening?East 8th Avenue & Kingsway, East 8th Avenue & Kingsway, Vancouver, Canada
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