Learning from Vancouver Symposium (Day 2)

Jan 30, 2010

Talk, Workshop


Grand Luxe Hall, Western Front


2:00 – 6:30 p.m.


Learning From Vancouver was a three-day symposium presented in conjunction with the exhibition In Dialogue at Western Front that featured work by Bik Van der Pol and Urban Subjects. Facilitated by exhibition curators Alissa Firth-Eagland and Johan Lundh, the program explored key questions about the mediatization of Vancouver through panels, talks, and responses by local and visiting artists. 

The second day of the program opened with The Smell of Success?, a keynote presentation by Liesbeth Bik and Jos van der Pol, who collaborate as the duo Bik Van der Pol. Together they discussed examples of past work that represent their approach to thinking about public space, including their project Absolut Stockholm (2000). Following their hour-long presentation, the duo was joined by Canadian artist duo Hadley + Maxwell for a conversation.

The afternoon also included the panel New Models for Shared Spaces, featuring speakers Matthew Soules, Henry Tsang and Glen Lowry, and Candice Hopkins. Their individual presentations were followed by a collective discussion moderated by Monika Szewczyk.

Video documentation of this event is available upon request.

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