Nicolas Bourriaud and Ian Wallace in Conversation

Oct 1, 2011



Grand Luxe Hall, Western Front


Culture is a Common Purpose was a series of events and talks produced in collaboration with artist Francisco Camacho Herrera. Unfolding across three events, the program explored the position of culture within the public commons of Vancouver. Camacho Herrera used these events and conversations to feed his research towards a broader investigation on the buoyancy of culture’s position within the public sphere of many local contexts. His research was documented and shared throughout the series on a project website.  

The first event of Culture is a Common Purpose was a conversation between writer Nicolas Bourriaud and artist Ian Wallace in the Grand Luxe Hall. While Camacho Herrera was not in attendance, the evening began with a pre-recorded message that introduced the series. Over the course of their fifty-minute conversation, Bourriaud and Wallace discussed their thoughts on curatorial practice, legacies of counter-culture and “the underground,” the role of art audiences as both consumers and producers of culture, and the history of art in relation to capital. Their conversation closed with a question and answer period. 

Presented with support from the Consulat général de France à Vancouver and Other Sights for Artists’ Projects. 

Video documentation of this event is available upon request.

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