Western Front is a non-profit
artist-run centre in Vancouver.

We acknowledge the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations as traditional owners of the land upon which Western Front stands.


Audio Records

Various Artists
Mepalu Sari

Mepalu Sari [Essence of a Collision] is a collection of gamelan and electronic music compositions by students and emerging artists. In partnership with Burnaby North Secondary School and Insitu Recordings, high school students in Bali were commissioned to compose and perform new music for gamelan that would later be sampled and reinterpreted by Canadian high school students and electronic musicians.

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Contributions: I Kadek Diva Nanditya, I Gede Mei Sutrisna Yasa, I Kadek Bagas Suryadinata, Tegan Wahlgren, Scott Gailey, Pande Komang Gede Triadi Ditya, Ida Bagus Pradnyananta Arimbawa, Sarah Davachi, I Putu Diva Adi Pradana, I Kadek Anggara Dwianta, Aysha Dulong, Ethan Lum, Dewa Gede Agung Kayonanda Parikesit Pemayun, I Kadek Wahyu Baskara Dewangga, Ben Berardini, Kalyan Rath, Ashley Musa, I Made Panji Pradnya Adi Kusuma, Dewa Gede Agung Kayonanda Parikesit Pemayun, Rohini Soedhwa, Bianca Greco, Denis Petrov, I Putu Restu Andika, I Komang Galang Widnyana, Mela Melania & Jack J, I Kadek Hendra Dwiantara, Made Pande Gangga Sentana, Maria Alvarez, and Minimal Violence

Producer & Curator: Aram Bajakian

Insitu Recordings Coordinators: I Putu Gede Sukaryana and Jonathan Adams

Insitu Recordings Bali Team Leaders: I Wayan Situbanda, I Komang Pasek Wijaya, and I Wayan Ari Widyantara

Burnaby North Secondary School Coordinator: Kevin Ault

Educators: Kiran Bhumber, Csaba Laszlo, Yu Su, Brian Topp, I Putu Gede Sukaryana, and Jonathan Adams

Mixing: Jonathan Adams, Insitu Recordings
Mastering: Michael Fossenkemper, TurtleTone Studio
Production Assistant: Kathy Feng, and Kate Woolf
Technical Support: Lief Hall, and Ben Wilson
Cover Design: Line-Gry Hørup

Publisher: Western Front and Insitu Recordings
Year: 2020

Elisa Harkins
Radio III / ᎦᏬᏂᏍᎩ ᏦᎢ

Radio III / ᎦᏬᏂᏍᎩ ᏦᎢ is the first collaboration between Hanako Hoshimi-Caines, Zoë Poluch, and Elisa Harkins. It is an Indigenous futuristic concert, a beautiful and uncomfortable dance performance, and a perverse triangle of shifting power that seeks to be unfaithful to both minimalism and postmodern dance’s claims to so-called “neutrality.” This collaboration combines disco and Indigenous languages in an effort to alter the fate of these endangered languages through active use, preservation on pressed vinyl, and radio play. Radio III / ᎦᏬᏂᏍᎩ ᏦᎢ features songs by Elisa Harkins, some of which are in Cherokee and Muscogee (Creek). Collected together on the Radio III / ᎦᏬᏂᏍᎩ ᏦᎢ album are all nine songs from the performance.

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Performance and creation: Elisa Harkins, Hanako Hoshimi-Caines and Zoë Poluch

Liner notes: James Goddard
Cover art: KInga Michalska
Beadwork: Molly Murphy-Adams

Publisher: Western Front and Portland Institute for Contemporary Art/Time Based Arts Festival
Year: 2020

Mikrokosmos
Another time, this time, one time

Formed in 2016 as the collaborative platform of composer Justin Hicks and artist Steffani Jemison, Mikrokosmos mines the history of Black music. This ongoing project has manifested in many forms including workshop, study session, concert, listening session, book, prompt, and score. Another time, this time, one time is the first Mikrokosmos LP and uses Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson’s “We Almost Lost Detroit” (1977) as the raw material for R&B songwriting. Like a game in which new words are formed from existing letters, these live compositions take the form of musical studies, samples, and improvisations. Inspired by Scott-Heron’s own ambitious songbook, Jemison and Hicks reflect upon a wide range of subjects, including Scott-Heron’s biography, police violence in the United States, and the nuclear catastrophe that threatened the city of Detroit in 1966.

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Contributions: Justin Hicks (Vocals, Sundrum), Jonathan Hoard (Vocals), Steffani Jemison (Vocals, Glockenspiel), Allison Loggins-Hull (Flute), Alexis Marcelo (Vocals, Piano), Anaïs Maviel (Vocals), Kenita Miller-Hicks (Vocals), and Tim Darden, Quincy Flowers, Ayesha Jordan, Kara Lynch, Alexis Marcelo, Okwui Okpokwasili, and David Hamilton Thomson (Chorus)

Engineering: Ernie Indradat
Liner notes: Pablo de Ocampo
Copy editing: Jacquelyn Zong-Li Ross

Design: Preston Thompson
Pressed by: Adam Gonsalves, Telegraph Mastering

Publisher: Western Front
Year: 2020

Anthony Davis, Paul Plimley, Al Neil, and John Kameel Farah
past ∙ piano ∙ present: Live at Western Front 1985 - 2015

This album includes the work of four innovative pianists that performed at the Western Front between 1985 and 2015. The record features archival performances from the legendary Anthony Davis and Vancouver renegade Al Neil, as well as a Paul Plimley performance from the 1989 Vancouver du Maurier International Jazz Festival. Side B includes two pieces from Toronto composer John Kameel Farah, developed and performed during his 2015 compositional residency at Western Front. The limited edition LP features cover art by Eric Metcalfe.

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Contributions: Anthony Davis, Paul Plimley, Al Neil, and John Kameel Farah

Produced: DB Boyko
Recording: David Kelln, Doug Brown, Iain Macanulty, Ben Wilson
Restoration: Sheldon Zaharko
Mastering: Timothy Stollenwerk

Liner notes: Dana Reason
Copy editing: Jacquelyn Zong-Li Ross
Cover art: Eric Metcalfe
Design: Post Projects.

Publisher: Western Front
Year: 2015

Evan Parker
Vaincu.Va! Live at Western Front 1978

Restored and mastered from the original archived quarter-inch tape capturing iconic UK saxophonist Evan Parker’s dynamic, innovative performance at the Western Front in 1978. The limited edition LP features cover art by Eric Metcalfe, and an essay by Alexander Varty.

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Contributions: Evan Parker
Producer: DB Boyko

Recording: Peter Thompson
Transfer: Donna Lytle
Restoration: Jesse Zubot
Mastering: Timothy Stollenwerk

Liner notes: Alex Varty
Cover art: Eric Metcalfe
Design: Post Projects

Publisher: Western Front
Year: 2013

Martin Bartlett
Pythagoras’ Ghost

A CD recorded live at Western Front, this album was produced as part of the Western Front’s 20th anniversary in 1993. Martin Bartlett celebrated by writing music for four instruments and electronics. The artists performing on electronic wind instruments are Peter Hannan, Lori Freedman, Julia Nolan, and David Branter.

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Contributions: Peter Hannan, Lori Freedman, Julia Nolan, and David Branter.

Publisher: Western Front
Year: 1993


Books

Cory Arcangel and Olia Lialina
Asymmetrical Response

Published in conjunction with the exhibition of the same name, Asymmetrical Response explores the relationship between humans and the internet through a collaboration between Russian internet artist Olia Lialina and Brooklyn-based conceptualist Cory Arcangel. The publication includes Olia Lialina’s play, Bear with Me. A Play for Two Webmasters (2007); and a CD, Cory Arcangel vs. DJ regularfantasy aka DJ Silk, Lost Classics Straight From The Underground.

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Edited by: Caitlin Jones

Contributions: Olia Lialina, Cory Arcangel, Tim Griffin, and Lumi Tan

Design: Manuel Berger

Binding: Softcover with CD, script, plastic sleeve
Pages: 120, colour illustrations
Size: 11 13/16” x 11 13/16”

Publisher: Koenig, London
Year: 2018
ISBN: 9783960983187

Aleesa Cohene
I Don’t Get It

Published in conjunction with Aleesa Cohene’s exhibition I Don’t Get It, presented at Gallery 44, Toronto (2017); The Rooms, St. John’s (2018); and Western Front (2018). The catalogue presents texts by Hannah Black, Eric Cazdyn, Allison Collins, Matthew Hyland, and Jamillah James alongside photo documentation. The video and sculptural work in the exhibition offered an exploration of how race is constructed in Hollywood cinema, and this theme is analyzed in the catalogue essays.

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Edited by: Noa Bronstein

Contributions: Allison Collins, Matthew Hyland, Jamillah James, Hannah Black, and Eric Cazdyn

Design: Tennis

Binding: Softcover
Pages: 55, colour illustrations
Size: 9 1/2” x 7 1/4”

Publisher: Gallery 44, Toronto; The Rooms, St. John’s; and Western Front, Vancouver
Year: 2018
ISBN: 9781775255307

Alissa Firth-Eagland (ed.)
Secret Publicity [I Am Not A Publication. I Am A Public Space.]

An artists’ book and curatorial project that features works commissioned especially for the printed page by Micah Lexier, Patricia Reed, and Vancouver [de]Tour Guide. A series of imaginary threads tie imagined readers, or fellow publics, together. This project offers publication as a plural, tangible public space tied to an imagined public space.

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Edited by: Alissa Firth-Eagland

Contributions: Micah Lexier, Patricia Reed, and Vancouver [de]Tour Guide (Rob Brownie, Alan McConchie, Kristina Lee Podesva, Althea Thauberger, and Annabel Vaughan)

Translation: Cécile Martin
Design: Mary Castellanes

Binding: Softcover
Pages: 24, black and white illustrations
Language: English and French
Size: 10 1/2” x 8 1/8”

Publisher: Western Front
Year: 2010
ISBN: N/A

Bik Van der Pol, Alissa Firth-Eagland, and Urban Subjects (eds.)
Momentarily: Learning from Mega-Events

Momentarily: Learning from Mega-Events began with a shared interest in the impacts of the 2010 Olympic Games on Vancouver, at a time when the city was noted as being especially livable. The publication includes an examination of Western Front’s history of mail art and public accessibility by Caitlin Jones; a discussion between Sabine Bitter, Helmut Webber, and Jerry Zazlove about radical pedagogy at Simon Fraser University in the 1970s; a text by Candice Hopkins on the works of Bik Van der Pol and Urban Subjects as proposals in the most productive sense; and writing by Am Johal that traces the link between development, culture and the state; amongst others. The questions at stake are grounded in specific, local perspectives that dovetail into the global intertwined relationships of urban development, freedom of speech, and public space.

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Edited by: Bik Van der Pol, Alissa Firth-Eagland, and Urban Subjects

Contributions: Jeff Derksen, Stuart Elden, Candice Hopkins, Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen, Am Johal, Caitlin Jones, Lize Mogel, Pelin Tan, Myka Tucker-Abramson, and Jerry Zaslove with Sabine Bitter and Helmut Weber

Design: Karianne Blank

Binding: Softcover
Pages: 108, black and white illustrations
Size: 7 1/8” x 4 13/16”

Publisher: Western Front
Year: 2011
ISBN: 9780920974490

Alissa Firth-Eagland and Candice Hopkins (eds.)
The F Word

Feminism is often considered to have a definitive chronological and ideological timeline, structured in waves that have since broken and been reabsorbed. Appropriately, The F Word catalogue uses this model as its premise for an investigation of contemporary feminist art practices. The title alludes to the current condition of feminism as an unspoken or “taboo” subject with which some women artists no longer want to be associated. The catalogue includes essays by Lisa Steele, Alissa Firth-Eagland, and Candice Hopkins that address how contemporary feminism incorporates elements of both first-wave and second-wave feminism, while also diverging from them. The essayists note a shift in focus from gender-specific issues to a wider range of social issues that reflect the growing diversity of North American publics.

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Edited by: Alissa Firth-Eagland and Candice Hopkins

Contributions: Karen Henry, Lisa Robertson, and Kristina Lee Podesva. Artwork by Rebecca Belmore, Patty Chang, Allyson Clay with Lisa Robertson and Nathanaël (Nathalie Stephens), Kate Craig and Margaret Dragu, Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan, Klara Lidén, Deirdre Logue, Jillian Mcdonald, Lisa Steele, and Salla Tykka

Design: Jen Eby

Binding: Softcover
Pages: 70, colour illustrations
Size: 9” x 7”

Publisher: Western Front
Year: 2009
ISBN: 9780920974452

Marisa Jahn, Candice Hopkins, and Berin Golonu (eds.)
Recipes for Encounter

Recipes for an Encounter is a compendium of recipes, instructions, diagrams, scores, and texts that function as catalysts for various types of encounters. The book takes its impetus from Kits for an Encounter, an exhibition co-curated by Candice Hopkins and Marissa Jahn at Western Front in 2008. In Recipes for an Encounter, readers are invited to complete the works collected inside by testing out the recipes to yield infinitely varied outcomes.

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Edited by: Marisa Jahn, Candice Hopkins, and Berin Golonu

Contributions: LIGNA, The Shakers of Enfield, Vahida Ramujkic, Krisina Lee Podesva and Alan McConchie, Lisa Anne Auerbach, Noa Treister and Marisa Jahn, Adrian Blackwell, Karen Hakobian, Janice Kerbel, Sharif Waked and Molly Keogh, Max Goldfarb, Francisco J. Ricardo, Matt Volla, The Centre of Tactical Magic, and Jamie O'Shea

Design: Jen Eby

Binding: Softcover
Pages: 170, black and white illustrations
Size: 8 1/2” x 5 1/2”

Publisher: Western Front
Year: 2009
ISBN: 9780920974476

Liz Park
What Moves Us

A catalogue for the exhibition curated by Liz Park at Western Front in 2009. The exhibition collected video works by Jin-me Yoon, Marilou Lemmens and Richard Ibghy, Aleesa Cohene, Jayce Salloum, and Terrance Houle and Trevor Freeman. Referring both to motion and emotion, the essays by Alissa Firth-Eagland and Liz Park contained in the catalogue examine movement as the focus of the video works: that of both individuals and populations in a globalized world of rapidly moving images, goods, and bodies; and to be moved within.

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Edited by: Alissa Firth-Eagland and Liz Park

Design: Mary Casellanes

Binding: Softcover
Pages: 36, colour illustrations
Size: 7 3/4” x 5 1/4”

Publisher: Western Front
Year: 2009
ISBN: 9780920974469

Alissa Firth-Eagland (ed.)
Perspectives on an Archive

A document of the curatorial mentorship and community outreach project initiated by Western Front in 2008, in which Kemi Craig, Liz Park, and cheyanne turions were invited to curate programs of media art works from the Western Front archive. The publication includes essays by Craig, Park, and turions. Park explores memory and archive with works by Chip Lord, Mona Hatoum, Guillermo Gómez-Peña and Roberto Sifuentes, and Antonia Hirsch that “highlight the inconsistency between place and space.” turions investigates our relationship to the past, and how this relationship may be accessed through what remains, drawing on works by Cioni Carpi, Tom Sherman, Dalibor Martinis, and Kate Craig. In response to Western Front’s mandate to “create a space for the exploration and creation of new art forms,” Kemi Craig asks, “where does a space for creation reside for audience members?” and she finds an answer in the selected works of Mona Hatoum, Hu Jie Ming, and Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons.

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Edited by: Alissa Firth-Eagland

Contributions: Kemi Craig, Liz Park, and cheyanne turions

Design: Alan Woo

Binding: Softcover
Pages: 62, colour illustrations
Size: 7” x 4 3/16”

Publisher: Western Front
Year: 2008
ISBN: N/A

Hadley + Maxwell
The Décor Project

This publication documents an ongoing series of collaborative projects initiated in 2001, in which Hadley Howes and Maxwell Stephens worked with collectors and curators to temporarily redecorate rooms in their homes. In writer Melanie O’Brian’s words, “The Décor Project is the site to examine the “furnishings” of contemporary cultural production. (…) It incorporates the acts and objects of display to investigate the complex web of authorial power in visual art’s processes, roles, and spaces.”

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Contributions: Jonathan Middleton, Melanie O’Brian, and Clint Burnham

Design: Tim Lee

Binding: Softcover
Pages: 96, colour illustrations
Size: 10” x 6 1/2”

Publisher: Western Front
Year: 2006
ISBN: 9780973813302

Peter Courtemanche (ed.)
Reverie: Noise City

Reverie: Noise City is a virtual urban landscape on the web. Inside this city, an ever-expanding group of international sound artists build venues for their work. This publication serves as a catalogue for Reverie: Noise City and the events of the international exchange art festival held on the occasion of “Art’s Birthday,” January 2005. Includes a CD of soundworks.

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Edited by: Peter Courtemanche

Contributions: Anna Friz and Elizabeth Fischer

Design: Stacey Noyes, LuzForm Design

Binding: Softcover
Pages: 30, colour illustrations
Size: 6 1/2” x 9”

Publisher: Western Front
Year: 2005
ISBN: 0920974074

Peter Courtemanche (ed.)
Scrambled Bites: Art’s Birthday

A document of Scambled Bites, a year-long project initiated by Western Front intended as a forum for research, demonstration, and critical dialogue. It included three artist-in-residence projects, a variety of discursive events and a three-day streaming event for “Art’s Birthday.” This catalogue contains an essay by Kate Armstrong, documentation of the various events and featured works, and a transcript of the SB-Networked Media Arts Forum.

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Edited by: Peter Courtemanche

Contributions: Anna Friz, Diana Burgoyne, Ken Gregory, Matt Smith and Sandra Winter, and Kate Armstrong

Design: Stacey Noyes, LuzForm Design

Binding: Softcover
Pages: 64, black and white illustrations
Size: 6 1/2” x 9”

Publisher: Western Front
Year: 2004
ISBN: 0920974031

Jayce Salloum
Everything and nothing and other works from the ongoing video installation, “untitled”, 1999-2004

The catalogue for Everything and nothing and other works from the ongoing video installation, “untitled,” 1999-2004, an exhibition of video works by Jayce Salloum at Western Front in 2004. The publication features photo-documentation of the work and essays by Mireille Kassar and Trevor Boddy that analyze the “constant interplay of politics, landscape, and ideas” that Saloum employs. The exhibition continues his series of projects addressing social and political realities, representations, and enunciations, focusing on borders, nationalisms, and movements (shifts, transitions, and interstitial space/time), and explores conditions of living between polarities of culture, geography, history, and ideology.

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Contributions: Mireille Kassar and Trevor Boddy

Binding: Softcover
Pages: 16, colour illustrations
Size: 7” x 5 1/2”

Publisher: Western Front
Year: 2004
ISBN: 0920974015

Victoria Singh (ed.)
Ritual in Contemporary Performance

A catalogue featuring interviews, documentation, and analysis of a series of performances curated by Victoria Singh from 2002-3. The series was inspired by the public perception of performance art as “a flaky form of primitive ritual in execution and aesthetic,” and curated with the aim to investigate ritual in contemporary performance art. The artists included are Reona Brass, Sharon Alward, Linda Montano, Jamie McMurry, Rebecca Belmore, Julie Andrée Tremblay, and Lezli Rubin Kunda.

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Edited by: Victoria Singh

Binding: Softcover
Pages: 80, black and white illustrations
Size: 8 1/2” x 6 1/2”

Publisher: Western Front
Year: 2004
ISBN: 0920974058

Maija Martin (ed.)
Eternal Network: Videos from the Western Front Archives 1973-2001

Published alongside an exhibition of the same name in 2003, Eternal Network collects writing by Nicole Gingras, Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby, Richard Fung, and Aiyyana Maracle on video works selected from the Western Front archives, including works by Kate Craig, Glenn Lewis, Paul Wong, Marie Chouinard, Robert Filliou, General Idea, Mona Hatoum, and many others.

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Edited by: Maija Martin

Contributions: Nicole Gingras, Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby, Richard Fung, Aiyyana Maracle, and Judy Radul

Design: Stacey Noyes

Binding: Softcover
Pages: 96, black and white illustrations
Language: English, French and Japanese
Size: 6 1/2” x 9”

Publisher: Western Front
Year: 2003
ISBN: 0920974422

Kathy Slade
Embroidered Monochrome Propositions and Other New Work

The catalogue for Embroidered Monochrome Propositions and Other New Work, an exhibition at Western Front in 2002 that presented a number of minimalist textile works incorporating Kathy Slade’s interests in design, decorative art, art historical, literary, and popular culture sources. The publication includes an introduction and overview of the work by curator Jonathan Middleton, an interview between Slade and Patrik Andersson, and an essay by Lisa Robertson. These texts analyze and explore themes in Slade’s work including craft and women’s work, the decorative arts, feminism and labor histories, and minimalist and conceptual practices.

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Curated by: Jonathan Middleton

Contributions: Patrik Andersson and Kathy Slade, and Lisa Robertson

Design: Robin Mitchell for Picnic

Binding: Softcover
Pages: 40, colour illustrations
Size: 7 1/8” x 5 11/16”

Publisher: Western Front
Year: 2002
ISBN: 0920974406

Fiona Bowie and Antonia Hirsch (eds.)
~scope

A catalogue for the year-long project focusing on new experimental film and media, encompassing film-based installations, screenings, panel discussions, performance, and film jams. The publication includes essays by Fiona Bowie, Randy Lee Cutler, Ken Anderlini, Nicole Gingras, Alex MacKenzie, Clint Burnham, and Petra Watson, taking up the project’s themes of sampling, minimalism, improvisation, surveillance, the loop, and postmodern practice.

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Curated and edited by: Fiona Bowie and Antonia Hirsch

Contributions: Randy Lee Cutler, Ken Anderlini, Nicole Gingras, Alex MacKenzie, Clint Burnham, and Petra Watson

Design: Fof

Binding: Softcover
Pages: 48, colour illustrations
Size: 6 1/2” x 10”

Publisher: Western Front
Year: 2001
ISBN: N/A

Antonia Hirsch and Judy Radul (eds.)
A Dark Display

A catalogue of six video installations presented at Western Front between 1996-7, including works by Andreas Hintermaier, Jan Peacock, Andrew Power, Cathy Sisler, Yoko Takashima, and Jin-me Yoon. The publication includes an essay by co-curator Judy Radul, in which she explores how the works transform the “white cube/black box” space of the gallery, and the elements determining the relationship between the interior and exterior of the works.

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Edited by: Antonia Hirsch and Judy Radul

Design by: Steedman Design and David Keeler

Binding: Softcover
Pages: 32, black and white and colour illustrations
Size: 8” x 10”

Publisher: Western Front
Year: 1999
ISBN: 0920974368

Lori Weidenhammer (ed.)
Reinventing the Diva

This catalogue accompanied the 1998 festival Reinventing the Diva at Western Front, and includes contributions from Lori Weidenhammer, Carol Sawyer, Sheila James, Marusya Bokiurkiw, Aiyyana Maracle, Tagny Duff, Antonia Hirsch, and Sylvie Gilbert. The texts explore the various works presented within the festival, each centred around the notion of the “diva,” and consider questions of race and identity through a feminist lens.

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Edited by: Lori Weidenhammer

Contributions: Carol Sawyer, Sheila James, Marusya Bokiurkiw, Aiyyana Maracle, Tagny Duff, Antonia Hirsch, and Sylvie Gilbert

Design: Julie Cochrane

Binding: Softcover
Pages: 64, black and white illustrations
Size: 10 3/4” x 7 1/2”

Publisher: Western Front
Year: 1999
ISBN: 09200974341

Jin-me Yoon
Between Departure and Arrival

The catalogue for Jin-me Yoon’s 1997 exhibition at Western Front, Between Departure and Arrival, contains essays by Judy Radul and Hyun Yi Kang, as well as a conversation between Yoon and Monika Kin Gagnon. Radul’s essay on the exhibition examines the concepts of movement and boundaries in Yoon’s work, and reflects on the ways in which Yoon utilizes photography and video media to explore the formation of identity, memory, and self. Kang centres on the strategies of performance and staging used by Yoon in the works Souvenirs of the Self and Screens. Gagnon’s interview incorporates transcriptions taken from several conversations between the writer and artist, and covers a range of topics generated from Yoon’s practice, including “the naturalization of Canadian national identity and its social, cultural, and historical construction through representation,” and “the specificity of Korean history and [Yoon’s] tenuous yet tenacious connection with that history” as the two guiding strains of Yoon’s work.

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Edited by: Judy Radul

Contributions: Hyun Yi Kang, and Monika Kin Gagnon and Jin-me Yoon

Design: cardigan.com

Binding: Softcover
Pages: 78, colour illustrations
Size: 10 3/4” x 7 1/4”

Publisher: Western Front
Year: 1998
ISBN: 9780920974308

Petra Rigby Watson (ed.)
Digital Investigations: Differential Space

A catalogue for an exhibition held across three sites in Vancouver— Simon Fraser University Gallery, Teck Gallery, and Western Front—that served to investigate and question how digital technologies are inherently engaged in image-making as a landscape of reconstruction. The catalogue contains a curatorial essay by Petra Rigby Watson, as well as colour illustrations of works by Peter Desmet, Debora K-M, James K-M, Anne Ramsden, and Thecla Sciphorst.

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Edited by: Petra Rigby Watson

Binding: Softcover
Pages: 12, colour illustrations
Size: 10” x 8”

Publisher: Western Front
Year: 1996
ISBN: 0969774230

Cornelia Wyngaarden
The Fragility of Origins

A catalogue for The Fragility of Origins, an installation by Cornelia Wyngaarden at Western Front in 1994, exploring issues concerning women and their bodies in relation to art and historical practice and theoretical discourses. Combining video, baroque painting references, photography, and text, Wyngaarden questions the open-endedness of many postmodern positions and their crises in the production of meaning at a moment when many marginalized “subjects” are emerging as “authors.” The catalogue offers colour and black and white stills from Wyngaarden’s videos, essays by Brice Canyon, Susan Lord, and Scott Watson, and photographs of the installation by Chick Rice.

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Edited by: Brice Canyon

Contributions: Susan Lord and Scott Watson
Photography: Chick Rice

Design: Sherzad Jamal

Binding: Softcover
Pages: 48, colour illustrations
Size: 10 1/2” x 7 3/4”

Publisher: Western Front
Year: 1994
ISBN: 0920974287

Kati Campbell
Symptom

A catalogue of Kati Campbell’s 1990 exhibition at Western Front, with colour and black and white photo-documentation and essays by Annette Hurtig and Donna Zapf. Hurtig writes about Campbell’s “discursive critiques of the patriarchal power structures encoded in and by contemporary culture” and her investigation of the coverage of the murder, by Marc Lépine, of fourteen women in Montréal in 1989. Donna Zapf’s essay takes up the question posed by Symptom: “what is the importance of a theoretically and conceptually based practice enacted within the gallery space, in light of the political violence perpetrated against women, in light of an urgent need for social change?”

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Curated by: Annette Hurtig

Contributions: Donna Zapf

Design: Keith Martin

Binding: Softcover
Pages: 16, colour illustrations
Size: 8 1/2” x 11”

Publisher: Western Front
Year: 1992
ISBN: 0920974201

Hewson/Walker
FRONT (Stories for Video)

FRONT (Stories for Video) is a publication produced alongside an installation by Hewson/Walker at Western Front during their media arts residency in 1991. The publication contains both text and images taken from the video installation, the text presented as a long-form poem, meditating on a series of melancholy images: absences, a night-time garden, past encounters, dust motes in the sun, a car wreck. The text is accompanied by eight black-and-white video stills.

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Text and images: Hewson/Walker

Binding: Saddle stitched
Pages: 24 pages, black and white illustrations
Size: 8 1/2” x 7”

Publisher: Western Front
Year: 1993
ISBN: N/A

Judy Radul
To Shine

A catalogue produced in conjunction with Judy Radul’s exhibition at Western Front in 1992. Curator Brice MacNeil describes Radul’s work as being best characterized by the artist/author’s physical and vocal presence in her work. The texts by MacNeil, Scott Watson, and Susan Lord discuss the voice/body relationship and the language/image relationship in Radul’s performances and videos, alongside concepts of identity, gender, and feminism. The book also includes documentation and excerpts from several of Radul’s performances.

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Curated by: Brice MacNeil

Contributions: Scott Watson and Susan Lord

Binding: Softcover
Pages: 32, black & white and colour illustrations
Size: 8” x 9”

Publisher: Western Front
Year: 1993
ISBN: 0920974260

Keith Wallace (ed.)
Whispered Art History: Twenty Years at the Western Front

Produced on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Western Front, this publication features a foreword by Keith Wallace and essays by Peter Culley, Karen Knights, Judy Radul, Alex Varty, and William Wood. The publication also includes an illustrated chronology of all the events that took place at Western Front from 1973-1993—including the Mr. Peanut mayoral campaign—and 150 photographs.

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Edited by: Keith Wallace

Contributions: Peter Culley, Karen Knights, Judy Radul, Alex Varty, and William Wood

Binding: Softcover
Pages: 226, black and white illustrations
11” x 7 1/2”

Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press, Vancouver
Year: 1993
ISBN: 9780889782617

Laiwan
Distance of Distinct Vision

This catalogue collects poetic texts and essays by Laiwan, Prabha Khosla, and Andrew Morrison that examine themes of cultural identity and difference, and draw on personal experience. Produced in conjunction with Laiwan’s exhibition Distance of Distinct Vision at Western Front in 1992.

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Curated by: Brice MacNeil

Contributions: Laiwan, Prabha Khosla, and Andrew Morrison

Translation: Brigitte Angays
Chinese text: Sylvie Liu

Design: Laiwan

Binding: Softcover
Pages: 82, black and white illustrations
Language: English and French
Size: 11” x 8 1/2”

Publisher: Western Front
Year: 1992
ISBN: N/A

Anne Ramsden
Blind Spots

An artist book accompanying Anne Ramsden’s 1992 exhibition at Western Front. The publication includes a selection of the portraits of women presented in the exhibition, accompanied by excerpts from Nietzsche’s texts on women. These present a concern with disrupting text and linear narrative, the subjectivity of women, women’s relation to the discourses of mastery, and the relation between the real (original) and the represented.

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Artist book by Anne Ramsden

Binding: Softcover
Pages: 24, black and white illustrations
Size: 8 1/2” x 5 7/16”

Publisher: Western Front
Year: 1992
ISBN: N/A

Kiki Yee
Excerpts From a Diary

An artist’s book by Kiki Yee, produced in conjunction with her 1992 exhibition at Western Front. The book presents excerpted diary entries detailing the artist’s first trip to China to visit her mother’s and father’s home villages.

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Binding: Softcover
Pages: 24, black text on vellum
Size: 5 1/2” x 8 1/5”

Publisher: Western Front
Year: 1992
ISBN: N/A

Nell Tenhaaf
Horror Autotoxicus

A catalogue for the Nell Tenhaaf’s 1990-91 exhibition at Western Front. The catalogue presents colour photo-documentation of the installation’s lightboxes and video, along with an essay by Johanne Lamoureux in French and English that centres on myth and science, language, determinism, and epistemology.

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Curated by: Brice MacNeil

Contribution: Johanne Lamoureaux

English translation: Susanne de Lotbinière-Harwood

Design: François Blais

Binding: Softcover
Pages: 20, colour illustrations
Language: French and English
Size: 6 1/2” x 11”

Publisher: Western Front
Year: 1991
ISBN: 0920974228

Kelly Wood
Lurch

A catalogue produced in conjunction with Kelly Wood’s exhibition at Western Front in 1991. Contains text by Laura Lamb and Nancy Shaw as well as black-and-white and colour reproductions of Wood’s photo-collages, which were produced from photographs documenting physical culture of the 1920s and 30s. The essays explore sexuality, the depiction of the human body, and the practice of collage through the lens of feminism.

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Curated by: Brice MacNeil

Contributions: Laura Lamb and Nancy Shaw

Binding: Softcover
Pages: 18, colour illustrations
Size: 9” x 9”

Publisher: Western Front
Year: 1991
ISBN: 0920974242

Al Neil
Origins

Origins accompanied an exhibition of the same name by Al Neil at Western Front in 1989. Including texts by Neil, Scott Watson, Annette Hurtig, and Alex Varty, which provide a survey of the artist and musician’s life and practice in Vancouver’s avant-garde, the catalogue also contains eight full-colour plates selected from Neil’s “Origins: Celtic Series” collages, and photo-documentation of performances.

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Edited by: Annette Hurtig

Contributions: Al Neil, Scott Watson, and Alex Varty

Photography: Stan Douglas

Design: Janice Whitehead and Annette Hurtig

Binding: Softcover
Pages: 48, colour illustrations
Size: 8 3/8” x 5 3/8”

Publisher: Western Front
Year: 1989
ISBN: 092097418X

Marian Penner Bancroft
Two Places at Once: Transfigured Wood Part 4

This artist’s book is the final part of a photographic work, of which the first three parts were installations. The book consists of twelve fold-out, black-and-white photographs with text by Marian Penner Bancroft. Bancroft posits a concern with the landscape as an individual creates it through her/his own history and imagination. The bookwork’s form reflects the impulse to interrupt a smooth narrative reading. Winner of the International Artist’s Books Contest of Canada, 1986.

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Text and images: Marian Penner Bancroft

Binding: Saddle stitched, folded, with hand-stamped, pulp-board slipcase
Pages: 22, black and white illustrations
Size: 8 1/8” x 5 1/8”

Publisher: Western Front
Year: 1986
ISBN: 0920974120

Heidi Grundmann (ed.)
Art + Telecommunication

This publication is intended to indicate some aspects and possibilities of the use of modern telecommunications technology by artists and art-theoreticians, who have taken part in or organized artists’ telecommunications projects. The illustrations document activities and projects using simple, cheap, and accessible telecommunications hardware and systems. Such telecommunications events do not originate from a solitary artist, but grow from what Roy Ascott calls a “dispersed authorship.”

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Edited by: Heidi Grundmann

Contributions: Eric Gidney, Roy Ascott, Tom Sherman, and Robert Adrian X

Design: Helmut Mark

Binding: Softcover
Pages: 142, black and white illustrations
Language: English, French, and German
Size: 9 7/16” x 6 3/4”

Publisher: Western Front and BLIX, Wein
Year: 1989
ISBN: 0920974082

René Blouin (ed.)
Western Front Video

A catalogue of an exhibition of Western Front video productions produced over its history—including work by Kate Craig, Robert Filliou, Tom Dean, Margaret Dragu, and others—curated by René Blouin for the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal. Includes texts by René Blouin and Peggy Gale, with a history and description of Western Front.

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Curated by: René Blouin

Contributions: Peggy Gale

Design: Israël Charney

Binding: Softcover
Pages: 60, black and white illustrations
Language: English and French
Size: 11 3/4” x 8 1/4”

Publisher: Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal; Art Gallery of Hamilton
Year: 1984
ISBN: 2552063876

Diana Kemble
Immersion

An artist book by Diana Kemble, published by Western Front in 1983. The book contains a collection of multimedia collage imagery and poetic text inspired by Kemble’s Strathcona neighbourhood in Vancouver. Kemble writes in the afterword:

I lived from 1977 to 1983 in a small grey and cream painted frame house (ca. 1910) in the east Vancouver neighbourhood of Strathcona. an area rich in colours of pink and red and the patterns of many kinds of people. the first place to those who came. at present largely Chinese. near the port of Vancouver near the railway near the core of the new city. the words and images from an urban lane making a garden making music talking dreaming listening to trains.

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Text and image: Diana Kemble

Binding: Softcover
Pages: 52, black and white illustrations
Size: 8 1/2” x 5 1/2”

Publisher: Western Front
Year: 1983
ISBN: N/A

Glenn Lewis, Paul Wong, and Kim Tomczak
Living Art Vancouver

Living Art Vancouver is a document of the Living Art Performance Festival, 1979. A collaboration between Western Front, Pumps Centre for the Arts, and Video Inn/Satellite Video Exchange Society, the festival was coordinated and curated by Glenn Lewis, Paul Wong, and Kim Tomczak with the collaboration of several curators and artists who animated many spaces throughout the city. This publication gathers documentation of the performances and presents it alongside essays by Alvin Balkind, Bruce Barber, Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker, René Blouin, and Moira Roth.

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Edited by: Glenn Lewis, Paul Wong, Kim Tomczak, Alvin Balkind, and Randy Gledhill

Contributions: Bruce Barber, Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker, René Blouin, and Moira Roth

Design: Randy Gledhill

Binding: Softcover
Pages: 92, black and white illustrations
Size: 10 1/2” x 7 1/2”

Publisher: Western Front, Pumps Centre for the Arts and Video Inn/Satellite VideoExchange Society
Year: 1976
ISBN: 0920974023