Condensation: A Stage with Quiet Applause kicked off a series of Cinevolution’s site-specific multimedia fests at various locations in Richmond in 2016. Threaded by a coherent theme, Water, these artistically innovative and socially relevant media art works generated curiosity, expanded perspectives and enriched the collective discourse about the world we are living in today.
This was the first event in the YK Pop-Up Fest series, as part of Asian Heritage Month. Held at Landsdowne Mall food court, the essence of the exhibition was inspired by the effects of condensation, the silent transition of water moisture from one shape into another over time.
Condensation: A Stage with Quiet Applause embraces the non-institutional art space, interacting with the commonplace that is the Landsdowne Mall food court plaza. The essence of this exhibition is inspired by the effects of condensation, the silent transition of water moisture from one shape into another over time. A reimagining of the water cycle provides a contextual basis for these contemporary artworks. This non-institutional space induces the physical and temporal sensibilities of how art can be fluid yet transcended based on its surrounding environment. The exhibition aims to celebrate a diverse range of interactions, coming together within the context of the unassuming plaza space.
About the Curator
Anchi Lin (I, Pave) obtained her BFA in Visual Arts at Simon Fraser University in 2015. Her work has manifested within the realm of performance and video art. Concepts such as language and gender are the basis of her practice while Lin’s Taiwanese aboriginal background has invariably been the catalyst for her examination of identity and cultural norms. Her work continues to navigate realms that fall between individual and collective consciousness.
Alanna Ho (Rainbow Stars for Alyssa) is an interdisciplinary artist and composer based in Vancouver, BC, and is the founder of the Rainbow Forecast Project, a non-profit art and community initiative. The project aims to share children’s stories, and generate contemporary art discussions by constructing their own creative ideas into large-scale public installation works. As an educator, she is passionate about engaging a welcoming creative space for children to immerse into with an experimental approach.
Minah Lee (Pupil in the Dark Trilogy) is a Vancouver based multimedia performance artist/writer/freelance producer/visual artist from South Korea. She had studied visual arts & design at Korea University in Seoul and was a visiting student at UBC. She is a graduate of SFU Contemporary arts’ theatre performance program in Vancouver. As a creator/performer, she has been creating performative art work in different forms that consciously explore issues of the boundary between art and life. Recently, she has been relentlessly exploring notions of home and her identity as a female foreign artist in this land. Minah is a co-founder of FurryN@vel. The collective’s debut performance, We’ll Need a Piece of Cake Before We Die, was presented by Upintheair Theatre at the 2014 rEvolver Theatre Festival. FurryN@vel had a blessed development phase of the collective’s multimedia show, The Lovers Inside Boa Constrictor, during their 2015 summer residency at The Cultch. She also collaborated on 2015 summer residency project-LoveBeatRubHeat at Battery Opera’s Hopbopshop and The Only Animal’s Dare U project- Exhibit A at Fringe 2015.
Eveleen Kozak (Pupil in the Dark Trilogy, filmmaker and collaborator) is an interdisciplinary artist, currently completing her undergraduate degree in theatre with a concentration in film production at Simon Fraser University. Previous shows have included News Item by Carole Fréchette, Dream Play by August Strindberg adapted by Caryl Churchill, and The Builders a devised work. She has an interest in storytelling, multi-‐disciplinary documentary work, research, and learning how to incorporate different artistic practices in a theatrical context.
Marina Szijarto (The Voice of the River) is a professional visual, celebration and installation artist with a diverse and interdisciplinary arts practice. Marina works with community engaged rites and celebrations, theatre, dance, performance, public and visual art. Much of her work is site specific, being created for, and with, a particular landscape, community or season. She is the Creative Director at Richmond’s Maritime Festival and Artist in Residence at Vancouver’s Mountain View Cemetery All Souls event. In 2015 Marina created the Harvest Full Moon project with Richmond City Centre Community Centre participants. Within the Vancouver professional theatre community Marina has received two Jessie Richardson Awards, plus seven nominations, for outstanding costume design, set design and mask/puppet design. Marina is originally from the UK where she obtained an Arts and Design diploma and a BA (Hons) in Fine Art Textiles. She now lives in Richmond on the Fraser River and is passionate about working with local sustainable plant materials to make art, medicine and food as a way to connect more deeply to the environment here.
George Ho (The Drain) began to develop an interest in multimedia art in Hong Kong in the 1980s. He later moved to Canada to further his studies in the 1990s. He was honored to have notable Canadian artists such as Janet Cardiff and Roland Brener as his mentors and he acquired a M.F.A. in the University of Victoria. Currently stationed in Vancouver, George is continuing to create sound and video art for exhibitions in Asia and North America.
Julie Grundvig (Museum Bento Box) is a professional writer, editor and arts consultant with a specialty in Chinese arts and cultural heritage. Julie has over twenty-five years experience living, working and traveling in the greater China region and is the co-author of twelve travel books on Asia for Fodor’s and Lonely Planet Publications. She holds an MA from the University of British Columbia in Asian Studies (China) and an MA in Museum Studies (Heritage and Interpretation) from the University of Leicester, UK. Julie has been Editor of Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art since 2002 and is Vice President of the Canadian Society of Asian Arts. She is the founder and director of Museum Bento, a mobile museum project that brings Asian arts and heritage into classrooms around Greater Vancouver.
Jesse Fernandez (music performance)