Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art



Centre A presents

Exhibition Dates: June 6 – July 12, 2008
Opening Reception: Friday, June 6, 8 pm
Symposium: Saturday, June 7, 10 to 6:30 pm
Doors open at 9:45 am

Centre A Gallery Hours:
Tuesday – Saturday 11:00 -18:00
Sunday-Monday closed
2 West Hastings, Vancouver, BC, V6B, 1G6
Tel: 604-683-8326 Fax: 604-683-8632

Centre A is pleased to present Showroom, a project conceptualized and organized by Kristina Lee Podesva and Inge Roecker in collaboration with Michelle Allard, Marianne Bos, Patrick Chan, Paul de Guzman, Vanessa Kwan, Gwenessa Lam, Heidi Nagtegaal, Alex Pensato, Ryan Peter, and Jordan Strom.

Showroom Calendar

June 6, Friday, 8pm, Opening

June 7, Saturday, 10am-6:30pm Symposium on making Vancouver

June 14, Saturday, 2pm-4pm, art/space/forum: live/work Where?(on artist/art live/work spaces)

June 18, Wednesday, 1pm-3pm Fearless City meeting

June 19, Thursday, 5pm, City of Vancouver Planning Department meeting

June 20, Friday, 7pm-10pm, China Sichuan Earthquake Relief Silent Auction

June 28, Saturday, 2pm-4pm, art/space/forum: On architecture with Inge Roecker

July 1, Tuesday, Canada Day Closed

July 2, Wednesday, 7pm, Presentation: Cube Living-the power of 3 (a speculative look at real property performance) Mark Ashby & Alex Grunenfelder

July 5, Saturday, 2pm-4pm, art/space/forum: What is public? (on public space and art)

July 9, Wednesday, 7pm, Presentation:OurTube : Works in Progress, hosted by Johan Lundh

July 12, Saturday, art/space/forum: In Situ Space? (On artist run centre space)


About the project

Showroom is a platform for addressing the relationship between art and public space through the framework of a condominium showroom/construction site. As a collaborative effort undertaken by artists, architects, curators, and the public, the project engages with urgent themes of contemporary culture, spatial practice, and artistic production through an installation, symposium, and series of public forums. Showroom facilitates discussion and analysis between cultural institutions, artists, interdisciplinary groups, and individuals involved in looking at the impact of urban redevelopment in Vancouver and beyond.

About the participants

Kristina Lee Podesva is an artist, writer, and curator based in Vancouver. Her work has appeared in exhibitions and publications in Canada, the US, and Europe. She is a the founder of colourschool and a co-founder of Cornershop Projects.

Inge Roecker is the principal architect of ASIR architekten and an assistant professor of architecture at the University of British Columbia. She is also co-founder of Living Lab.

Michelle Allard is a visual artist living in Vancouver. She has exhibited work in Canada and held residencies in France, Japan, and Canada.

Marianne Bos is a multi-disciplinary artist living in Strathcona, Vancouver.

Patrick Chan is a designer and theorist with a special interest in design research methodology and urban studies. Currently, he runs a design-build business with Vancouver-based architect/structural engineer Varouj Gumuchian and furniture-designer Michael Beber.

Paul de Guzman is an artist currently living in Vancouver and has exhibited across Canada, in New York, and Europe.

Vanessa Kwan is an artist who recently exhibited “The Storm and The Fall” at Access Gallery in Vancouver.

Gwenessa Lam is a visual artist based in Vancouver. She recently completed a residency at the Macdowell Colony in New Hampshire.

Heidi Nagtegaal is a Vancouver-based artist.

Alex Pensato is an artist living and working in Vancouver.

Ryan Peter is completing his MFA in Visual Art at the University of British Columbia.

Jordan Strom is the curator of “Interior of Design,” which will be opening at the Republic Gallery in June 2008. He is also the editor of Fillip and a guest curator at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

About Symposium

Download the symposium programme

Centre A gratefully acknowledges the generous support of its patrons, sponsors, members, partners, private foundations, as well as government funding agencies, including the Canada Council for the Arts, the British Columbia Arts Council, and the City of Vancouver through the Office of Cultural Affairs.

For more information:
Media contact: Makiko Hara, Curator