Fountain, a Public Art Project by Laiwan


Join Centre A & celebrate the official launch of Fountain: the source or origin of anything. Fountain is a large-scale public photo installation and parallel interactive web project created by artist Laiwan for The Wall at the CBC Plaza, a Vancouver Heritage Foundation public art initiative.

When: Thursday March 27, 2014
Where: CBC Outdoor Stage, 700 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Time: 12:00 – 1:00pm (Opening remarks at 12:15 pm)
Tickets: this is a FREE event

In addition to a few words from Vancouver Heritage Foundation and the artist, the event will include performances by Andrew Lee’s musical project Holy Hum, an assortment of sweets, and a special offering from JJ Bean. A complimentary printed brochure with a curatorial essay by Joni Low will also be available at the opening.

For more information, please click HERE or call 604.683.8326.

About Fountain: the source or origin of anything

The installed image, selected by the artist from the CBC’s analogue media archive, is a frame from the 16mm film Summer Afternoon (1956), which follows the adventures of two children near Keefer and Columbia Streets along the northern shores of False Creek – areas that have since been filled in as land. The openness of this moment – of easy access to water, sightlines to a distant shore, and reflection of boats floating beneath the Old Georgia Viaduct – mirrors a space of extended imagination, a fluidity of consciousness.

Laiwan’s parallel web project extends the exploration of fluidity throughout the city, bringing together the oral and natural histories of nearby communities. This virtual public space, a communal archive, is open for all to contribute, to create a shared flow of ideas over time.

About The Wall:

The Wall is a public art initiative made possible through a partnership between Vancouver Heritage Foundation, JJ Bean Coffee Roasters and CBC Radio-Canada. The 2014 project has received additional support from this year’s participating arts organization, Centre A. Every year a new artist is selected by The Wall Advisory Committee.

Laiwan and Joni Low would like to gratefully acknowledge all contributors to their Indiegogo campaign for their helping to make Fountain’s web project a reality.

About Laiwan:

LAIWAN is an artist, writer and educator recognized for her interdisciplinary practice based in poetics and philosophy. Born in Zimbabwe of Chinese parents, she immigrated to Canada in 1977 to leave the war in Rhodesia. Her practice investigates embodiment through performativity, audio, music, improvisation, and varieties of media, along with bodily and emotional intelligence, so as to unravel and engage presence. She teaches in the MFA Interdisciplinary Arts Program at Goddard College (Washington State, USA) and is current Chair of the Board of Directors at grunt gallery (Vancouver).

About Centre A:

Established in 1999, Centre A is Canada’s only public gallery devoted to contemporary art of the Asia-Pacific. Located in Chinatown’s East Georgia Gallery Cluster, we have presented the works of over 300 Canadian and international artists and produced over 80 original projects. As a key piece of Vancouver’s cultural infrastructure, Centre A works with artists, curators and other cultural producers from throughout the region to facilitate critical inquiry and provide a platform for conversation and artistic experimentation.

This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.