Other Sights for Artists’ Projects
Other Sights for Artists’ Projects is a non-profit society based in Vancouver that operates as a collective of individuals with expertise in curation, project management, presentation, delivery and promotion of temporary art projects in public spaces. Other Sights is dedicated to challenging perceptions, encouraging discourse and promoting individual perspectives about shared social spaces. Other Sights seeks to create a presence for art in spaces and sites that are accessible to a broad public, such as the built environment, communications technologies, the media, and the street. Operating outside of the gallery context, Other Sights develops new and unexpected exhibition platforms and provides support to artists, writers and curators interested in creating temporary, critically rigorous work for highly visible locations, presenting projects that consider the aesthetic, economic and regulatory conditions of public places and public life.
Image 1: Deadhead, by Cedric, Nathan and Jim Bomford, 2014. Photo by Mike Love.
Deadhead is a large-scale sculptural installation mounted to a barge and towed by tugboat to different locations along Vancouver’s waterways. Created by Cedric Bomford in collaboration with his father Jim Bomford (a retired engineer), and brother Nathan Bomford (an artist and builder), the sculpture is constructed primarily from salvaged materials, with some sections wrapped in photographic murals. A curious marine outpost, Deadhead’s enigmatic spaces are designed for public access. This floating artwork began its life on the water with summer moorage in Heritage Harbour at the Vancouver Maritime Museum from June 14 to September 2, 2014. For scheduled public events, visitors were ferried from the Museum dock to the barge to experience and explore the structure.
Image 2: Digital Natives, electronic billboard, Vancouver, 2011.
For Digital Natives, the billboard became a space for exchange between native and non-native communities in an exploration of language in public space. Using the form of tweets, artists and writers from across North America contributed text messages for broadcast during the month of April, coinciding with the 125th Anniversary of the City of Vancouver. Interrupting the flow of advertisements, the brief messages responded to the location and history of the billboard; of digital language and translation, and of the city itself.
Image 3: Monument to Mysterious Fires, billboards, Vancouver, 2015.
Transforming two billboards at Quebec Street and 6th Avenue into a temporary monument, Other Sights commemorated the fire in Mount Pleasant during the Christmas of 2009 alongside the Great Fire of 1886, an event that harkened the original development of Mount Pleasant itself. Addressing the east/west and the north/south axes of the city and how they factor in the currencies of ‘views’ as well as the escalation of property values creeping eastward, Monument to Mysterious Fires triggers historical and recent memories of the neighbourhood. The billboards, set perpendicular to one another, carve out a sculptural space within a parking lot, in which to gather and reflect on the transformation of the city. Presented as part of the 2015 Capture Photography Festival.