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Laiwan: Mobile Barnacle City

  • 105 Keefer St Vancouver BC Canada (map)

MOBILE BARNACLE CITY LIVE/WORK STUDIO is a site-specific installation created in the SiteFactory bus by Vancouver Interdisciplinary artist Laiwan, as part of Emily Carr University's LivingLabs Ten Different Things project series. Mobile Barnacle City will take place at three locations in the vicinity of Keefer and Columbia Streets in Chinatown from April 15th- 29th, 2018. 

Over the course of two weeks, Mobile Barnacle City Live/Work Studio will host FREE open salons including:  Luq’luq’i : a herbal lounge with T’uy’t’tanat - Cease Wyss & Anne Riley.

The Mobile Barnacle City School will also offer four FREE seminars, which will require pre-registration. Preregister here.

1. Imagining l’avenir — what is to come and a possible Chthulucene
2. Indigeneity and decolonial mobility
3. Strategies to counter artwashing and gentrification
4. Remembering Chinatown (with guest Chipper John Mah, who as a boy was featured in the CBC 1956 film Summer Afternoon)

Please join us for the opening reception on Sunday April 15 from 2pm to 5pm — look out for the SiteFactory bus, with barnacle sculptures by Emilie Grace Lavoie, near the vicinity of Keefer and Columbia Streets. Welcome ceremony by Indigenous Youth Leader Senaqwila Wyss at 3pm.

Sunday April 22nd, 2pm - 5pm  Interdisciplinary artists Cease Wyss and Anne Riley will be presenting "Luq’luq’i : a herbal lounge with T’uy’t’tanat". We'll be parked on Taylor St. near Keefer Place in Chinatown. 

Sunday April 29th, 2pm -4pm Closing event: Interdisciplinary artists Cease Wyss and Anne Riley will be presenting "Luq’luq’i : a herbal lounge with T’uy’t’tanat". We'll be parked in the lane between 105 Keefer St and the Memorial Plaza, at the corner of Keefer St and Quebec St.

Laiwan is an interdisciplinary artist, writer and educator with a wide-ranging practice based in poetics and philosophy. Born in Zimbabwe of Chinese parents, her family immigrated to Canada in 1977 to leave the war in Rhodesia. She founded OR Gallery in 1983. Since 2000, Laiwan has been investigating embodiment through performativity, audio, music, improvisation, and varieties of media, so as to unravel and engage presence and bodily, emotional affect. Recent public commissions enable her to focus on issues of urban development, touching on poetic and philosophical themes related to current questions of environment and the built cityscape of Vancouver. She currently teaches at the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at Goddard College, Port Townsend, WA, and is based in Vancouver. 

T’uy’tanat-Cease Wyss
Skwxwu7mesh/Sto:Lo/ Hawaiian/Swiss
Cease is a media artist with close to 25 years experience in this field. She has produced various formats of media art, as well as being a mentor in her field for close to 15 years. She is also an ethno-botanist, traditionally trained in this field by Indigenous Elders. Her work involves site-specific and culturally focused teaching with storytelling as her means to sharing knowledge.


Anne Riley  is a multidisciplinary artist based in Vancouver, BC. Her work explores different ways of being and becoming, touch, and Indigeneity. Riley is Cree and Dene from Fort Nelson First Nation, and received her BFA from the University of Texas at Austin in 2012. She has exhibited both in the United States and Canada. 


Ten Different Things is a series of public art commissions in Vancouver that engages ten artists to investigate the role of culture as a critical ingredient in the construct and vitality of the contemporary city. It is a collaboration between CityStudio Vancouver and Living Labs at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, curated by Kate Armstrong and supported by the City of Vancouver Public Art Program. Janet Moore and Duane Elverum are co-founders of CityStudio Vancouver.

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