a tale of a few cities

The Real Face of Vancouver

Posted in Photography, Vancouver by petercombe on June 18, 2011

Photos: Andy Fang, 2010

Andy Fang: I was so taken aback by the amount of positive spirit in the city today, it inspired me to put together this little project. I grabbed every volunteer I could see and took their portrait. Since seeing international coverage of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final riots, my goal was to showcase the REAL citizens of Vancouver in all their amazing gracefulness. If you know anybody in this album, please feel free to tag them [on Facebook].

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The Kiss

Posted in All is not as it seems., canadiana, Crisis, Photography, riot, Vancouver by petercombe on June 16, 2011

Photo: Rich Lam/Getty Images

The kiss that defies explanation. Riot police walk the street as a couple kiss on June 15, 2011 in Vancouver, as the city broke out in riots, following the Vancouver Canucks loss in game seven of the Stanley Cup Finals. 

National Post >

Riot related, see also Craigslist >

Artral Media’s China Syndrome

Posted in Digital Natives, Media, social media, Twitter, Vancouver, Wordsworth by petercombe on April 8, 2011

Sixty messages were created for Digital Natives, a public artwork sited on the electronic billboard at Burrard Street Bridge in downtown Vancouver. Three have been omitted by the corporation that is under contract to manage the billboard’s content, Astral Media Outdoor. Omitted messages are presented here, in solidarity with artist Edgar Heap of Birds and writer Larissa Lai. Other Sights for Artists’ Projects is dismayed at the exclusion of work by such respected artists.

Curators Clint Burnham and Lorna Brown state, “Our goals for the project are to use this highly visible location to present a conversation between First Nations and non-First Nations contributors and the public – happening on twitter, on our website, and on the billboard itself, as tweets from the public will be introduced in mid-April. In this anniversary year, we are drawing attention to the messages and languages we usually see in public space, and those we do not. We are disappointed that Astral has refused to broadcast artworks by such renowned artists. Their decision compromises the intent of the project and does a disservice to the artists, whose viewpoints about public space are highly valued.

“Unfortunately,” they add, “Astral’s censoring of artists and writers shows how difficult it is for Canadians to gain access to public space, and to express themselves in public space. This is an issue of censorship, of the suppression of artistic expression, clear and simple.”

from Digital Natives, Public Language Trouble

Astral Media’s Social Responsibility Page >

Corporate Emails >

Other Sights for Artists’ Projects’ Digital Natives is a public artwork sited on the electronic billboard at Burrard Street Bridge in downtown Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Digital Natives, Twitter, Public Art & The Skwxwú7mesh Nation

Posted in Digital Natives, Media, social media, text, Twitter, Vancouver, Wordsworth by petercombe on April 6, 2011

Digital Natives
April 4 – 30, 2011
Electronic Billboard
Burrard Street Bridge
Vancouver, BC
Canada

Other Sights for Artists’ Projects is pleased to announce Digital Natives, a public artwork sited on the electronic billboard at the Burrard Street Bridge.

Curators Lorna Brown and Clint Burnham have invited artists and writers from across North America to contribute messages to be broadcast over the month of April, coinciding with the 125th Anniversary of the City of Vancouver.

Digital Natives intervenes in the physical, social and historical context of the site, the billboard and the city with a series of ten second text messages interrupting the rotation of advertisements. Taking the form of Twitter messages, invited contributors respond to the site’s charged history, the ten-second format and the 140-character limit of tweets. The sign itself becomes an artistic and literary space for exchange between native and non-native communities exploring how language is used in advertising, its tactical role in colonization, and as a complex vehicle of communication.

The Vancouver Courier reports that the project hit a roadblock just as it was about to go live this week when Astral Media asked for translations of the messages it was given two weeks ago and initially held back 25 of the posts, according to Burnham. As a result, messages in Squamish weren’t seen on Squamish land where the billboards are rooted, and the Kwak’wala message that included English Twitter-speak “OMG” for oh my God wasn’t posted.

Encouraging dialogue among artists and writers, between First Nations and non-First Nations communities, and between artists, writers and the public, Digital Natives is public art that the public not only ‘receives’, but may also produce. Local and remote audiences are welcome to tweet their messages to @diginativ, and they will be considered for broadcast.

Check out the billboard as a medium

The Vancouver Courier article here


Peter Combe, THIS IS NOT A LOVE SONG, 2011


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From the Twittersphere

L’edizione di 3

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@DFGallery Blog

Posted in appropriation, digital Collage, I appropriate, paint chip art, Photomontage, Vancouver by petercombe on April 15, 2010

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Well Hung

Posted in Collage, digital Collage, Vancouver by petercombe on April 10, 2010
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Iran’s Ahmadinejad Prepares for Avatar Premier, 2010, digital collage, HP digital screen, 7 x 8¾”, (édition of 3)

 

Pink Interference in Tom Dixon roomscape, 2010, Digital collage, HP digital screen,  8¾ x 7″

 

Untitled, 2010, digital collage, HP digital screen, 7 x 8¾”

 

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April 1 – May 1, 2010

Diane Farris Gallery
1590 W. 7th Avenue
Vancouver, Canada


Common Thread

Posted in All is not as it seems., Art, Collage, digital Collage, Vancouver by petercombe on April 7, 2010
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Sylvana D’Angelo, Man, 2010 & Peter Combe, Pink Interference in Tom Dixon roomscape, 2010

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petercombe >

Sylvana D’Angelo is one of the artists that I am exhibiting with at the Diane Farris Gallery, April 2010

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April 1 – May 1, 2010

Diane Farris Gallery
1590 W. 7th Avenue
Vancouver, Canada

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