Norma is a Vancouver based collective. The collective members are Vanessa Kwan, Diana Lopez-Soto, Josh Neelands, Christy Nyiri, Pietro Sammarco, Erica Stocking, and Kara Uzelman. All members of Norma are undergraduates of Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design (now Emily Carr University) and all have individual practices. Norma’s work often deals with aspects of group identity and draws from diverse sources, including visual and performance art histories, popular culture, and social behaviour. Norma’s performance, installation, and text works have been exhibited/performed in Vancouver at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Access Gallery, LIVE Biennial of Performance Art, the PuSH Festival, grunt gallery, Front Magazine, and in a 2003 public project at Artspeak entitled Expect Delays.
Director/Curator of Artspeak 2004–2010.
February 24, 2010
7 to 9pm at Andy Livingstone Field, Carrall and Keefer Streets, Vancouver
Artspeak presents Brawl, a new performance work by the Vancouver artist collective Norma. The performance will occur on Andy Livingstone Field, dramatically lit by lights normally used for sporting events. The field is located off Carrall Street, in view of GM Place and other Olympic venues.
Tying in ideas of sport and spectacle at the crossroads of contrasting areas of the city, Brawl highlights the fine line between violence and theatre. By extending the collective’s interest in exploring group identity, public space, and collective behaviour, their choreographed and scripted performance includes texts and actions drawn from historical archives, film, and popular culture. Norma’s work troubles the defining actions of fan and protestor, peacekeeper and instigator.
Norma’s past work draws from diverse sources, including visual and performance art histories, and social behaviour. The collective members are Vanessa Kwan, Diana Lopez Soto, Josh Neelands, Christy Nyiri, Pietro Sammarco, Erica Stocking, and Kara Uzelman. All members of Norma are undergraduates of Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design (now Emily Carr University) and have individual art practices.
This project is part of Bright Light that includes six weeks of temporary public art works and events centred along the Carrall Street Greenway. Commissioned by the City of Vancouver, Bright Light illuminates the neighbourhood from January to March 2010.