Lani Russwurm holds degrees in political science and history from Simon Fraser University and is currently writing a book on policing Vancouver in the interwar period. He procrastinates by researching, writing, and consulting on the history of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, where he has lived with his daughter since 2002.
September 30, 2009
Join us for the launch of Althea Thauberger’s catalogue in conjunction with her Artspeak event Carrall Street.
October 2, 2008
This public forum will provide an opportunity for further community engagement and critical discussion around the social, political and artistic questions raised by Althea Thauberger’s Carrall Street. An open conversation will be initiated by a diverse body of speakers that include local architect and activist Annabel Vaughan, founding Simon Fraser University faculty member and writer Jerry Zaslove and Miami based writer and curator Ruba Katrib.
Join us for this compelling discussion at 7pm on Thursday, October 2nd at 33 West Cordova, Vancouver.
September 30, 2008
8-11pm in the 200 block of Carrall Street
Althea Thauberger’s site-specific performance work will take place on the 200 block of Carrall Street in front of Artspeak. Collaborating with diverse local communities in Artspeak’s neighbourhood of the Downtown Eastside/Gastown, the one-night performance will present the street (brightly lit like a film set at nighttime) as a stage where the roles of participant and spectator blur. The interweaving of organized performers, passersby and audience members will allow for unforeseen interactions to take place, resulting in a destabilized form of community theatre that reveals something of the street’s history, its current successes and stresses, as well as its future.
Title: Carrall Street
Category: Artist Book
Artist: Althea Thauberger
Writers: Jerry Zaslove, Rob Brownie & Annabel Vaughan, Jonathan Young & Kim Collier, Lani Russwurm, Ruba Katrib, Kate Fowle
Editor: Melanie O’Brian
Design: Hodgkinson Design
Printer: Generation Printers, Canada
Year published: 2009
Binding: Perfect Bound
Features: 87 colour images; 18 b&w images
Dimensions: 26 x 18 x 1 cm
Weight: 273 g
Price: $7 CDN
The Carrall Street publication documents Althea Thauberger’s site-specific work that took place on the 200-block of Carrall Street in front of Artspeak on September 30, 2008. It considered the specificities of the site as a nexus of social, economic, political, and cultural realities. The block was closed to traffic and illuminated by film lights. Collaborating with local communities, individuals, and organizations, Thauberger invited a diverse group to undertake independent actions or activities within the event’s framework.
Approximately forty performers worked across and through the delineation provided by the block, extending their activities into alleys and bars. The performances ranged from repeated physical actions, oratories, orchestrated conversations, and scripted performances that often occurred at an intimate scale, to reflected or framed quotidian situations. Because the event encompassed the entire block, the work took on an expanded subject matter that included the attitudes and activities of spectators and passersby, heightened aesthetics and conditions of representation, the street’s physical surroundings and architecture, and transitional moments in the street’s development.
The publication includes commissioned texts, scripts, a partial transcription of the Carrall Street forum, archival documents, and images.