Once a season, the Vancouver Art Gallery hosts FUSE night combining art, music and lots of mingling. Every event is unique in its curation and performances, and captures the tone of the gallery’s various exhibitions. For spring ’15, the theme was The Noise of Silence, a night curated by David Pay, the artistic director of Music on Main and produced by Media Lab. It was a night that was inspired by the idea of listening. It was an exploration of sound, with performances having themes of isolation and reputation in the music.
FUSE is also a great time to check out the exhibits that are housed on the four floors of the gallery. The Noise of Silence featured the Cezanne and the Modern exhibit in the last weeks of its run at the gallery. There were some new exhibits as well, like the projection room on the top floor, which was a huge draw for crowds, eager to snap a selfie before the projections changed. Other popular exhibits at the event were The Poetics of Space and The Material Future, which combined the architecture of Herzog and de Meuron and the Vancouver Art Gallery.
The event focused on the notion of quietness, the space that a lack of sound creates. It was not an easy task to remain still and silent, especially in a crowd that can be quite raucous after a few visits to the courtroom bar, but it was a fun exercise, in patience and diligence. The performers experimenting with silence were contrasted with the spontaneous combustions of Jocelyn Merlock and James Maxwell, whose performance brought a harmonious balance to the evening. If the packed event on a particularly rainy evening in the city was any indication, FUSE nights are bringing home global themes in contemporary art, and it’s working well.
Check out our video coverage of the night here.
A FUSE event is always a great reason to visit the Vancouver Art Gallery. Each party is a unique event, a chance for adult audiences to grab a drink and explore all floors of the gallery, including the latest exhibit, through interesting activities and presentations.
The most recent FUSE event explored The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperors, curated by Paul Wong.The collection features priceless artifacts and ceremonial dress that dates back thousands of years. The awe-inspiring history in the exhibit had FUSE-goers lining up on the first floor to get a glimpse at the rich history on display.
As always during Fuse, there was an air of childlike excitement, people walking back and forth between floors, wearing masks of leaders that had been handed out by the gallery. There were not-so-private palm readings being done on giant palms and the biggest draw was the Sedan Chair, a troupe of very naughty performers, lead by Velvet Steele.
A little while ago, we decided to fuse together our love of music + art and throw a little party. We held it at a contemporary art gallery/tattoo parlour in the city and were pleased with the turnout.
The most ambitious goal of the Screen Girls is to louden, the quiet notion that art is cool. Contemporary art has moved past what we conceive as art, off of the canvas and into real life. Art is a more sensory, more participatory experience with more mediums than ever before.
Our first party marked the beginning of what we envision as a monthly fusion of music and art. Art is a cyclical process, a constant conversation between the idea, the artist and viewer.
Collaboration illuminates the best ideas, and we hope that you can join us at one of our events.
We’re working on our next party and will be releasing more information on the site soon.
Thank you to everyone who has supported The Screen Girls thus far. We’ve received an overwhelming response from all over the world and it’s a true testament to the universal language of art.
We’re very excited to continue to share interviews with visionaries in contemporary art from across the world; we’ve got some very interesting interviews lined up for this fall.
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