Monday, January 24, 2011

We are the artists!

Hello! Let us introduce the two artists who will be working with the community and collecting personal stories of the Kerrisdale Neighbourhood.

Artist in Residence Lisa g Nielsen

Lisa g is a life-long multidisciplinary artist who has enjoyed expression through photography, performance and the written word. As a graduate from Vancouver Film School Lisa g has been focused for the last 10 years in the digital media realm. Her short videos (live-action and animations) have traveled the globe and collected awards along the way. 
Lisa g is obsessed by real stories by real people. 
An ongoing project explores the history of Riverview Mental Hospital through a series of tales combining Super 8 film and interviews. 
Lisa g has been teaching digital storytelling workshops with the National Film Board of Canada all over BC and the Yukon for the past 5 years.These project focus on the first language of the locations she visits. 
Our World
In 2010 she was the artist in residence at Riley Park Community Centre where over 120 stories were collected! 
Riley Park Stories
Lisa continues learning about different communities in Vancouver and helping to tell their stories. 
Hard to Believe (Roundhouse Community Centre)

Artist Intern Ariel Kirk-Gushowaty:

Ariel is a photo-based artist and film-maker who lives and works in the city of Vancouver.
She has a BA in Philosophy and Cinema Studies from the University of Toronto, and a certificate in Photography from Langara College. Her photography work has been shown in Japan, Toronto and Vancouver, and she is a member of several artist and film collectives.

Ariel approaches her photo-based projects as a series of experiments into perception and consciousness. At the same time, each project is a performance in many ways – even if the only audience is a camera. Although her projects vary in tone from solemn to absurd, her themes are frequently focused on the balance between oppositional categories such as absence and presence, or self and other.  She often involves multiple people in her projects and, when working together, thoroughly explains the conceptual elements involved, allowing her subjects to ask themselves the same questions that she’s raising within the images. In the end, the finished piece is a trace of something that has really happened, even if it only came into being for the purpose of being documented. 

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