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Walking Projects tells compelling city stories in a guided tour

Arash Khakpour, Maxine Chadburn, David McIntosh, Pedro Chamale  Photo credit: Yvonne Chew

There are three events associated with "Walking Projects: Vancouver, crawling, weeping, betting” and all of them are fascinating and free. battery opera performance and Unit/Pitt Projects presents these super cool events that look at stories in the city. Running January 17 to March 1, 2014, the events are centered around Unit Pitt Projects.

The brainchild of David McIntosh and Chris Bose, the two met up in Kamloops when McIntosh, a writer, singer, sommelier, and the artistic producer of battery opera along with artistic director Lee Su-Feh, went to work on a project. Meeting Bose was a chance encounter when the artist he was looking for never materialized and someone told him about Chris Bose, a First Nations writer, multi-disciplinary artist, musician and filmmaker.

“ I met him and we went to every single bar in Kamloops that night, “ McIntosh reminisced. “ I stayed with him in his place the following week recovering and read his poetry which was really beautiful. I wanted to work with him."

Compelled to record the stories and memories of the city of Vancouver as seen through their eyes and the myriad of artists involved in the project, Bose and McIntosh, retrace their separate trajectories through the streets of the city.

A series of twelve stories and accompanying maps, share Bose and McIntosh's memories of place and people. Centered around the UNIT/PITT Projects (formerly the Helen Pitt Gallery), a non-profit artist run center dedicated to the promotion of experimental contemporary art that addresses social, political, cultural, and critical issues, Bose and McIntosh are hoping that our own conversations about the city and the ghosts that just won’t go away, will be animated.

“(Walking Projects)  is a layering of various encounters while acknowledging all the contradictory narratives within that structure, ” explained McIntosh. “The city is where people have lived and died before, now and in the future. It is about the human geography of place. “

Afternoon guided city tours, late night improvised art salons and witching hour solos, will enable guest artists, citizens and visitors to respond, react or ignore the reflected the world as envisioned by Bose and McIntosh. Throw in a myriad of this city’s most interesting artists and you have events worth catching.

      Walking Projects: “Vancouver, crawling, weeping, betting"

 January 17 to March 1, 2014

Unit Pitt Projects (236 East Pender Street, Vancouver)

Info: 604.688.8583

  Thursdays:  11:30pm - 12:30 am Witching hour solos (viewable from the street through live projections on windows)

Fridays: 10pm - midnight Bob’s Salon (interactive art salon for the curious imbiber, featuring guest artists)

Saturdays: 12 - 5 pm Guided improvised tours of the city by six performers, based on Bose and McIntosh’s stories and maps. (first come, first tour).

With performances by: Chris Bose, David McIntosh, Brian Solomon, Pedro Chamale, Michelle Lui, Aryo Khakpour, Chu-Lynne Ng, Maxine Chadburn, Finn Manniche, New Improved, Peggy Lee, Kelly McInnes, Sophia Wolfe and Elissa Hanson, Max Murphy, Ron Samworth, Jeff Younger, Ben Brown, Russel Scholburg, Justine Chambers, Joel Lower, Gary Wildeman, Bruce Freedman, Arash Khakpour, Billy Marchenski, Bracken Hanuse Corlett, Daina Ashbee, Michael Turner, Veda Hille, Margo Kane, Cease Wyss, Henry Tsang, and more.



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