State of the Practice Exhibit
State of the Practice is an annual exhibition highlighting the Vancouver Park Board’s support of artists working in community to engage citizens in creative practices. The 2017 exhibit, FieldGuides, featured our projects in Hadden Park along with all the other Field House Studio Residencies, held at the Roundhouse Community Centre.
Festival for Publik Space 2017
Musical Playground in Hadden Park
Throughout the summers of 2016 – 2018, the fieldhouse hosted various youth workshops exploring musical instrument making, group sound improv games, and a sound scavenger hunt.
Museum of Vancouver & Maritime Museum Performances
Throughout 2016 and 2017, our ensemble Gamelan Bike Bike gave performances at community events hosted at our neighbouring cultural institutions, including the Maritime Museum’s Winter Wander event and the Musuem of Vancouver’s Expo 86 evening retrospective.
Big Draw Down in Hadden Park
Throughout the month of October, 2016 we created a participatory drawing workshops, inviting people to explore and interpret the sounds around them in the park through visual gestures, marks and invented notation. Participants were also invited to make ephemeral drawings using found objects in the park.
24 Hour Karaoke
Inspired by the weekly outdoor karaoke found in Berlin’s Mauerpark and the thriving 24-hour karaoke clubs in Tokyo, we created a continuous participatory event to stretch our sense of what is possible in our city. Held from April 9th to April 10th, 2016 at the Hadden Park Fieldhouse, participants were invited to curate an hour with a concept or activity.
Wandering Stranger Tea Gathering
Using tea as a vehicle for connection, our mobile tea cart has been been actively hosting impromptu gatherings in Hadden Park and surrounding public spaces that bring people together to socialize and enjoy tea. Part of our Mobile Tools for Conviviality project, the pop-ups help us imagine public spaces for non-commercial forms of gathering and socializing. The project has parterned with student-led initatives at City Studio throughout 2017 and the City of Vancouver’s Places for People project in 2018.
A Soundwalk is a guided listening tour that encourages participants to actively listen, opening ears and consciousness to the complex orchestration that the environment is composing at all times. It is an exercise in drawing attention to subtle, hidden sounds as well as a way to discern the various layers and defining soundmarks of a place. In collaboration with the Vancouver Soundwalk Collective and Vancouver New Music, a series of Soundwalks were held in Hadden Park and have ventured into surrounding coastline and the downtown core.
Festival For Publik Space 2016
To mark the first year into our field house residency, we organized a mini-festival of creative loitering and performances in the park, featuring music, dance, and site-specific works from groups Gamelan Bike Bike, Only A Visitor, Graftician, Bill Jr Jr, and artists Martin Reisle, Kelly McInnes and George Rahi.
Hadden park has been host to a series of free outdoor movies each summer. Our pedal-powered projector system invites participants to power the film by pedaling the reclining stationary bike. Films featured have been independent works by local artists for the Vine Arts Festival 2017, as well as the climate-change documentary ‘How to Let Go of the World’ by Josh Fox, featured as part of the Vines Art Festival in 2016.
A Shadowjam is a fully participatory event where everyone is a performer and everyone is the audience. It’s a magical blend of improvised musical jam, in-the-moment shadow puppetry, and spontaneous storytelling. Hosted by Mind of a Snail Puppet Co, Shadowjam provides a framework for unconditional play within an expressive, inclusive group experience.
Freestyle Focus Group
Freestyle Focus Group is a monthly feature at the field house. FFG workshops embrace the truth that everyone can freestyle. From beginner to advanced improv exercises, FFG uses freestyle rap as a technique for mental liberation, to not over-think expression but to exist in the moment where true creativity and originality can flow.
More info at www.freestylefocusgroup.ca
See Sounds Listening Series
Each month we invite anyone to come and bring something they would like to listen to, together with others at the field house. Discussion follows, meandering across topics such as music, sound art, field recordings, place, and media broadly. We have most formats available (digital, vinyl, CD, tape, radio). As part of the series, we feature a guest artist to curate part of the evening. Past artists have included Gabriel Saloman, Elisa Thorn, Michael Tenzer, Selina Crammond, Giorgio Magnanensi, Elliot Vaughan, Annie Chiavaroli, Martin Reisle, Lief Hall, Soledad Muñoz, Ben Wylie and George Rahi.
The community ensemble Gamelan Gita Asmara has given multiple performances and workshops at the fieldhouse. The group is based at the University of British Columbia, and is open to new members interested in learning Balinese gamelan.
Interview with Sue Palmer
In 2016, community-based artist Sue Palmer was awarded a Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship to undertake research into innovation in participation in public urban green space in three cities: Berlin, Germany, Portland, Orgeon, and Vancouver. Read about her visit to Hadden Park below