23 Days at Sea
A Travelling Artist Residency
Access Gallery with Burrard Arts Foundation and Contraste agence d’art
curated by Kimberly Phillips
“The boat is a floating piece of space, a place without a place, that exists by itself, that is closed in on itself and at the same time is given over to the infinity of the sea... (it is a) great instrument of economic development, but has been simultaneously the greatest reserve of the imagination…”
- Michel Foucault
In December 2014, Access Gallery—in partnership with Burrard Arts Foundation and Contraste agence d’art—issued a call for submissions for a highly unconventional artist residency, offering selected emergent and experimental artists passage aboard cargo ships sailing from Vancouver to Shanghai. Crossing the Pacific Ocean takes approximately twenty-three days, during which time artists will be considered “in residence” aboard the vessel.
I am very fortunate to be one of four artists selected for this adventure. Above is a photo of the ship, Hanjin Geneva where I will be considered in ‘residence’ from April 19 – May 12 2016. After sailing across the North Pacific Ocean I arrive in Shanghai for four days before returning to Vancouver (via plane) to make an artwork for the opening of the 23 Days at Sea exhibition featuring the work of all four residency artists. I will also perform at Access Gallery during my stay.