Burrard Arts Foundation in partnership with the Vancouver Art Gallery presents Façade Festival 2019, a free, outdoor public art and cultural event featuring commissioned works by contemporary artists, both established and emerging, taking place from sunset to midnight each night September 8th to 14th, 2019.
Every evening during the festival, bold artworks will be projected over the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Georgia Street façade, covering the building with dynamic, site specific art. This immersive art installation utilizes the innovative format of projection mapping to create a highly engaging, spatial experience for the public. It also provides an opportunity for the community to gather and enjoy art in a communal, accessible format reminiscent of an outdoor movie screening.
“Facade Festival speaks to the pervasiveness of digital forms in modern life and contemplates the role that new technologies play in contemporary art while engaging the public in a grand architectural intervention,” said Kate Bellringer, Director and Curator of Burrard Arts Foundation. “Selected artists developed their work with special consideration to the site of the Vancouver Art Gallery, our city’s unique character and the historic building itself.”
This year, a selection of BC contemporary artists have been commissioned to create ten new works of art specifically for this festival. The works were chosen by a committee made up of local arts community professionals. Burrard Arts Foundation has partnered with projection-mapping specialists Go2 Productions to help the artists use this technology to create artistic projections mapped to the Vancouver Art Gallery’s iconic architecture.
Façade Festival 2019 showcases the work of Dana Claxton, Khan Lee, Drew Young, Sandeep Johal, Lindsay McIntyre, Howie Tsui, Bracken Hanuse Corlett, Justine Chambers, Josh Hite, Natalie Purschwitz and Hyung-Min Yoon. The diverse lineup includes artists working in a wide range of mediums at different stages of their careers. The artists’ areas of focus include painting, photography, film, and installation, although digital media artists were emphasized in this year’s roster.
Works by two artists will premiere each night from September 8th to 12th and on September 13th and 14th, the public will have the chance to enjoy an encore presentation of all projections. In addition, the final evening of Façade Festival will feature a special projection mapping experience by Go2 Productions.
A Façade Festival artist talk, Façade Festival Artist Panel: Digital Media Temporality in Public Space, will be hosted by the Vancouver Art Gallery on Saturday, September 14th at 3:00 PM. The talk, led by several of this year’s artists, will be a moderated dialogue centred around how concerns of space and time play into the festival’s unique format. It is open to the public with limited seating available. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early.
Facade Festival 2019 is a partnership with the Vancouver Art Gallery and technical partner Go2 Productions, generously supported by the City of Vancouver, the Department of Canadian Heritage, Tourism Vancouver, QuadReal Property Group, the Downtown Business Improvement Association, Can-Design, Savoury City, and Viva Vancouver.
Schedule and Presenting Artists
When: September 8th–14th, 2019, 7:30 PM –12:00 AM each evening
Where: Georgia Street side of the Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby Street
Sunday, September 8th: Dana Claxton & Khan Lee
Monday, September 9th: Drew Young & Sandeep Johal
Tuesday, September 10th: Lindsay McIntyre & Howie Tsui
Wednesday, September 11th: Bracken Hanuse Corlett & Josh Hite/Justine Chambers
Thursday, September 12th: Natalie Purschwitz & Hyung-Min Yoon
Friday, September 13th: Encore of all artists’ works
Saturday, September 14th: Façade Festival Artist Panel: Digital Media Temporality in Public Space, 3:00 PM at the Vancouver Art Gallery, free and open to the public
Saturday, September 14th: Special projection mapping experience by Go2 Productions and an encore of all artists’ works, 7:30 PM to 12:00 AM
For more information, please visit www.facadefest.com
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