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Curatorial Statement – Vanessa Kwan on FUSE

December 09, 2013

The PuSh Festival and the Vancouver Art Gallery have been working together, in some form or another, for the last four years (Sometimes I Think, I Can See You, 2013; Guided Tour, 2012; Tanya Tagaq, 2011). It began as like-minded arts organizations aligning themselves, cross-promoting via their respective e-mail lists, generating interest from one another’s memberships… the practical things.

Over time, however, something more integrated has emerged in this collaboration. Our co-productions are increasingly driven by creativity and shared values, and working together is something I look forward to as each mid-winter approaches. This year, FUSE, the Gallery’s quarterly late-night performance event, is our convergent offering. FUSE is always a negotiation of forms: a place where visual art meets performance, where site-specific and experimental practices flourish, and where audiences are consistently surprised by what comes next. Sound familiar? It should. PuSh and FUSE share a common desire to present artist-focused, challenging, engaged works in unexpected ways—and it’s an honour to do it side by side.

The night includes UK-based duo (and PuSh visiting artists) Forest Fringe, whose “Incidental Festival” will take over diverse corners of the Gallery. Anita Rochon and Emelia Fedy from Chop Theatre are looking to give you some very good advice, while the always incredible 605 Collective performs some powerful works from their repertoire. And on the top floor of the Gallery, Cris Derksen will play the kind of textured music that will make you close your eyes and move yourself around.

Come for one or for all; it’s going to be quite a night.

Vanessa Kwan, Public Programs
Vancouver Art Gallery


January 24
Vancouver Art Gallery

750 Hornby Street

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