Julian Hou, Blue-hour timeshares, cotton and silk patchwork shirt, 2017. Courtesy the Artist and 221A, Vancouver
artist-in-residence: jesse mckee
4 April - 20 May 2017
We welcome Jesse McKee as our resident from 4 April to 20 May 2017.
Jesse McKee will host a series of events at Things that can happen which considers personal narratives of collapse, recovery and memory which are tied to architecture and the built environment. Set within a foggy momentum of politics, finance and ongoing transitions to digital lifestyles, the residency is a response to Hong Kong’s role as one of Vancouver’s major sources of international capital.
Corresponding to this city reveals a frank processing of the emotional weights that Hong Kong’s eerie capital excerpts on places like Vancouver and beyond. Mark Fisher writes in his final book, The Weird and the Eerie, 2017, that "capital is at every level an eerie entity: conjured out of nothing, [it] exerts more influence than any allegedly substantial entity". Not expecting to find the face of this capital and address it, instead, the programme’s ambition is to support the individual and social ways that we respond to the influences of capitals’ effects.
A screening of artist’s films by Felix Kalmenson (Canada), Rosa Aiello (Canada), Tamara Henderson & Julia Feyrer (Canada), Laure Prouvost (France), Evgeny Granilshchikov (Russia), Patrick Goddard (UK) and Yuri Pattison (UK) will take place later in April, and then mid-May, Julian Hou (Canada) will perform his audio work Nexus Line on the roof. At the close of the residency, a letter linking the events and artists will be published. This writing and programming will generate discussion and research towards potential infrastructures that could be established between 221A and Things that can happen.
Film Screening: "Governing the Effects of Retrograde: Part 1" Date: Wednesday, 19 April 2017 Time: 7:30-9:30pm
Jesse McKee is the Head of Strategy at 221A, Vancouver. He is responsible for leading the organisation’s research-based programming and aligning all aspects of the organisation’s work with a strategic plan that develops and sustains self-organised cultural infrastructures.
With thanks to all of the team at 221A, Vancouver and The Chu Collection and British Columbia Arts Council for the support of this residency and programming.