There is an on-going problem in Vancouver because wealthy people are using homes as investments. In a time of stock market volatility, the super rich have decided that owning a home in Vancouver, BC, Canada is a safe and profitable investment. This has led to housing prices here that are completely unaffordable for people who actually live and work here. As City Council and the developers work hand in hand to demolish the older, affordable housing stock using the premise that the land is “under utilized”, long term residents are forced out and only wealthy people can afford to live here.
I have issues with the idea that because land is considered valuable it must be completely covered with the highest density possible or it is “under utilized”. I am interested in documentary film as a vehicle for getting ideas to the public, so I learned about The Little Mountain Project, a film project by David Vaisbord.
This film is about the destruction of a social housing project in the Mount Pleasant district of Vancouver, also known as Little Mountain because of the small extinct volcano in the area that houses Queen Elizabeth Park. David is a film maker who lives close to a social housing project where long term residents were evicted to make way for condo development.
Does Vancouver really need more condos? The whole city is a massive condo development site with towers going up everywhere and the older housing stock being demolished to squeeze two massive houses on to a lot where one used to stand. I will write another blog post on this, but for now, please pay attention to David. Please check out his film project and donate if you can.
If you’ve landed here and want to know where you can go to fund The Little Mountain Film, here’s how.
Go to a new dedicated website at:
or directly to the INDIEGOGO crowdfunding site at:
The funding campaign runs from May 9 to Jun 23rd.
Please come on board and contribute to this project.
David Vaisbord & and my Indiegogo Fundraising Team
It was so difficult to find this film project on the internet. I had to put in the following search string to get any results “film maker evictions social housing mount pleasant Vancouver bc”. On Indiegogo I tried searching “mount pleasant” and other related words, without results. It was only when I entered “little mountain” that I reached David’s film. So I am providing some more keywords here and I hope that the search engines start to consider these types of projects more important.
Last evening, I attended a screening of a movie that had a profound effect on me when I first saw it ten years ago. The Corporation was a powerful film that revealed a world that had been hidden to me before. This event was a fundraiser, so if you can, please go to their website and donate by clicking here.
I am really impressed by the power of this film.
I think every school should show the truth of how children are being manipulated.
It make me think about making a film, but I know how difficult and expensive it can be.
The after party was held at the Pull Focus Film School that offers training in film creation.
It may be possible to learn more about film and find collaborators — I will find out more about their programs.
There are things I am compelled to speak out about and it seems that songs do not have the impact.
I will be posting some of my ideas on this blog because I am starting a new webspace for my work.
This will now be my personal opinion and news blog on VIX.ca and my work will be on a new site.
After my work at STEIM, I was fortunate to play with two improvising musicians, Frank Mauceri and Ángel Faraldo as part of the Oorsprong Curators Series.
This is an interesting improvised music series in North Amsterdam organized by bassist Raoul van der Weide.
The major constraint imposed by the series is that none of the players have ever played together before.
The second rule is that each player can only be in the series once a season.
Even though I worked with Frank at STEIM, we did not play together until this show.
I was captivated by the other two sets featuring Dana Reason, piano; Lori Goldston, cello; Ricardo Tejero, sax+clarinet; Jaap Blonk, voice; bassist Dominic Lash and drummer Onno Govaert.
Ricardo Tejero, (sax+clarinet) and bassist Dominic Lash did not play together because they are involved in a tour supporting their CD. I had the opportunity to hear this duo twice, once at Raoul’s Atelier and once as part of Tabula Rasa: Improvised Music @ Maarten Luther Kerk – basement.
Dana Reason (piano) and cellist Lori Goldston are also playing together, so they played in separate sets for the Oorsprong. I arrived late and missed their showcase at Raoul’s atelier, but I hope to see them play in future as they are both based on the West Coast of the USA.
My thanks to the organizers of the event and the volunteers who support the series.
This was my first opportunity to play in Europe and I was happy to be in such great musical company.
This video was shown in the Heritage Distillery District as part of the Toronto Nuit Blanche “DaDa Reboot” series curated by Thom Sokoloski on September 29, 2012.
This video was made to showcase my previous work with Joanna Gabler as part of “Rise Up, Fallen Angel”.
Joanna and I have a duo called “Zest Continuum” based on our collaboration of visuals and music.
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I am working on documenting the exhibit of my interactive exhibit, Bandwidth.
This is an excerpt from one of the clips, so I thought that I would create a one minute teaser for the longer video I am working on.
Denise McCarthy, the other artist exhibiting in the space, was talking to me during one of the performances.
I will finish this video and create one for “Rise Up, Fallen Angel” before the end of the month.
String Stories Video recorded, titled and posted to You Tube by Victoria G.
Working with my friend Paul Plimley is always a lot of fun!
This concert was part of the 2011 TD International Jazz Festival in Vancouver.
String Stories band members: Phil Emerson, guitar; Tommy Babin, bass and Paul Plimley, piano.
Taking the video was complicated by the fact that a camera person from a local television station had taken the spot that I had planned to set up in.
The back of the room was the next best and my new wide angle video lens really helped capture the whole stage.
The video is unedited, with audio from the camera, just title, render and upload!
This summer has been very eventful for me and some of the work that I have been doing is now posted on Vimeo!
Videos include my newest work: Kensington Mystery Man
There is a film clip of the title sequence for Rise Up, Fallen Angel
Lisle Ellis said this one of his favourite visual parts of the show! That is quite a compliment considering the quality of art from the contributors around the world and Lisle’s dedication to his own visual art. This clip is really a display of my work in the visual and audio realms. I will be creating a documentary video of the event and my projection artist collaborator, Christina deRoos has posted a clip to her Vimeo account here.
The final public clip is a documentary of the work I did at EMPAC in 2010 — it is a work-in-progress showing of my Integrated Media Arts piece, Bandwidth. The video was edited by Julia Alsarraf, a colleague who also participated in the Media Lab at EMPAC.
The EMPAC experience was very important to me in many ways, but meeting the other artists was a great inspiration. I am still collaborating with one of my other colleagues, Suzon Fuks, an Australian artist. She is launching her Waterwheel project on August 22nd! I have contributed some of my water video and will be uploading more photos and other material to the collection. If you would like to be part of my crew in the “Tap” section, please contact me. I would like to be a more involved participant in the project.
If you are not able to come to the show Rise Up, Fallen Angel — Please watch on the Center for Performance Research UStream channel.
This is a big night — we have had many technical challenges setting up 3 screens of projection and surround sound, then streaming it all on to the internet.
Tonight is our open rehearsal, see you there.
I am in NYC working hard on the show with my collaborators.
Christina deRoos, my collaborator in the visual projection aspect of the show, made a video yesterday and posted it on Vimeo as a demo.
I hope you like it.
Charlie Haden is Paul’s friend, and I had the opportunity to meet him and listen to him play in Paul’s studio about three years ago. His wife, Ruth, is a wonderful singer and we chatted at the session. I was looking forward to seeing them again.
As Paul is my duo partner in You Are Here and I am his recording studio engineer of choice, we went to the film “Charlie Haden: Rambling Boy” together on Thu, Oct 15th 6:30pm.