March 10 – April 29
Drawing from various terminologies of “court”: a tribunal presided over by judges and magistrates, an area marked for sports, and an establishment of and for sovereignty, Open Season is a launch of a court of sovereign absurdity.
Once dubbed a “Game of Palms”, historically tennis is often termed as a sport for kings and noblemen. A site of contestation, 18th century France saw the marginalised Third Estate composed of those not belonging to either the nobility or clergy occupy a tennis court to sign an oath, one that instigated the French Revolution. Synonymous as a sports tied to politics and various forms of assembly and resistanc, Open Season establishes a tennis court on 800 Robson Street, between the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery ( old courthouse) and the new Law Courts. Three courts, now in a row, provide alternative ways of occupying space and considering relationships within the public sphere. Employing the aesthetics of sports , a town square is demarcated through court lines.
The term Open Season sets a precedent in allowing professional and amateur players to compete in the same tournament. Similarly, this project embraces that spirit by inviting ten emerging artists to intervene in the court with a series of performances, installations and events. Each iteration, like a match of tennis, responds and works back and forth from one another.
Open Season is part of a series of new commissions, Ten Different Things. The series is organised by Living Labs at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, CityStudio Vancouver and the The City of Vancouver Public Art Program, curated by Kate Armstrong.
Ten Different Things invites ten critically-engaged artists and collectives to prototype and test new visions of art and civic life in Vancouver. Each project will explore conditions of how culture is experienced in Vancouver or investigate the role of culture as a critical ingredient in the construct and vitality of our city. The projects will be temporary and take a variety of forms—events, installations, residencies, interventions—which will be realized in the spring of 2018.
Open Season and Ten Different Things are produced on the traditional unceded Territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.
Thank you for the generous support of these organizations