Project created in residence at Elsewhere Museum in Greensboro, North Carolina, August 2016
Elsewear takes Elsewhere Museum’s collection of vintage thrift as the starting point for a series of interactions based on clothing and memory. Over 25 different outfits were taken from Elsewhere’s wardrobe to be worn by the artist throughout the duration of the residency. These items of clothing were washed, mended, ironed, worn and documented on a daily basis.
The outfits sparked conversations and interviews with fellow residents, museum staff, visitors, and community members. These discussions revealed the power of clothes as everyday materials that shape our identity and mediate our encounters with the rest of the world. As a witness, a performer, and a protector within the endless process of self-fashioning, clothing can control the body as much as it can liberate it.
Selections from these conversations are compiled within the Elsewear Style Museum, a monogrammed suitcase that serves as a growing archive of clothing memories and a collaborative, multi-perspectival guidebook on style. On the third floor, the selected outfits hang on display. Suspended from the ceiling, they form a forest of garments that are dense with the memories of past wearers, the artist included. And while clothing gathers memory and meaning, clothing stories can be inscrutable, known only to their wearer. Elsewear attempts to bring these stories to light.
With documentation assistance from Fraser Carr Miles and Sam Stewart, and clothing care advice from Amanda Carr.
An interactive installation that digs into the failure and uncertainty of a small group of people who were absent from the 2014 Burnaby Mountain protests against Kinder Morgan. Set within the Pandora Park Field House, the installation presents a selection of fragmented, fictionalized stories of boreholes and incorrect coordinates told through songs, objects and ephemera.
Borehole (Corbin Murdoch) 13 minute loop played inside two tanks containing soil samples
We acknowledge that this work is located in Vancouver, on the traditional and unceded indigenous land belonging to the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh).
We further acknowledge that we weren’t there.
That Sound, Part 2 (Barbara Adler). Three loops ranging from 1-13 minutes, played through rotary dial telephones
In Fall of 2014, protestors occupied the Burnaby Mountain conservation lands, in an attempt to block Kinder Morgan’s proposed pipeline expansion through the area.
Signals from the Mountain is our response, rooted in our absence from the protests.
When we started this project, we wanted to re-imagine the stories of the protest. We knew that the battle for Burnaby Mountain had moments of victory and of failure. The National Energy Board hearings were underway, and there was a sense – based on the N.E.B.’s track record – that the project would ultimately be granted that stage of approval.
The future seemed sure.
Seven Red Alder Trees (Lucia Misch with Ten Thousand Wolves). 13 minute loop played inside traffic cone
We wondered if we could artistically tip the scales to create more ‘wins’ for the protestors.
We turned to fiction.
We thought that if we could sow some fantastic confusion around the events on Burnaby Mountain, we might create a feeling that a positive outcome was still possible.
We had learned that an early win on the protestors’ side came because Kinder Morgan had submitted incorrect coordinates for the site of their geotechnical studies.
This image resonated with us.
In Kinder Morgan’s failure, we imagined a mountain that resisted measurement and a history that refused to be settled.
Load to Carry (Barbara Adler, James Meger & Ten Thousand Wolves). 5 minute loop played via headphones, traffic cone, iPod
Narrator intro/outro to David Newberry’s Untitled Song 13 minute loop broadcast on FM radio
Installation by Megan Stewart and Ben Wylie
Exhibition text (excerpt above) by Barbara Adler
Audio produced by Barbara Adler, James Meger & Ten Thousand Wolves, with additional sounds & tape loops by Ben Wylie, field sounds by Paul Paroczai
Photos by Lukas Englehardt
Coyote Morse Code, audio fragment from 13 minute loop
This project was produced with funding from the Vancouver Foundation’s Neighbourhood Small Grants program.
Thank you to: Dance Troupe Practice, Tim Mahoney, Corbin Murdoch, Lucia Misch, David Newberry, Shannon Scott, James Meger, Gavin Youngash, Julie Hammond, Lukas Englehardt, Paul Paroczai, Layla Marcelle Mrozowski, CJSF, City of Vancouver Fieldhouse Residency Program
Untitled #3 was installation and performance created as part of studio research within the MFA program at Simon Fraser University. Photography by Ash Tanasiychuk. House design used with permission from Mike Wilson.