Scrivener’s Monthly presents a screening of Vancouver artist Casey Wei’s new film, Kingsgate Mall Happenings, with a response by writer Michael Turner.
Wei’s film, produced during a Western Front Media Arts production residency, documents the artist’s month-long programming at Kingsgate Mall in June 2014, which included live music, a talk show, an open mic, a zine library and more. Turner, who had been scheduled to present at the Happenings before they were unexpectedly cut short, will reflect on the project’s ideals, successes and failures as a snapshot of Mount Pleasant and the Vancouver arts community.
Casey Wei (b. 1985 Shanghai) is a Vancouver-based artist and musician. She graduated from SFU’s MFA program in 2012 and has made two films: Murky Colors (2012), and Vater und Sohn/Father and Son/父与子 (2014). Her films collage together self-shot and appropriated footage to explore themes of family, memory and history. She is currently editing footage from Kingsgate Mall Happenings, a residency-cum-film at Kingsgate Mall in Vancouver, BC, during which she invited local artists and musicians to perform in the small neighbourhood mall. In April 2015, she will be doing another mall residency at Chinatown Centre Mall in Toronto, as a part of Images Festival.
Michael Turner is a Vancouver-based writer of fiction, criticism and song. He blogs at this address: http://mtwebsit.
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Scrivener’s Monthly is a series of public presentations that explore the space between material practices and spoken words: a periodical that talks. Set alongside the exhibitions program at Western Front, this experiment in not publishing involves readings, performances, and other articulations.