It is a part of PLOT’s mission to support a cross-pollination of communities, a sharing of skills and resources, and an investment in the cultivation of conversations that might otherwise remain isolated. In a strategy to engage artist-led literature and publishing communities from these two Pacific coast cities, Access Gallery has invited SPIT—the reconfigured bi-monthly reading series and podcast formerly known as LIT LIT LIT LIT—to lead a series of experimental readings and events engaging with Office Hours' publications and installation; re-interpreting these materials in new and unexpected ways through their close interactions.
Throughout the month of May, Office Hours and SPIT will engage in a long-dist...ance correspondence of images, visual materials and text recorded in a cascading scroll, printed by PLOT’s namesake— a large format plotting printer. Additionally, SPIT has invited Vancouver-based artist and writer Sonja Ratkay to lead an intimate two-day workshop inviting participants from Access’ proximate community to generate drawing, writing, and reading experiments; the materials of which will form the basis for a new published work. The experiments will be centered around language, engaging the body through techniques including unreadable writing and text to speech.
Join us in the PLOT space on June 2nd at 2:00 PM, for the launch of this unique Vancouver edition as a contribution to the Office Hours’ publication series, marking the closing of Office Hours’ tenure, as well as Brody Albert’s Nonlocal in the exhibition space.
WORKSHOP DETAILS — please send RSVP to [email protected]
Corporeal mark making / unreadable writing / image as text. The material content produced in this workshop will form the basis for a collaboratively-published work.
Text to speech / synthesized voices / sounding forms. The reading experiments from this workshop will form a recorded contribution to the June 2nd publication launch event.
***IMPORTANT*** There is limited space in these workshops! To participate, please contact Access Gallery’s Projects Coordinator, Catherine de Montreuil at [email protected]
to RSVP your dates of participation.
It is not mandatory to sign up for both workshops, however you will be asked to bring in written works to experiment with if you can only attend the second workshop on May 19.
Confirming on the Facebook event only does NOT guarantee you a spot! Thank you!
— SPIT is a series of reading experiments, workshops, interviews, events, and poetic expressions based in Vancouver, and organized by Emma Metcalfe Hurst and Christian Vistan. The online archive of their former self is located at lit-lit-lit-lit.com.
— Office Hours is installed in Access Gallery's PLOT space for the duration of Brody Albert’s exhibition Nonlocal. Operated by Brody Albert and Nathaniel Klein, Office Hours is a nonprofit gallery and publisher initiated in 2013 in LA. Dedicated to the intersection of visual art and creative writing, their mission is to build an active dialogue between literary scenes and arts communities. After being forced out of their Arts District space in 2016, Office Hours took an itinerant position. Office Hours has mounted 9 exhibitions and produced 8 publications featuring the work of 30 LA artists and 19 writers.
Office Hours has brought an omnibus of their publications, a new video work titled Open Ocean by Klein, and a new publication made specifically for PLOT by Albert in collaboration with Rachel Paprocki, Miguel Espinoza and Michael Kennedy Costa.
— Sonja Ratkay is an artist, poet and researcher. Through reliefs filled with poems, diagram drawings and immersive installations she researches topics of language and the body, forming of thoughts through known and unknown symbols, intuition, haunting and the haunted, states of being, and environmental triggers which lead to psychological transformation. She lives and works in Vancouver, BC.
Organized by Access Gallery's Projects Coordinator Catherine de Montreuil.
Image: Unreadable writing by Sonja Ratkay; provided by the artist.