Interactive Map and House Printmaking at South Hill Festival May 26, 2012

Something Collective unveiled the first interactive map for the South Hill and Sunset Communities at the South Hill Festival on May 26, 2012. Using a similar format to the mapping exercise at the Sunset CC Board Visioning meeting, the public was invited to contribute information about the neighborhood and community on a large-scale map.

As festival goers entered our Something Collective/MACC tent they were invited to choose colored sticker icons (designed by Juliana Bedoya) which represented different aspects of the neighborhood. They were:

1. Green spaces

2.Gathering places

3. Places to find information about your neighbourhood

4. Art Spaces (where you can find public art, or make art)

5. Favourite shops and restaurants

6. Play spaces

7. Bike routes

8. Traffic issues

9. Unused spaces

10. Things that need to be fixed

 11.Where you contribute/ would like to contribute to your community

12. Ideas to improved your neighbourhood

13. What you’d like to see grow

As the day went on we could see our map filling up with colorful and important information. We learned many new things about our neighborhood including community spaces we didn’t know existed and at least 5 icons were placed at Sunset CC asking for a community garden.

In addition to the large-scale map we also provided an activity where you could draw your house on a tiny styrofoam square and make a printed image. We collected dozens of prints of residents houses in the neighborhood. These prints will be included on our map.


The large-scale map will continue to be an interactive installation in Sunset CC. Come into Sunset anytime and YOU can see what has already been identified in your neighborhood. YOU can also contribute information with a note to us and we will add the appropriate icon to our ever growing picture of our neighborhood!

SC presents Vancouver Isadora software and interactive arts workshop – June 15,16, 17 & June 22,23

[Something Collective is proud to host this excellent Isadora workshop. Ever since I took the course myself, I’ve been blowing minds and bringing home the bacon with this amazing interactive projection software. I highly recommend Jamie as an instructor. – Flick]

Here are the upcoming dates for Vancouver’s next Isadora Software and Interactive Arts workshop, to be held at the Something Collective Studio, South Hill, Vancouver which is part of the Moberly Arts and Cultural Centre and Sunset Community Centre.

One Day Introductory Workshop $60 June 15
2 Day Weekend Workshop Level I $175 June 16-17
1.5 Day Weekend Workshop Level II $150  June 22-23

Participants registering for all three workshops receive the discounted rate $325 total.

Limited space available. Contact jamie to register or for more info.  If you wish to skip the Intro class you will need to demonstrate your level of experience with the software.  Level 2 participants must have previously completed Level One with jamie.

You will learn how to use entry-level graphical programming software for interactive, live control of video, sound and lights, without needing to learn complex text-based programming languages.

The workshop provides a fast-track entry into interactive performance design. Whether you are a visual artist creating museum installations, VJs, dj, singer, musician, lighting designer, performance artist, choreographer or film-maker, the workshop frees you up from perceived programming limitations and gives you the skills you need to start experimenting with interactive live performance designs using Isadora software to harness the power of simple tools for design and control of your new media and interdisciplinary ideas.

Please note that I will be based full-time in Europe from August 2012 onward so this is the last workshop series I will be offering in Vancouver until my next visit back to Vancouver in January 2013.

thank you

We Are Here-Miniature Play Places


Miniature Play Places

Toy Theatres Depicting Favorite Neighborhood Places to Play

An initiative of “We Are Here”-  a mapping project for the South Hill and Sunset Neighborhoods; a project of the 3-Year Incubator Residency at Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre

Something Collective member Maggie Winston (Puppet Theatre Artist) worked and played with 30 Grade 4 students from Ms. Dana Soga’s Moberly Elementary School class. The style of puppetry the students engaged with is called “Toy Theatre”.

Toy theater, also called paper theater and model theater, is a form of miniature theater dating back to the early 19th century in Europe. Toy theaters were often printed on paperboard sheets and sold as kits at the concession stand of an opera house, playhouse, or vaudeville theater. Toy theaters were assembled at home and performed for family members and guests, sometimes with live musical accompaniment. Toy theater saw a drastic decline in popularity with a shift towards realism on the European stage in the late 19th century, and again with the arrival of television after World War II. Toy theater has seen a resurgence in recent years among many puppeteers, authors and filmmakers and there are numerous international toy theater festivals throughout the Americas and Europe.

Example of Toy Theatre from 19th Century Europe

Students were paired into groups and invited to decide where they most enjoyed playing in our neighborhood. Together, they sketched designs from memory of their favorite playgrounds, backyards, parks, alleyways, ice rinks, and living rooms.

Drawing of Moberly Park by Grade 4 Students at Moberly Elementary School

They realized these drawings in 3 dimensions and in miniature by using a variety of recycled materials including cardboard, plastic containers, toilet paper rolls, fabric, plastics, foam balls, and many more found objects.

Students working with Found Materials

The final stage of the project involved photographing each student and recreating themselves in miniature, as 2-D puppets to be animated in the miniature worlds. Each group wrote a script and filmed their miniature scenes which will be archived in our online interactive community map. Eventually, anyone will be able to see their Toy Theatre plays by clicking on an icon where the play places are located.

Dance Video Shooting at Sunset

 Flick spent this weekend shooting a dance film / video with Rob Kitsos, for his ongoing project A Moving.

Sunset Community Centre has some beautiful lines and spaces… we also got into the Sunset Nursery next door.

See the gallery at the original posting..

“The title of this new dance is taken from a discussion in 1982 between Monroe Beardsley, Sally Banes, and Noel Carroll about the nature of what constitutes dance movement. This debate, which continues today (and was challenged in the post-modern dance movement in the 1960s) hinges on the difference and the context between the way we move in everyday life and the added “vigor, fluency, expansiveness or stateliness” found in ‘dance’ movement.”

The dancers are Kitsos, Katie DeVries and Kim Stevenson.


Map Hatter’s Visioning Party!

Tonight, Something Collective led the Sunset Community Centre Board of Directors in a fun creative exercise to help them get started on their visioning process.  The game, which we call “The Map Hatter’s Visioning Party,” got them thinking about the neighbourhood and its future.

The exercise also launches our Community Mapping project in the Sunset area.  More news will follow, but we plan to recruit in the neighbourhood for a fun creative project with dance, video, music, puppets and more, with stuff targeting every age group.

See the gallery after the jump…

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Downtown Eastside Community Art News – Dec 2011

From Mary Bennett and the Community Arts Council of Vancouver:

December is here and the DTES is a hive of activity and creativity–even more so than usual.

You may be involved with one or more of the events here – and maybe you’ll attend some of the others to support friends and neighbours.

We are grateful to once again be one of the beneficiaries of the Bah! Humbug! benefit coming soon. Watch the Woodward’s Atrium video monitor for some preview shots and images about the organizations involved.

Read the rest here.

The Future of Community Arts @ Woodwards

Something Collective took part in the CACV conference on Nov 26 in the Woodwards atrium. Tons of artistic folks set up interactive booths where the public could get creative, have fun and learn about community arts programs.

It was raining like crazy, and there was a Grey Cup Traffic Jam Parade, but the event was a lot of fun.  Our group created an exquisite corpse scroll – each visitor painted a bit and then rolled the paper along so the next viewer could only see half, leading them to paint something else in a an endless disparate narrative…

Probably the biggest booth was for Deer Crossing The Art Farm


Something Collective will be at The Future of Community Arts

A celebration of the Future of Community Arts in Vancouver!

Time: November 26, 2011 from 12pm to 9pm
Location: Woodwards Atrium
Street: 111 West Hastings (at Abbott)
City/Town: Vancouver

As the “future” portion of our “Past, Present and Future” event series, we plan to pay our respects to the youth and kids who will one day carry on the legacy of the Community Arts Council of Vancouver.

Over a dozen organizations will be participating (including Something Collective), providing activities, displays, demonstrations and information throughout the day.

Here are some of the organizations who are participating:

For more information please visit the official Community Arts Council of Vancouver events page at A preliminary schedule is also listed on their webpage

The event is FREE but you can also RSVP via THIS LINK –

Hope to see you there!

Come to our Open Studio on Nov 20 at Moberly!

(The open studio will also be accessible on the avatar chat network Blue Mars Lite in the room called Something Collective. Download and prepare yourself ahead of time! Thanks to Jeremy Turner for turning me on to it…)

You’re invited to Something Collective’s Nov. 20th Open Studio, from 4-7 pm, at Moberly Arts and Cultural Centre.

Something Collective Open Studio
Nov. 20th, 4-7 pm
Moberly Arts and Cultural Centre
7646 Prince Albert St.

As friends, neighbors and colleagues of Something Collective, we are inviting you to the celebration of our new Incubator Residency at Moberly Arts and Cultural Centre.  Our like-minded group of activists and artists includes Maggie Winston (puppetry, theatre), Juliana Bedoya (sculpture, performance installation), Laura Barron (flutist, yogi, writer), Flick Harrison (media arts), and Natalie Gan (dance).  We are excited to serve the Sunset community over these next three years, by bringing our versatile expertise to a vibrant array of community-engaged art projects.  In order to maintain an active presence in the community, we are hosting three annual open studios, at our new collective space, on 7646 Prince Albert St. (one east of Fraser, at 59th).  The first of these takes place on Sunday, November 20th, from 4-7 pm.  There will be refreshments for all, as each of us shares work from our individual art practices.  We also look forward to discussing some of our plans for future community art projects, and we invite you to share ideas about this community’s passions and interests so that we can better meet the needs of the Sunset neighborhood.

We hope to see you there!
Maggie, Juliana, Laura, Flick, & Natalie