On the eve of Canada day, Vancouver’s special late-night art party returns Friday, June 30 to catapult the Gallery 150 years into the future—all the way to the year 2167! Fuse at The Vancouver Art Gallery June 2017 presents FUSE: 2167.

FUSE: 2167, an eclectic array of unexpected happenings and surprise encounters that will send this art-infused night into a time warp, creating an environment where FUSE-goers can ponder the present moment from the imagined vantage of 150 years into the future.

FUSE: 2167 will feature a diverse lineup of performances and live music, as well as artful interventions by local and international artists who will transport guests to another time. From the steps of Robson Street, local journalists, playwrights, activists and professors will take to the podium throughout the evening to deliver short presentations from the perspective of 2167. Ireland’s The Performance Corporation, known for creating daring theatrical adventures, will unveil a surprising performance in a satirical act called The Table. And artists from local theatre company Felix Culpa will re-envision the creative installation works featured in the Gallery’s exhibition Persistence from a future speculative lens.

Award-winning multidisciplinary Indigenous sound artist Crystal DJ Kwe Favel will enliven the Robson Square ice rink with an evocative four-hour set, spinning late into the evening. Filling the Gallery’s roof top pavilion, See Monsters, an audio-visual duo from the Sunshine Coast, will feature a dazzling visual projection alongside a lively ambient DJ set.

In collaboration with Microsoft, Sean Hunt, a Heiltsuk artist from Waglisla (Bella Bella), BC, has created an interactive mask that will absorb guests into a holographic augmented reality experience. Designer and mixed-media artist Connie Watts will intervene with Stamped or Branded, engaging guests in a futuristic ritual. Radix, an innovative theatre company will also debut a hybrid art performance that will plunge guests into an experience of human controlled extreme weather.

A number of other inspired performances will also animate the evening: a participatory performance by Rice and Beans will engage in a pick-the-number denouement that will end with one person being led away to an uncertain fate. And Cloud Collective will create a work called Time Capsule, offering FUSE-goers the opportunity to write or draw their hopes/dreams/fears for/of the distant future, which will then be captured and uploaded to a cloud-based visualization of the audience’s collective contributions.

This edition of FUSE is curated by Sherry J Yoon and Jay Dodge and produced by MediaLab. The Vancouver Art Gallery is also proud to partner with Microsoft as our Major Sponsor of FUSE.

During the evening, all four floors of the Gallery’s current exhibitions will be on view:
· Claude Monet’s Secret Garden
· Stephen Shore: The Giverny Portfolio
· Pictures From Here
· Elad Lassry
· Persistence
· Emily Carr: Into the Forest

About FUSE
Since its inception in July 2005, thousands of FUSE-goers have converged at the Vancouver Art Gallery for this unique adult event. Live performances and music in the Gallery spaces, DJs, eclectic Gallery tours, contemporary dance and unexpected surprises have made FUSE Vancouver’s popular art party—a place to see and be seen.

FUSE ADMISSION & INFO
· Friday, June 30, 2017 | 8:00pm to 12:00am
· Fuse Admission: $24 | Tickets at the door
· Members FREE! Members, present your membership card upon entry for free admission to FUSE.
· Vancouver Art Gallery | 750 Hornby Street Vancouver, BC

 

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