WE and Vectorial Elevation

WE and Vectorial Elevation

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There are two pieces of art featured here. The first is WE, by Jaume Plensa and is the sculpture in the foreground and the second is the array of spotlights in the background called Vectorial Elevation by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer.

What is also featured here is an end to my "olympics in a vacuum" photos which are the last few that I have posted. What I mean by that is that the last photos encompass the enjoyment of the moment without the repercussions that reality entails.

Make no mistake, I enjoyed my own moments with olympians and am very thankful for the opportunity to talk to and photograph them. I'm also a huge hockey fan and celebrated Canada's victory with as much pride and emotion as anyone.

But the same argument that I had against the olympics when it was first announced that we were bidding is the same argument that I have now: at what cost?

What does that have to do with the two works of art in the photo? It seems as if we are now seeing the connection between the olympics and the arts community and it goes way beyond the cultural olympiad which is what brought Rafael Lozano-Hemmer's fantastic light show to Vancouver.

The real connection is a massive budget cut in provincial arts funding which jeopardize arts projects in BC. Arts projects which would enrich and inspire the people of BC for a hell of a lot longer than 17 days.

The cuts are so drastic that Rafael Lozano-Hemmer called his own project "obscene" after learning of them. He found it obscene that the cultural olympiad is being funded but, after the games are over, the tap is being cut off.

What I find obscene is the hypocrisy of the provincial Liberals and the Gordon Campbell government. For those of you not familiar with BC politics, make no mistake, there is nothing liberal about the provincial Liberals other than the name. Their economic agenda is as neocon as Harper's and Bush's.

What do these politicians do when the world is looking? Put arts front and centre in the opening ceremonies. When it became painfully obvious that the majority of residents of Vancouver would not get to see a single live event, who did they turn to too supply alternative entertainment? The arts community. When they try and show the world how cosmopolitan and mature we are as a city, who do they turn to? The arts community.

I find that hypocritical and unacceptable.

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Camera: NIKON D90
Lens Type:
Focal Length: 10 mm
35mm Focal Length: 15 mm
Exposure: 30 sec
Aperture: f 8
ISO: 200


Taken: 2010-02-16 21:35:16
Posted: 2010-03-07 | 23:24





WE and Vectorial Elevation

WE and Vectorial Elevation

There are two pieces of art featured here. The first is WE, by Jaume Plensa and is the sculpture in the foreground and the second is the array of spotlights in the background called Vectorial Elevation by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer.

What is also featured here is an end to my "olympics in a vacuum" photos which are the last few that I have posted. What I mean by that is that the last photos encompass the enjoyment of the moment without the repercussions that reality entails.

Make no mistake, I enjoyed my own moments with olympians and am very thankful for the opportunity to talk to and photograph them. I'm also a huge hockey fan and celebrated Canada's victory with as much pride and emotion as anyone.

But the same argument that I had against the olympics when it was first announced that we were bidding is the same argument that I have now: at what cost?

What does that have to do with the two works of art in the photo? It seems as if we are now seeing the connection between the olympics and the arts community and it goes way beyond the cultural olympiad which is what brought Rafael Lozano-Hemmer's fantastic light show to Vancouver.

The real connection is a massive budget cut in provincial arts funding which jeopardize arts projects in BC. Arts projects which would enrich and inspire the people of BC for a hell of a lot longer than 17 days.

The cuts are so drastic that Rafael Lozano-Hemmer called his own project "obscene" after learning of them. He found it obscene that the cultural olympiad is being funded but, after the games are over, the tap is being cut off.

What I find obscene is the hypocrisy of the provincial Liberals and the Gordon Campbell government. For those of you not familiar with BC politics, make no mistake, there is nothing liberal about the provincial Liberals other than the name. Their economic agenda is as neocon as Harper's and Bush's.

What do these politicians do when the world is looking? Put arts front and centre in the opening ceremonies. When it became painfully obvious that the majority of residents of Vancouver would not get to see a single live event, who did they turn to too supply alternative entertainment? The arts community. When they try and show the world how cosmopolitan and mature we are as a city, who do they turn to? The arts community.

I find that hypocritical and unacceptable.

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Camera: NIKON D90
Lens Type:
Focal Length: 10 mm
35mm Focal Length: 15 mm
Exposure: 30 sec
Aperture: f 8
ISO: 200


Taken: 2010-02-16 21:35:16
Posted: 2010-03-07 | 23:24


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