A warm thank you to everyone who made it out for the opening reception of our winter exhibitions: Antoni Wojtyra: Basic Research and Experience Spheres on January 10th. It was another great event at the gallery. Openings are some of our favourite times at BAF; we love to see you interacting with and enjoying the work and if you’ve seen the shows yet, you’ll know that this event was a particularly inviting opportunity to do so.

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This January and February, we’re thrilled to be hosting Experience Spheres, a collaboration between PuSh Festival, Tangible Interaction and BAF. TI has been working tirelessly for months to create the interactive installations that provide viewers with sensory experiences when they place their heads inside spheres suspended from the ceiling. Lights, music and sound surround the participant in their own private space that’s vastly different from the shared one they just stepped out of, with the three spheres on exhibit offering completely different experiences. It’s an incredible sensation to be entirely immersed in sound, colour by ones self. Don’t quote us on this, but we overheard one viewer describing being in a sphere like being in a “solo nightclub.” It’s an amusing comparison, but they might be on to something. In a good way.

IMG_7260The installation in use is incredibly tempting to photograph. Tag your pictures to @burrardarts – we always love to see them.

IMG_7258The spheres are also very kid-friendly – as long as they have a bigger companion to lift them up! This little guy was exploring the prototype that TI has made available so the more tech-savvy of visitors can explore the making of. 

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IMG_7269Speaking of geometric shapes: here’s a look at one of our favourite works by artist Antoni Wojtyra, who spent his residency at BAF exploring double surface painting through beautiful folds on painted paper. Stay tuned for an conversation with Wojtyra about his research and process on our blog.

IMG_7301Our friends Graeme Berglund and Wil Aballe enjoying the evening.

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 The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is produced over three weeks each January and presents groundbreaking work in the live performing arts. The PuSh Festival expands the horizons of Vancouver artists and audiences with work that is visionary, genre-bending, multi-disciplined, startling and original. The Festival showcases acclaimed international, Canadian and local artists and mixes them together with an alchemy that inspires audiences, rejuvenates artists, stimulates the industry and forges productive relationships around the globe. The Festival is a broker of international partnerships, a meeting place for creative minds, a showcase of Canada’s best and an incubator of brilliant new work.

Tangible Interaction creates sensory installations where people participation is key. By tapping into some of the most basic human instincts, to play and explore, their work generates talk value through a shared experience. Tangible is led by founder and Creative Director, Alex Beim and the team is a diverse mix of talent spanning graphic, industrial and audio design as well as programming, electronics engineering and production. The Tangible studio was established in 2006 and since then has produced branded interactive experiences for companies including Ford, Verizon, ESPN, Heineken, Samsung, Nokia, Adidas and MTV. In the entertainment sector, TI has collaborated with Blue Man Group, Sensation White, Arcade Fire, Green Day, Coldplay and Chemical Brothers. They’ve also worked with one of our dear friends Jeff Hamada of Booooooom to create the Mist & Mirrors installation at Squamish Festival. Stay tuned for an interview with Alex Beim of Tangible Interaction.
The Experience Spheres will be in the gallery until Thursday, January 22 until they go out into the city and then return to BAF on February 10 to 28.  Details about where to find and interact with the Spheres while they’re out and about can be found here.
We look forward to seeing you at the gallery during opening hours: 12-5, Tuesday through Saturday.