Second Site II at VanDusen Botanical Gardens.
Located at 37th and Oak Street in Vancouver. Running from July 4 to September 6, 2009. Opening events on Sunday July 5th. Hours are 11 am to 4 pm daily, unless it is raining.
(Check the Calendar for more details.)
Following the exhibition, Kate Armstrong wrote an essay about the show. Further information, video and photos of the individual pieces can be found by clicking the links below.
Presenting Audio Pools by Diana Burgoyne, Poison Mentor by Peter Courtemanche, Diaspora by David Floren, Alate by Robin Ripley, Pondering by Matt Smith, and Weidenhammer's Sonic Therapy Spa by Lori Weidenhammer.
The pieces use wind, solar-power and, in one case, hand-cranks. They behave like independent organisms that inhabit the gardens in the same way as biological plants and animals. Located mostly in the west regions of the gardens, you can find a hand-crank-powered audio saw, hybrid sculpture that merges plants with electronics, robotics, a fungus that monitors levels of man-made radiation, and a sonic therapy spa based on the biorhythms of plants.
The events in the summer of 2009 included an "opening" "middling" and "closing", artist-talks and tours, and ongoing installations. Performances/interventions by Matt Smith and Lori Weidenhammer were shown on specific days listed in the calendar.