With the opening of the Image Bank exhibition on June 18, 2021, we are pleased to have launched the Outdoor Screen, a 4×2 metre digital screen curated with media works from the Belkin’s permanent collection and archive alongside work commissioned specifically for this platform.
Located on the gallery’s Main Mall exterior, the rotating program of digital art moves towards making the Belkin a more porous institution, extending the exhibition and programming space from the inside to the outside through video, sound, animation, graphics, live-cast performance and interactive artworks. This intimate cinema transforms the grassy area out front of the gallery to an informal lounge space, with the boardwalk recently installed as part of Holly Schmidt’s Fireweed Fields functioning as a viewing platform. The curated digital program will operate from 9 am to 9 pm daily.
The Outdoor Screen is made possible with support from John and Helen O’Brian, UBC’s Matching Fund for Outdoor Art through Infrastructure Impact Charges and the British Columbia Arts Council.
Remembering Michael Morris, 12 Dec 2022-11 Jan 2023
“I am a citizen of art. Art is my country.” On 18 November 2022, we lost artist Michael Morris – painter, curator, photographer, performance artist – who has been a constant and defining thread through the gallery’s history. Through 11 January 2023, we are showing a selection of Michael’s video works from the archive and collection that imagine the garden, the forest and the shore as sites of research as well as repose.
Stories from Musqueam, 21 June 2022
In recognition of National Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Tuesday, 21 June, the Belkin’s Outdoor Screen will present a selection of videos that feature the work and words of Musqueam artists, cultural knowledge keepers and community members. Highlighting Musqueam, upon whose traditional, ancestral and unceded territory the Belkin is located, the films acknowledge Musqueam’s presence and stewardship of this land for thousands of years through shared stories of listening, learning and relationships that are felt across time.
Solstice Screening: Jumana Manna’s Wild Relatives (2018), 20 June 2021
On the summer solstice, the Belkin projected Jumana Manna’s film Wild Relatives five times from morning until sundown, in conversation across media with Holly Schmidt’s Fireweed Fields. In previous months, the strange, spasmodic course of space and time has been mitigated by little other than the changes in seasons, the rhythms of nature and the communal spaces offered by the outdoors. Seasonal and celestial makers such as the summer solstice bring this orientation upwards and into marked relief.
Fireweed Fields transforms a UBC lawn site into a fireweed meadow, encouraging increased biodiversity through gradual succession as a metaphor for the resurgence of life after a crisis. This installation acknowledges the global climate emergency: by tearing through the fabric of maintained lawns and colonial ideals, it plants the initial seeds for change and catalyzes dialogue, creative experimentation, and new biodiversity research and learning opportunities.[more]
In recognition of National Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Tuesday, 21 June, the Belkin’s Outdoor Screen will present a selection of videos that feature the work and words of Musqueam artists, cultural knowledge keepers and community members. The screenings will begin at 11 am, 1 pm, 3pm and 5 pm, with a one-time screening of c̓əsnaʔəm: the city before the city (2017) (1 h 13 m) at 6 pm.[more]
From June until August, the Belkin's outdoor screen will exhibit Marian Penner Bancroft's the rifting of Pangaea (2019) daily from 9 am until 9 pm. Evocative of breaking and shifting continents, the rifting of Pangaea takes a domestic view of large scale geologic and time changes.[more]
From January to April, the Belkin's Outdoor Screen sets a number of works in relation to one another, drawing associations between the exhibition Laiwan: Traces, Erasures, Resists in the gallery, the longterm artist's residency in the Outdoor Art program and the affinities to be found with research partners on campus.[more]
This fall, the Belkin's Outdoor Screen sets a number of works in relation to one another, drawing associations between the exhibition in the gallery, the longterm artist's residency in the Outdoor Art program and the affinities to be found with research partners on campus. Installed in the summer of 2021, the 4x2 metre digital screen extends the exhibitions and programs from inside the Belkin to the outside through video, sound and animation, supporting a more porous encounter for visitors. Transforming the grassy area in front of the gallery into an informal and flexible lounge space, with the boardwalk from Holly Schmidt's Fireweed Fields as a functioning viewing platform, the screen creates a space for engagement and conversation. Alongside curated works, the screen also highlights upcoming programs and events, and is often a site for facilitated conversations, class visits and workshops.[more]
On Sunday, June 20, the summer solstice, we will project Jumana Manna’s film Wild Relatives (64 minutes, 2018) on the Belkin's Outdoor Screen located on the exterior of the gallery's wall along Main Mall, in a conversation across media with Holly Schmidt’s Fireweed Fields. The strange, spasmodic course of space and time in recent months has been mitigated by little other than the changes in seasons, the rhythms of nature, and the communal spaces offered by the outdoors. Seasonal and celestial markers such as that of the solstice bring this collective orientation upward and outward into marked relief. Wild Relatives will screen first at 11 am and then on each odd hour with the last screening at 7 pm.[more]
This summer 2021, the Belkin's Outdoor Screen includes works related to the Image Bank exhibition in the gallery, with a special summer solstice screening of Jumana Manna's Wild Relatives (2018).[more]
Teresa Sudeyko talks about Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller’s 2001 House Burning.[more]