MOMENTARILY: LEARNING FROM MEGA-EVENTS
"Strategic, simplified, spotless, homogenizing representations require a pluralistic response which engages the visual tactically. Unlike the image of Vancouver, the project’s category-defying qualities are not clear-cut nor easily pinned down. This project exists within several forms each increasingly visible: a residency, an exhibition that commissioned two new works, a symposium with more than thirty speakers, and now this publication.
A research process that has unfolded since 2009, Momentarily: Learning from Mega-Events began with a shared interest in the impacts of the 2010 Olympic Games on Vancouver, at a time when this city has been noted as especially livable. Through multiple textual forms – from semi-fiction to interview to theoretical historical examination – this publication explodes first doubts and curiosities."
The book includes writing by Bik Van der Pol, Sabine Bitter, Helmut Weber, Jeff Derksen, Am Johal, Myka Tucker-Abramson, Pelin Tan, Stuart Eldon, Arnold Van Bruggen, and Lize Mogel. It is available as a free .pdf download on the Western Front website.