Ruins in Process: Vancouver Art in the Sixties

Image: Carole Itter, Raw Egg Costume. Courtesy of the artist.

The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery at The University of British Columbia and the grunt gallery, Vancouver, are delighted to announce the launch of Ruins in Process: Vancouver Art in the Sixties, an online resource and digital archive incorporating hundreds of photographs, press clippings, audio recordings and film clips. Drawn from private collections and archives as well as public sources, Ruins in Process brings together the research of many artists, curators and writers in an exploration of the diverse artistic practices of Vancouver art in the 1960s and early 1970s. Collaborative methods, interdisciplinary activity and an interest in emerging technologies are revealed in the selections of the contributors to this educational resource.

The website has a fully searchable digital collection, video interviews with artists Ingrid Baxter, Christos Dikeakos, Carole Itter, and Gary Lee-Nova, as well as a number of essays that contextualize the work in the archive.

Five project sites document in detail the work of specific artists and collectives and explore the relationships between artistic media.

Aboriginal Art in the Sixties, curated by Marcia Crosby and Roberta Kremer, examines the relationship of visual artists to broadcast and print media, political movements and the city.

Al Neil, curated by Glenn Alteen, combines documentation from performances, concerts and readings as well as photo-documentation of collage, assemblage and text by and about the artist.

Expanded Literary Practice, curated by Charo Neville and Michael Turner, looks at the relationships between writing and visual art and the merging of the two in concrete poetry.

The Intermedia Catalogue, curated by Michael de Courcy, archives the activities of this interdisciplinary collective of artists, musicians, writers, film and video makers and performers.

Transmission Difficulties: Painting in the Sixties, curated by Scott Watson, examines the many challenges to the idea of high art that were posed by electronic communication and psychedelic exploration.

Ruins in Process is produced through a partnership of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery at The University of British Columbia and the grunt gallery, Vancouver. The project is managed by Lorna Brown, with technical direction and design by Jeff Khonsary and Courtenay Webber of The Future. Editorial direction is provided by Scott Watson, Glenn Alteen and Lorna Brown. Additional project site design by Dexter Sinister, Archer Pechawis, and James Szuszkiewicz.

Ruins in Process is made possible with the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage through the Canadian Culture Online Strategy. We are also grateful for the assistance of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.


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