Ten Different Things

Ten local artists provoke, prototype and test new visions of art and civic life in Vancouver.




Living Labs at ECUAD

City of Vancouver:

  • Public Art, Cultural Services

City goal area:

  • Public Art Boost


Ten Different Things engaged ten local artists to provoke, prototype and test new visions of art and civic life in Vancouver.

The series, curated by Kate Armstrong, was a partnership between CityStudio Vancouver and Living Labs at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, commissioned by the City of Vancouver within the “Public Art Boost” initiative and administered by Simon Fraser University.

Ten Different Things invited artists to create new works in the spirit of free inquiry at the intersection of public art, community engagement, and civic process. The series happened between Spring 2017 and Fall 2018 and took a variety of forms including events, installations, residencies, interventions, and workshops. It inter-wove the approach of CityStudio, creating deep collaboration and dialogue with city staff, with that of Living Labs, developing projects in a lived context as a mode of investigation.

Learn more about the project here.


Holly Schmidt – Accretion
Colleen Brown – Assemble, Reassemble, Disassemble, Repeat
Janet Wang – in/visible
Jen Weih – Admin Meets the Guts
Laiwan – Mobile Barnacle City Live/Work Studio
Henry Tsang – Riot Food Here
Pong Yannanissorn and Denise Holland – Open Season
Instant Coffee – Slow Dance
Casey Wei – art rock? no. 31 FINALE
Khan Lee – Composition for Seven Pianos

Below: Julie Mills – Pep Rally
(Image: Pongsakorn Yananissorn and Denise Holland)

Bottom: Henry Tsang – RIOT FOOD HERE
(Image: Keely Bruce, Emiko Morita, Naiya Tsang and Henry Tsang)

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