The Foreshore: Session 9

Tue 07 Mar 2017 7–9PM

Arianne Gelardin and Lisa Prentice

222 East Georgia Street

Vancouver, BC

Arianne Gelardin on addressing America's sociopolitical climate through art and public engagement with Lisa Prentice on politics, therapy and organizing

The Foreshore is a series of informal sessions of research and knowledge exchange. Join us for these brief presentations followed by discussion:

Arianna Gelardin will present a selection of projects from StoreFrontLab's (San Francisco) current season of installations, happenings, discussions and workshops that address America's sociopolitical climate using the agency of art and public engagement. The series, entitled NOW!, invites an evaluation of progress and demands an end to regressive values through direct action and counteraction.

Lisa Prentice asks do therapeutic practices and theories help or hinder social change? Considering the longstanding frictional relationship between Marxism and Freudian theory to the endpoint of today’s tendency to look for an analysis of political events in psychological terms, it would seem that therapy and politics make uneasy bedfellows.


Gelardin is curator at StoreFrontLab, an experimental exhibition space located in San Francisco, California. Founded in 2011 by architect David Baker and Yosh Asato, StoreFrontLab prides itself as "a small space for big ideas," supporting conceptual and city-oriented projects that rely heavily on public dialogue and participation. Gelardin also consults on the design and fabrication of public artworks for the San Francisco Arts Commission, facilitating the production of such works from proposals to architectural details. Working at the intersection of art, phenomenology, and sociology, Arianne's personal practice finds form through writing, happenings, and visual language.

Prentice is a manual therapist, artist, and an ongoing researcher who explores somatic approaches to meaning making and understanding, and the relationship of human body(s) and the body politic. She is currently in private practice and has also worked with diverse groups including youth, artists and persons with mental health labels. She draws influence from the work of Wilhelm Reich, Martha Eddy, R.D. Laing, and Shou-Yu Liang.

Image Left: StoreFrontLab titled NOW

Image Right: found online of tattoos of Sigmund Freud and Karl Marx


The Foreshore is a year-long collaboration between Access Gallery and Other Sights’ for Artist Projects inspired by the deep influence of the waterways on our cities and societies on the West Coast.

The foreshore is a place of unclear jurisdiction, and thus of contestation, friction, and constant movement. Those who dwell in this zone must continually adapt to a changing environment. The foreshore also conjures histories specific to this region: narratives of trade and exchange, habitation and nourishment, resistance and violent erasure. It might similarly evoke our contemporary lived situation in this place. Considering the potential of this zone as both concept and site, The Foreshore initiative asks the following: how do we generate conditions of emergence? How can we take up space differently? How do we support unruly practices and futures?


Other Sights for Artists’ Projects is a non-profit arts organization that develops new and unexpected exhibition platforms outside of the gallery context. Other Sights collaborates and shares resources with organizations and individuals to present artworks that consider the aesthetic, economic and regulatory conditions of public places and public life. For more information visit

Other Sights gratefully acknowledges the support of the British Columbia Arts Council, The Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 15, and private donors without whom this project would not be possible.


Established as an non-profit artist-run centre in 1991, Access Gallery is platform for emergent and experimental art practices. We enable critical conversations and risk taking through new configurations of audience, artists, and community. For more information visit

Access Gallery gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Government of British Columbia through the BC Arts Council and BC Gaming, the City of Vancouver, the Hamber Foundation, the Burrard Arts Foundation, the Contemporary Art Gallery, NSB Reederei, and our committed donors, members and volunteers.