The Lost and Found website is the second half of a collaborative project produced by Powell Street Festival (PSFS) and Access Artist Run Centre (VAARC) in 2006. Lost and Found was originally a group exhibition featuring the work of Judy Chartrand, Wayde Compton and Haruko Okano. Through an artistic residency with the PSFS and VAARC the three artists were asked to consider lost and forgotten “histories” that both linger and disappear within the context of the Downtown Eastside (DTES) of Vancouver, B.C. Each artist produced new works that examined three particular neighbourhoods in the DTES. The first area was the former Japantown that had existed prior to the Second World War. The second, Hogan’s Alley, was Vancouver’s first and last neighbourhood with a concentrated black population and is now gone because of the construction of the Georgia Viaduct in the 1970’s. The last and largest area coves the DTES and Stratchona neighborhoods that were once made up of land once attributed to the Squamish Nation.
The Lost and Found website echoes similar concerns and issues raised by the work of these three artists. The site not only archives the exhibition but continues the dialogue around Vancouver’s DTES as a place of intersecting and overlapping social and cultural histories. Through the use of interactive web technologies, online viewers are able to engage with the fleeting and ephemeral materials: oral histories, lost languages, and personal photographs that otherwise in their material form disintegrate and disappear. As these virtual ‘neighbourhoods’ and cultural memories become concretized by technology, they are still called into question as they become accessible to many online viewers who play and engage with the materials challenging notions of history, place and memory.
– Cindy Mochizuki, Project Co-ordinator
Web project coordinator: Cindy Mochizuki
Flash Design and Web Production: Mel Roth Design & Marc Hansen
Powell Street Festival and Access Artist Run Centre thank Judy Chartrand, Haruko Okano, Wayde Compton for being so committed to this project; Vannessa Kwan for all her hardwork getting this project off the ground; and Alex Grewal for overseeing production details of the exhibit. Thank you to the writers: Christine Lyons, Karnala Todd and Fred Wah.