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Kristina Lee Podesva, editor of Magazine-in-Residence Fillip Magazine talks about Althea Thauberger’s Carrall Street project, a performance work that took place on the 200 block of Carrall Street in Vancouver in 2008. 

Collaborating with diverse local communities in Artspeak’s neighbourhood of the Downtown Eastside/Gastown, the one-night performance will present the street (brightly lit like a film set at nighttime) as a stage where the roles of participant and spectator blur. 

Artist and writer Joni Murphy wrote about the work for Fillip in 2009 and can be read here.

Althea Thauberger’s work was recently featured in the 24 Hour Exhibition, Representation and its Discontents at Kadist San Francisco. 

Carrall and Cordova, 1890

The brick building was originally the Boulder Hotel. It’s still there, but has since had another floor added. The wood building on the left was originally Burrard House, but in 1889 changed to the Balmoral Hotel (not the current one on Hastings). Today it’s the site of the Rainier Hotel. Here’s the same view today.

Source: City of Vancouver Archives #Str P349.2