Welcome to Screenland asks what do we go onto the internet to experience?
Welcome to Screenland asks what do we go onto the internet to experience?

Here are a trio of arts events in Vancouver this summer for those days when you’re looking to cool off, or when you need to escape our inevitable summer showers.

Who said the summer entertainment is only about the Hollywood blockbuster? Following the success of their inaugural season last year, Ensemble Theatre Company is back again with another Summer Theatre Festival (Jul 7-Aug 16), and a new trio of thought-provoking plays.  Intended to hold a mirror up to the dark heart and shining soul of the human condition, the plays this year include The Cripple of Inishmaan, The Duchess of Malfi, and The Normal Heart all playing in rotation at the Jericho Arts Centre.

The frank theatre company, Vancouver’s professional LGBTQ theatre company, kicks off Telling It Bent (Jul 8-Aug 26), a drop-in writing workshop for queer, transgender, Two Spirit, and questioning youth, ages 14-25. The eight week workshop has been designed as a safe place for other queer and trans artists to meet, express and imagine together and to learn writing, editing, performance, and publications skills.  Led by Vancouver writers lee williams boudakian and Amal Rana, the workshops will culminate in a shared reading at the Heartwood Community Cafe on August 21.

In Welcome to Screenland (Jul 11-Sep 13) asks the question: what do we go onto the internet to experience? Artists Jennifer Chan, Freya Bjorg Olafson, Jon Rafman, Frances Stark, Angie Waller, and Matthew Williamson explore the ways people disclose and express identity, connection, intimacy, memory, and desire online. Key to the selected works are their use of the language and appearance of user-generated content, working with or referencing online structures found in games, video diaries, and blogs. The exhibition’s opening reception takes place on July 10.

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