- Select'Or Mixtape Edition
- Select'Or Mixtape Edition
- Select'Or Mixtape Edition
- Select'Or Mixtape Edition
Contributors: Alex Alberro, Sepake Angiama, Raven Chacon, Simon Denny, Diedrich Diederichsen, Deborah Edmeades, Mercedes Eng, Denise Ferreira da Silva, Julia Feyrer, Jeneen Frei Njootli, Luis Jacob, Fred Moten, Arjuna Neuman, The Music Appreciation Society
Mixtapes are back and Or Gallery’s best friends have compiled their favourite pop, ambient or soundscape tracks into mystery mixtapes as a fundraising edition in support of our programming. Each mystery DJ is an artist or curator who only reveals their identity in their mix. Available in analogue or digital, both encased in the perfect form of the classic cassette.
Available as individual or a full set of 12. Shipping is an additional charge. Please note your preference for USB or Classic Cassette in your order.
Mixtapes available from:
Alex Alberro is a contemporary art historian, specializing in Latin American, European and North American art. He earned his earlier art history degrees from UBC, before pursuing a PhD at Northwestern University in 1990. Alberro’s published work includes Abstraction in Reverse: The Reconfigured Spectator in Mid-Twentieth Century Latin American Art (Chicago University Press, 2017), Conceptual Art: A Critical Anthology (MIT Press, 1999), and Conceptual Art and the Politics of Publicity (MIT Press, 2003). He is currently the Virginia Bloedel Wright Professor of Art History at Barnard College.
Originally from London, Sepake Angiama has worked as a curator and educator for various institutions, including Hayward Gallery, International Foundation Manifesta, and Turner Contemporary. She served as the Head of Education for documenta 14, and Co-curator of the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennale. With these events, much of Angiama’s curatorial work considers how to connect international practices with local artists. She also focuses on unlearning, and is inspired by artists who destabilize colonial legacies through dance, design and creation. She holds a graduate degree in curatorial studies from the Royal College of Art, and was recently named Artistic Director at Iniva, London.
Raven Chacon is a Diné musician and artist from Navajo Nation’s Fort Defiance. His experimental compositions draw from various influences ranging from heavy metal to traditional, and are often exhibited with multimedia installations. Chacon often uses handmade acoustic instruments in his audio works, whose sounds are digitally altered throughout the recording process. Chacon’s work has been shown at the Sydney Biennale, Whitney Biennale and Vancouver Art Gallery, plus he is the recipient of many prestigious awards and fellowships. From 2009 to 2018 he was a member of Postcommodity, a Southwest Native American Collective. He now resides and works in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Simon Denny is an artist based in Berlin, originally from Auckland. He represented New Zealand in the 2015 Venice Biennale with his installation Secret Powers. Denny’s work often explores the practices and aesthetics of tech companies in the start-up phase. Notably, he created three exhibitions titled The Personal Effects of Kim Dotcom, depicting items that were seized in a New Zealand Police raid of Kim Dotcom’s home. He is a founding member of Auckland’s Gambia Castle artist-run gallery and in 2018 was appointed professor of time-based media at HFBK University, Hamburg.
Diedrich Diederichsen is a German theorist, author, cultural critic and music journalist. His writing often explores situationism by combining biography and history, relating individual experience to pop culture.Diederichsen often considers how the art and music worlds function in contrast or tandem. He has contributed to publications such as Frieze, Artforum, Die Zeit, and Texte Zur Kunst, and authored books like Über Pop-Musik (Kiepenheuer und Witsch, 2014), Judgment and Contemporary Art Criticism (Artspeak/Fillip, 2010), and Sexbeat: 1972 Bis Heute (Kiepenheuer und Witsch, 1985).
Deborah Edmeades, an interdisciplinary artist born in London, England, includes performance, photography and sculpture in her practice. Her recent work has explored New Age religion and western esotericism, alongside the femme struggle for spiritual autonomy. She has shown at a multitude of galleries especially in Vancouver and New York, her primary cities of residence. During her admirable career, she has been selected as the 2018 media program resident at Western Front Gallery, Vancouver, and 2017 International Studio and Curatorial Program resident, New York. You may have caught Edmeades in Or Gallery’s podcast series, Post-Studio Visit, with Jonah Gray.
Mercedes Eng is a writer/poet and teacher, based in Vancouver, unceded Coast Salish territory. Her written work, largely focusing on social injustice in Western Canada, has been published in Geist, Capilano Review, Jacket2, and West Coast Line. In yt mama (Talon, 2020) Eng uses documentary poetics to discuss motherly love, Tupac and racial inequality present in: the media; her hometown of Medicine Hat, Alberta on Treaty 7 territory; and her family’s mixed heritage. She collaborated with Fred Moten on their mixtape.
Denise Ferreira da Silva is a professor, writer, theorist and artist, who currently serves as Director of The Social Justice Institute at University of British Columbia on unceded Musqueam territory. She has been praised for her work in both academic and artistic realms, having contributed to scholastic journals such as Theory, Culture and Society, philoSOPHIA, and The Black Scholar, and participated in major arts events such as documenta 14, and the 2017 Venice Biennale. In 2018, Ferreira da Silva exhibited 4 Waters – Deep Implicancy at Or Gallery, a video work with frequent collaborator, Arjuna Neuman, with whom she also made an Or mixtape.
Artist, writer and performer, Julia Feyrer focuses their practice on bodily engagement with celluloid sculpture and filmmaking. They view the camera as an extension of their own sensory network, and present these video pieces alongside visual arts installations. In addition to multiple shows at Catriona Jeffries Gallery (where Feyrer is represented) they have exhibited at Johan Berggren Gallery, Malmö, (2011), Potts, Los Angeles (2017), and grunt gallery, Vancouver (2014). They have also been included in two groups shows at the Vancouver Art Gallery (2016, 2017), collaborated on several exhibitions with Canadian artist Tamara Henderson, and are the co-editor of Spoox Audiozine.
Jeneen Frei Njootli is a 2SQ Vuntut Gwitchin artist, instrumentalist and performer. Their interdisciplinary practice often considers the aura of their chosen materials, in an effort to explore their social, ceremonial, and trade history. They are an advocate for Indigenous Sovereignty and decolonization, and co-founder of the ReMatriate Collective —a group dedicated to empowering and connecting Indigenous women. Njootli has both local and international exhibition experience, including shows/performances at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (2019), La Ferme du Buisson, Noisiel, France (2019), and the Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver (2015). They now work as an Associate Professor at UBC on unceded Musqueam territory.
Born in Lima, Peru, Luis Jacob now resides and works in Toronto as an artist, writer and curator. After studying semiotics and philosophy at UofT, he showed his love for the city with the show Form Follows Fiction: Art and Artists in Toronto (Art Museum, University of Toronto, 2016). Additionally, his work has been shown at Guggenheim, New York (2010), documenta 12, Kassel (2007), and La Biennale de Montréal (2016). He often works with photography, video and multimedia installation to disrupt traditional viewing practices. Jacob is also a visiting professor at University of Toronto’s John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design.
Fred Moten is a theorist, philosopher and poet, largely focused on performance studies, black studies and cultural critique. You may have noticed Moten’s name on our bookstore shelves in recent years —he has written many books, including In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition (University of Minnesota Press, 2003). Moten also co- authored the essay series The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study (Minor Compositions, 2013) alongside Stefano Harney. Currently, he is a professor in the performing arts department at Tisch.
Arjuna Neuman is a film director, writer and artist based in Berlin. His work —including collaborations with Denise Ferreira da Silva— builds on experimental essay formats to reconsider the larger systems shaping individual experience. He has shown work at Torrance Art Gallery, Los Angeles; La Gaite Lyrique, Paris; Whitechapel Gallery, London; and many others. Additionally, his films have been screened internationally, including an upcoming presentation at the Glasgow International set for 2021 featuring his most recent collaboration with Ferreira da Silva, with whom he made an Or Mixtape.
The Music Appreciation Society are Kathy Slade and Brady Cranfield, who explore popular music and visual art through public events, panel discussions, and publications. They have hosted events at Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna (2012); Disjecta, Portland (2007); and the Vancouver Art Gallery (2009, 2014). As Cranfield and Slade, they produced two conceptual albums on vinyl —10 Riot Songs (2011) and 12 Sun Songs (2009). Slade has exhibited her work extensively, including several exhibitions at Or Gallery, where she also guest curated Principles and Deception by Sarah Dobai (2018), and How Wheeling Feels When the Ground Walks Away by James Hoff (2014). Cranfield is an artist and musician with a keen interest in audio arts. In addition to a 2012 exhibition at Or Gallery (2012), he has also shown at Artspeak (2008), the Western Front (2004), and the Contemporary Art Gallery (2020).