CODE Live 3 at the Vancouver Public Library

The Vancouver Public Library – Central Branch 

At the centre of the city, CODE Live 3 joins the City of Vancouver’s Olympic public art program in animating the space in and around the Vancouver Public Library’s central branch. The main floor atrium and lower floor moat are very popular pedestrian thoroughfares and make a perfect setting for artworks that focus on culture, movement and community. The CODE Live works at VPL invite the audience to both be a participant and creator within the works. 

Where: 350 West Georgia St., Vancouver

When: 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.







Seen: David Rokeby (Canada)

In a very real sense, Seen, the installation by Canadian artist David Rokeby, works like an X-ray, exposing an inner condition that only a surveillance technology could reveal. Just as surveillance is used to capture unseen objects or states, Seenliberates an invisible process and secures the beauty and flow of a pedestrian space into something visibile. The impossibility of seeing is overcome through four-aligned video screens that emerge from a single live camera in the atrium of the Vancouver Central Library. The movements of pedestrians are recorded and fed back under systems of delay and overlay providing images of an everyday dance — the way people interact with each other, move through space unconsciously and create patterns and designs without motivation. They become separate and complete at the same time — individual and collective.

The screens offer viewers an exploration of the abstract processions of a space when mobilized by its users, as they leave unintended traces of their continuous and interrupted streams of unintentional organization. Patterns of their tracks are left in the digital snow of the screens. In Seen, Rokeby is producing a continuously shifting map of a space — a new literacy of understanding the signs left by a community of people in the foyer of a space of traditional literacy. The visual knowledge he creates in this installation is only available to us through these awakened technologies. 






The Sacred Touch: Ranjit Makkuni (India)

The Sacred Touch presents a set of installations and interface technologies that allow a visitor to experience the emerging relationships between traditional culture and technology. The pieces, chosen from the extensive collection of installations by artist Ranjit Makkuni, take us on an interactive journey into the multifaceted ideals of the famous Indian philosopher, Mahatma Gandhi, as well as on a virtual tour of the small side streets and spaces of Banaras (Varanasi), one of the main spiritual centres of Hinduism on the banks of the Ganges River in India. Makkuni brings traditional cultures to the surface through new technologies of communication to explore how innovation flows between both kinds of expertise. The spaces of Sacred Touchpresent a creative vision of India that respects and celebrates ancient living cultures as well as developing the forms of the future through information technology. Classical cultural forms meet and embrace futuristic technologies in a marriage of originality. Makkuni’s work speaks to the new generation of interactive art now emerging from a multitude of countries and cultures across the planet, and brings the dimensions of touch and handicrafts essential to the practice of traditional arts, into the design of modern technology. The works have developed a voice for the perennial idealism of the sacred in a world enveloped by rapid change.




When the Gods Came Down to Earth: Srinivas Krishna (Canada)

When the Gods Came Down to Earth is a public large-scale installation where projections interpret and recreate classical imagery of Indian Gods as cinematic sequences on the entrance doorways to the Vancouver Central Library. Images of different deities reign down the walls in fantastical ways, interacting in movement to the audience below. Through the size and beauty of the images, audiences become enraptured, captivated by the rhythmic movements of these famous figures from thousands of years in the past. When the Gods Came Down to Earth puts an interesting contemporary spin on the thousands of plays devoted to re-enacting the stories of these legendary characters and their adventures on earth. Created by Srinivas Krishna, the director of the international hit film Masala,the installation gives a contemporary inflection to traditional gods and informs viewers of the richness of the Indian film industry as well.





Room to Make Your Peace : 2010
Olympic Truce Project Vancouver 2010

Room To Make Your Peace is an interactive art installation created in the spirit of the Olympic Truce with contributions from people both online and at the site reflecting on what it takes to “make your peace.” It’s a fitting phrase because this collaborative art work featured depends on people turning the peace reflections into delicate pieces of origami and sending them into flight. These small creations, each with their own little LED light collect high above the pedestrian atrium of the Vancouver Central Library, shimmering in the air as they become a collective art piece that grows in size with each contribution. As visitors participate in the seed of truce installation, their simple actions remind us that peace requires intention and action. The official Patron of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Truce is Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada who challenged all Canadians to respond online to the question:  In your life or community how do you make your peace?  Their responses were collected as part of the Canada CODE project and are now joined together with those who participate at Room to Make Your Peace resulting in a truce collaboration that can be shared and “owned” by all.