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AHA MEDIA thanks Tom Hall of WomWorld Nokia London and W2 Community Media Arts for Nokia N97 mini

October 26, 2010 Leave a comment

AHA MEDIA thanks Tom Hall of WomWorld Nokia London and W2 Community Media Arts for the Nokia N97 mini!  With their generous tech support, AHA MEDIA is grateful for the opportunity to be able to provide  mobile media event coverage throughout Heart of the City Festival happening Oct 27 – Nov 7, 2010

AHA MEDIA ‘s members are very proud users of Nokia Smartphone technology!

Below is a photo of a Nokia N97

Below is a photo of  a Nokia N97 with a Nokia N86

Below is Tom Hall helping to set up the Nokia N97 mini

Below is a Nokia N97 mini installing apps

Peter Davies of AHA MEDIA is happy to see the Nokia N97 mini

Below is Tom Hall using his Nokia N97 to help set up the new Nokia N97 mini

A family of Nokia cellphones !! – Nokia N97, Nokia N97 mini, Nokia N86 and Nokia 3500cb

Getting Home screen tips for the Nokia N97 mini from Nokia Love website

April holding Nokia N97  mini and Program Guide of Heart of the City Festival with Tom Hall

Below is Tom Hall, Richard Czaban, Peter Davies and Lani Russwurm – Coordinator of the DTES CAN and Program Guide Contributor to Heart of the City Festival

AHA MEDIA humbly thanks Tom Hall of Womworld Nokia London and W2 Community Media Arts for making it possible for us to do more mobile media in Vancouver!

AHA MEDIA is very proud to help provide social media coverage of the 7th Annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival in Vancouver from Pre festival events starting Wed Oct 20, 2010 through to the Main Festival during Wed Oct 27 – Sun Nov 7, 2010

http://www.heartofthecityfestival.com

AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of  video or for additional footage, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

Please follow AHA MEDIA on Twitter , Facebook, Youtube and Qik
http://www.twitter.com/AHAMEDIA
http://www.facebook.com/AHAMEDIA

http://www.youtube.com/AHAFILM

http://www.qik.com/AHAMEDIA

AHA MEDIA films at DTES CAN ( DTES Community Arts Network ) NEW Art Space at 57 East Hastings in the LUX Hotel for ArtWalk Vancouver 2010 in Vancouver

January 30, 2010 1 comment

AHA MEDIA films at DTES CAN ( DTES Community Arts Network ) NEW Art Space at 57 East Hastings in the LUX Hotel for ArtWalk Vancouver 2010 in Vancouver

http://www.DTESCAN.wordpress.com

Lani Russwurm, Coordinator of DTES CAN and April Smith of AHA MEDIA look through the new Art space to provide Downtown Eastside (DTES) artists a chance to participate in Artwalk Vancouver 2010. http://www.ArtWalkVancouver.ca/

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Below is a photo of Lani Russwurm, Coordinator of DTES CAN at the NEW Art Space at 57 East Hastings in the LUX Hotel in Vancouver Downtown Eastside ( DTES)

DTES CAN (DTES Community Arts Network)

http://www.DTESCAN.wordpress.com

Founded in 2003, DTES Community Arts Network brings together artists, residents, community agencies, and arts organizations to cultivate a vibrant and viable arts scene in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver.

Few neighbourhoods make as much noise as Vancouvers Downtown Eastside (DTES). Although much of the attention it attracts focuses on drug addiction, mental health, and poverty, it is also one of the most creatively-inclined areas of the city, as seen in its street art, numerous art galleries, scores of artists, demonstrations, and even the unruly culture animating its streets and alleyways. While other neighbourhoods struggle to define themselves in a rapidly changing city, the DTES boasts a community that knows who it is and isnt afraid to express it. DTES Community Arts Network strives to channel this creative power to make positive change in the neighbourhood by cultivating a viable and vibrant community arts sector.

DTES Community Arts Network emerged out of the 2003 celebrations commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Carnegie Centre and the historic role of the DTES as the Heart of the City. It is a network of individuals and community and professional arts organizations working through the arts to contribute to the economic, social, and cultural renewal of the DTES. As intense redevelopment transforms the area, DTES CAN aims to strengthen the DTES as a healthy, artistically vibrant, and culturally rich community where people with predominantly low incomes and from diverse lifestyles, abilities, and financial means feel at home.

DTES CAN is committed to providing opportunities for Downtown Eastside residents to experience the arts as aspiring and practicing artists, audience members, as a means of personal and collective expression, and to advocate on issues affecting the community. Using a cluster organizational model to bring artists and residents together, DTES CAN encourages participation, builds capacity, and supports, renews, and builds arts and related projects in the community to foster cultural redevelopment.
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In this photo and video is Lani Russwurm of DTES CAN speaking with David Duprey and Rachel of Artwalk Vancouver 2010

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Below are photos of the spacious 2,000 sq feet NEW Art Space for DTES CAN artists to have their art displayed during Artwalk Vancouver 2010

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Below is a photo and video of Lani Russwurm, Coordinator of DTES CAN showing the New DTES CAN ( DTES Community Arts Network ) Art space’s big Garage Door Access in the back

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Below is a photo and video of Lani Russwurm seeing the New DTES CAN ( DTES Community Arts Network ) Art space from the back going towards the front of the space by the entrance door

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Below is a photo of Alvin Clayton of AHA MEDIA and one of his art pieces that will be in the displayed in New DTES CAN ( DTES Community Arts Network ) Art space for Artwalk Vancouver 2010

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Below is a photo of  New DTES CAN ( DTES Community Arts Network ) Art space for Artwalk Vancouver 2010 from the back with the lights off. (Please notice the shadows in the window from the street level)

AHA MEDIA from Vancouver Downtown Eastside is very proud to be featured in Robert Matas’ article “Clustering In Action” in “The Globe and Mail” National newspaper

December 19, 2009 1 comment

Clustering in action

Robert Matas

Vancouver — From Saturday’s Globe and Mail Published on Friday, Dec. 18, 2009 10:13PM EST

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/clustering-in-action/article1406276/

AHA Media is a struggling new company incubated in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside by a government-funded agency that turned to theories of a Harvard University professor more often associated with Silicon Valley and Hollywood than with revitalization of urban slums.

April Smith, one of the company’s founders, drifted into the Downtown Eastside after a serious car accident left her with severe memory loss and other injuries. With no money, she ended up living in temporary shelters and hotels dominated by predator pimps and drug addicts, she said recently in an interview.

Her life changed after she began cartooning to tell the stories of people she met at the hotel and on the street. A local community group inspired her to think about reporting activities in her neighbourhood without going through traditional media. She became part of an apprenticeship program developed by a cluster of local companies. After completing the program, she worked with others to open a new business in the area, AHA Media.

Prof. Michael Porter has written extensively about the advantages of clustering as an approach to economic development. Concentrating interconnected companies, specialized suppliers and associated educational institutions in the same geographic area fosters increased employment, productivity and innovation, he said. The clusters become a catalyst for innovation that feeds economic growth.

Building Opportunities with Business, a government-funded agency, dedicated to revival of the local economy, embraced clustering at the suggestion of an ex-board member who had studied at Harvard.

Ms. Smith was part of a training program developed by a cluster that included Bell Canada, the FireHall Arts Centre, a local digital filmmaking program that works with youth at risk called Intersections Media, a B.C. government employment program called BladeRunners and a non-profit group working in social media called W2: Community Media Arts.

The training program “gave me a big, big start,” she said. “It gave me a sense of direction.”

Ms. Smith is now on Twitter, Facebook, Youtube and Flickr. She describes herself as a mobile new-media videographer and social media content-producer. She shoots camera-phone videos and live-streams events onto the Internet.

To speak with April Smith more personally

http://www.facebook.com/AprilFilms
http://www.twitter.com/AprilFilms
http://www.twitter.com/April

To see more of AHA MEDIA:

http://www.facebook.com/AHAMEDIA

http://www.twitter.com/AHAMEDIA

http://www.youtube.com/AHAFilm

http://www.flickr.com/photos/AHAMEDIA/sets

Clustering pushes local businesses to think how they can work together, BOB’s chief executive officer, Shirley Chan, said. But, unlike Silicon Valley, the Downtown Eastside businesses do not have resources to carry out many of their ideas.

“Many employers here are marginal, they do not have a lot of money. That is why they are here. The rent is cheap,” she said. “ Without finding sources of funding, there is not a lot that can be created.”

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AHA MEDIA wishes to thank the following 🙂

Robert Matas, Reporter for Globe and Mail http://www.theglobeandmail.com

Shirley Chan of BOB ( Building Opportunities with Business ) http://www.buildingopportunities.org

Irwin Oostindie of W2 Community Media Arts http://www.creativetechnology.org

Lani Russwurm of DTES CAN ( Downtown Eastside Community Arts Network ) http://tinyurl.com/yaqw5mz

Lorraine Murphy of Raincoaster Media http://RaincoasterMedia.com

Role of the Arts in the DTES – Thursday November 5, 2009 5pm-7:30pm at W2 Perel Gallery 112 West Hastings in Vancouver

November 5, 2009 Leave a comment

At W2 112

Dialogue


ROLE OF THE ARTS IN THE DTES


Thursday November 5, 5pm-7:30pm


W2 Perel Gallery, 112 W. Hastings (note: change of venue)


With new asphalt, renovated heritage buildings, and hundreds of new condo units, the Downtown Eastside is changing. In other ways, it stays the same. W2 Community Media Arts,  The DTES Community Arts Network and Heart of the City Festival invite you to participate in a conversation on the role of the arts in the neighbourhood. What does development mean for existing artists? Are artists the unwitting “shock troops of gentrification,” or are the arts an integral component of the community?

With guests David Duprey, business man and entrepreneur; Irwin Oostindie, Executive Director – W2 Community Media Arts Society; Wendy Pedersen, community advocate for low-income housing; and Anne Marie Slater, independent photographer and media artist; moderator Ethel Whitty, Director—Carnegie Community Centre.

Reception at 5pm, Dialogue begins at 5:30pm. Free

http://www.heartofthecityfestival.com/festival-09/november-5/

Carrall Street Publication and Edition Launch | 6-8pm Wednesday September 30 at ArtSpeak in Gastown, Vancouver

September 30, 2009 Leave a comment

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http://www.artspeak.ca/exhibitions/event_detail.html?event_id=234

Althea Thauberger

September 30th, 2009

The Carrall Street publication documents Althea Thauberger’s site-specific work that took place on the 200-block of Carrall Street in front of Artspeak on September 30, 2008. It considered the specificities of the site as a nexus of social, economic, political, and cultural realities.

The block was closed to traffic and illuminated by film lights. Collaborating with local communities, individuals, and organizations, Thauberger invited a diverse group to undertake independent actions or activities within the event’s framework.

Approximately forty performers worked across and through the delineation provided by the block, extending their activities into alleys and bars. The performances ranged from repeated physical actions, oratories, orchestrated conversations, and scripted performances that often occurred at an intimate scale, to reflected or framed quotidian situations.

Because the event encompassed the entire block, the work took on an expanded subject matter that included the attitudes and activities of spectators and passersby, heightened aesthetics and conditions of representation, the street’s physical surroundings and architecture, and transitional moments in the street’s development.

The publication includes commissioned texts, scripts, a partial transcription of the Carrall Street forum, archival documents, and images.

Exhibitions and Events

Carrall Street Publication and Edition Launch | 6-8pm Wednesday September 30

Althea ThaubergerSeptember 30th, 2009

The Carrall Street publication documents Althea Thauberger’s site-specific work that took place on the 200-block of Carrall Street in front of Artspeak on September 30, 2008. It considered the specificities of the site as a nexus of social, economic, political, and cultural realities. The block was closed to traffic and illuminated by film lights. Collaborating with local communities, individuals, and organizations, Thauberger invited a diverse group to undertake independent actions or activities within the event’s framework. Approximately forty performers worked across and through the delineation provided by the block, extending their activities into alleys and bars. The performances ranged from repeated physical actions, oratories, orchestrated conversations, and scripted performances that often occurred at an intimate scale, to reflected or framed quotidian situations. Because the event encompassed the entire block, the work took on an expanded subject matter that included the attitudes and activities of spectators and passersby, heightened aesthetics and conditions of representation, the street’s physical surroundings and architecture, and transitional moments in the street’s development. The publication includes commissioned texts, scripts, a partial transcription of the Carrall Street forum, archival documents, and images.

Related Links

Carrall Street [Publication]
Althea Thauberger [Artist]