Vancouver Independent
Archives Week 2018/19


Sat. 03.11.18 / 1 pm Archival Intuitions and Annotations

Cindy Mochizuki, Elizabeth MacKenzie, and Laiwan in response to Christine D'Onofrio's project Intuition Commons and the Belkin Gallery Archives
The Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery

Free event presented by The Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery.

How do we respond to archives both public and private? In this come-and-go event, artists Laiwan, Elizabeth MacKenzie, and Cindy Mochizuki contribute three individual responses to the Belkin Gallery Archives and in relation to artist Christine D'Onofrio's online project, Intuition Commons. The responses are open for viewing, listening and conversations throughout the event. Light refreshments will be served.

Intuition Commons is a growing, interactive database of female influences that destabilizes the bias to individualism in art. Projected in a gallery installation, contributors nominate their influencers with visual connections, overlapping stories, keywords, and links, creating a rhizomatic archive. It is part of the exhibition, Beginning with the 70s: Collective Acts (Sept 4 - Dec 2, 2018) curated by Lorna Brown.


The Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery
1825 Main Mall, UBC

About the Presenters

Christine D'Onofrio is an artist and teaches lens-based practices in the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory at the University of BC. Her interests include the contradictions and ambiguities of liberty, especially under capitalism. Her involvement with Art+Feminism, an international campaign to improve the coverage of women on Wikipedia, is related to her current work.

Cindy Mochizuki creates multi-media installation, audio fiction, performance, animation, and drawings. Her works explore the manifestation of story and its relationship to site-specificity, invisible histories, archives, and memory work. Her artistic process moves back and forth between multiple sites of cultural production considering language, chance, improvisation and engaging communities. She has exhibited, performed and screened her work in Canada, the US, and Asia.

Elizabeth MacKenzie draws the same thing over and over again. She uses drawing to explore the productive aspects of uncertainty through the use of repetition, interrogations of portraiture and considerations of intersubjective experience. Her drawing installations have been exhibited across Canada and her videos have been presented in numerous screenings, festivals and exhibitions internationally. She maintains an ongoing commitment to collaborative and community-engaged art practices, critical writing and teaching.

Laiwan is an artist and writer with a practice based in poetics and philosophy. Born in Zimbabwe of Chinese parents, her family immigrated to Canada in 1977 to leave the war in Rhodesia. She founded OR Gallery in 1983. Laiwan has been investigating embodiment through performativity, audio, music, improvisation, and other media. Recent commissions focus on current questions of the environment and built cityscape of Vancouver. She teaches Interdisciplinary Arts at Goddard College, Port Townsend, WA, and is based in Vancouver.


The main entrance to the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery is located on the east side of the building next to Main Mall. This entrance is level and accessible and has both power and revolving doors. This is the only entrance available to visitors to the gallery.

Other Accessibility Features

  • External Accessible Ramp
  • Accessible Elevator Available
  • Accessible Washroom Available

Closest Accessible Parking

  • Rose Garden Parkade

Routing Notes
Persons using wheelchairs should use the ramp from Crescent Road to access the main door.

Documentation & Response

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