Fireworks and enlightenment at the Vancouver ContainerArt PNE

Aesthetic enlightenment in a big way at Vancouver’s ContainerArt temporary museum. Since 2009, summer after summer, fireworks have brightened the night sky above the contemporary art installations inside the containers.  Perhaps set off by those “I get it” moments of catharsis by visitors inside? I hope so. Advertisements

The Guardian of the ContainerArt Temple…

…is a dragon made of steel.  Why does ContainerArt’s temporary museum in Vancouver need a dragon to protect it? Well, dragons, monsters, sphynx, lions in front of places of contemplation are a good idea: they serve an apotropaic function: they ward off evil.  For ContainerArt evil is distraction, vandalism, and generally not taking advantage of the … Continue reading

A Post-Clubbing ContainerArt Aesthetic Experience?

ContainerArt producers have an experimental mindset. At the PNE this year, museological experiments are being conducted to answer a question that has long vexed us: can a disco-like environment prepare and promote a visitor’s aesthetic experience?  In other words: can music, lights and dancing help to  “de-scramble” the ego-structures that prevent one to see beauty through art?  Ergo: if … Continue reading