From January – April 2022, Place-Based Field School contributors explored responsibility, reciprocity and commitments to land and non-human life with neighbours and organizations from Emily Carr’s community.
Collaborators included Indigenous artists and ethno-botanists; community organizers, activists and social workers; gardeners and waste remediators; advocates for cultural labour; and artists engaged with land and material.
One of the highlights of activities was the week-long ‘Tide Change, False Creek’ programming with artist Lou Sheppard, whose permanent work of the same title will be installed at the GNW-Emily Carr Skytrain station when it opens to the public in 2025. Lou’s site-specific work will be an homage to the historic False Creek Flats, the 450 hectares of wetlands that were once a significant ecological feature and an important area for the Coast Salish communities living on this land.
The ‘Tide Change, False Creek’ programming explored the distinct qualities of the tidal flats and its indeterminate spaces between high and low tide through ecological, economic and social lenses.
The week began with ‘Tide Walk’, a participatory performance in which the artist and participants traced the historic movement of water in and out of the tidal flats moving at the speed of the tide, which covered approximately 5km in about 4 hours, moving from Science World to Clark Drive and back.