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August 27, 2015


Maraya Projects: Sisyphean Cart Roundtable Discussion Periscope Videos

Maraya Projects had a great turnout at our Roundtable Discussion at 221a Gallery in Vancouver, BC with Trevor Boddy, Robert Ferry and Elizabeth Monoian. Thank you to everyone who were able to join our discussion! If you have yet to see the Maraya Projects: Sisyphean Cart, the exhibition at 221A Gallery runs until the end of Saturday August 29, 2015 (5pm).

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August 20, 2015


Maraya Projects: Sisyphean Cart Pull Photos

We had an amazing Cart Pull last weekend on August 16, complete with sunshine and blue skies. Huge thank-yous to all our friends, family, and participants who were able to make it out for all or a part of our journey.

Please follow the link to our Flickr site to see our event photos here: http://ow.ly/Raf3W

We'll be posting them on Facebook too, and invite you to tag yourself and your friends!

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August 14, 2015


Exhibition Opening Photos

A big Thank-you to all who were able to make it out to our Opening Reception last week! We were so pleased it was well received, and it was great reconnecting with many of you who have followed the many iterations of this project.

A big thank you to the team, and the curator, Brian McBay.

Please follow the link to our Flickr site to see our event photos here: http://ow.ly/QV4j4

We'll be posting them on Facebook too, and invite you to tag yourself and your friends.

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August 05, 2015


Maraya: Sisyphean Cart Interview with CBC

On Tuesday August 4, 2015, two of our Sisyphean Cart artists, Henry Tsang and Glen Lowry, had the pleasure of being interviewed by CBC Early Edition's Margaret Gallagher! We had a lot of fun introducing the Maraya Project to Margaret, and giving her a tour of our exhibition at 221A Gallery in Vancouver. Thank you Margaret, it's an honour to be featured on your show.

Take a listen to the podcast, you will find our interview at 2:38:52-2:44:30: http://ow.ly/QxYHx

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November 06, 2014


Pulling the Sisyphean Cart on Dubai Marina

After the mad rush of de-crating the work, installing for the exhibition, coinciding with the start the ISEA2014 conference, and Glen's paper presentation the following morning, we scramble to find a truck to bring the Sisyphean Cart to the Dubai Marina. We hit up an old friend who helped us with previous video shoots, Neel Patkar of Jamjar, who gives us the contact for Abdul who runs a cartage company.

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November 04, 2014


Maraya: Sisyphean Cart Premieres at ISEA2014

After a mad scramble with terrific support from AUD folks (thanks Woodman Taylor, Terry May, John Imperial, Alfred custodian, AUD staff), we set up the cart, video screens with footage from the PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom surveillance camera embedded in the centre of the cart) and slide show of the cart being pulled along Vancouver's False Creek. Simon, Glen and Henry gave a talk, perhaps the most brief and hopefully most succinct, about Maraya and this new, latest and probably final project.

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November 02, 2014


The Crate Arrives (finally!)

After an entire week of anxious waiting, communicating, cajoling, checking UPS tracking our crate's (non-) shipment from YVR to DXB, it finally arrives, on a Saturday no less (it's a weekend)! It's a beautiful structure, well made (thanks Denbigh Fine Arts), and we are grateful for the extra effort by Chris at Denbigh and the UPS Dubai folks to get it to American University of Dubai. 23 hours before artist talk and opening; deep breaths work fast!

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October 28, 2014


Bonding in Nasser

We're in search of a battery, a 15-pound gel cell that was pulled out of our check-in baggage at YVR. We take a taxi to Nasser Square but the driver doesn't take us all the way there. We end up in a neighbourhood full of little stores with car parts, cel phones, local women's clothing (abayas and sheilas) – but no batteries. It's an interesting area, working class, with folks from the region, Africa and Central and East Asia. It's definitely not Dubai Marina, not the financial districts, where more Europeans abound.

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October 21, 2014


ISEA 2014 Dubai — Nov. 2-9

October 20, 2014
Who would anticipate that our crate might get quarantined? We were building it at Emily Carr University, not at a certified shop and we were made aware of the concern for exporting bugs in the soft wood to the gulf region. So Denbigh Fine Art Services www.denbighfas.com saved the day—costs a little more but at least it will be there when we arrive. Denbigh has done this before many times. Crating the cart today, shipping tomorrow!

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