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Artist Vjeko Sager changes his perspective, and others

Featured Your Kontinent Film and Media Arts Festival artist Vjeko Sager changed his perspective by creating his art from atop a 30-foot tower at the Richmond Cultural Centre. Thursday was day six of seven, a span in which he spent from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. live-streaming into the cultural centre, onto YouTube, blogging on divination2014.tumblr.com, tweeting and Facebooking. See story, p. 6.  - Martin van den Hemel
Featured Your Kontinent Film and Media Arts Festival artist Vjeko Sager changed his perspective by creating his art from atop a 30-foot tower at the Richmond Cultural Centre. Thursday was day six of seven, a span in which he spent from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. live-streaming into the cultural centre, onto YouTube, blogging on divination2014.tumblr.com, tweeting and Facebooking. See story, p. 6.
— image credit: Martin van den Hemel

Artist Vjeko Sager set out to change how people view artists and what it means to create art by doing his handiwork from atop a 30-foot tower outside the Richmond Cultural Centre.

In the process, Mother Nature intervened Wednesday with sheets of horizontal rain that from one perspective put a damper on things by ruining some of his pieces, while from another brought an element he hadn’t quite anticipated that added something alive to the experience.

Sager is the featured artist at the Your Kontinent Film and Media Arts Festival, which wraps up this weekend. He assumes a different persona each day he is in the tower—from a techno geek and ordinary guy to a rebel/anarchist, a philosopher and a spiritual person.

In an interview at the top of his tower Thursday morning, Sager suggested that art serves to connect disconnected zones.

His private 10-foot-by-10-foot space is exposed to a public area, the plaza outside the cultural centre and Richmond Public Library, which on a sunny day bustles with activity. It’s a space that’s both isolated and not isolated, he said.

There’s no clear line where something stops and another thing starts, he suggested.

People who walked by this week dropped things off for him, including flowers and a plate of veggies.

Your Kontinent 2014 features over 20 films and a series of special events. The film Red Obsession is showing on July 26 at 10:30 a.m. at Shiang Garden Restaurant. The festival wraps up on Saturday with a full-day of events, wrapping up with a digital carnival that starts at 7:30 p.m.

For more information, see ykfestival.ca.

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