ALINKA ECHEVERRÍA, PRECESSION OF THE FEMININE, 2015
With her combined training in photography and social anthropology, Alinka Echeverría weaves critical questions of visual representation through her work. Precession of the Feminine (2015), which is part of a larger series of works entitled Nicephora, was created while she was completing the BMW Residency at the French Musée Nicéphore Niépce, named after the inventor of photography.
Inspired by Nicéphore’s biography, and the histories of ceramics and photography, Echeverría fuses blown-up images of women from the museum’s archive with ceramic vases in three-dimensional digital simulations.
Using the form of the vase as a metaphor for our understanding of the feminine, the artist invites us to see that which is invisible with our bare eyes – the underlying photographic and printing techniques behind the image itself. The medium is the message (Marshall McLuhan 1972) and in this series the vase is the vessel through which to reflect on this fragile construction of the female image.
In this way, the works subtly reveal how economic and cultural power are linked to photography as an artistic and documentary medium, and have been carried forward through largely invisible codes and techniques, thus becoming normalized and entering our collective unconsciousness.
A precession is a change in an object’s orientation or rotation around an axis. In this work, Echeverría aims to present the precession of representations of femininity. Echeverría quietly questions the perception of photography as a marker of truth, while examining more broadly the way that codes and symbols of femininity are constructed and understood.
Keep your eyes peeled today for the installed exhibit at Stadium–Chinatown Station!
March is Fraud Prevention Month and before the month comes to a close, we’re giving you a friendly reminder to register your Compass Card!
One of the added benefits of the Compass system is that it’s far safer and more secure than our old paper fare media.
Did you know?!
When you register your Compass Card online at compasscard.ca, you can to take advantage of AutoLoad, valuable record keeping information such as trip and purchase information and Balance Protection.
With Balance Protection, users can report their Compass Cards lost or stolen and any passes or Stored Value will be transferred to a new Compass Card. Additionally, a found registered Compass Card can easily be returned to it’s owner.
750,000 of our 1.1 million Compass Cards are currently registered and we’d love to see that number grow!
This annual event is about taking action to tackle the world’s water crisis and this year’s theme is wastewater (aka as the water that runs down the drain and we aren’t actively using) and how we can utilize this resource.
At CMBC, water conservation and using wastewater is an important part of our operations.
DID YOU KNOW?!?
Starting in 2016, CMBC has committed to reduce bus washing by at least 50% each summer between June and the end of September!
Plus! Anytime Metro Vancouver introduces Stage 2 water restrictions, CMBC will voluntary stop all bus washing, except in special circumstances.
These changes yield BIG water savings! At Burnaby Transit Centre alone, suspending bus washing translates to saving up to 35,000 litres of water each day!
At all transit centres, we use recycled or “wastewater” for the wash and fresh water is used only for the final rinse.
These water recycling systems reduce the amount of water required to wash each bus by about 75 per cent!
Yes, you read that right. The first two of three brand new elevators will go into service at noon on March 24, 2017.
And hey, these aren’t just any old elevators! These two new speedy elevators are glass (and shiny!) which means you can see them coming and going. They will replace the single elevator that was at the station. Once the remaining elevator completes testing, commissioning and inspecting, it will also open. All elevators are expected to be open by May.
In addition to new elevators, the existing Compass readers will be replaced with permanent Compass fare gates.
This is a huge milestone for the station! The new central stationhouse will fully open, providing customers with a new permanent set of stairs (goodbye temporary staircase!), two more Compass Vending Machines, two elevators and a new entrance and exit out of the station.
With these upgrades, customers on the platform can take the elevator, new stairs or the emergency exit stairs on the west side of the station to access Central Boulevard.
The Community Shuttle for passengers travelling with strollers will run until March 24 end of service. The HandyDART shuttle will run until March 31, an additional week after the first two elevators open.
Customers requiring the use of an elevator are advised to use the wider accessible pathway from the station by using the east crosswalk at the mall parkade entrance.
Remember to tap in and out at the fare gates to ensure you are charged the correct fare.
Please note that there is currently no escalator access at the station, only stairs and elevators. Four new escalators (two up and two down) will open at the west stationhouse in the summer.
We understand everyone will be excited to ride the new elevators! However, please be courteous and remember that there are customers who require the use of elevators and they will be getting used to the new station entrance and layout.
Not sure where to go? No problem! Our friendly Transit Security officers and SkyTrain attendants will all be on hand to help direct customers get where they need to go.
Visit our website for more information on the upgrades at Metrotown Station.
January kicked off with the start of the 14th Annual Pacific Northwest Real Estate Challenge. This annual event was hosted by NAIOP’s Vancouver Chapter and marked the first time in history that this competition has been held on Canadian soil.
About the Pacific Northwest Real Estate Challenge
The Pacific Northwest Real Estate Challenge has teams consisting of real estate program students from various Northwest universities competing for the best design of a high profile development in a major metropolitan area.
Each team must design and propose a development and strategy that may be implemented after the competition.
This year, TransLink partnered with NAIOP to have students propose plans for Coquitlam Central Station on the Evergreen Extension, a 14-acre project with a high volume of transit, residents and commuters.
On March 9th, less than eight weeks from the first site visit, teams presented their final development to a panel of judges, TransLink officials, and members of the commercial real estate industry.
The home team from UBC finished ahead of University of Washington and Portland State, winning the NAIOP Bob Filley Cup and the potential opportunity to have their plan implemented by TransLink.
“It was a difficult decision to make, as we were very impressed with all of the proposals from the students,” said Guy Akester, Director of Real Estate Programs & Partnerships at TransLink. “Coquitlam Central Station is a very important and critical transportation hub. Ultimately we were looking for a highly walkable, mixed-use site that brings the community together. The UBC students were able to deliver this on all fronts.”
We also included what expanded transit services mean to riders just like you with our #MoreTransitMeans Instagram frame photo series.
Wondering what to do with an unregistered new or semi-used Compass Card? Donate it to the United Way with our new partnership #Everypasshelps. The card deposit and any Stored Value on the unregistered card will be donated to the United Way to help those in our region.
As always, we have our old favourites – Coming Events, Contest Corner and Back Issues.
Happy reading! Pick it up today on the bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus and West Coast Express or you can download it here.
Did anyone else see that? Wait, are those raccoons at my bus stop? Is that a panda taking SkyTrain?
Yes, anything that makes you say, “What?!?”We want to know about it.
Welcome to a new series on the Buzzer blog and our social channels that will bring a little more fun to hump day – What Wednesday!
As commuters, we often see some weird and wonderful moments on transit and since so many of us have smartphones, so, let’s share these wacky snapshots. Why? Because who doesn’t want to see a giant fish with a laptop bag buying a transit ticket?!
A few guidelines:
Please respect people’s privacy and try not to capture faces or any personal identification.
Be kind. This is a fun series – no trolling allowed!
Be safe! No hopping onto the guideway or running to the front of the bus to grab the shot.
Use the hashtag #TLWhatWednesday on Instagram and we’ll choose one lucky photog to be featured on our social channels each week!
This annual event takes place at Kitsilano beach in Vancouver, with the support of other police agencies and organizations, Polar Plunge participants are #FreezinForAReason raising money in support of adults and children with intellectual disabilities providing the opportunity to participate and excel in sporting activities.
Transit Police have supported Special Olympics BC in a variety of ways over the past number of years, from fundraising through the BC Law Enforcement Torch Run, an overtime drive for personal donation by staff, an annual golf tournament and of course this event – the Polar Plunge.
Transit Police surpassed their fundraising goal for this event, however if you’re interested in giving back and supporting a great cause or learning more, check out the Transit Police Polar Plunge page.
ICYMI: From February 14 to March 6, we asked the public to tell us what they think about proposed new bus routes and changes to the transit network in the Silver Valley, Clayton Heights and Morgan Creek communities as well as Port Coquitlam–South Coquitlam.
Over the next few months, we’ll go through all of the online surveys and feedback and share in detail what we heard.
Stay tuned for the Transit Network Review Report in summer 2017!
We’ll use the feedback we received to make recommendations on adjustments and implementation of the three new service areas and re-alignment of the 159/169 routes.
Depending on what we hear from the public, we expect that implementation of the proposed changes to the 159/169 would occur in summer 2017 and the new service areas in fall 2017.
Want to learn more about the Transit Network Review?
Some of the busiest stations on the Expo Line are getting much needed upgrades and that includes Surrey Central Station; the busiest station in Surrey!
This bustling transit and community hub will be upgraded to meet the needs of the fast-growing municipality as well as our overall region, bringing more accessibility and create easier commutes for riders!
New features of the station include:
A new north stationhouse with two new entrances at the north side of the existing station to make it easier and more convenient for people to take SkyTrain.
Design elements such as improved lighting and glass walls to make the station safer and more secure.
Three new escalators and a new elevator to improve access for customers with disabilities and make it more convenient for all customers to access the platform easily.
New station design for the north stationhouse to better integrate with the surrounding community.
920 square metres of extra space will help improve passenger flow through the station.
Don’t worry about connecting to the library, mall, Surrey City Hall and all the amenities around the station because access is not changing!
Customers will continue to use the existing exits and entrances to the station. However, those who previously used the emergency exit on the north side of the platform will exit from the south entrances as the emergency exit will be demolished as part of this project.
Work will begin this spring and is expected to be complete by the end of 2018.