Let’s Twist Again

Dialogue on Change in the World of Art


rentthisspaceLet’s Twist Again was the name of an exhibition and symposium created by Centre A, the Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, to celebrate its tenth anniversary in 2010. The symposium, held at the Wosk Centre for Dialogue at Simon Fraser University, was created to explore the future of Centre A and the future of Vancouver in the changing world of contemporary art, – how the world, art, and Vancouver have evolved in the last decade, – and where we could go from here.


The Symposium Questions

Art and Globalization

World maps of contemporary art have shifted dramatically since Tiananmen and the fall of the Berlin Wall.

How does Vancouver situate itself amid these changes?
What are the implications for the making of art and the production of artists?


Global networks and social media are transforming the art world. What is their impact on the design of museums, cultural policy, education and arts funding?

How are Vancouver artists responding to global issues and local pressures?

Cultural Capital

Vancouver is in the grips of a city-wide debate about the place of arts and culture in the city’s vision of its future.

What kind of spaces are we building for art?
What does Vancouver have to say to the world?

Lets Twist Again – PDF

My Point of View

We have the contributions of the participants who spoke to the symposium. We have the resources of the people and enterprises who contributed to making the symposium possible. We have Centre A as a community resource and creative contributor. We have communication technology.

We have the opportunity and ability to use our creative resources to continue the conversation – to explore where we are, – and where we could go, – and how we could get there.

We could begin by exploring our resources, our contributors to our community and our world, our common interests, our connections and relationships, and our possibilities and, as a community, engage in creative conversation around ideas and opportunities for creative community enterprise which could contribute to creating our future.

Questions for creative conversation

Vancouver as a Centre for the Arts

To explore how Vancouver might situate itself amid the dramatic changes that are taking place in our world, we might begin by exploring how we are situated now.

How is Vancouver situated in the world of contemporary art?
Where do we want to situate Vancouver in the world of contemporary art?

Exploring the Creative Experience

The implications for the making of art and the production of artists could be explored from the point of view of what we imagine art and artists contribute and what we imagine we could contribute.

What does Vancouver say to the world as a centre of cultural and creative expression?
What could Vancouver say to the world as a centre of cultural and creative expression?

Creating Our Community

A city-wide debate about the place of arts and culture in Vancouver’s future is how we create a future for arts and culture in Vancouver for our community and our contribution to the future of our world

How do we excite interest in creating spaces, investing resources, and increasing our contribution to our cultural, creative, and community development?
What can we do to make better use of our community spaces, creative resources, and creative community contributors?

Creating Our Place in the World

Global networks and social media are transforming the world.

How can the art world and our creative community in Vancouver contribute to this transformation.
How can we use the communication technology available?

Opportunities for creative community enterprise

We can curate our arts, our creative resources, our creative contributors, and the opportunities we are creating for our community to experience, learn, contribute and connect.
Creative Vancouver

We can explore the contribution of contemporary art, Vancouver’s contribution to the contemporary arts, and opportunities we create and contribute for people to experience, appreciate, and understand the contribution of contemporary art to our cultural and creative development.
Vancouver Contemporary Art Centre

We can use our communication technology to connect our different communities of interest in exploring where we are now, what we are doing, what is working, and what we could do, and identify opportunities, possibilities, and ideas for creative community enterprise.
Creative Community Enterprise

We can explore how we communicate with art and how art communicates to us. We can explore the creative experience. We can explore the experience of creating. We can explore the art of creating. We can explore the creative experience.
Exploring the Creative Experience

We can explore the possibilities for creating a future for Centre A, – our International Centre of Contemporary Asian Art, – and how we can increase the contribution of our creative community resource to our community, to our creative and cultural development, and to our common human interests as a global community.

Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art

Centre A, the Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, is a portal for exploring, experiencing and appreciating Asian arts and cultures through contemporary art exhibitions, media arts, performing arts, symposia, and learning programs. We serve the interests of audiences in Canada, Asia and other parts of the world.

Our interest is to create connections, conversations, and relationships between people through contemporary art and creative expression to increase our appreciation of the value and contribution of our various and unique cultures.

Centre A uses art to connect people, ideas and communities. We create a forum where people can participate in an ongoing conversation about Asian arts and cultures to create interest and build relationships between cultures.

Centre A offers one of the liveliest programs of exhibitions, performances, media arts and community events around contemporary Asian art in Vancouver.

We create learning opportunities for students and youth. We send Canadian artists abroad. We bring leading international artists to Canada. We organize tours to major arts events in Asia. We build links with other art centres across Canada and around the world. We create links for artists.

Centre A

Global Meets Local in Downtown Vancouver

The Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art values the contribution of artists and the part they play in bringing new ideas, new points of view and new ways of seeing the world.

We communicate and connect through the arts. Our interest is to create connections, excite interest and increase appreciation for the presence and contribution of Asian cultures in Canada and throughout the world.

We learn and discover new relationships by exploring our cultural differences. Engaging with contemporary Asian art increases our understanding and appreciation for both our similarities and our differences, and our ability to communicate across our cultures. We contribute to demonstrating the value of Canadian cultural diversity.

Centre A recognizes Vancouver is an Asia Pacific city and Canada is an Asia Pacific country. We contribute to Canada’s presence and participation in the Asia Pacific community creating cross-cultural connections, communications and opportunities.

Exciting youth in the creative exploration of Asian art and cultural expression increases our likelihood of building better relationships and ways of doing things in the future.

Learning how to use new technologies and increasing our understanding of new media systems improves our ability to connect and communicate with more people.

We are increasing our presence, our international profile, and our range of activities to help establish Vancouver as an exciting city, and to strengthen Canada’s connections with Asia and to appreciate our own increasingly Asian identity.

We contribute to creating the community, the sense of community, and the development of the community in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside neighbourhood.

We connect the local and the global communities.

The Story So Far


What we can do

We can learn who is contributing to our common interests in contemporary art by introducing ourselves and telling our story so everyone in our community could learn what we do, what we contribute, what our interests are, and what opportunities we are contributing.

We can invite communities of interest who are involved, contribute to, or benefit from our contributions to contribute ideas and explore opportunities and possibilities we could pursue

We can identify ideas and opportunities that could attract interest, resources and creative contributors and invite our community to engage in creative conversation around ideas and initiatives that could contribute to our community interests

Roger Chilton
My Point of View

Contributors to the Symposium
Centre A

Creative Connections