Siting Expositions

If you are going to be in Vancouver on November 3, you will want to check out this very cool walking tour, with audio enhancement provided by one of our presenters, Lize Mogel.

Lize Mogel is presenting as part of the session Lasting Impressions, Ephemeral Artworks in the City. She is an interdisciplinary artist who creates and disseminates counter-cartography (maps and mappings that produce new understandings of social and political issues).

Find out more about Siting Expositions in Vancouver be.

While you are in Winnipeg for My City’s Still Breathing, check out the “historical” walking tour or our Exchange District, Ginger’s Walk.


Vancouver has a unique history as a city that has hosted both a World’s Fair—Expo86–and an Olympics in Winter 2010. These events have undeniably transformed the land around False Creek. While this area has been shaped by urban settlement for over a century, the mega-events of 1986 and 2010 have left an economic, political, and architectural legacy that will be seen and felt well into the future.

Siting Expositions: Vancouver is a project by Ryan Griffis, Lize Mogel, and Sarah Ross. It is part of the publication/audio tour collection Stories in Reserve, published by the Temporary Travel Office, 2010.

Public Events

  1. Wednesday November 3, 5-7:30 pm: Audio/walking tour of False Creek with public discussion at the Roundhouse, Room C, afterwards.
  2. Thursday November 4, 4:30-5:50pm: “History Repeats Itself: One Host City After Another”- artists’ talk at Emily Carr University, Rm 301, South Building
  3. Thursday November 4, 6-7pm: Reception and launch of “Stories in Reserve,” READ Books, Emily Carr University

All events are free and open to the public. Online info:

1. Wednesday November 3, 5-7:30pm
“Siting Expositions” audio/walking tour of False Creek with public discussion afterwards.

Join Ryan Griffis and Lize Mogel on an audio walking tour around the east end of False Creek, where the impact of the Olympics and Expo86 are most visible in this transformed landscape. Participants will move through history, listening to different and sometime opposing perspectives on sites such as Coopers Park, Concord Pacific’s showroom, and the Habitat Compensation Island.

Please bring your audio player preloaded with the tour, and headphones.
Download audio files here:
MP3 format:
Podcast format:

A small number of headphone splitters will be available for people who would like to listen from a shared device.
Maps of the tour will be provided.

4pm-4:30pm: (optional) meet in the Roundhouse Lobby Cafe to download the tour onto your audio player and pick up a map.
5pm: meet at the middle of the Cambie Street bridge (eastern side) to pick up a map and begin the tour. We will walk counterclockwise around False Creek, approximately 2.9 km, ending in Cooper’s Park.
6:30pm: meet in Room C, at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre (corner of Pacific and Davie) for warm drinks and a discussion about the impact of the Olympics and World’s Fairs in Vancouver. Participants are encouraged to raise questions, perspectives and concerns not addressed in the tour and discuss the current post-Olympic changes to the area and region.

2. Thursday November 4, 4:30-5:50pm
“History Repeats Itself: One Host City After Another”

Public lecture at Emily Carr University, Rm 301, South Building
Ryan and Lize will present Siting Expositions: Vancouver and Stories in Reserve, and discuss their related work.
Presented by ECU Interdisciplinary Forums

3. Thursday November 4, 6-7pm
Reception and launch of Stories in Reserve
READ Books, Emily Carr University

Please join us for refreshments and a look at Stories in Reserve, Volume 1, the first in a series of guide books featuring original guided tours by artists, activists, historians and storytellers that span from polemic narrative to experimental soundscape. Volume 1 presents three soundscapes that take reader-listeners on journeys within the territory known as North America. Tours include:

  • America Ponds by Sarah Kanouse, about a National Wildlife Refuge and Superfund site in Southern Illinois;
  • Dentimundo by Ricardo Miranda-Zuniga, presents interviews with Tijuana dentists who see patients from both sides of the border;
  • Siting Expositions: Vancouver by Ryan Griffis, Lize Mogel, and Sarah Ross, which examines the impact of two mega-events on the urban waterway of False Creek.

The Siting Expositions project, Stories in Reserve, and these public events are made possible by the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, the Graham Foundation, the Roundhouse Community Art and Recreation Centre, Emily Carr University, the Read Bookstore at ECU, and many friends in Vancouver.

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