Playing with Sound and Movement

Wed Mar 17, 1 PM

Vancouver Art Gallery

Allison Hrabluik, The Splits, 2015 (stills), digital video with sound, Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Purchased with proceeds from the Audain Emerging Artists Acquisition Fund

Join us for a week of virtual spring break programs from March 15 to 19 that consider the many ways that we can express our ideas, identities and stories through the real, imagined and dream-worthy themes of Underwater, Underground, Playspace, Outerspace and Intergalactic.

Wednesday, March 17 | 1 PM


Join Family Programs Coordinator Christina Jones for a special screening of Allison Hrabluik’s film The Splits (2015), now on view in the exhibition Uncommon Language.

About the making of this artwork, Hrabluik explains: “I contacted as many people as I could find who I thought moved in interesting ways. I started with gymnasts, a hula hooper, and weightlifters—athletic ways of moving. To round this out, I considered other ways of performing, like opera and burlesque, amateur music, and how we move every day at work and with animals. I also incorporated elements of our lives that lean towards the grotesque—the salami makers and the hotdog eater. The absurd is linked to our everyday as much as the transcendent, which is often what we look for in physical excellence… I was interested in the similarities between the different actions performed. The motion in the close-up scene of the hula-hooper is echoed in the close ups of the gymnasts and weightlifter. By initially hiding the particular activity involved, I could focus on their shared qualities.”

Taking inspiration from the film The Splits, experiment with surprising combinations of actions and sound effects!

Materials you’ll need:
  • Objects that will create incredible sounds when moved in interesting ways!

Spring Into Art is presented by the Vancouver Art Gallery in collaboration with the Canadian Opera Company and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

The Art Gallery of Ontario and the Canadian Opera Company will present their Spring Break programs from April 12 to 16, 2021.


CART Services (Communication Access Realtime Translation) are available for Public Programs upon request. Please provide seven business days of advance notice prior to an event. We will make every effort to meet requests made outside of this window of time.

To place a request, please contact Family Programs Coordinator Christina Jones by email at cjones@vanartgallery.bc.ca or by phone at (604) 662-4700.


Allison Hrabluik is a visual artist and filmmaker living in Vancouver, BC, where she teaches at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. allisonhrabluik.com


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