Date: June 13 – 30, 2011
Location: Canada Line Video Screens
One Percent (Loading Vancouver) by James Yan launches June 13 and runs to June 30 on the Canada Line video screens. One of 13 new public art projects commissioned by the City of Vancouver’s Public Art Program for Vancouver 125, One Percent (Loading Vancouver) is the third commissioned work of 10 Seconds, a yearlong series featured on the Canada Line Video screens.
One Percent’s “Loading Vancouver” graphic parodies the font used in Windows 95, with its blue background mimicking the official color used in the City of Vancouver emblem — “for the sea and sky that surround our city”. Viewers will see One Percent buffer from 0% to 86%, waiting for what is never revealed — lost histories, unrecorded moments, or things yet to come. This media artwork toys with viewer anticipation and expectation. Yan forces us to wait in between slick messages and glossy advertisements as he jams the regular flow of information, assaulting commuters as they load on and unload off the trains.
With support from the City of Vancouver’s 125th Anniversary Grants Program and the participation of the Government of Canada.