By Chelsey Stuyt
VANCOUVER — Let it be known that with the opening of Art Attack Thursdays at the Waldorf, Vancouver is no longer a no-fun city. Happening on the first and third Thursday of the month, Art Attack is a guerilla-style interactive art auction with sweet drinks, cool people and a lounge-style vibe. Run by a group of six DJs and showcasing the talent of local artists, Art Attack is setting itself to be the next big thing in the arts party scene.
“Art Attack adds this cool element to a night out where you’re at a bar and you actually get to contribute. You can play with this new technology or add to art that’s being created right in front of you,” says Greg Harrison, member of Good Party, the host of the event. “Most people go to a bar to dance. At Art Attack you get to be a part of something much bigger.”
Good Party is a DJ collective with a love of hip hop, electronica and interactive art. Their first Art Attack event featured Michal Suchanek of VRtist whose work focused on using an Oculus Rift to create 3D manipulable paintings.
“It was mind-blowing,” says Harrison. “You put on the virtual reality glasses, he gives you a wireless brush, and you literally draw in 3D. You can grab on to it, move it around, whatever you want.”
While it started out as a one-off fundraiser to pay a friend’s medical bills, the guys at Good Party realized Art Attack had the potential to support the entire community.
“We just want to help artists get paid, and get paid well,” says Harrison.
The next Art Attack happens April 4th at the Waldorf with another on April 16th. Harrison says you can expect a graffiti/street-style night, an artist that works with live plants and another who encourages passerby to fire paint-filled Nerf balls at him as he paints. If you’re an artist with an interactive bent, get in touch.
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