Emily Carr’s Natural Capital exhibit at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery

Exhibit poster by Julian Araneta

Why is a bumble bee like a flying $50 bill?
How is it that we save money by letting a bird poop?
How much is nature worth, anyways?

Come explore the true value of nature’s benefits, what they mean to you, and how you can help protect nature and its services…

The Gulf of Georgia Cannery is pleased to host National Capital, an exhibit curated and created by Emily Carr University of Art and Design students, in partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation (DSF), and in collaboration with the Ontario College of Art and Design University in Toronto.

This interactive community mapping and storytelling project includes a series of 15 digital narratives that bring to life research DSF recently launched on the ‘Natural Capital’ provided by wetlands in the Vancouver region, while digging into the meaning this has for people in their day-to-day lives. These digital narratives feature stories from diverse community members who, by sharing their unique relationships and experiences to 5 specific wetland areas in Vancouver, highlight the priceless Cultural Services (cultural, spiritual, cognitive, and health benefits) of these areas. These narrative videos are complemented by a series of 7 experimental site-specific videos exploring the characteristics of each of the featured 5 wetlands. Graphics include a series of 16 original posters visually illustrating the definitions and importance of ecosystem services and their specific monetary values annually within BC’s lower mainland. The project’s unique web platform hosting all this content is available to explore in the exhibit through interactive stations where users can watch and navigate between the different videos as well as posters, info-graphics and other important information about natural capital in BC’s lower mainland, Vancouver’s wetlands and the lost (once salmon-bearing) streams and creeks of Vancouver.

The exhibit launch will take place on Monday, December 3rd, 2012, from 6pm to 9pm, at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery and will include some exciting guest speakers, a screening of the videos, and an artists’ talk by students who’s work is featured in the project. Admission is free and is open to the public.

National Capital is on view at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery from December 4th, 2012 until the end of April 2013.

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