Fragile Propositions: Where Art Belongs makes a full circuit – from a DIY space, through to the top rungs of the contemporary art ladder, and back to community outreach – to explore this weighty thematic. In our time of the pandemic, how we belong, connect, and engage are fundamental questions asked of us with a very real urgency. It is a question that ARCs are in the position to address, now more than ever. As artist, and VIVO-founding member Paul Wong states, “ARCs are valuable and relevant only to the degree that they can stimulate genuinely new dialogues between arts communities and audiences.” This program reflects our current moment in artist-run-culture, as these spaces, whether IRL or virtual, are the site of uncomfortable, messy, and fragile enactments of larger issues in the world.
- Casey Wei
 Chris Kraus, Where Art Belongs (Los Angeles: Semiotexte, 2007), 14.
 Donato Mancini, “In the Present as Well: Polytemporality and Archival Anamnesia,” in Anamnesia: Unforgetting–Polytemporality, implacement and possession in the Crista Dahl Media Library and Archive, ed. Amy Kazymerchyk (Vancouver: VIVO Media Arts Centre, 2012), 41-95.
 The 2010 Olympics drastically fast-forwarded the gentrification of Mount Pleasant, which developers boast for having a diverse “abundance of character and authenticity” while enjoying “rapidly appreciating rental rates.” In the last few years, this ‘appreciation’ has inched further east, to brand the formerly unbranded streets as Fraserhood, where The Toast Collective is located. See: “Development Opportunity In Heart Of Mount Pleasant,” accessed January 18, 2021, Lee and Associates Commercial Real Estate Services, https://leevancouver.com/property/701-kingsway-vancouver/
 “Blind Alleys As Ex Ocular Voto,” accessed January 18, 2021, Video Out Distribution, https://videoout.ca/catalog/blind-alleys-ocular-ex-voto
 Elaine Chang et al, eds. Decentre: concerning artist-run culture (Toronto: YYZ Books, 2008), 263.
This program reflects our current moment in artist-run-culture, as these spaces, whether IRL or virtual, are the site of uncomfortable, messy, and fragile enactments of larger issues in the world.