Brian Kent Gotro
Medium: video installation, colour, silent, loop
Dimensions: projected figure is 5’ 9” in height
Original Exhibition Year: 2011
YEAH shows a male character wearing a shirt that reads NUCK YEAH: in their intended form these words are simply a statement of solidarity for the Vancouver Canucks professional hockey team; but, a home-team loss in the 2011 Stanley Cup Final became a flashpoints for a major street riot -made infamous by worldwide news coverage.
In Vancouver however, the week(s) that followed the riot saw a unique rise in an overall socially conscious in the city. Seemingly, any action that could be construed as aggressive was met with strong condemnation...
Seemingly innocuous/even common gestures that occur in downtown urban centres on a daily basis, were in Vancouver seen as ‘blight’ on a damaged city’s conscience. Corollary to this, wearing Vancouver Canucks apparel also carried with it a potential that people would view you as ‘one of those rioters’ instead of as a hockey fan -a unique tension had developed. Slowly, city ‘as self-conscious organism’ was emerging; but it would not last, and soon things went back to the way they were...
It is in the space of 'back to the way they were' that YEAH exists; as a commentary on modern tribalism, societal values, civil unrest, Western privilege, and perhaps most importantly: the absurd, YEAH is a response to a unique moment which brought with it unique tensions.