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Contemporary Art Gallery

555 Nelson Street

Vancouver, Canada
Open from Tuesday to
Sunday, 12 pm → 6 pm

Admission always free
10 Dec 22·4:00 PMuntil5:30 PM

CAG Reads

Howie Tsui presents David Berman

Online via Zoom

A portrait of Howie Tsui. He is standing against a wall wearing a white shirt with a scribbly green design. He is shaded by the speckled light from an unseen leafy canopy above.

Portrait of Howie Tsui. Photo: Rémi Thériault.


We are pleased to announce our latest installment of CAG Reads, a book club where artists invite us to read alongside them. Each month an artist proposes text for our collective reading pleasure, culminating in a virtual hangout where the artist leads a wide-ranging discussion grounded in their chosen reading material.

This month, CAG Reads will be hosted by Howie Tsui. Howie has chosen to read Actual Air (1999) by David Berman.


This event will be live captioned (CART).

ASL interpretation is available on request. Requests can be accommodated up to 5 days in advance. Please contact to book or for more information.

Getting the texts

Access to Actual Air by David Berman will be provided upon registration.


Registration for this event is free, but limited. RSVP to secure your place here.


Howie Tsui (徐浩恩, b. 1978, Hong Kong - raised in Lagos and Thunder Bay) is based in Vancouver. Working in ink brush, sound sculptures, lenticular lightboxes and installation, Tsui constructs tense, fictive environments that undermine venerated art forms and narrative genres, often stemming from the Chinese literati tradition. He employs a stylized form of derisive and exaggerated imagery as a way to satirize and disarm broadening regimes and their programs of cultural hegemony. The most notable branch of his practice involves the use of algorithmic animation sequences to raise questions around order, chaos and the potential of social harmony through self-organized societies. Tsui synthesizes diverging socio-cultural anxieties around superstition, trauma, surveillance and otherness through a distinctly outsider lens to cast light onto liminal and diasporic experiences.


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