Wrong Wave Festival: The Liquidation World Guide to Maximizing Your Autonomy, July 2022

A selection of art rock, experimental film, visual art and community projects

The 8th edition of Wrong Wave Festival, curated by Liquidation World (Katayoon Yousefbigloo, Maya Beaudry, David Biddle), runs from July 5-31, 2022. The Liquidation World Guide to Maximizing Your Autonomy is the most expansive Wrong Wave Festival to date, with events and exhibitions in Vancouver, Victoria, Roberts Creek and Sointula.

Curators’ Statement:
“Liquidation World began as an Open Submission Consignment Art store in a soon-to-be demolished warehouse during the Heat Dome of 2021. The store unfolded in a sweaty frenzy of under-the-table art deals, janky exhibitions, and back alley ballet performances. Liquidation World lives on as an immaterial container for spontaneous community events, unorthodox business deals, friendships, rivalries, transcendent experiences, and intellectual exchanges; all of which are characterized by an accommodation of the unexpected. For this year’s Wrong Wave Festival we are highlighting a selection of artists, performers, and writers that embrace the unpredictable, while keeping space open for those we haven’t thought of.”

The official festival kick-off event on July 5 is Symphony of Fire at The Cinematheque. Symphony of Fire is an experimental music and video festival, and the artist project of Andrea Lukic. As is customary, the final roster of artists and videos will be unveiled at the event. Doors are at 6pm and admission is by donation.

The main headquarters for Wrong Wave is Sunset Terrace (2028 Clark Drive, Vancouver). Liquidation World has curated the following events, to take place indoors/outdoors at Sunset Terrace, entrance off East 4th Avenue via the rear parking lot:

  • July 9, 7pm – Liquid Lounge w/ Installations by Wladimiro Woyno Rodriguez & sahba sad, and Performances by Edward Sembatya, Angelique Muhorakeye, Angelique Uwase, Erich Neitz, DJ Mela Melania, and Linda Fox
  • July 23, 7pm – Tunnel Canary ft. Mourning Coup, Gretchen Snakes
  • July 24, 12-6pm – Art Swap and Open Mic
  • July 27, TBA – The Liquidation World Guide to Maximizing Your Autonomy, Surprise Panelists TBA

All events by donation, and rain or shine.

The official closing bash will be at Antisocial Skateboard Shop (2337 Main Street, Vancouver) on July 30, with live music by Nasdaq, Star Party, The Artists, and Sophia Stel beginning at 6pm. Antisocial is also hosting skateboarding in the back of the shop all that day.

This year we’re also launching Wronger Wave, a series of events and exhibitions that run parallel to the main festival. Wronger Wave participants were chosen through an open call by UNIT/PITT’s Programming Committee, Aileen Bahmanipour, Lauren Lavery and Michael C.K. Ma. The expanded festival events are listed in our weekly round-ups:

WEEK 1, July 4-10

WEEK 2, July 11-17

WEEK 3, July 18-24

WEEK 4, July 25-31

This year’s design and website development is by Cora Yiu, who also designed for the previous Wrong Wave 7 by NuZi Collective in 2019. They have created a magnificent limited-edition zine and festival guide with works selected by Liquidation World, riso-printed in Vancouver by Moniker Press. Click HERE to order/pre-order your copy

COVID-19 Variants & Safety

UNIT/PITT takes COVID-19 seriously. We recognize that while the BC government’s safety guidelines and restrictions have loosened, wastewater monitoring suggests that there are still significant numbers of COVID-19 cases in the lower mainland, and likely across the rest of the province. UNIT/PITT will be providing masks and hand sanitizer at all the Wrong Wave events that we are hosting, and we encourage Wronger Wave organizers to do the same. Although masks will not be mandatory (unless province-wide mask mandates are reinstated during the festival), we still encourage attendees to wear their masks and observe social distancing.

Wrong Wave Festival 2022 has been brought to you by Liquidation World Collective (Katayoon Yousefbigloo, Maya Beaudry, David Biddle), Symphony of Fire Curator Andrea Lukic, UNIT/PITT Director Brit Bachmann, Wronger Wave Call Coordinator Rachel Lau, and Antisocial Skateboard Shop. Thanks also to the artists of Sunset Terrace, The Cinematheque, and Moniker Press.

Art by Maya Beaudry

Thank you to Canada Council for the Arts’ Arts Across Canada Program for generously funding Wrong Wave Festival 2022. We would also like to thank UNIT/PITT’s other funders, British Columbia Arts Council and the City of Vancouver, and all the artists, members and volunteers who give purpose to our artistic programs.