Publik Secrets is the umbrella for a constellation of multi-disciplined projects led by George Rahi and Robyn Jacob. In residence at the Hadden Park fieldhouse since August 2015, our work has taken many different formats including urban interventions, performances, installations, and ephemeral gatherings. Our work has also involved a number of collaborations with other artists and community members in open ended workshops, forums, and presentations. A common guiding force throughout our projects is a desire to engage with people in creative and spontaneous ways, unmediated by the conditions of contemporary art as a competitive professional sphere.
we are located in unceded xʷməθkwəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and Səl̓ílwətaʔ territories, Vancouver, British Columbia
CONTACT: publiksecrets [at] gmail.com
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George Rahi is a composer, sound artist, instrument maker, and installation artist exploring new hybrids between the acoustic, electronic, mechanical, and sculptural. He commonly works across a diverse array of interests including electro-acoustic music, public space, the soundscape, and large-scale instruments such as the pipe organ and the Indonesian Gamelan. He has produced work for the Western Front, Vancouver New Music, Miscellaneous Productions, VIVO Media Arts Centre and Vancouver Co-op Radio’s Media Arts Committee. He is currently an artist-in-residence with the Vancouver Parks Board’s Field House program at Hadden Park with artist collective Publik Secrets and is the co-founder of the percussion ensemble Gamelan Bike Bike.
more at www.georahi.com
Robyn Jacob is a pianist, singer and composer based in Vancouver, Canada. She has been striving for beauty that defies category in Canada and internationally with her avant-pop project Only A Visitor, and has self released four albums Of Course the Journey (2012,) Climb the Glass Mountain (2014,) and Tower Temporary (2015,) and Lines. Committed to writing and performing avant-garde music, recent composition projects explore writing for voice and small ensemble, balancing between the pop and new music realms. As a music educator she believes in discovery through teaching, and learning through discovery, and has taught youth workshops on free improvisation and deep listening. Since 2012 she has been part of the multi-disciplinary arts collective Publik Secrets, currently artists in residence at the Hadden Park Field House with the City of Vancouver. In 2013 she toured Bali with Gamelan Gita Asmara, and has since been playing with her own ensemble Gamelan Bike Bike. For four years she was host of The Rib on CiTR 101.9FM, a show dedicated to the dissemination of local experimental musical talent. Robyn has received a Bachelor’s degree in Music from the University of British Columbia, and has recently completed a solo residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts.
Events You Can Find Us At
August 14-16, 2015
July 7, 2015
THE NEW BRONZE AGE SERIES: SPEED STUNNED IMAGINATIONS | GAMELAN BIKE BIKE
*July 7 @ 9 pm,
Guelph (Dude Chilling) Park, 2390 Brunswick Street, Vancouver. Bring a Blanket.
Artist collective Publik Secrets present a shadow play inspired by philosopher Ivan Illich’s essays on transportation and modern life. The evening features new works by Gamelan Bike Bike. Bring a Blanket.
May 2 – 7, 2015
December 21, 2014
November 1, 2014
July 19/20, 2014
June 7, 2014
March 29/30, 2014
December 21, 2013
20th Anniversary Winter Solstice Lantern Festival
Gamelan Bike Bike is performing music and shadow puppetry at the False Creek Community Centre from 7:00 pm to 10pm
December 4, 2013
CHURCHpresents: Art + Performance to Celebrate Mental Diversity
October 26, 2013
September 28, 2013
August 24-25, 2013
June 16, 2013
May 27 – June 2, 2013
November 16, 2012