Exhibition catalogue showcasing seven Vancouver artists (Karin Bubas, Jeremy Shaw, Jim Breukelman, Dan Siney, Mike Grill, Babak Golkar, Kyla Mallett) who were invited to produce new works in response to the locale of North Vancouver. These established and emerging artists have brought unique sensibilities and personal experiences to their investigations. Moodyville evokes the distinctive atmosphere and spirit of the place, and brings to light its psychogeography of hidden sites and untold stories.
The historically significant title alluding to the city's past as a distant collective memory implies that the identity of a place is always in negotiation with its history. The earliest industrial settlement on Burrard Inlet established in 1872, Moodyville was a prosperous, albeit short-lived, sawmill community that led to the establishment of North Vancouver. This evocation of the city's beginnings makes reference to its strong ties to natural resource industries and suggests how ideas about place are determined by the shifting economies of historical change. Moodyville also suggests a psychic space, a state of mind.