and SPACE have hooked up to present cheated, an exploration of love and loss this valentine’s day. with a commitment to addressing taboos around death and grief, cheated provides a living room for conversations about heartbreak in a digital era: from the culture of ghosting to interrupted endings including break-ups, terminal illnesses and suicides.
is a art-based coworking environment that fosters new collisions of creativity. jiwa is a start-up focused on addressing what happens to our digital assets after we die. together, at the intersection of innovative accessibility and democratization, cheated is a collaborative attempt to offer a heart-to-heart discussion on love in an otherwise corporate consumerist landscape.
what to expect:
leveraging the power of scents as an instrument for remembering, cheated features an interactive installation titled “memory lane” where guests can embark on an aromatic journey, thoughtfully selected to recall past experiences. from cherished items of the home to vivid garden perfumes, this centrepiece gently proposes an opportunity to use the sense of smell to connect back to what is reminiscent.
the event also offers a “message room” which acts as a private medium for closure, inviting guests to express last words or create continuing conversations with loved ones no longer present. these activities serve to build up conversation and comfort before entering a heart-to-heart discussion in which guests can share their experiences on love and loss. a somatic meditation led by Luna (Laurence Patenaude) will act as the groundwork for these conversations, activating the potential for warm and playful experiences of self-discovery and connection.
safety and accessibility:
cheated takes place on the unceded and traditional territories of the sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) peoples. SPACE is located on the ground floor with a gender-neutral and accessible washroom, and a wheelchair accessible entrance through the parking lot on Frances Street. though this event has a minimum donation of $10, no one will be turned away.
jiwa is committed to making the event a safe space for all and is open to requests regarding the improvement of the event’s safety and accessibility.