Join HCMA for a TILT screening of BURDEN, a documentary about the dangerous life and stomach-churning performances of artist Chris Burden.

Chris Burden was considered the Evel Knievel of the 1970’s art world.

He had a man shoot him at point-blank range. He confined himself to a locker for five days. He had his palms nailed to a VW bug in the image of Christ, and he paid for gonzo TV ads featuring his provocative art.

BURDEN takes us on a wild ride through his obsessive creative process, his odd childhood, his cruel breakups, his dangerous relationship with drugs (and an Uzi) - and his remarkable transformation to create truly mesmerizing installations, including one of L.A.'s most photographed and iconic symbols.

In BURDEN, filmmakers Timothy Marrinan and Richard Dewey offer an intimate portrait of an artist obsessed with spectacle, and a journey from fear to marvel.

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Event details

6 pm, Thursday, August 29th.
HCMA's Vancouver studio (address below).
Buzz #0400 and come up to the 4th floor.


As architects and designers, we are constantly exploring what artists can teach us, and their impact on society.

Partnering with Hoovie offers another opportunity to invite you into our space so we can watch, learn, and explore together. Following the screening will be a moderated group discussion on what we took away from the film.

We hope you can join us.

How much?


Snacks and drinks will be provided, but you’re welcome to bring something along to share.

Limited capacity

If you're interested, don't delay.