POSITIVE+ was an initiative that looked at the changing face of HIV at a time when the new drug cocktails were giving people an extended lease on life. The project, which ran in the fall of 1997, consisted of a series of exhibitions, and a series of performances and events – many allowing full public participation. The project began in the spring of 1997 with a series of roundtables discussing readings Brice Canyon had put together for the group. The readings gave a theoretical and activist history of the AIDS crisis since its advent ten years before. These roundtables focused on many issues and were instrumental in defining the works that were shown in the fall.
Grunt partnered with the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre, Video In, the Helen Pitt Gallery and Gulf Islands Film and Television School for this initiative. POSITIVE+ came on the heels of HALFBRED in 1995, which focused on miscegenated, bisexual and transgendered artists, though the earlier project didn't have the public engagement elements that defined POSITIVE+.
Glenn Alteen, Brice Canyon
Artists and writers included:
Glenn Alteen, Alex Archie, Steven Anthony, Joe Average, Kate Barry, Brice Canyon, David Diamond, Nahn Duc Nguyen, Peggy Frank, Cheryl Hamilton, Francisco Ibanez-Carrasco, Sister C (Gary Johnson), Lizard Jones, Emma Kivisild, Paul Lang, Zachary Longboy, Herbert Morse, Rosamond Norbury, Oliv, Oraf, Ed Pien, Raven, Elizabeth James, Web & Candida Cannabis, Bill Rennie, David Roundell, Joe Sarahan and Velvet Steele.