Posted on 13 Dec 2017 in

Bhangra Flash Mobs!

Gurpreet Sian, an SCA sessional instructor and co-founder, with Raakhi Sinha, of the South Asian Arts Society, ended his semester's version of CA 120: Introduction to Dance Forms: Contemporary and Popular with two Bhangra dance 'flash mobs,' executed and performed with Rayman Bhuller and his LANC 1870 class from Kwantlen Polytechnic University. The first was in the 'atrium' in the Woodward's Building complex, which also houses the SCA, and the second in front of Rogers Arena on the night of a hockey game. Check out videos of the performances here. 

Sian's Bhangra class wasn't the only version of CA 120: Introduction to Dance Forms: Contemporary and Popular that ran for the SCA during the Fall 2017 semester. There was also a Hip Hop version lead by Kim Sato (who also teaches at Harbour Centre Dance and CoreDance, is on the board of the Streetrich Hip Hop Society, and is the founder of both the professional performance crew Project Soul and SOULdiers Company, an audition-based semi-professional hip hop company) and a Jamaican Dancehall version lead by Mikhail Morris and Judy Madarasz (both of the multi-media and dance production company KETCH DI VYBZ), which was recently profiled by our friends at SFU Newscheck it out here.

CA 120: Introduction to Dance Forms: Contemporary and Popular is a popular SCA class open to all students across SFU that changes its instructors and focus each semester it runs. The Spring 2018 semester of CA 120: Introduction to Dance Forms: Contemporary and Popular includes a version of the class on Afro-Caribbean dance lead by Marion Landers and a version on Contemporary dance lead by Shauna Elton. If CA 120: Introduction to Dance Forms: Contemporary and Popular sounds like a class you might be interested in, please make sure to check the current SFU Academic Calendar. But act fast – CA 120: Introduction to Dance Forms: Contemporary and Popular fills up quickly!

Woodward's Building Atrium

Rogers Arena

Posted on 05 Dec 2017 in

Congratulations – again! – to Natalie Murao!

We've profiled Natalie Murao here briefly before (check here) but we're happy to update that quick look with more good news. Natalie's short film, Floating Light, which she completed in her 4th year here at the SCA, has won the Short Work Student Award at the Whistler Film Festival. Congratulations! Read more about Floating Light on Natalie's site here and click through to discover more of her excellent work.

Posted on 17 Nov 2017 in

James O’Callaghan wins the ISCM Young Composer Award

Congratulations to composer and sound artist James O’Callaghan, who completed his BFA in music composition (honours) at the SCA in 2010, for receiving the ISCM Young Composer Award for 2017.

Supported by Music on Main and chosen by an international jury drawn from the membership of the International Society for Contemporary Music, the ISCM Young Composer Award is given yearly to a composer under the age of 35, whose work is also performed in that year's festival. The winner of the award receives a money prize and a commission for a new piece to be performed in a future edition of the ISCM World Music Days.

Here's what the people at ISCM World Music Days had to say about James and his work: "O’Callaghan’s music intersects acoustic and electroacoustic media, employing field recordings, amplified found objects, computer-assisted transcription of environmental sounds, and unique performance conditions. His piece subject/object was performed at ISCM 2017 by Standing Wave Ensemble."

Congratulations, James!

Please give the work a listen here.

Image: Aaron Sivertson

Posted on 10 Nov 2017 in

Jin-me Yoon’s Spectral Tides

The good people at the Nanaimo Art Gallery have shared some exhibition images and the exhibition brochure for Jin-me Yoon's exhibition, Spectral Tides, which runs until December 10, 2017. As the Gallery's site explains, the exhibition "features projects set on two islands that are important to the artist's life and work: Vancouver Island, focusing on the complex histories of the Pacific Rim National Park, and Jeju-do, the largest South Korean island and a strategic US military outpost." Click here to download and read the excellent exhibition brochure, courtesy of the Gallery, to find out more about the exhibition. Make to sure to visit the gallery if you're in Nanaimo, not only before December 10 to catch Jin-me's show, but also to see what else their smart and responsive curator, Jesse Birch, has organized, too.

Top image: Jin-me Yoon, Other Hauntings: A Geography Beloved (Dance), video still, single channel video, 2016. Image courtesy of the artist.
Other images: Jin-me Yoon, Spectral Tides, installation views, 2017.  Photos by Sean Fenzl, courtesy of Nanaimo Art Gallery.

Posted on 13 Oct 2017 in

Congratulations, Natalie Murao!

Natalie graduated last week with a BFA in Film, but her 4th year film Floating Light keeps moving on. Floating Light is not only nominated in the Best Canadian Short Award (BCSA) category at the Vancouver Asian Film Festival in November (VAFF), which runs from November 2 to 5, but it's also screening at the Portland Film Festival, which runs from October 3 to November 5, and The San Diego Asian Film Festival, which runs from November 9 to18. Great news, great work! Congratulations again, Natalie! Click here to find out more about Natalie and her work, including Floating Light.

Posted on 06 Oct 2017 in

Judy Radul wins the Mayor’s Arts Award for Visual Arts

Congratulations to Judy Radul on winning the 2017 Mayor's Arts Award for Visual Arts! Here's what the city's site has to say about Judy, the prize, and SCA grad Julian Hou, who Judy chose as an 'emerging artist' to honour as part of her prize:

Judy Radul’s latest works involve an original computer controlled system for live and pre-recorded video. Her practice also includes sculpture, photography, writing and performance. Recent exhibitions include: a solo exhibition at Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, 2017; Contour Biennale 8, Mechelen, Belgium, 2017; Bienal de Nicaragua, 2016; Agnes Etherington Art Centre, 2015; Berlin Biennale 8, 2014; DAAD Galerie, 2013. 

Her large-scale media installation World Rehearsal Court (2009) has been shown in Vancouver, Vienna, Seoul, Oslo and Moscow. Related to this project, with Marit Paasche she co-edited a book of collected essays and images A Thousand Eyes: Media Technology, Law and Aesthetics (Sternberg Press, Berlin, 2011). She has a BA in Fine and Performing Arts from Simon Fraser University and a MFA in Visual and Media Arts from Bard College, New York. She is represented by Catriona Jeffries Gallery and teaches at Simon Fraser University.

Julian Hou
Emerging artist

Julian Hou is an artist living as a guest on unceded Coast Salish territory, working in audio, digital media, performance, and installation. He has recently participated in solo and group exhibitions: 8eleven, Toronto; Spareroom, Vancouver; Artspeak, Vancouver; the Vancouver Art Gallery; 221A @ Occidental Temporary, Paris; L'escalier, Montreal; CSA Space, the Audain Gallery, Simon Fraser University, and The Apartment, Vancouver.

Hou has also recently held performances at Kamias Triennale, Manila; Things that can happen, Hong Kong; Damien and the Love Guru, Brussels; and the Vancouver Art Gallery. He was a curatorial resident at 221A in 2014, and has co-curated projects at Model Projects, Vancouver with Tiziana La Melia.

And here's what the city has to say about the annual prize itself:

The annual Mayor's Arts Awards recognize 20 established and emerging artists from a diversity of communities that make up our creative sector. Our 10 award categories include: craft and design, culinary arts, film and new media, literary arts, visual arts, public art, community-engaged art, music, dance, and theatre. Honourees receive a cash award and are selected for:

Making significant contribution to their respective disciplines
Achieving or contributing to artistic excellence
Showing leadership and support for Vancouver's diverse cultural communities in their careers

We also recognize contributions to our arts community in five categories: philanthropy, business support, volunteerism, arts board member of the year, and lifetime achievement. Lifetime achievement honourees receive a cash award and honourees of the other categories receive a special non-cash award.

Nominations occur every spring and awards are presented in the fall. The 2017 awards ceremony is on Wednesday, October 11 at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre.

Click here for more information about the Mayor's Arts Awards and to look at all of this year's winners and the archive of past winners.

Posted on 08 Sep 2017 in

Judith Garay’s The Fine Line – twisted angels ... from A Performer’s Perspective

The SCA's Judith Garay's dance work The Fine Line – twisted angels has been redeveloped / reinvented by Shannon Cuykendall, who is a PhD Candidate at SFU's School of Interactive Arts + Technology, and a diverse team of co-creators into A Performer's Perspective: a SSHRC funded "interactive documentary" website with extensive content drawn from the perspective – indeed also the literal POV – of the dancers performing the work.

Cuykendall and her team describe the project this way:

"We explore ways to transmit a dance performer’s point of view through the creation of an interactive documentary. Using qualitative and quantitative research methods, we gathered a broad spectrum of data to understand the kinesthetic experience of dancers in Judith Garay’s work, The Fine Line – twisted angels. The dancers’ data is presented through various forms and modes of interaction, providing audiences the opportunity to reflect, empathize and understand the choreography through multiple lenses."

If that preliminary description sounds intriguing and already a little complicated, that's because the project is in fact involved and deep. It's well worth exploring the project's whole website, which covers everything from the extensive data collection processes used to more familiar 'behind the scenes' style documentary portraits of the individual dancers. Check it out here: A Performer's Perspective.

Posted on 28 Aug 2017 in

Congratulations, Noé

Excellent news! The SCA's Noé Rodríguez won 'best film' in the Pasajes de Cine section of the 2017 Filmadrid International Film Festival for his film Ceiba. Here's how the film is described on the Filmadrid site:

Ceiba is one of the most characteristic trees of the Caribbean. Noé Rodríguez decides to outline a fragmentary and suggestive biographical sketch of a culture: from its environmental roots (the almost surreal portraits of the natural surroundings) to its most specific political and social features (the colonial wounds or the rising of communism).

Congratulations, Noé!

Posted on 14 Jul 2017 in

Could this be you?

Attention SCA Students!

The School for the Contemporary Arts within the Faculty of Communication, Art, and Technology (FCAT) is looking for a SCA Student Liaison to work closely with FCAT staff to communicate information and build a sense of community among the different disciplines; support current students, and oversee faculty–to-student communications and a SCA Recruitment Ambassador to work closely with FCAT staff to assist recruitment efforts, support prospective students, and positively represent SCA on all campuses.

For more information, follow these links: SCA Student Liaison & SCA Recruitment Ambassador.

Posted on 14 Jul 2017 in

Musebots do it better?

Leading up to the Play Nice: Music by Humans & Intelligent Machines event on Friday, July 28 at the Gold Saucer Studio organized by the Sawdust Collector, Barbara Adler, who's not only a member of Sawdust Collector but also a musician, poet, storyteller, SCA MFA grad, and indeed one of the players for the event (accordion!), has started to blog a little about the show. The first entry presents "5 questions" to "Chief Musebot Evangelist" and SCA professor, Arne Eigenfeldt. Read the whole exchange here. Make sure to come back as Adler has promised other interviews to come. And also don't forget to explore the rest of the site for more info about the Musebots and their designers and the other players and performers for the event. For more information about Musebots and the idea of Musical Metacreation and to hear some musical examples, check out the Musical Metacreation site.