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Posted on 25 Jun 2015 in

- SCA represents at Dancing on the Edge Festival

Profile on SCA Grad Michael Kong

Dancing on the Edge opens on July 2 and it's great to see so many SCA grads featured in the program. 

We talked to Michael Kong who is presenting this hallow space has a corridor as part of edge up, showcasing emerging artists.

this hallow space has a corridor
July 5 + 6, 8pm
Firehall Arts Centre |  MORE INFO
Katie DeVries, Meredith Kalaman, Nathan Todd, Antonio Somera, Lindsey White, Michael Kong

When human emotion tries to access the mapping of memory we designate different sentiments upon each visit thus adulterating the truth from which the memory first took its origin. The players get lost within emotional corridors of narratives finding themselves further from the truth while trying to augment a deeper resemblance, a deeper confusion.

Directed by Michael Kong | Choreographed in collaboration with performers: Matilda Cobanli, Katie Devries, Meredith Kalaman, Michael Kong, Antonio Somera, Lindsey White

Michael Kong is a Vancouver based dance artist and holds a BFA in dance from Simon Fraser University. Additional training includes the Martha Graham School and the 2012/13 season of Modus Operandi. Michael has proudly danced for Judith Garay, Vanessa Goodman, Noam Gagnon, Paras Terezakis, Katie DeVries, and Daisy Thompson. Currently Michael is working for Rob Kitsos in his December 2015 premiere, Saudade.

What have you been working on recently?
I have been working with Rob Kitsos on his recent project Saudade set to premiere December 2015. I am really honoured to have been working on this for the last year and a bit with him and his fantastic team of artists. I have also been working with choreographer Katie DeVries on her work Two Great Truths - all in all some really exciting dance projects.

Tell us about participating in Dancing on the Edge with this hallow space has a corridor as part of Edge Up? What is the piece about?
this hallow space has a corridor started off as a small research phase with some fellow dance artists. The project was for me to develop my taste for choreographing collectively through improvisation - we all discovered that our work had a strong theme that could be applied for many opportunities. I have had wonderful support from the Dance Centre and also Dancing on the Edge and am looking forward to continuing my role as director in a room of many talented dance artists who choreograph alongside myself in this project.  

this hallow space has a corridor discusses memory, specifically our emotional imprinting of memory and how we deal with it in a physical way. More over we have developed scores and spacial hot spots that guide all six of us through several different vignettes of emotional corridors and rooms. 

How did your experience as a student as SCA lead you to the work you are doing now?
My experience at the SCA was a very long journey. When I entered the school I was just a kid with a hardly any idea of what its going to be like in the field of dance. I knew two things, one being that I loved the spirit of movement and two being that I liked the group effort and energy it requires of community. I was training everyday and I learned the most by working extracurricularly with my professors and their peers. The SCA wasn't just about showing up and attending classes it was forcing me to utilize my right to educate myself and work hard beyond class time as well. Both really elevated each other and I learned fast and hard while I was there for five years. Going to the SCA is about wanting to be fully aware and present in all aspects of work (weather it be in or out of school). 

Are you still connected with the school? If so, how?
From time to time I work with the SCA in their dance repertory courses as a movement assistant to choreographers. You'll still see me around working for Rob Kitsos or Judith Garay as well. It's an honor to enter the SCA post graduating and feel like I still have a home with my old professors and also my peers who have also graduated from their MFAs and BFAs.    

What are you up to after Dancing on the Edge?
I will be relaxing and teaching my spin and ballet based fitness classes. I will also be applying for opportunities to start a new work of mine and staying in shape as I start with Rob Kitsos again in the fall. 

Posted on 24 Jun 2015 in

- Wrapped North AQ SFU

Guest post by Dean Lastoria

Dean Lastoria advises new students at the School for the Contemporary Arts and spent many years working at the Burnaby campus before the school relocated downtown.

Yesterday afternoon I was up at the Burnaby campus for a meeting. SCA moved downtown 5 years ago so I sort of miss the place. Well, walking along the AQ a memory came alive. The SFU Gallery's 50th anniversary show features a re-mounting of Reta Koropatnick's Wrapped North AQ. I remember being amazed by it back in 2006. Such an ambitious vision for someone who was then a first year student - challenging the very large and text-book serious paintings long hanging on SFU's walls. It was worth seeing 9 years ago, and it's worth a visit to the Burnaby campus now.

There are lots of other faculty and alumni work at the SFU Gallery itself, but Reta's work is located on the North side of the AQ near the Images Theatre and worth the extra walk. - Dean Lastoria


Posted on 04 Jun 2015 in

- Ken Lum honoured at 2015 Spring Convocation

Visual Artist to receive Doctor of Fine Arts, honoris causa

Ken Lum, an artist, educator and SFU alumnus who is renowned worldwide for his conceptual and representational art, including the iconic Monument for East Vancouver that overlooks False Creek Flats. Lum will receive a Doctor of Fine Arts, honoris causa at the Spring Convocation ceremony on Friday, June 12. 

Ken Lum received an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences at Simon Fraser University in 1980. During his time at SFU, he took an art history course with Jeff Wall and decided to change careers. After doing research towards a Master of Arts degree at the Department of Fine Arts, Education, New York University, in the early 1980s Lum returned to Canada and was director of the OR Gallery in Vancouver from 1983 to 1984. He received an M.F.A. in 1985 from UBC and has taught in the Department of Fine Arts at UBC since 1989. He has twice been a visiting professor at L'École des Beaux Arts in Paris. Over the past fifteen years Lum has exhibited his work throughout Canada, the US and Europe. A major solo exhibition of Lum's work, which was hosted by the VAG, was organized by the Witte de With, Rotterdam, and the Winnipeg Art Gallery in 1990. Recently his work has been included in exhibitions at the Walter Phillips Gallery in Banff; Art Institute of Chicago; Aix-en-Provence, France; and Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Staten Island, New York. Ken Lum is represented by the Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, and Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Vancouver.

Posted on 01 Jun 2015 in

- Patricia Gruben receives top honours

Women in Film + Television 2015 Spotlight Awards winner

Associate Professor, Patricia Gruben will be honoured at the Women in Film + Television Spotlight Awards, to receive the Teamster 155 Women of the Year Award at a gala on June 15.

Established in 1999, the Spotlight Awards™ have brought together the BC Film community to celebrate the outstanding achievements of BC women in screen-based media.

(Writer, Filmmaker, Educator, Associate Professor at SFU)

This award is presented to a woman who has achieved a significant success in the field of film or television, and who is recognized for mentoring other women in the industry.

Patricia, a writer and filmmaker of considerable accomplishment, has extended her generosity, through her tireless work with Praxis and SFU, to help the emerging talents of this country. Her selfless endeavors, not just for this year, but for years past and for years to come make her a worthy recipient of praise from her peers. 

Patricia Gruben arrived in Toronto during the Vietnam era after graduate studies in Film at the University of Texas. She worked for ten years as a set decorator and art director while making experimental narrative shorts (The Central Character, Sifted Evidence) which drew attention at international film festivals. In 1982 she moved to Vancouver to teach film production at Simon Fraser University. There she has made two long experimental narratives, Low Visibility and Ley Lines, and a 35mm. dramatic feature, Deep Sleep, starring Megan Follows.  

In 1987, with Colin Browne, Gruben founded Praxis Centre for Screenwriters, a professional development program for Canadian feature films. She was Interim Director of SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts and is currently Director of its biennial field school in India. She has been on the boards of numerous cultural organizations, including the first Toronto Women’s Film Festival and Vancouver Women in Film, as well as numerous arts juries.
Gruben recently wrote and produced a 3-act play, The Secret Doctrine, starring Gabrielle Rose, and created an interactive installation, The Veil of Nature, with Martin Gotfrit. She has published numerous articles and book chapters on film narrative and is working on two feature screenplays set in India.