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Posted on 25 Nov 2016 in

Research Assistantship in Musical Metacreation

The School for the Contemporary Arts is inviting applications from persons suitable to work as a Research Assistant starting in September 2017.

The research to be conducted is part of the project "Collaborative Musical Composition and Performance with Creative Agents" supported by a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada (SSHRC). The successful applicant will work closely with the project's principal investigator, Dr. Arne Eigenfeldt (arne_e at sfu.ca).

This initiative will continue to investigate and develop autonomous musical agents - musebots - that collaborate to generate new music. More information on musebots can be found here: musebots.

Applicants should have an interest in and knowledge about one or more of the following areas (in decreasing importance): MaxMSP, improvisation, interactive systems, electronica, audio analysis, or machine learning.

The applicants must fulfill all the eligibility criteria for application to the Interdisciplinary MFA at SCA (as described on our website).

The RA ships will run for up to two years but will be renewed on a semesterly basis in accordance with ongoing review of the applicant's suitability for the position, and will total $6500 per semester. 
 

Posted on 25 Nov 2016 in

Judy Radul: the king, the door, the thief, the window, the stranger, the camera

The SCA's Judy Radul is presenting her largest yet solo exhibition, the king, the door, the thief, the window, the stranger, the camera, on February 9 at the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam, Netherlands, curated by Samuel Saelemakers. Here's how the Centre describes the show:

Media technologies such as CCTV, automation, and screens of all sorts have become the culturally and politically charged frames and filters through which we see reality, oftentimes obscuring or even replacing reality itself.

With the king, the door, the thief, the window, the stranger, the camera, Judy Radul transforms Witte de With’s exhibition spaces into a dynamic set for live image production. Radul sets out to explore the poetic and social agency of doors, windows, entrances, and exits by means of her multi-camera, live-feed “present system” – the backbone of the exhibition. Cameras become agents that steer the visitor’s behavior; architecture is performed through multiple points of view. the king, the door, the thief, the window, the stranger, the camera creates an architecture of the lens where the portals and vistas, the apertures of Witte de With’s exhibition floor, are brought to the fore as reality-producing media.

At the heart of the exhibition lies a publication edited and designed by Radul, in which she compiles visual references and other source material including art historical imagery, architectural sketches, and selected texts from poets and philosophers such as Francis Ponge and Georg Simmel. This book is presented on a custom automated page turner with a camera installed above it, panning and zooming, “reading” through the images and text, while playing back the live footage on screens in separate rooms. As such, both the content of the book and the exhibition as a whole unfold through lens-based representations and spacializations.

About Judy Radul 
Judy Radul’s (1962, CA) interdisciplinary practice revolves around the question of how we as social beings understand our relation to the material world through the visual. Her conceptualist and absurdist sensibility treats the white cube as a staging ground in which her work stands at the intersection of language, objects and bodies in space. Her work explores these contradictions, working across media and technologies as well as critical texts. Recent exhibitions include Judy Radul: Closeup, The Breakdown, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston (2015) and Home Work, Open Forum, Berlin (2015), 8th Berlin Biennale (2014) and the Nicaragua Biennale X (2016). In 2017 she takes part in Contour Biennale 8, Mechelen. 

Image (detail): Judy Radul, the king, the door, the thief, the window, the stranger, the camera (Rotterdam skyline as seen from Witte de With), 2016

Posted on 15 Nov 2016 in

Berlin Contemporary Arts 2017 Field School

Berlin Contemporary Arts 2017 Field Schools is now accepting applications!­

Spend your Summer 2017 term overseas on the Berlin Contemporary Arts Field School!

Beginning with 2 weeks in Vancouver, followed by 6 weeks in Berlin, Germany, this field school will focus on the contemporary arts in one of the cultural capitals of the world. Participants will earn 11 or 13 SFU units (FPA 308-4, FPA 309-4, FPA 305-3 or FPA 405-5).

This program is open to undergraduate and graduate students with a background or interest in contemporary arts. For more information please visit our website

The application is now open and the deadline is February 2, 2017 @ 11:59PM.

Join us at an information session to meet the Field School Director and learn additional details about the destination and program! The info session dates are:

Wednesday November 16, 2016, 12:45pm to 1:45pm, SFU Goldcorp Rm 4350
Thursday November 24, 2016, 1:30pm to 2:20pm, Alexander Center
Friday January 6, 2017, 4:00pm - 5:00pm, SFU Goldcorp Rm 4350
Thursday January 12, 2017, 3:30pm to 4:20pm, SFU Goldcorp Rm 4350

Pre-registration is high recommended, please RSVP.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact fieldschools@sfu.ca.

Posted on 08 Nov 2016 in

Update: Henry Daniel in Bristol

The SCA's Henry Daniel has spent much of the fall semester abroad as the Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor in the Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Bristol. He's there working on his new project, Contemporary Nomads: Re-Choreographing Cortical and Cartographical Maps, which "draws links between the colonialist expansionist agenda began by Spain in the late 15th century – which involved a host of other nations in a unique transatlantic ‘migratory movement’ – and today’s migrant/refugee crisis."

Read more about the Contemporary Nomads project on Henry's website here.

Read more about his Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professorship here.

Read more about Henry and all of his work at his website here.

And here's a sample of Henry's busy schedule:

Coventry University – Friday November 11, 5:00pm: Research Presentation at C-DaRE Research Presentation

Bristol University – Wednesday November 16, 3.45pm: Research Presentation in the Wickham Theatre in the Drama Department

Brunel University – Wednesday November 23, 4:00pm: Research Presentation at the Drama Studio, Gaskell Building 048

London South Bank University – Wednesday November 30, 4:00pm: Research Presentation at the School of Arts and Creative Industries

Bristol University – Friday December 9, 3.00pm, Graduate School of Education on Berkeley Square, IAS 'Provocation'

Bristol University – December 14-15 7.30pm, Video/Audio installation Encounters from Project Barca, at the Wickham Theatre in the Drama Department

Posted on 02 Nov 2016 in

Festival of (In)appropriation 8

The SCA's Christopher Pavsek helped Zoë Druick from SFU's School of Communication bring this cool-looking festival to SFU. Here are the details:

Whether you call it collage, compilation, found footage, détournement, or recycled cinema, the incorporation of previously shot materials into new artworks is a practice that has generated novel juxtapositions of elements which have produced new meanings and ideas that may not have been intended by the original makers, that are, in other words “inappropriate.” Founded in 2009, the Festival of (In)appropriation is a yearly showcase of contemporary short audiovisual works that appropriate film or video footage and repurpose it in “inappropriate” and inventive ways. This year’s show is curated by Jaimie Baron, Greg Cohen, and Lauren Berliner. Sponsored by Los Angeles Filmforum.

Jaimie Baron in attendance
FREE and all welcome

Room 1800
SFU Vancouver, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street
Friday, November 18 at 8 PM - 10 PM

Find out more about the festival at its blog: festivalofinappropriation.org