SCA News

Posted on 29 Jun 2017 in

Musical Metacreation (MuMe) Workshop

The SCA's Arne Eigenfeldt recently returned from Atlanta, Georgia. He and recent SCA MFA graduate student Paul Paroczai presented a paper on Paul's graduating work, vorbei – a piece of generative music software – at the Musical Metacreation (MuMe) Workshop held at Georgia Tech.

Along with Philippe Pasquier, who is Assistant Professor in the School of Interactive Arts and Technology at SFU, and longtime collaborator Ollie Bown (University of New South Wales), Eigenfeldt was co-chair of the workshop, which aimed to endow machines with creative behaviour. He also was a co-organizor, with Bown, of the MuMe concert, held at the Mammal Gallery in Five Points, Atlanta.

If you'd like to see Eigenfeldt's autonomous music creating 'musebots' in action, he and Paroczai, Matthew Horrigan (SFU MFA Graduate), and Yves Candau (SFU MFA Graduate and current SIAT PhD Candidate) will be participating in Play Nice: Musical Collisions Between Humans & Intelligent Machines on Friday, July 28, at Vancouver's Gold Saucer Studio, presented by Sawdust Collector.

Paul at MuMe workshop

Mammal Gallery exterior

Ollie Bown checking out the Mammal Gallery

Posted on 22 Jun 2017 in

Contemporary Nomads

The SCA's Henry Daniel is developing his ongoing Contemporary Nomads research project into an "evening-length combined installation and live performance," as he describes it, for the coming fall semester. Additionally newsworthy about this event is the participation of guest artists Adam Basanta (Music), Sammy Chien and Shanghan Chien (Media Design), and Alan Storey (Set Design). Adam Basanta, an SCA BFA (composition) grad and visual artist, will also be the SCA Dance area's Iris Garland Visiting Artist in the fall. This 'residencey' is funded by Iris Garland Dance Program Enhancement Fund, which was founded in 2002 in memory of Iris Garland (1935-2002), who was a professor of dance, a choreographer, a dance scholar, and a founding member of the Centre for the Arts, now the School for the Contemporary Arts, at SFU. SCA BFA (film) grad Sammy Chien and his brother Shanghan Chien work together as Chimerik to produce complex video projection installations, most recently for Vancouver's Festival Of Recorded Movement; their work for Contemporary Nomads will be supported by the KRT (Wasitudipuro) Fund. Alan Storey is an active Vancouver-based artist who produces site-responsive interactive works for gallery spaces and site specific public art, such as the ‘Pendulum’ installation in the HSBC Bank on Georgia Street in Vancouver. We'll keep you posted as the project develops. 

Posted on 05 Jun 2017 in

Annie Therrien Boulos

Dean Lastoria, who's in charge of New Students and Retention for the SCA, touches base with a few recent graduates.

Annie Therrien Boulos will be receiving her BFA in Theatre on Friday, June 9th at the Convocation ceremony on Burnaby Mountain. Annie was in the Theatre Performance Stream and was involved in blackbox, clowning, directing projects, and mainstages, but the most important thing that I saw Annie do was deeply care for the School’s community – from being the Theatre Student Union President to never failing to help a new student. I’m glad she is graduating, of course, but we will miss Annie!

Q: You were active in the Theatre Student Union — Can you talk about how important it is?

A: one of the biggest things that i learned at SFU is that i am the one in charge of making any experience what i want it to be. it's not up to my profs, my peers, my family, the world. it's me who has the power to create the world i want to live in. that's a lot of pressure but it's also exciting. i think that the Theatre Student Union is important in this because it allows students to have more of a say in what their school program looks like, in and out of classes. it builds community, offers support, organizes events, and is there to serve. that's a cool thing to have. it also only runs if you get involved in it and help it run- so, future students, do that.

Q: Clowning — important?

A: very important. stand in front of everyone who matters to you and fail. you'll learn some uncomfortable things. nothing is more helpful.

Q: What’s devising? Any good stories?

A: devising is being in a room with a bunch of people and making some things. The best advice that i was ever given:

1) follow your pleasure.
2) practice deep listening (i'm still working on this one). 
3) just do the weird things and see where it goes.

i have a ton of memories of the various ways we used food in our black box devising projects – from covering each other in cold cuts and other meat products, to pre-chewing trail mix for certain images we wanted to make, to mushing bananas into the wall...

Q: What is next?

A: well, i feel the need to do something completely different, so i'm going to spend some months working on a goat farm in Norway.