December SCA TOURS
with Dean Lastoria
01 December 2017 – 01 December 2017, 12:00am
TBA, SFU at Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings, Vancouver V6B 1H4
Dean Lastoria, the SCA's New Students and Retention coordinator, is holding a whole host of SCA tours and info sessions in December. He's always happy to answer any questions you might have about applying to the SCA. Check this schedule for the time and date that's best for you.
TOUR: Friday, December 1, 2:00pm (Pro-D day Special!)
TOUR and INFO SESSION: Saturday, December 2, 10:00am (with optional Q&A at the end about the application process)
MUSIC PLACEMENT TEST: Tuesday, December 5 at 4:00pm in room GCA 2205 – RSVP here.
TOUR: Tuesday, December 5, 6:00pm
TOUR: Saturday, December 9 11:00am (Note: Students auditioning for Theatre early on Dec 9 are welcome to also stay for a additional tour at or around 1:00pm but please RSVP here)
TOUR: Thursday, December 14, 6:00pm
TOUR: Saturday, December 16, 10:00am
All tours meet in the lobby of SFU at Goldcorp Centre for the Arts.
For more information about applying to the SCA, click here.
Spring Welcome Tour & Mini Orientation
with Dean Lastoria
02 January 2018 – 02 January 2018, 3:00pm
Fei & Milton Wong Experimental TheatreSFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings, Vancouver V6B 1H4
Will you be new to the SCA in the spring? If so, please join Dean Lastoria, the SCA's New Students and Retention coordinator, for a tour and mini orientation of the School. Dean will show you around the facilities and answer all of your questions. But please note: Our Mini Orientation only supplements the main SFU Orientation at the Burnaby Campus on January 2 from 9:00am to 12:30pm. Don't worry – there's lots of time to get down here by 3:00pm. And please also note: You are not required to attend the main SFU Orientation as well as ours, of course, but if you'd like to, check here for the details: SFU Orientation / Welcome Day.
Film Info Session & Questionnaire Workshop
Bring your questions!
08 January 2018 – 08 January 2018, 6:00pm
4th floor, room 4390, SFU at Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings, Vancouver V6B 1H4
Do you have some questions about the entry process for the Film Area? Perfect. This info-session is for students interested in studying Film here with us at SFU. We will start with general information about the SCA and the admission process and then the SCA's Simone Rapisarda, Assistant Professor in the the Film Area, will join us to discuss the Film Program and chat about the Film Area questionnaire that's part of the application process.
DOWNLOAD THE QUESTIONNAIRE HERE
We will finish with a tour of the SCA's facilities. Send your RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
15 January 2018 – 15 January 2018, 7:00pm
Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC
Please join us for a free public talk by the Melbourne-based performer, writer, director and dramaturge, Nicola Gunn. This talk coincides with her main stage performance of her work Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster as part of Vancouver's PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, which runs from Jan. 16 to Feb. 4, 2018.
For more information about Nicola Gunn, please see her website. For more information about her upcoming performance at PuSh, including a teaser trailer for her work, please see her page on the PuSh website.
Community Research Ethics Policy Review
with Am Johal
18 January 2018 – 18 January 2018, 11:00am
4th Floor, 4210, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC
Please join Am Johal, the Director of SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement, for a review of the SCA's new Community Research Ethics Policy.
The potential ethical questions involved in producing creative work in the arts are not always immediately obvious but still need to be carefully examined, considered, and addressed. Ethical considerations are especially required when producing work that more directly engages with members of the community. In particular, this kind of ethical review is fundamentally required with respect to working with and around the communities living in the neighborhood known as the Downtown Eastside, which is also home to the School for the Contemporary Arts (and indeed Simon Fraser University more generally).
The SCA's new Community Research Ethics Policy can be downloaded HERE.
To learn more about SFU's ethics rules and regulations, contact the Office of Research Ethics.
Oana Avasilichioaei: Border Tactics, Aesthetics, Poetics
Audain Visual Artist in Residence, January 2018
24 January 2018 – 24 January 2018, 7:00pm
Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, SFU at Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings, Vancouver V6B 1H4
Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts (SCA) is pleased to welcome Oana Avasilichioaei as the Audain Visual Artist in Residence in January 2018. Avasilichioaei’s practice is concerned with textuality, polylingual poetics, the social and political forces/voices of the polis, and the intermediary spaces between word, sound and image, exploring the transgressions of these terrains through poetry, translation, performance, and sound work.
During her time in Vancouver, Avasilichioaei will do a public talk and multimedia performance, as well as visit interdisciplinary, graduate and undergraduate art classes and facilitate a workshop. In conjunction with faculty member Allyson Clay, Avasilichioaei will work with third-year visual art students towards conceptualizing and creating work for the annual student exhibition in the Audain Gallery. Conceived as a laboratory of research and making, her intervention will focus on unpacking various notions of border—border as wall, border as place, border in translation—proposing some theoretical and aesthetic reflections on its reverberations. Given current polylingual contexts, migration and displacement, wall-building and global-village thinking, various boundary disputes around the world, and the increasingly hazy distinction between private and public, this is a crucial moment to consider how one conceptualizes national, physical and personal boundaries, in order to discover whether productive crossovers are possible, as opposed to more rigid and entrenched responses. Some questions worth considering include: How do we enact borders? How do we translate them? What are the ethical implications of this translation? Is a language a border? By encouraging various translations/transpositions between text and performance, image and sound, text and image, the organic and the technological, materiality and musicality, etc., the lab will investigate the border as a potential in-between, porous space; disputed, yet also productive.
Oana Avasilichioaei’s five poetry collections include feria: a poempark (2008; a poetic investigation of the fractured historicities of Vancouver’s Hastings Park), We, Beasts (2012, awarded the A. M. Klein Prize for Poetry; a textual architecture of orality, animality and the fairytale) and Limbinal (2015; a multi-genre polylingual work on notions of borders). Increasingly interstitial, her work has also gone outside the bounds of the book, encompassing various formats such as multimedia performance, sound work, photography, graphic score, and installation; recent multimedia performances include THRESHOLDS (2015) and MOUTHNOTES (2016). Also a translator of prose and poetry from French and Romanian, her most recent translation is Bertrand Laverdure’s Readopolis (2017 Governor General Literary Award for Translation). Avasilichioaei has performed her work and given talks in festivals, art spaces, universities, theatres and other venues in Canada, USA, Mexico and Europe and was the 2009 Writer in Residence at Green College, UBC and the 2010–2011 Writer in Residence at the University of Calgary. Her curatorial and collaborative work has taken numerous forms, such as founding and curating the Atwater Poetry Project (2004–2009), writing “Folding Borders: Experimenting in the Canadian Laboratory” (series of commentaries on Jacket2, 2011), and co-writing Expeditions of a Chimæra with Erín Moure (2009). Multimedia collaborations include videos such as “Mirrored” (with Jessie Altura, 2011), text for From what hand to speak (composer Adam Scime, 2015), and the libretto for Marionette (composer Anna Hostman, forthcoming). Avasilichioaei’s current book/beyond-the-book project is Eight Track, a poetic, sonic investigation of the multifold meanings of track and tracking. Based in Montreal, she frequently crosses borders.
Image: THRESHOLDS (2015), multimedia performance; concept, text and sound by Oana Avasilichioaei, design and visual effects by Jessie Altura, 19:11 min