Posted on 03 Oct 2017 in sca eventsfu woodward's eventArtist TalkEventFilm ScreeningGallery Exhibition

Walid Raad & Jalal Toufic

Audain Visual Artist in Residence Program

10 October 2017 – 09 December 2017, 12:00am
TBA, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC

Walid Raad & Jalal Toufic

This fall the School for Contemporary Arts and SFU Galleries are hosting Walid Raad and Jalal Toufic, contemporaries whose art and writing are, almost uncannily, aligned. Walid Raad was AVAIR in Fall 2016 and returns to present his exhibition Sweet Talk: Commissions (Beirut 1994) in Audain Gallery. Jalal Toufic will present a series of lectures and screenings, his first in Canada.

The works of Raad and Toufic destabilize narratives of history by way of fictive philosophical and logical constructions that fold time. Each artist’s work engages a divergent range of topics, but repeatedly returns to query the history of Lebanon and its civil wars. Always eschewing a positivist reading, their works ask us to consider the form, logic and conditions of the question as to how violence affects bodies, minds and culture.

Fiction has to reveal to us the anomalous, labyrinthine space-time of ruins; and, in case no ruins subsist for the ghost to appear, to supplement reality as a site of return of the revenant. In postwar countries, fiction is too serious a matter to be left to “imaginative” people.

–Jalal Toufic, Ruins, 2010.

Walid Raad was born in Chbanieh, Lebanon and works in New York where he is Professor of Art in The Cooper Union. Solo exhibitions include the Louvre, Paris; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Kunsthalle Zurich; Whitechapel Art Gallery, London; and Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin. His works have been shown in Documenta, Venice Biennale, Whitney Biennial, Sao Paulo Bienale, Istanbul Biennial, and Homeworks. He is a member of the Home Workspace Program in Beirut and The Gulf Labor Coalition.

Jalal Toufic is a thinker and a mortal to death. He was born in 1962 in Beirut or Baghdad and died before dying in 1989 in Evanston, Illinois. His books, a number of which were published by Forthcoming Books, are available for download at his website. And his videos are available for viewing at: He, along with artists and pretend artists, was a participant in the Sharjah Biennials 6, 10 and 11, the 9th Shanghai Biennale, the 3rd Athens Biennale, and “A History: Art, Architecture, and Design, from the 1980s Until Today” (Centre Pompidou). In 2011, he was a guest of the Artists-in-Berlin Program of the DAAD; and in 2013–14, he and Anton Vidokle led Ashkal Alwan’s third edition of Home Workspace Program, based in Beirut. He has been the director of the School of Visual Arts at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts (Alba) since September 2015.

Co-presented by SFU School for the Contemporary Arts' Audain Visual Artist in Residence Program and SFU Galleries, with the Vancouver Art Gallery and Western Front.


The Audain Visual Artist in Residence program brings artists and practitioners to Vancouver who have contributed significantly to the field of contemporary art and whose work resonates with local and international visual art discourses. The visiting artists interact with the students and faculty of the School for the Contemporary Arts as well as the broader visual arts and cultural communities and the community-at-large. In keeping with the experimental nature of the School for the Contemporary Arts the terms of engagement are open and change from artist to artist. The cornerstone of the residency is the sharing of artistic research. The Audain Foundation Endowment Fund generously funds the program.

Walid Raad in Conversation with Jayce Salloum on Beirut
Tuesday, October 10, 7pm
Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Center, SFU Vancouver

Walid Raad Opening Reception
Wednesday, October 11, 6 - 9pm
Audain Gallery

Walid Raad Artist Talk
Wednesday, October 11, 7 - 8pm
Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Center, SFU Vancouver

Scrivener's Monthly: Jalal Toufic on "The Dancer's Two Bodies"
Thursday, October 12, 7pm
Western Front, 303 E. 8th Ave.

Screening and Discussion of a Trilogy of Videos by Jalal Toufic and Graziella Rizkallah Toufic
Saturday, October 14, 8pm
Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, SFU Vancouver

Jalal Toufic on "The Withdrawal of Tradition Past a Surpassing Disaster" 
Tuesday, October 17, 7pm
Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Center, SFU Vancouver

Book Launch and Talk for Jalal Toufic's What Was I Thinking (Sternberg Press, 2017)
Wednesday, October 18, 3pm
Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby St.

Exhibition Tour with Curator Melanie O'Brian in Dialogue with Art Historian Jeff O’Brien 
Saturday, November 18, 2pm
Audain Gallery (part of a downtown exhibition tour with the CAG at 3pm)

Screening of Jayce Salloum's This is Not Beirut (There Was and There Was Not), 1994 and Walid Raad and Jayce Salloum’s Talaeen a Junuub (Up to the South), 1993
Wednesday, November 22, 7pm
Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, SFU Vancouver

Image Credit: Left: Walid Raad, Sweet Talk: Beirut (Commissions)_1992 (detail), 1992. Black and white photograph. © Walid Raad. Right: Jalal Toufic, How to Read an Image Past a Surpassing Disaster no. 5 (detail), 2010. © Jalal Toufic.


Posted on 05 Oct 2017 in sca eventInfo-Session


with Dean Lastoria

10 October 2017 – 10 October 2017, 5:00pm
1st floor lobby, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC


Dean Lastoria, the SCA's New Students and Retention Administrator, is offering a set of tours of the SCA's facilities. He's also 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:

Tue, October 10, 5:00pm
Thu, October 19, 5:00pm
Tue, October 24, 5:00pm
Sat, November 4, 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.

Posted on 06 Oct 2017 in sca eventPresentation

Trudi Lynn Smith, Kate Hennessy, and Sabine Bitter in conversation

Conversations with Unusual Suspects

19 October 2017 – 19 October 2017, 7:00pm
Offsite, Room 7000, SFU at Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street

Trudi Lynn Smith, Kate Hennessy, and Sabine Bitter in conversation

The latest Conversations with Unusual Suspects has SIAT's Trudi Lynn Smith and Kate Hennessy in conversation with the SCA's Sabine Bitter on the topic of Fugitives: Anarchival Materiality in Archives.

Conversations with Unusual Suspects is a seminar series by the Centre for Imaginative Ethnography (CIE) & the Institute for Performance Studies (IPS/SFU).

Posted on 17 Oct 2017 in sca eventPresentationSeminar

SCA Friday Colloquium

with Stefan Smulovitz & Jessica McMann

20 October 2017 – 20 October 2017, 1:30pm
4th floor, room 4390, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC

SCA Friday Colloquium

Stefan Smulovitz – Technologist, composer, violist and laptop artist; SCA Manager of Technology & Resources

Composer, violist, and laptop artist Stefan Smulovitz has performed with improvisers globally and created more than 60 live film scores. He is one of Canada’s most in demand composers for dance and theatre. Recently Stefan travelled to Bhutan to collect sounds to score the award-winning documentary Power of the River.

Jessica McMann – Cree musician, contemporary dancer, choreographer

Jessica McMann is an Cree musician, contemporary dancer and choreographer. She is also a classically trained flutist, with a Bachelor of Music from the University of Calgary. Her research focus has been contemporary music, jazz, and improvisation. Her recent performances have explored Indigenous Identity and history using her personal experience and Cree/Blackfoot languages. She works regularly with Elijah Wells, a Blackfoot animator to bring the stories of Transgender, Two-Spirit and Indigenous Queer persons alive.

Her work has been shown at AlterNative: IndigiQueer (2017), Talking Stick Festival (Vancouver 2012, 2013) Kootenay Cultural Festival (2012, 2015, 2016) Guelph Dance (2017),Fluid Fest (2017) Prairies to Pacific (2017), Fairy Tales Film Festival (2012), ASTAM; Cree Festival (2012), Coastal First Nations Dance Festival (2011,2012, 2014, 2017) Vancouver Queer Film Festival (2011), Q the Arts Festival (2011), 7a*11d (2010). Her most recent work was shown at the Urban Shaman Gallery in Winnipeg as part of "The 60's Scoop; A place between". She has also toured in Sweden, Netherlands, and Belgium. She has created soundtracks for the ITWE Collective, performed with the Ambrose University Chamber Orchestra and the Foothills Philharmonic Orchestra, and was a guest musician for Laura Vinson and the Free Spirit. She also is a regular dance artist in Calgary schools.

She is a recent Laureate of the Hnatyshyn Foundation REVEAL Indigenous Art Awards for her work in classical music.

Next Week: Ker Wells & Brian Postalian

Fridays, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
GCA 4390 (Fourth Floor Fish bowl)

Meet your colleagues at the School for the Contemporary Arts in this informal weekly series sharing the latest arts-based research by SCA faculty, graduate students and staff.

Ever wondered what everyone's doing when they're not at school? Bring a brown bag lunch and get to know a different side of your professors, TA's, and SCA support team.

Hear about international research, award-winning projects, and some of our SCA community's intriguing other lives as stilt-walking instructors, underground record store operators, digital horn players and (much) more.

Each twenty minute presentation will be followed by an open conversation where you can ask all your most probing questions.

Everyone is welcome. Bring your lunch or your post-lunch coffee.

The Friday Colloquium is a series of presentations and conversations on Friday afternoons where faculty, staff and current graduate students share their research in short 20 minute presentations. The goal of the series is to open a dialogue and to foster a better understanding of the research interests of faculty, students and staff.

Posted on 27 Sep 2017 in sca eventWorkshop

CV Review

with Chelsea Hunter

20 October 2017 – 20 October 2017, 3:30pm
4th floor, room 4390, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC

CV Review

Love them or loathe them, CVs, resumes, and cover letters are an unavoidable part of the ‘professional’ side of your practice, no matter what field you’re in. We’re here to help. Please join Chelsea Hunter, the SCA’s Professional Development Coordinator, for a hands-on, interactive workshop and review session to help you wrangle, clarify, and best present your skills, experience, abilities, and qualifications.

RSVP on myExperience in the Events calendar.

Posted on 17 Oct 2017 in sca eventTheatre Mainstage

The Bald Soprano

02 November 2017 – 11 November 2017, 11:28am
Studio D, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC
$7 Students//$10 Seniors & SFU staff & Faculty//$15 General

The Bald Soprano

Who is the middle class today in Vancouver? What about them is satirical or political? They are the folks who live in basement suites but buy only the best food and the most gorgeous clothing; the generation concerned with how it looks on the outside rather than feeling the discomfort of their unknown futures; the people terrified that a higher education doesn’t equal financial safety while carrying debt for designer shoes is the norm.

Our take on Eugene Ionesco's “The Bald Soprano” is a satirical look at our so-called ‘middle class:’ an inward look at a lost culture that hasn’t the skills to communicate in person but that has the ‘guts’ to build a multi-million dollar start up. Set in contemporary Vancouver, our re-staging of the play explores the “minimalist movement” and the vapidity that comes along with living on the West Coast – the terrifying place where everything is possible and nothing is certain, at a time that is on the brink of changing the world.

The Bald Soprano
By Eugene Ionesco

Directed by Emelia Symington Fedy
Designed by Christie Watson

Featuring: Howard Dai, Eve Middleton-Meyer, Maria Yanagisawa, Hilary Leung, Garvin Chan, and Logan Rhys Hallwas

Music by Erica Regehr

Preview: November 1.
Performances: November 2 – 4 and November 7 – 11.

$7 Students//$10 Seniors & SFU staff & Faculty//$15 General

Presented by the SFU School for the Contemporary Arts.

Posted on 21 Sep 2017 in sca eventArtist Talk

Hannah Rickards

611 Alexander Talk

02 November 2017 – 02 November 2017, 1:00pm
611 Alexander Studio, Suite #330 – 611 Alexander Street, Vancouver, BC

Hannah Rickards

Rickards’ work deals with perception and its description; with how one can translate an encounter, be that with a space, image, object or sound. It examines the relationship between either temporary or permanent elements in a landscape and the perception of groups or individuals to a landscape as a whole, with the sites concerned being used as both a vantage point and a stage for examining our verbal, spatial, auditory and gestural relationship with our surroundings.

Through this process it examines how a landscape might be read as a score, how it might affect ones utterances, movements, perceptions of scale, distance and material, particularly instances where those measures by which we locate ourselves in space become uncertain. Hannah Rickards’ interdisciplinary practice explores the fluxive, non-linear dynamic between site, gesture, staging and recording: integrating elements of the language of performance, film, drawing and installation.

Hannah Rickards lives and works in London. She has held solo exhibitions at Modern Art Oxford, the Fogo Island Gallery, Newfoundland, Artspeak, The Whitechapel Gallery and The Showroom Gallery, London. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Palais de Tokyo, and Witte de With, and was included in the recent Hayward Gallery Touring exhibition, ‘Listening’. She received the Max Mara Art Prize for Women in 2008 and in 2015 was awarded the Phillip Leverhulme Prize in Visual and Performing Arts. Rickards is a Lecturer in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins, London.

Image: Still from One can make out the surface only by placing any dark-coloured object on the ground, 2016.

Posted on 11 Oct 2017 in sca eventPresentation

Lep-E Alternatives™ Presents - BecauseWeAreUsedToLiving

Dave Biddle's MFA Graduating Project

03 November 2017 – 03 November 2017, 5:00pm
Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC

Lep-E Alternatives™ Presents - BecauseWeAreUsedToLiving

In 1911, the same year Kafka wrote his Leopards in the Temple aphorism, a cougar repeatedly broke into the Stanley Park zoo, killed goats, and drank their blood. Eventually the city brought in a team to hunt the cougar down and kill it. The taxidermy cougar was then placed in the Stanley Park pavilion and incorporated into its exhibitions. Ninety five years later Vancouver based musician and sleep therapist Linda Fox released her debut album Leopards Break Into My Heart. This album, though meeting absolutely no critical success, has recently gained a cult following in Vancouver's Post-NewAge scene.

Using a combination of text, video, sound, and performance BecauseWeAreUsedToLiving takes a closer look at the music of Linda Fox while exploring the role of membranes in symbiogenesis, where the merging of two or more species creates an entirely new species. In particular, it is considered where these membranes exist in documentation.

Posted on 10 Oct 2017 in sca eventDance Performance


by Henry Daniel with Adam Basanta and Sammy and Shanghan Chien

22 November 2017 – 02 December 2017, 8:00pm
4th Floor, Room 4210, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC
$7 Student | $10 Senior/SFU Staff & Faculty | $15 General


Henry Daniel's (Choreography & Direction) nómadas is an audio/video installation and live performance that takes inspiration from the current large-scale movements of bodies across international spaces. This complex, ongoing pattern of movement can be seen as a type of chaotic transnational choreography, one that speaks to what cultural theorist Stuart Hall calls a "contemporary traveling, voyaging and return as fate, as destiny […] as the prototype of the modern or postmodern New World nomad, continually moving between centre and periphery” (Hall in Rutherford, J. 234:1990).

nómadas comes out of Daniel's larger, long term Contemporary Nomads research project, which explores the "deep fragmentation which exists between communities within as well as outside national borders, between nationalized and personalized bodies, and between social and political institutions and the ordinary people they were meant to serve."

nómadas features the collaborative work of guest artists Adam Basanta (Music), Sammy and Shanghan Chien (New Media/Projection Design as Chimerik 似不像), and Alan Storey (Set Design).

Adam Basanta, who is a SCA BFA graduate (composition) and a visual artist, is the SCA Dance area's Iris Garland Visiting Artist for the fall semester; Sammy Chien, who is also a SCA BFA graduate (film,) and his brother Shanghan Chien are this semester's KRT Visiting Artists.


Free Audio/Video Installation: 6:00pm – 7:30pm on performance days.

Performances: Nov. 22 – 25 & Nov. 29 – Dec. 2, 2017, at 8.00pm.

nómadas is supported by the Iris Garland Visiting Choreographer Fund and the KRT Wasitodipuro Fellowship Fund. 

Posted on 21 Sep 2017 in sca eventDance Performance

Wells Hill

Dance House | Action at a Distance

23 November 2017 – 23 November 2017, 8:00pm
Fei & Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, SFU at Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings, Vancouver V6B 1H4
General: $36.75 / Student: $22.05

Wells Hill

Presented in collaboration with Dance House and SFU Woodward's as part of Celebrate Canada 150+.

Three years in the making, Vancouver’s Vanessa Goodman (SCA BFA in Dance and artistic director of Action at a Distance) brings the world premiere of Wells Hill to the DanceHouse stage. Seven exceptional dancers splice themes of technology and communication into this intriguing and provocative new work based on the sweeping philosophies of Marshall McLuhan and Glenn Gould. These two Canadian luminaries altered how we consume art and information, and their prescient ideas provide an engaging framework for an exciting, immersive performance that is both visceral and cerebral.

Preview: November 23, 8:00 pm
Speaking of Dance Pre-Show Talks : 7:15 PM, November 24 and 25.

Tickets on sale now at

About DanceHouse

The DanceHouse series was established in 2008 to support excellence in artistic production and presentation and to enrich the social fabric in that we live and work. DanceHouse is committed to presenting diverse local, national and international artists and arts organizations engaged in innovative artistic endeavours.

Creative Team

Choreographer: Vanessa Goodman
Lighting Designer: James Proudfoot
Projection Design: Ben Didier, Milton Lim, Vanessa Goodman
Costume Design: Diane Park
Collaborating Dance Artists/Performers: Lara Barclay, Karissa Barry, Dario Dinuzzi, Bynh Ho, Arash Khakpour, Alexa Mardon, Bevin Poole
Composers: Scott Morgan (Loscil), Gabriel Saloman 
Apprentice: Shion Carter
SFU Interns: Samatha Penner, Anya Saugstad
Publication: Peter Dickenson
Production Manager: Jessica Chambers 

19 October 2017

Walid Raad & Jalal Toufic

Audain Visual Artist in Residence Program
12:00am, Tickets at the door.
10 Oct 2017 - 09 Dec 2017
TBA, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC


with Dean Lastoria
5:00pm, Tickets at the door.
10 October 2017
1st floor lobby, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC

SCA Friday Colloquium

with Stefan Smulovitz & Jessica McMann
1:30pm, Tickets at the door.
20 October 2017
4th floor, room 4390, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC

CV Review

with Chelsea Hunter
3:30pm, Tickets at the door.
20 October 2017
4th floor, room 4390, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC