Posted on 17 Jan 2018 in sca event

Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens: When the Guests Are Not Looking

20 January 2018 – 03 February 2018, 12:00am
Audain Gallery, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC

Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens: When the Guests Are Not Looking

When the Guests Are Not Looking is a new installation and performance project by Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens that examines audience expectations towards artists, artworks and art institutions. In their collaborative multidisciplinary practice, Ibghy and Lemmens investigate the material, affective and sensory dimensions of experience, and the ways in which the logic of economy infiltrates the most intimate aspects of our lives. 

This project extends from a publication by the artists related to work, productivity and idleness. It is structured around Diderot's Rameau's Nephew (a satirical late 18th century text) which presents a dialogue between a philosopher and a vagabond that offers two opposing views on work: the philosopher loves unconfined thought, while the vagabond is an idler, buffoon, actor, and musician who avoids sites of production. Diderot's text provides an alternate view within the Enlightenment, a period often portrayed as the foundation of our contemporary obsession with productivity.

SFU students will workshop and interpret the publication through improvisational performances during the course of the project. The performers will inhabit the character of Rameau's nephew (the vagabond) and their performances will be sporadic so that visitors to the gallery may or may not witness a performance, and may or may not be aware that what they are witnessing is a performance. When the Guests Are Not Looking addresses the social demand for individuals to perform within the conditions of post-Fordist labour regimes and neoliberal social processes, and for the gallery to similarly "perform" within these circumstances.

Based in Durham-Sud, Quebec, Ibghy and Lemmens have had solo exhibitions at Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston (2017), Jane Lombard Gallery, New York (2017), Owens Art Gallery, Sackville (2017), Louise and Reuben Cohen Art Gallery, Moncton (2017), International Studio & Curatorial Program, New York (2016), YYZ Artists' Outlet, Toronto (2016), Esker Foundation Contemporary Art Gallery, Calgary (2016), Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Montreal (2016), and VOX - Centre de l'image contemporaine, Montreal (2014). They have participated in group exhibitions including the 2nd OFF-Biennale, Budapest (2017), Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver (2017), XIII Bienal de Cuenca, Cuenca, Ecuador (2016), Blackwood Gallery, Mississauga (2016), Art Gallery of Guelph, Guelph (2016), Postmasters Gallery, New York (2016), 14th Istanbul Biennial (2015), La Biennale de Montréal (2014), Manif d'art 7: Quebec City Biennial (2014), Herbert Read Gallery, Canterbury (2014), Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden, Norway (2013), Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow (2012), and 10th Sharjah Biennial (2011).

Student performers are Marina Buston, Jessica Del Fierro, Lia Fallah, Cindy Kao, Tobias Macfarlane, Evan Medd, Darylina Powderface, Katrina Robinson, Elisabeth Saul, Jack Strudwick, Amanda Sum, Jessica Taylor, Henry Wu, Maria Yanagisawa, and Jordan Zanni.

Curated by Melanie O'Brian.

This project is part of Of Bodies, On Land, In Time, a three-year SFU Galleries series that foregrounds performative, process-based and embodied practices that attend to the social, political and economic pressures that impact people, land-relations, and material and immaterial culture.


Opening Reception and Artists' Talk
Saturday, January 20, 3 - 5pm
Audain Gallery

Exhibition Tour
Saturday, February 3, 1pm
Audain gallery

Part of the Downtown Vancouver Gallery Tour

Panel Conversation: Performing Intertextuality
Thursday, February 22, 7pm
Audain Gallery

Panelists Sabeth Buchmann and Alma Ruiz, moderated by Peter Dickinson, will consider how artists read history through literature, literature through performance, performance through history. The cultural and socio-geographic contexts within which Denis Diderot and Hugo Carillo wrote will be discussed, alongside the current cultural and social climate within which Ibghy, Lemmens and Ramírez-Figueroa revisit their texts.

Posted on 15 Dec 2017 in sca event

Oana Avasilichioaei: LIMBS & THRESHOLDS

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

Oana Avasilichioaei: LIMBS & THRESHOLDS

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.

As part of her residency, Avasilichioaei will present LIMBS & THRESHOLDS, an immersive multimedia performance of poetic texts, involving layered voices and live vocal play, sampled sounds, effects pedals and electronics, a theremin, and textured projections of poems and images (created in collaboration with Jessie Altura). In a world where the political, linguistic and bodily border is a place of strife and violence, LIMBS & THRESHOLDS explores ways of rethinking the border by breaking down the boundaries between word and sound, sense and resonance, original and translation, image and reflection. Based on Avasilichioaei’s hybrid book Limbinal (Talonbooks 2015) as well as current project Eight Track, the performance presents a series of phonotopes, in-between places of sound and figure, orchestral and in flux, generative and inhabited.

Click here for more information about Avasilichioaei's AVAIR residency as well as an archive of past AVAIR residencies.


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. 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. 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

Posted on 18 Jan 2018 in sca eventInfo-Session

Upcoming SCA Tours

with Dean Lastoria

25 January 2018, 12:00am
1st floor lobby, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC

Upcoming SCA Tours

Dean Lastoria, the SCA's New Students and Retention coordinator, is holding several upcoming tours and info sessions. Check this schedule for the time and date that's best for you.

Thursday, January 25 at 6:30pm
Tuesday, January 30 at 6:30pm

For these tours, Dean will be onsite at 6:00pm to answer any questions you might have about applying to the SCA or about any of the different areas in the School, from Dance to Art, Performance and Cinema Studies.

Saturday, February 3 at 10:00am
This tour features an optional visit at 11:30am to see the Visual Art studios at 611 Alexander St. It’s about a 10 minute walk to 611 Alexander, so bring an umbrella and good footwear. Lovely, cool, and usually busy, the studios at 611 Alexander are where 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year Visual Art students spend most of their class and work time. First year Visual Art students will spend most of their time in the studios and classrooms at 149 W. Hastings.

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 18 Jan 2018 in sca eventArtist Talk

Tadasu Takamine

Audain Visual Artist in Residence, February 2018

06 February 2018 – 06 February 2018, 6:00am
Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC

Tadasu Takamine

Please join us for a free talk by the artist Tadasu Takamine, who is our Audain Visual Artist in Residence for February 2018.

Born in Kagoshima, Japan, in 1968, Tadasu Takamine is a controversial, thought provoking, and irreverent media, video, and installation artist. His performance and moving image works engage almost masochistic levels of endurance, often focusing on themes of sexuality, humanity, and the body. Takamine received his degree from Kyoto City University of Arts and Music’s Craft Division. He later studied at the International Academy of Media-Arts and Sciences (IAMAS) in Gifu, Japan. He is a frequent collaborator with dancers and other performance and media artists, including the influential Japanese multimedia-performance group Dumb Type, which he was an active member of from 1992 to 1997. He has been an artist-in-residence at the Jerusalem Center for the Visual Arts, Banff Center for the Arts, Saw Video Centre for the Media Arts, Ottawa, and the Yokohama Museum of Art, which culminated in a solo exhibition entitled Too Far To See (2011). He has exhibited extensively throughout Asia, North America, and Europe, including as part of the 2003 Venice Biennale, the 2004 Busan Biennale, the 2005 Yokohama Triennial, and the 2010 Aichi Triennial, as well as exhibited in Australia, Israel, Mexico, and South Africa.

Presented by the SFU School for the Contemporary Arts and the Audain Visual Artist in Residence Program

Image: Tadasu Takamine, God Bless America (detail), 2002, video still. Courtesy: Yokohama Museum of Art.