Posted on 06 Jan 2017 in sca eventInstallation

Flat Pyramid

Kevin Doherty's MFA Project

12 January 2017 – 15 January 2017, 12:00pm
Offsite, VIVO Media Arts Centre, 2625 Kaslo Street, Vancouver, British Columbia

Flat Pyramid

Flat Pyramid is a multi-channel video installation by Kevin Doherty.

The project employs appropriated promotional and instructional video from a defunct pyramid scheme as the source material for fictionalized reenactment. The footage largely consists of presentation documentation, testimonial interviews and product photography—throughout all of which cutting rarely occurs between takes. Perpetrators and victims are seen as they move in and out of their promotional personas, making their disquieting intentions apparent.

Through performative errors or deliberate rejection, people and things often struggle, fail or resist adhering to the scheme’s ideology. Flat Pyramid isolates these moments and, consequentially, mimics the trajectory of the scheme itself: inevitable failure and collapse. It asks us to consider why we permit unsustainable inequalities and the fantasies that uphold them.

Opening: Thurs. January 12, 2017, 7–9PM

Exhibit: January 13–15th, 2017, 12–5PM

VIVO Media Arts Centre
2625 Kaslo St.
Vancouver, BC
V5M 3G9

Presented in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the Degree of Master of Fine Arts at Simon Fraser University.

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Posted on 13 Dec 2016 in sca eventArtist Talk

Talk: Adrian Stimson

611 Visiting Artist

12 January 2017 – 12 January 2017, 1:00pm
611 Alexander Studio, 611 Alexander St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1E1

Talk: Adrian Stimson

Please join us for a 611 lunchtime talk with artist Adrian Stimson.

“I was in Indigenous politics for eight years. But I find the arts to be a gentler place to deal with the issues of residential schools, racism and homophobia.” He is clearly engaged in the task of creating new stories in the face of censored histories. And his work repeatedly focuses on the figure of the buffalo as a metaphor for spirituality, resistance and creativity. As he tells it, “I use the bison as a symbol representing the destruction of the Aboriginal way of life, but it also represents survival and cultural regeneration. The bison is central to Blackfoot being. And the bison as both icon and food source, as well as the whole history of its disappearance, is very much a part of my contemporary life.” In Stimson’s work, the buffalo appears in many guises: as provocative trickster in Buffalo Boy; as romantic icon in the black-and-white paintings; and as witness, mourner and survivor in two hauntingly beautiful installations, Old Sun (2005) and Sick and Tired (2004), in which Stimson bears witness to the impact of residential schools on Aboriginal lives. (From Canadian Art.)

Co-presented by the School for the Contemporary Arts at SFU and the Queer Arts Festival.


Adrian Stimson is a member of the Siksika (Blackfoot) Nation in southern Alberta. He is an interdisciplinary artist, curator and educator with a BFA with distinction from the Alberta College of Art & Design and MFA from the University of Saskatchewan.

Stimson is also curator of UnSettled, an exhibition that will be part the Queer Arts Festival (QAF), which runs from June 17-29, 2017 in Vancouver. Resolutely contemporary, the exhibition will focus on art produced in the new millennium, bringing together Two-Spirit visual artists working in new media, video, photography, performance, painting, sculpture, and installation in Canada.

Adrian Stimson's website.

Image: Adrian Stimson as Buffalo Boy, performing at Burning Man festival.

About Queer Arts Festival (QAF)

The Queer Arts Festival (QAF) is an annual artist-run multidisciplinary festival at the Roundhouse. Recognized as one of the top 5 festivals of its kind worldwide (Melbourne Herald Sun), QAF harnesses the visceral power of the arts to inspire recognition, respect, and visibility of people who transgress gender and sexual norms. We celebrate the rich heritage of queer artists and art, bringing diverse communities together to incite artistic risk-taking, encourage experimentation and cultivate creative collaborations. Each year, the festival theme ties together a curated visual art exhibition, performing arts series, readings, artist talks, panels, workshops, and media art screenings. QAF has garnered wide acclaim as “easily one of the best art exhibitions of the year” (Vancouver Sun), “concise, brilliant and moving” (Georgia Straight), and “on the forefront of aesthetic and cultural dialogue today” (Xtra).

Posted on 10 Jan 2017 in sca eventInstallation

Maj Britt Jensen: cultural cannibal

SCA Office Exhibition

12 January 2017 – 12 January 2017, 9:00pm
TBA, SCA Office (GCA 2860), SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC

Maj Britt Jensen: cultural cannibal

Opening Thursday, January 12 from 4:30–5:30 pm.
Exhibition: January 12 to February 17

Produced as part of a residency at Casa Wabi in Oaxaca, Mexico, artist Maj Britt Jensen worked with nine women (María de Jesús, Monse, Soledad, Margarita Paula, Mónica, Epifanía, Fernanda, María Francisca and Valvina) living in surrounding towns to create ceramic plates from local clay.

cultural cannibal draws on Oswald De Andrade’s notion of “antropofagia” as it was taken up by the Neo-Concrete movement in the 1960s. Here “antropofagia” means to consume another culture and refers to the complex interplay between dominant and marginalized cultures and communities. Through their materiality, these objects point to cultural contact, to encounters and migrations and the limits and potential latent in these interactions.

Interactions and indeed eating, are linked to the table. Following Sara Ahmed, the table is not only a place of gathering but a site in which power dynamics are spatialized and contested, often resulting in alienation. Through their production, circulation and reception, objects of clay and wood invite us to consider our position within systems of intercultural exchange. 

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