Events

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
Free

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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Clay Workshop with Tessa Reed
Friday, Jan. 27, 1pm – 3pm
611 Alexander St.

Reading Group: Sara Ahmed's Strange Encounters: Embodied Others in Post-Coloniality
Wed., Feb 1, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Wed., Feb. 8, at TBA
Tues. Feb 22 at TBA
Room 4390, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
149 West Hastings St.

Posted on 01 Dec 2016 in sca eventFilm Screening

Richard Fung’s Re:Orientations

Screening and Talk

17 January 2017 – 17 January 2017, 5:30pm
Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC
Free – RSVP

Richard Fung’s Re:Orientations

Screening & Panel Discussion
Filmmaker In Attendance

5:30 pm     Reception with refreshments & cash bar
6-8 pm       Film screening, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with Richard Fung

Please register at RSVP

A fascinating look into the lives and thoughts of seven queer pan-Asian Canadians as they look back on a 1984 documentary in which they featured. How have they changed? And how has the world around them evolved and changed?

In 1984, Richard Fung released his seminal first documentary Orientations: Lesbian and Gay Asians. Featuring 14 women and men in Toronto of South, East and Southeast Asian backgrounds, Orientations was the first documentary to explore the experiences and perspectives of queer Asians in North America. Capturing pivotal moments in Toronto’s history, it presents an intimate portrait of the texture of gay live and politics at that time. Re:Orientations revisits seven of the original participants as they see anew the footage of their younger selves, and reflect on their lives and all that has changed over the intervening three decades. Their interviews are deepened and contextualized by conversations with six younger queer and trans activists, scholars and artists.

This event is generously co-sponsored by the Writer in Residence Program, Department of English; the School for the Contemporary Arts; the Institute for Performance Studies; and the Institute for Transpacific Cultural Research.
 

Richard Fung is an artist and writer born in Trinidad and based in Toronto. He holds a diploma from the Ontario College of Art, a degree in cinema studies and an MEd in sociology and cultural studies, both from the University of Toronto. He is Professor in the Faculty of Art at OCAD University, teaching courses in Integrated Media and Art and Social Change. 

His work comprises challenging videos on subjects ranging from the role of the Asian male in gay pornography to colonialism, immigration, racism, homophobia, AIDS, justice in Israel/Palestine, and his own family history. His single-channel and installation works, which include My Mother’s Place(1990), Sea in the Blood (2000), Jehad in Motion (2007), Dal Puri Diaspora (2012) and Re:Orientations (2016), have been widely screened and collected internationally, and have been broadcast in Canada, the United States and Trinidad and Tobago. 

Richard’s essays have been published in many journals and anthologies, and he is the co-author with Monika Kin Gagnon of 13: Conversations on Art and Cultural Race Politics (2002), later updated and translated into French. He was a Rockefeller Fellow at New York University and has received the Bell Canada Award for Outstanding Achievement in Video Art and the Toronto Arts Award for Media Art. In 2015, he received the Kessler Award from CLAGS: Center for LGBTQ Studies at the City University of New York for “a substantive body of work that has had a significant influence on the field of LGBTQ Studies.

Posted on 22 Nov 2016 in sca eventEvent

HAPPY DAYS by Samuel Beckett

17 January 2017 – 28 January 2017, 8:00pm
Studio T, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC
General $25, Students/Seniors $20

HAPPY DAYS by Samuel Beckett

Square Planet Theatre in association with SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts and FCAT, presents Samuel Beckett's darkly comic eulogy to the human spirit "Happy Days".

Winnie is buried to her waist in a mound, her days lit by a punishing sun and measured by the loud ringing of a bell. Upon waking she rummages through a capacious handbag, unearths an assortment of personal items and performs the few small routines of daily life that fill her hours with purpose. She sings, she laughs, she reminisces. She chatters tirelessly to her husband Willie who lives in a nearby hole. Despite dwindling resources and a failing memory, Winnie soldiers on, grateful for yet another happy day.

Few playwrights have so skillfully addressed the bewildering mystery at the heart of our relentless march towards oblivion as Samuel Beckett. This is a rare opportunity to see one of his most enduring, endearing and playful creations.

Featuring
Penelope Stella, with Greg Snider
Direction DD Kugler
Set & Props Design Greg Snider
Costume Design Heather Blakemore
Lighting Design Kyla Gardiner
Stage Management Xin Xuan Song
Technical Direction Kyla Gardiner
Publicity Heather Blakemore

Seating is Limited. Performances are:
TUESDAY, THURSDAY, SATURDAY
JANUARY 17, 19, 21, 24, 26 & 28 at 8 PM

Studio T, 2nd Floor, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

TICKETS: General $25, Students/Seniors $20
Online at whatson.sfu.ca
in person during box office during hours (Weds-Sat 2pm-6pm)
by phone (Weds-Sat 2pm-6pm) 778-782-9286

17 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