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. 

Related Events

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 13 Jan 2017 in sca eventFilm Screening

Eric Cazdyn: The Blindspot Variations

Screening and Talk

31 January 2017 – 31 January 2017, 7:00pm
Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC

Eric Cazdyn: The Blindspot Variations

Please join us for a free screening and talk with Eric Cazdyn.

The Blindspot Variations

"What would it look like if we peered at the world through a blindspot? Would we see anything at all? If so, would this blindsight change how we think about things? How we act? How we understand what a blindspot is in the first place? In his Blindspot Variations Eric Cazdyn creates “live film essays" with his "blindspot machine," whose narratives and imagery are composed around, about, and through what can’t be seen or immediately represented--but that still can be desired--in order to give us a glimpse into the political and radical potential of the overlooked, the underheard, and sometimes completely forgotten."

Presented by the School for the Contemporary Arts at SFU.


Eric Cazdyn is Distinguished Professor of Aesthetics and Politics at the University of Toronto (located in the Centre for Comparative Literature and Department of East Asian Studies). He has written the following books: Nothing (Chicago, 2015); The Already Dead (Duke, 2012); After Globalization (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011); The Flash of Capital (Duke, 2002); as well as the novel A Thousand Non-Coincidences. Cazdyn's research invariably revolves around the same problem: how the impossible (political, aesthetic, personal) is engaged…and how such engagements can enliven the world, effectively changing what is possible. Cazdyn also translates this scholarly obsession into a film practice by foregrounding the problem of the blindspot, for which he has built a unique rig intended to make blindspots rather than to expose them. This “blindspot machine”—together with the real time, over-narrations that accompany the screenings—is a direct intervention into the operations and discourses of surveillance as well as into the desires invested in the image more generally. In the Winter of 2016, Cazdyn was  Affiliated Fellow at the American Academy of Rome where he began developing the next variation of the blindspot project, one that focuses on movement and migrancy.