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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: vimeo.com/jalaltoufic. 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.

About AVAIR

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 Sep 2017 in sca eventInstallation

The Living Surfaces #2: Rhythmic Wanders

Celo Vieira's MFA Graduating Project

11 October 2017 – 16 October 2017, 12:00am
TBA, B1 Level, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC
Free

The Living Surfaces #2: Rhythmic Wanders

Celo Vieira's MFA Graduating Project takes over the B1 Level of SFU at Goldcorp Centre for the Arts with a set of intermedia works.

For Living Surfaces, Vieira uses projection mapping to project a series of video works over handmade sculptures. In Rhythmic Wanders, Vieira creates a puzzle-like collection of beats, melodies, and sonic environments – images and sounds drawn from his affective memories emerge and mix as visitors move around the space.

Celo Vieira is a Brazilian intermedia artist who works with interactive installations, video jockeying, live cinema, projection mapping, music production, performance, and composition. His works often merge other forms, including theater, dance, and visual art.

Posted on 10 Oct 2017 in sca eventPresentation

SCA Friday Colloquium

with Patrick Blenkarn & Steven Hill

13 October 2017 – 13 October 2017, 1:00pm
4th floor, room 4390, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC
Free

SCA Friday Colloquium

Patrick Blenkarn – MFA candidate

Patrick Blenkarn likes learning languages, reading, and talking. Since coming to SFU, he's made five books that few have read, forty-nine plaster rectangles, one short film, four big drawings with a sharpie, a handful of video pieces, five papier maché war helmets, one audio installation about the ocean, one short story about zoos, two things with Dave, one audio guide, and a recycling bin amount of anti-nationalist postcards. He has also destroyed one dictionary, helped make a play about monuments, and left many things unfinished.

Steven Hill – Theatre maker and teacher

www.leakyheaven.ca/about

Steven Hill is an Associate Professor in theatre performance at the School for Contemporary Arts, SFU, where he has taught acting, directing and devising since 2007. His research includes ensemble collaboration, devising practices and emergent performance in contemporary theatre and is funded by private foundations, Canada Council, BC Arts Council and the City of Vancouver. Between 2001 and 2014 he was Artistic Director of Leaky Heaven Performance, an award-winning, experimental theatre company that created original devised works. In 2014, with Co-Artistic Alex Ferguson he launched Fight With a Stick, which premiered its first work Steppenwolf at the 2015 PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. The company has several new works in creation exploring performance installation and ‘non-human expressivity’. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from York University and has worked as a performer and director in theatres across the country.

Next Week: Friday, October 20: Jessica McMann & Stefan Smulvitz

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.

20 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

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
FREE

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
FREE / RSVP