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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 17 Oct 2017 in sca eventTheatre Mainstage

The Bald Soprano

02 November 2017 – 11 November 2017, 8:00pm
Studio D, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC
$7 Students//$10 Seniors & SFU staff & Faculty//$15 General

The Bald Soprano

Who is the middle class today in Vancouver? What about them is satirical or political? They are the folks who live in basement suites but buy only the best food and the most gorgeous clothing; the generation concerned with how it looks on the outside rather than feeling the discomfort of their unknown futures; the people terrified that a higher education doesn’t equal financial safety while carrying debt for designer shoes is the norm.

Our take on Eugene Ionesco's “The Bald Soprano” is a satirical look at our so-called ‘middle class:’ an inward look at a lost culture that hasn’t the skills to communicate in person but that has the ‘guts’ to build a multi-million dollar start up. Set in contemporary Vancouver, our re-staging of the play explores the “minimalist movement” and the vapidity that comes along with living on the West Coast – the terrifying place where everything is possible and nothing is certain, at a time that is on the brink of changing the world.

The Bald Soprano
By Eugene Ionesco

Directed by Emelia Symington Fedy
Designed by Christie Watson

Featuring: Howard Dai, Eve Middleton-Meyer, Maria Yanagisawa, Hilary Leung, Garvin Chan, and Logan Rhys Hallwas

Music by Erica Regehr

Preview: November 1.
Performances: November 2 – 4 and November 7 – 11.

$7 Students//$10 Seniors & SFU staff & Faculty//$15 General

Tickets on sale now here

Presented by the SFU School for the Contemporary Arts.

Posted on 01 Nov 2017 in sca eventArtist Talk

TALK: Cathy Van Eck

09 November 2017 – 09 November 2017, 10:30am
4th Floor, Room 4350, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC
Free

TALK: Cathy Van Eck

Cathy Van Eck talks about her work.

Bio: Cathy van Eck is a composer, sound artist, and researcher in the arts. She focuses on composing relationships between everyday objects, human performers, and sound. Her artistic work includes performances with live-electronics and installations with sound objects which she often designs herself. She is interested in setting her gestures into unusual and surprising relationships with sounds, mainly by electronic means. The result could be called “performative sound art”, since it combines elements from performance art, electronic music, and visual arts. Her work transcends genres and is presented at occasions as diverse as experimental or electronic music concerts, open air rock festivals, sound art gallery venues, digital art events, or performance art festivals. Cathy has a teaching position at the Sound Arts department of the University of the Arts in Bern, Switzerland. In her book Between Air and Electricity she investigated the use of microphones and loudspeakers as musical instruments.

www.cathyvaneck.net

Posted on 26 Oct 2017 in sca event

NIght School

Directing Projects, Week 1

09 November 2017 – 10 November 2017, 8:00pm
Studio T, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC
Free

NIght School

A man returns home from prison, hoping to enjoy a little peace and quiet, only to discover that his aunts have rented out his room to a mysterious tenant...

Night School was published in 1961 by Nobel-prize winning English playwright, director, and actor Harold Pinter, whose other works include The Room (1957), The Birthday Party (1957), and Betrayal (1978).

Written by Harold Pinter
Directed by Erica Ford

Cast:
Walter: Matt Winter
Annie: Jessica Taylor
Milly: Jordyn Wood
Sally: Hannah Meyers
Solto: Jesse Del Fierro
Tully: Andy Diep
Barbara: Haylee Turner
Mavis: Marina Buston
Manager: Matt Winter

Crew:
Production Designer: Josie Lee
Technical Director: Karen Chiang
Assistant Technical Director: Zeid Abughazaleh
Stage Manager: Talya Kuran
Assistant Stage Manager: Emily Black
Costume Designers: Nicola Rough & Dominique Jenkins
Assistant Designer: Logan Williams

17 November 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

The Anti-Gardener

Directing Projects, Week 2
8:30pm, Tickets at the door.
16 Nov 2017 - 17 Nov 2017
Studio T, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC
Free