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: 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.


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 20 Oct 2017 in sca eventInfo-Session

SCA Tour

with Dean Lastoria

24 October 2017 – 26 November 2017, 5:00pm
1st floor lobby, SFU at Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings, Vancouver V6B 1H4

SCA Tour

Dean Lastoria, the SCA's New Students and Retention Administrator, is offering a set of tours of the SCA's facilities. He's also always happy to answer any questions you might have about applying to the SCA. Check this schedule for the time and date that's best for you.

Sat., November 4, 10:00am
Thurs., November 23, 2:30pm
Fri., November 24, 11:00am
Sun., November 26, 11:00am


The tours on November 23 and 24 might be of particular interest to students from the United States who are visiting over the US Thanksgiving long weekend. If this is you, please RSVP to

All tours meet in the lobby of SFU at Goldcorp Centre for the Arts.

For more information about applying to the SCA, click here.

Posted on 10 Oct 2017 in sca eventDance Performance


by Henry Daniel with Adam Basanta and Sammy and Shanghan Chien

22 November 2017 – 02 December 2017, 8:00pm
4th Floor, Room 4210, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC
$7 Student | $10 Senior/SFU Staff & Faculty | $15 General


Henry Daniel's (Choreography & Direction) nómadas is an audio/video installation and live performance that takes inspiration from the current large-scale movements of bodies across international spaces. This complex, ongoing pattern of movement can be seen as a type of chaotic transnational choreography, one that speaks to what cultural theorist Stuart Hall calls a "contemporary traveling, voyaging and return as fate, as destiny […] as the prototype of the modern or postmodern New World nomad, continually moving between centre and periphery” (Hall in Rutherford, J. 234:1990).

nómadas comes out of Daniel's larger, long term Contemporary Nomads research project, which explores the "deep fragmentation which exists between communities within as well as outside national borders, between nationalized and personalized bodies, and between social and political institutions and the ordinary people they were meant to serve."

nómadas features the collaborative work of guest artists Adam Basanta (Music), Sammy and Shanghan Chien (New Media/Projection Design as Chimerik 似不像), and Alan Storey (Set Design).

Adam Basanta, who is a SCA BFA graduate (composition) and a visual artist, is the SCA Dance area's Iris Garland Visiting Artist for the fall semester; Sammy Chien, who is also a SCA BFA graduate (film,) and his brother Shanghan Chien are this semester's KRT Visiting Artists.


Free Audio/Video Installation: 6:00pm – 7:30pm on performance days.

Pre-show talk: 7:00pm – 7:30 Wed. Nov. 22, 2017. (approx. 20-25 minutes)

Performances: Nov. 22 – 25 & Nov. 29 – Dec. 2, 2017, at 8.00pm.

Tickets on sale here.

nómadas is co-presented by the School for the Contemporary Arts at SFU and SFU Woodward's and is supported by the Iris Garland Visiting Choreographer Fund and the KRT Wasitodipuro Fellowship Fund. 

Performer/Collaborators: Allison Vicente, Amy Griffith, Anja Graham, Caitlin McKinnon, Jeremy O’Neill, Kadin Vanden Heuvel, Kaia Shukin, Kestrel Paton, Kevin Locsin, Lynnelle Sura, Montserrat Videla, Nelle Lee, Seana Williams, Vienna Wong, Yian Chen

Henry Daniel: Choreography & Direction
Alan Storey: Set Design
Adam Basanta: Iris Garland Guest Artist - Sound Design
Sammy Chien: KRT Visiting Artist - Media Design
Shanghan Chien: KRT Visiting Artist - Media Design
Emily Bayrock: Video/Film Installation
Asad Yahya: Video/Film Installation
Jeremy O’Neill: Assistant Sound Design

Nyssa Song: Rehearsal Assistant
Tabitha Alexander: Rehearsal Assistant
Sasha Kleinplatz: Assistant Dramaturg
Laura Albert: Assistant Dramaturg

Parmida Saeidian: Stage Manager
Hei Mun Sharon Lau: Lighting Designer
Kieren Eigenfeldt: Technical Director
Emma Hoodeveen: Assistant Technical Director
Barry Hegland: Faculty Lead
Ben Rogalsky: Faculty Technical Director

Posted on 07 Nov 2017 in sca eventArtist Talk

Gabrielle Hill

611 Alexander Talk

23 November 2017 – 23 November 2017, 1:00pm
611 Alexander Studio, Suite #330 – 611 Alexander Street, Vancouver, BC

Gabrielle Hill

Gabrielle Hill makes sculptures, mostly but not entirely out of found objects. Her practice involves a method of research that combines thinking and movement: reading, archives, notes, talking to people, going on long walks, collecting and moving materials. For example, in a project that began while she was an undergraduate visual arts student at SFU, Waste Lands, Gabrielle walks through the abandoned tract of land near the CN Rail yards, learning about the way people use the site and picking up objects to bring back to the studio. Waste Lands is a continuous long-term sculptural project that just enjoyed it's third iteration at the Helen Belkin Gallery in January, 2017.

Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill is a Metis artist and writer from Vancouver, BC, located on unceded Musqueam, Skwxwú7mesh, and Tsleil-Waututh lands. Gabrielle's sculptures and installations perform as both a material exploration of form and an enquiry into economic systems, ideas of property, and the land.

Posted on 21 Sep 2017 in sca eventDance Performance

Wells Hill

Dance House | Action at a Distance

23 November 2017 – 23 November 2017, 8:00pm
Fei & Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, SFU at Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings, Vancouver V6B 1H4
General: $36.75 / Student: $22.05

Wells Hill

Presented in collaboration with Dance House and SFU Woodward's as part of Celebrate Canada 150+.

Three years in the making, Vancouver’s Vanessa Goodman (SCA BFA in Dance and artistic director of Action at a Distance) brings the world premiere of Wells Hill to the DanceHouse stage. Seven exceptional dancers splice themes of technology and communication into this intriguing and provocative new work based on the sweeping philosophies of Marshall McLuhan and Glenn Gould. These two Canadian luminaries altered how we consume art and information, and their prescient ideas provide an engaging framework for an exciting, immersive performance that is both visceral and cerebral.

Additional Events

Wells Hill Preview
November 23, 8:00 pm
One-night-only special $10 ticket price for all current and alumni SCA students.
On sale at the SCA main office

Discourse on Glenn Gould
Saturday, November 18, 1-4 PM 
Hosted by Owen Underhill, composer, conductor, artistic director, and SFU SCA faculty member.

Speaking of Dance: Marshall McLuhan and the Global Village. What effect is globalization having on the arts in Vancouver?
Tuesday November 21, 7PM
Moderated by Richard Cavell, Professor of English, co-founder of the Bachelor of Media Studies Program at the University of British Columbia and author of Remediating McLuhan.

Speaking of Dance Pre-show Talk
November 24 & 25, 7:15 PM
Hosted by Richard Cavell in conversation with Vanessa Goodman.

Discourse on Marshall Mcluhan
Saturday, November 25, 1-4 PM 
Hosted by Richard Cavell, Professor of English and co-founder of the Bachelor of Media Studies Program at the University of British Columbia.

Speaking of Dance Post-show Talk
November 26
Hosted by Richard Cavell in conversation with Vanessa Goodman.

Tickets on sale now at

About DanceHouse

The DanceHouse series was established in 2008 to support excellence in artistic production and presentation and to enrich the social fabric in that we live and work. DanceHouse is committed to presenting diverse local, national and international artists and arts organizations engaged in innovative artistic endeavours.

Wells Hill Creative Team

Choreographer: Vanessa Goodman
Lighting Designer: James Proudfoot
Projection Design: Ben Didier, Milton Lim, Vanessa Goodman
Costume Design: Diane Park
Collaborating Dance Artists/Performers: Lara Barclay, Karissa Barry, Dario Dinuzzi, Bynh Ho, Arash Khakpour, Alexa Mardon, Bevin Poole
Composers: Scott Morgan (Loscil), Gabriel Saloman 
Apprentice: Shion Carter
SFU Interns: Samatha Penner, Anya Saugstad
Publication: Peter Dickinson
Production Manager: Jessica Chambers

Posted on 02 Nov 2017 in sca eventDirecting Projects


Directing Projects, Week 4

23 November 2017 – 24 November 2017, 8:00pm
Studio T, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC


Everywhere, in all the courtyards, there are bodies, all those alive have splattered blood on them and are themselves wounded, yet all are radiant, all are embracing and rejoicing.

A thousand torches are brightly burning. Don't you hear?

So don't you then hear?

A collaboration between Hugo von Hofmannsthal and Richard Strauss

just over 100 years ago.

14+ Some content might not be suitable for younger people

Directed by Alexa Fraser
Set and lighting design by Josie Lee
Costumes by Dominique Hat and Nicola Rough
Projection design by Logan Williams
Score and music by Casper Leerink

Performers: Baneh Biltaji, Claire Brown, Howard Dai, Maraya Franca, Casper Leerick, Elizabeth Saul, Kaitlin Stoneman, Jack Strudwick, Jamie Sweeney, Jordyn Wood, Matthew Winter, and Jordan Zanni.

22 March 2018

SFU black box: collective creations

Quick Works by SCA Theatre Students
8:00pm, Tickets at the door.
22 Feb 2018 - 05 Apr 2018
Studio T, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC


with Dean Lastoria
12:00am, Tickets at the door.
07 Mar 2018 - 24 Mar 2018
1st floor lobby, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC

Re-Tracing Erasures

Irina Lord's MFA Graduating Project
5:00pm, Tickets at the door.
17 March 2018
TBA, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC


BFA Project 2018
12:00am, Tickets at the door.
21 Mar 2018 - 31 Mar 2018
Audain Gallery, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC


SCA Theatre / Dance Mainstage
8:00pm, Tickets at the door.
21 Mar 2018 - 30 Mar 2018
Fei & Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, SFU at Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings, Vancouver V6B 1H4
$7 Students, $10 SFU Staff/Alumni/Faculty, $15 General

Rule of Three

Curated by Micaela Kwiatkowsk
12:00am, Tickets at the door.
22 Mar 2018 - 01 Apr 2018
Offsite, Redgate Gallery, 855 E. Hastings St., Vancouver, BC

The Limits of Aurality

One-day symposium
10:00am, Tickets at the door.
23 March 2018
Offsite, Unit/Pitt Projects – 236 East Pender St., Vancouver, BC