Posted on 17 Jan 2018 in sca event

Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens: When the Guests Are Not Looking

20 January 2018 – 03 February 2018, 12:00am
Audain Gallery, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC

Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens: When the Guests Are Not Looking

When the Guests Are Not Looking is a new installation and performance project by Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens that examines audience expectations towards artists, artworks and art institutions. In their collaborative multidisciplinary practice, Ibghy and Lemmens investigate the material, affective and sensory dimensions of experience, and the ways in which the logic of economy infiltrates the most intimate aspects of our lives. 

This project extends from a publication by the artists related to work, productivity and idleness. It is structured around Diderot's Rameau's Nephew (a satirical late 18th century text) which presents a dialogue between a philosopher and a vagabond that offers two opposing views on work: the philosopher loves unconfined thought, while the vagabond is an idler, buffoon, actor, and musician who avoids sites of production. Diderot's text provides an alternate view within the Enlightenment, a period often portrayed as the foundation of our contemporary obsession with productivity.

SFU students will workshop and interpret the publication through improvisational performances during the course of the project. The performers will inhabit the character of Rameau's nephew (the vagabond) and their performances will be sporadic so that visitors to the gallery may or may not witness a performance, and may or may not be aware that what they are witnessing is a performance. When the Guests Are Not Looking addresses the social demand for individuals to perform within the conditions of post-Fordist labour regimes and neoliberal social processes, and for the gallery to similarly "perform" within these circumstances.

Based in Durham-Sud, Quebec, Ibghy and Lemmens have had solo exhibitions at Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston (2017), Jane Lombard Gallery, New York (2017), Owens Art Gallery, Sackville (2017), Louise and Reuben Cohen Art Gallery, Moncton (2017), International Studio & Curatorial Program, New York (2016), YYZ Artists' Outlet, Toronto (2016), Esker Foundation Contemporary Art Gallery, Calgary (2016), Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Montreal (2016), and VOX - Centre de l'image contemporaine, Montreal (2014). They have participated in group exhibitions including the 2nd OFF-Biennale, Budapest (2017), Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver (2017), XIII Bienal de Cuenca, Cuenca, Ecuador (2016), Blackwood Gallery, Mississauga (2016), Art Gallery of Guelph, Guelph (2016), Postmasters Gallery, New York (2016), 14th Istanbul Biennial (2015), La Biennale de Montréal (2014), Manif d'art 7: Quebec City Biennial (2014), Herbert Read Gallery, Canterbury (2014), Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden, Norway (2013), Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow (2012), and 10th Sharjah Biennial (2011).

Student performers are Marina Buston, Jessica Del Fierro, Lia Fallah, Cindy Kao, Tobias Macfarlane, Evan Medd, Darylina Powderface, Katrina Robinson, Elisabeth Saul, Jack Strudwick, Amanda Sum, Jessica Taylor, Henry Wu, Maria Yanagisawa, and Jordan Zanni.

Curated by Melanie O'Brian.

This project is part of Of Bodies, On Land, In Time, a three-year SFU Galleries series that foregrounds performative, process-based and embodied practices that attend to the social, political and economic pressures that impact people, land-relations, and material and immaterial culture.


Opening Reception and Artists' Talk
Saturday, January 20, 3 - 5pm
Audain Gallery

Exhibition Tour
Saturday, February 3, 1pm
Audain gallery

Part of the Downtown Vancouver Gallery Tour

Panel Conversation: Performing Intertextuality
Thursday, February 22, 7pm
Audain Gallery

Panelists Sabeth Buchmann and Alma Ruiz, moderated by Peter Dickinson, will consider how artists read history through literature, literature through performance, performance through history. The cultural and socio-geographic contexts within which Denis Diderot and Hugo Carillo wrote will be discussed, alongside the current cultural and social climate within which Ibghy, Lemmens and Ramírez-Figueroa revisit their texts.

Posted on 18 Jan 2018 in sca eventInfo-Session

Upcoming SCA Tours

with Dean Lastoria

25 January 2018, 12:00am
1st floor lobby, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC

Upcoming SCA Tours

Dean Lastoria, the SCA's New Students and Retention coordinator, is holding several upcoming tours and info sessions. Check this schedule for the time and date that's best for you.

Thursday, January 25 at 6:30pm
Tuesday, January 30 at 6:30pm

For these tours, Dean will be onsite at 6:00pm to answer any questions you might have about applying to the SCA or about any of the different areas in the School, from Dance to Art, Performance and Cinema Studies.

Saturday, February 3 at 10:00am
This tour features an optional visit at 11:30am to see the Visual Art studios at 611 Alexander St. It’s about a 10 minute walk to 611 Alexander, so bring an umbrella and good footwear. Lovely, cool, and usually busy, the studios at 611 Alexander are where 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year Visual Art students spend most of their class and work time. First year Visual Art students will spend most of their time in the studios and classrooms at 149 W. Hastings.

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

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