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 02 Feb 2018 in sca eventEvent

SCA Friday Colloquium

with Claudette Lauzon & Maj Britt Jensen

09 February 2018 – 09 February 2018, 1:00pm
4th floor, room 4390, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC

SCA Friday Colloquium

Claudette Lauzon – Art Historian

Claudette Lauzon is a contemporary art historian specializing in installation and time-based media. Her current research, Eyes in the Sky, examines cultures of surveillance and militarization through the lens of critical posthumanism and feminist materialisms. She is the author of The Unmaking of Home in Contemporary Art (University of Toronto Press, 2017), and the co-editor of two forthcoming books: Through Post-Atomic Eyes (McGill-Queen’s University Press) and Sustainable Tools for Precarious Times: Performance Actions in the Americas (Palgrave Macmillan). Before joining the SCA, Lauzon was assistant professor of modern and contemporary art history at OCAD University in Toronto, where she also served as Associate Dean in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and School for Interdisciplinary Studies.

Maj Britt Jensen – Visual artist and feminist; on and off teacher and translator, right now a student again.

Both in her individual and in her collective artistic practice, she explores — through the lens(es) of feminism(s) — subject matter such as identity, gender roles and power dynamics, dialogue and its limits, the relationship between language and images and the conditions required for spaces to enable affective encounters and critical engagement. She is most excited about putting ideas into practice. /

SCA Friday Colloquiums
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.