Posted on 10 Jan 2017 in sca eventInstallation

Maj Britt Jensen: cultural cannibal

SCA Office Exhibition

12 January 2017 – 12 January 2017, 9:00pm
TBA, SCA Office (GCA 2860), SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC
Free

Maj Britt Jensen: cultural cannibal

Opening Thursday, January 12 from 4:30–5:30 pm.
Exhibition: January 12 to February 17

Produced as part of a residency at Casa Wabi in Oaxaca, Mexico, artist Maj Britt Jensen worked with nine women (María de Jesús, Monse, Soledad, Margarita Paula, Mónica, Epifanía, Fernanda, María Francisca and Valvina) living in surrounding towns to create ceramic plates from local clay.

cultural cannibal draws on Oswald De Andrade’s notion of “antropofagia” as it was taken up by the Neo-Concrete movement in the 1960s. Here “antropofagia” means to consume another culture and refers to the complex interplay between dominant and marginalized cultures and communities. Through their materiality, these objects point to cultural contact, to encounters and migrations and the limits and potential latent in these interactions.

Interactions and indeed eating, are linked to the table. Following Sara Ahmed, the table is not only a place of gathering but a site in which power dynamics are spatialized and contested, often resulting in alienation. Through their production, circulation and reception, objects of clay and wood invite us to consider our position within systems of intercultural exchange. 

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Clay Workshop with Tessa Reed
Friday, Jan. 27, 1pm – 3pm
611 Alexander St.

Reading Group: Sara Ahmed's Strange Encounters: Embodied Others in Post-Coloniality
Wed., Feb 1, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Wed., Feb. 8, at TBA
Tues. Feb 22 at TBA
Room 4390, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
149 West Hastings St.

Posted on 01 Dec 2016 in sca eventFilm Screening

Richard Fung’s Re:Orientations

Screening and Talk

17 January 2017 – 17 January 2017, 5:30pm
Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC
Free – RSVP

Richard Fung’s Re:Orientations

Screening & Panel Discussion
Filmmaker In Attendance

5:30 pm     Reception with refreshments & cash bar
6-8 pm       Film screening, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with Richard Fung

Please register at RSVP

A fascinating look into the lives and thoughts of seven queer pan-Asian Canadians as they look back on a 1984 documentary in which they featured. How have they changed? And how has the world around them evolved and changed?

In 1984, Richard Fung released his seminal first documentary Orientations: Lesbian and Gay Asians. Featuring 14 women and men in Toronto of South, East and Southeast Asian backgrounds, Orientations was the first documentary to explore the experiences and perspectives of queer Asians in North America. Capturing pivotal moments in Toronto’s history, it presents an intimate portrait of the texture of gay live and politics at that time. Re:Orientations revisits seven of the original participants as they see anew the footage of their younger selves, and reflect on their lives and all that has changed over the intervening three decades. Their interviews are deepened and contextualized by conversations with six younger queer and trans activists, scholars and artists.

This event is generously co-sponsored by the Writer in Residence Program, Department of English; the School for the Contemporary Arts; the Institute for Performance Studies; and the Institute for Transpacific Cultural Research.
 

Richard Fung is an artist and writer born in Trinidad and based in Toronto. He holds a diploma from the Ontario College of Art, a degree in cinema studies and an MEd in sociology and cultural studies, both from the University of Toronto. He is Professor in the Faculty of Art at OCAD University, teaching courses in Integrated Media and Art and Social Change. 

His work comprises challenging videos on subjects ranging from the role of the Asian male in gay pornography to colonialism, immigration, racism, homophobia, AIDS, justice in Israel/Palestine, and his own family history. His single-channel and installation works, which include My Mother’s Place(1990), Sea in the Blood (2000), Jehad in Motion (2007), Dal Puri Diaspora (2012) and Re:Orientations (2016), have been widely screened and collected internationally, and have been broadcast in Canada, the United States and Trinidad and Tobago. 

Richard’s essays have been published in many journals and anthologies, and he is the co-author with Monika Kin Gagnon of 13: Conversations on Art and Cultural Race Politics (2002), later updated and translated into French. He was a Rockefeller Fellow at New York University and has received the Bell Canada Award for Outstanding Achievement in Video Art and the Toronto Arts Award for Media Art. In 2015, he received the Kessler Award from CLAGS: Center for LGBTQ Studies at the City University of New York for “a substantive body of work that has had a significant influence on the field of LGBTQ Studies.

Posted on 22 Nov 2016 in sca eventEvent

HAPPY DAYS by Samuel Beckett

17 January 2017 – 28 January 2017, 8:00pm
Studio T, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC
General $25, Students/Seniors $20

HAPPY DAYS by Samuel Beckett

Square Planet Theatre in association with SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts and FCAT, presents Samuel Beckett's darkly comic eulogy to the human spirit "Happy Days".

Winnie is buried to her waist in a mound, her days lit by a punishing sun and measured by the loud ringing of a bell. Upon waking she rummages through a capacious handbag, unearths an assortment of personal items and performs the few small routines of daily life that fill her hours with purpose. She sings, she laughs, she reminisces. She chatters tirelessly to her husband Willie who lives in a nearby hole. Despite dwindling resources and a failing memory, Winnie soldiers on, grateful for yet another happy day.

Few playwrights have so skillfully addressed the bewildering mystery at the heart of our relentless march towards oblivion as Samuel Beckett. This is a rare opportunity to see one of his most enduring, endearing and playful creations.

Featuring
Penelope Stella, with Greg Snider
Direction DD Kugler
Set & Props Design Greg Snider
Costume Design Heather Blakemore
Lighting Design Kyla Gardiner
Stage Management Xin Xuan Song
Technical Direction Kyla Gardiner
Publicity Heather Blakemore

Seating is Limited. Performances are:
TUESDAY, THURSDAY, SATURDAY
JANUARY 17, 19, 21, 24, 26 & 28 at 8 PM

Studio T, 2nd Floor, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

TICKETS: General $25, Students/Seniors $20
Online at whatson.sfu.ca
in person during box office during hours (Weds-Sat 2pm-6pm)
by phone (Weds-Sat 2pm-6pm) 778-782-9286

Posted on 15 Dec 2016 in sca eventInstallation

Arne Eigenfeldt’s Moments

New music by independent intelligent musical agents

18 January 2017, 12:00am
Goldcorp Centre for the Arts Lobby, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC
Free

Arne Eigenfeldt’s Moments

SFU Contemporary Arts Faculty Series

Moments is a continuously running generative work that explores Moment-form, a term coined to describe music that avoids directed narrative curves and instead exists within stasis. The music is meant to remain in the background, and not draw attention to itself.  

Moments continues the composer's research into musebots  – independent intelligent musical agents – that both generate an overall musical structure, and then create the details within that structure. Various musebots assume roles within the creation and performance of each 10 minute composition: LondynBots generate long drones; MilanBots create melodic ideas; SienaBots make shorter, rhythmic melodic material; ParisBots produce percussive gestures. An OrchestratorBot decides which musebots are to be used in a given composition, based upon what the main ParamBot generates for the individual moments in the composition. A separate musebot generates the harmony for each moment, based upon the complexity required by the ParamBot. Lastly, a Conductor keeps all the musebots coordinated in musical time.

Each composition is unique, and generated on the spot. The musebots are "intelligent", in that they have learned about their environment, and communicate their intentions and coordinate conditions for collaborative machine composition.

Moments runs from January 18 to 28, 2017.

About Arne Eigenfeldt

Arne Eigenfeldt is a composer of live electroacoustic music, and a researcher into intelligent generative music systems. His music has been performed around the world, and his collaborations range from Persian Tar masters to contemporary dance companies to musical robots. He has presented his academic research at both scientific and artistic conferences, as well as performing and presenting his generative music at major festivals. He teaches music technology at Simon Fraser University, where he is Professor in the School for the Contemporary Arts, and is the co-director of the Metacreation Lab, and a founding partner of Metacreative Technologies.

Co-presented by SFU Woodward's Cultural Programs & SFU's School for the Contemporary Arts as part of the SFU Contemporary Arts Faculty Series.

Posted on 12 Dec 2016 in sca eventArtist Talk

Artist Talk: Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn

SCA Audain Visual Artist in Residence, Spring 2017

19 January 2017 – 19 January 2017, 7:00pm
Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC
Free

Artist Talk: Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn

SCA Audain Visual Artist in Residence, Spring 2017

Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts (SCA) is pleased to welcome Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn as the SCA’s 2017 spring Audain Visual Artist in Residence. Nguyễn is a research-based artist currently living and working in Stockholm (Sweden). She uses a broad range of media while primarily relying on archival material to investigate issues of historicity, collectivity, utopian politics, and multiculturalism within the framework of feminist theories.

Together with the third-year visual art students, Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn will develop counter-archives of vernacular images and micro-histories. The artist proposes theoretical and aesthetic reflections on the significance of the archive and its aporias. The aim of the workshops is to investigate the function of the archive and how it can be built from the bottom up to counter the conventional historical narratives of settler colonialism. In contrast to given, state-constructed narratives, the everyday migrants’ or aboriginals' story is disordered, uneven, and complicated. Various archival modalities will be experimented with including unorthodox approaches to classification, contested notions and forms of representations of citizenship, and knowledge production. Within the context of the classroom, Nguyễn hopes to tease out the role of the artist as an activist archivist, which theorist Mark Wigley describes as “one who designs an archive whose purpose is to polemically rearrange the standard perception of the worlds outside [...] to change the direction of thinking.” The students’ work with the Audain Visual Artist in Residence will culminate in a project exhibited at Simon Fraser University’s Audain Gallery in March 2017.

SCA Third Year Visual Arts Exhibition
March 22 – April 1, 2017
Audain Gallery
SFU at Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
149 W. Hastings Street

Nguyễn will also run a series of digitizing workshops as part of The Making of an Archive, in partnership with Grunt Gallery, while in Vancouver (January 21-26, 2017). For more details, please contact the gallery.

Presented by the School for the Contemporary Arts at SFU and SFU Galleries.

Bio

Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn completed the Whitney Independent Study Program, New York, in 2011, having obtained her MFA and a post-graduate diploma in Critical Studies from the Malmö Art Academy, Sweden, in 2005, and a BFA from Concordia University, Montreal, in 2003. Nguyễn’s work has been shown internationally in institutions including the EFA Project Space (2016); Mercer Union, Toronto (2015); MTL BNL at the Musée d’Art Contemporain, Montreal (2014); Kunstverein Braunschweig, Germany (2013); Apexart, New York (2013); Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Philadelphia (2011); Mason Gross Galleries, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ (2011); and Gasworks, London (2010). In 2011 she was commissioned by CC Seven to produce a site-specific sound piece for The Woodland Cemetery, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Stockholm. In 2015, as part of SWICH, a collaborative project involving ten European museums of Ethnography and World Cultures she was the first artist-in-residence at the Museum of Ethnography in Stockholm. Currently she is working with curator Rado Ištok on editing Crating the World: Displaced Myths, Desires and Meanings, a compendium to Nguyễn's exhibition Black Atlas to be published in Spring 2017. Both the exhibition and publication are made possible with the generous support of Sharjah Art Foundation.

Audain Visual Artist in Residence

This 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 program is generously funded by the Audain Foundation Endowment Fund.

Posted on 09 Jan 2017 in sca eventArtist Talk

Happy Days: The Process

20 January 2017 – 20 January 2017, 4:30pm
Studio T, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC
Free

Happy Days: The Process

Professor Emeritus Penelope Stella (Producer, Performer) and Professor Emeritus Greg Snider (Set/Props Design, Performer) will discuss the rehearsal and production process involved in mounting Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days. There will be an opportunity to ask questions, and to tour the set.

Happy Days, running until January 28 in Studio T, is produced by Square Planet in Association with the School for the Contemporary Arts, and the Faculty of Communication, Art, and Technology.

Posted on 13 Jan 2017 in sca eventFilm Screening

Eric Cazdyn: The Blindspot Variations

Screening and Talk

31 January 2017 – 31 January 2017, 7:00pm
Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC
Free

Eric Cazdyn: The Blindspot Variations

Please join us for a free screening and talk with Eric Cazdyn.

The Blindspot Variations

"What would it look like if we peered at the world through a blindspot? Would we see anything at all? If so, would this blindsight change how we think about things? How we act? How we understand what a blindspot is in the first place? In his Blindspot Variations Eric Cazdyn creates “live film essays" with his "blindspot machine," whose narratives and imagery are composed around, about, and through what can’t be seen or immediately represented--but that still can be desired--in order to give us a glimpse into the political and radical potential of the overlooked, the underheard, and sometimes completely forgotten."

Presented by the School for the Contemporary Arts at SFU.

Biography

Eric Cazdyn is Distinguished Professor of Aesthetics and Politics at the University of Toronto (located in the Centre for Comparative Literature and Department of East Asian Studies). He has written the following books: Nothing (Chicago, 2015); The Already Dead (Duke, 2012); After Globalization (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011); The Flash of Capital (Duke, 2002); as well as the novel A Thousand Non-Coincidences. Cazdyn's research invariably revolves around the same problem: how the impossible (political, aesthetic, personal) is engaged…and how such engagements can enliven the world, effectively changing what is possible. Cazdyn also translates this scholarly obsession into a film practice by foregrounding the problem of the blindspot, for which he has built a unique rig intended to make blindspots rather than to expose them. This “blindspot machine”—together with the real time, over-narrations that accompany the screenings—is a direct intervention into the operations and discourses of surveillance as well as into the desires invested in the image more generally. In the Winter of 2016, Cazdyn was  Affiliated Fellow at the American Academy of Rome where he began developing the next variation of the blindspot project, one that focuses on movement and migrancy.

Posted on 13 Dec 2016 in sca eventArtist Talk

Talk: Jayce Salloum

611 Visiting Artist

02 February 2017 – 02 February 2017, 1:00pm
611 Alexander Studio, 611 Alexander St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1E1
Free

Talk: Jayce Salloum

Please join us for a 611 lunchtime talk with artist Jayce Salloum.

“I tend to go only where invited or where there is an intrinsic affinity, to ground my projects in an intimate engagement with place and the inhabitants of those spaces, relying on the kindness of strangers when I'm in unfamiliar territory, speak next to nothing of the language or know less than I think I do which is most of the time. I have been producing art, collecting objects, making things happen and mixing it up discursively for as long as I can remember. It was always part art and part social lubrication, or maybe that makes it all ‘art’, anyways it usually challenged whatever the dominant culture is and involved people from various parts in liaison and/or at odds with each other. My practise is consistently about mediation – the gap between the experience and the accounting/telling/receiving of it, engaging in an intimate subjectivity and discursive/ dialectical challenge while critically asserting itself in the representation and perception of social manifestations and realities. All of my work could be considered experimental, at least socially and conceptually. It incorporated 'relational' aesthetics/methodologies years before the term was invented, with emancipation, liberation, justice and complex non-essential identity construction while fluidly embracing subjective affinities.” – Jayce Salloum

Presented by the School for the Contemporary Arts at SFU.

A grandson of Syrian immigrants, Salloum was raised on Sylix land in western Canada. His projects engage the personal/subjective, reconfiguring notions of identity, community, history, boundaries, exile, (trans)nationalism and resistance, taking place in in many locales including Afghanistan, Lebanon, Palestine, x-Yugoslavia, the Americas, and Polynesia. He has exhibited pervasively at the widest range of local and international venues possible, from the smallest unnamed storefronts in his dtes neighbourhood to institutions such as Musée du Louvre, MOMA, Centre Georges Pompidou, Sharjah Biennial, Biennal of Sydney and Havana Bienal. Salloum is a recipient of the 2014 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts and a finalist of the 2016 ScotiaBank Photography Award.

Read more about Jayce Salloum and his work here: canadianart.ca/artists/jayce-salloum

Image: Installation view of »location/dis-location(s): gleaning spaces«, Camera Austria, Graz (2014)

Posted on 03 Jan 2017 in sca eventDance Mainstage

Momentum

SFU Dance Student Showcase

09 February 2017 – 11 February 2017, 8:00pm
Studio D, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC
$7 Student // $10 Senior/SFU Staff/Faculty // $15 General

Momentum

Momentum is an evening of dances choreographed and performed by students in the School for the Contemporary Arts. All work is original and has been developed over the course of the 2016-2017 school year. These students showcase their creative talents by combining dance specific skills with their wider educational interests at SFU.

Presented by the School for the Contemporary Arts at SFU.
 

Individual tickets on sale SOON but also available NOW as part of the SCA Series Membership, which is on sale until Jan. 27.

16 January 2017

Maj Britt Jensen: cultural cannibal

SCA Office Exhibition
9:00pm, Tickets at the door.
12 Jan 2017 - 12 Jan 2017
TBA, SCA Office (GCA 2860), SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC
Free

Richard Fung’s Re:Orientations

Screening and Talk
5:30pm, Tickets at the door.
17 January 2017
Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC
Free – RSVP

HAPPY DAYS by Samuel Beckett


8:00pm, Tickets at the door.
17 Jan 2017 - 28 Jan 2017
Studio T, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC
General $25, Students/Seniors $20