Posted on 15 Aug 2016 in sca eventGallery Exhibition

will today be like yesterday – will yesterday be like tomorrow

MFA Grad Exhibition

09 September 2016 – 24 September 2016, 12:00pm
Audain Gallery, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC

will today be like yesterday – will yesterday be like tomorrow

Featuring graduating projects by MFA candidates Scott Saunders, Emiliano Sepulveda, and Alexandra Spence.

Saunders, Sepulveda and Spence uniquely explore possibilities for imagining humanness as an entangled mesh of human and non-human subjectivities, phenomena and powers. Each artist mindfully considers his or her relationship with the vibrant, dynamic and uncanny living world. Their explorations are embodied, political as well as aesthetic. Each artist demonstrates a desire to understand one’s individual position within the world, as well as how other individuals, societies and cultures fit as well.  Saunder’s work combines text and textiles in installations that examine the complicated politics of development and urban displacement that surrounds and permeates his living environment on East Hastings Street.  Sepulveda’s work in sculpture and installation considers his identity as an immigrant and the labour of creating a relationship with an adoptive land that does justice to the culture he is heir to, as well as the one he finds himself present in. In her audio-visual installations, Spence traces the connections between place, identity and sound, through an examination of resonance and vibration in everyday life. 

The exhibition of a graduating project represents the culmination of a candidate’s studies, and is presented in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Fine Arts.

Presented with the School for the Contemporary Arts at SFU.


Opening Reception
7pm, Friday, September 9, 2016
Audain Gallery

Audain Gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday, 12–5pm


Image: Studio view. Emiliano, Alexandra, Scott (top to bottom). Photo: Emiliano Sepulveda

Posted on 24 Aug 2016 in sca eventStudent Performance

Between Two Rocks

Robert Leveroos' Graduating MFA Project

22 September 2016 – 24 September 2016, 8:00pm
Studio T, Simon Fraser University, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings St., Vancouver, BC.
$7 Student // $10 Senior/SFU Staff/Faculty // $15 General General

Between Two Rocks

A mountain of wool turns into a cloud. A stream of thread becomes a song and slowly leaks out of a bucket. Morning rises on a curtain, pushes our gaze to the end of the world, until the sun finally sets on our laps. Between Two Rocks draws from dance, visual art, theatre, and handcraft to transform the horizon of the theatre, pull inside out, and turn right side down. This new work mixes moments of humour, tension, and geologic meditation, asking both what compels us to journey into the unknown and how we change in the process.

Taking inspiration from Norse folktale “East of the Sun and West of the Moon," a team of performers animate the stage using movement, words, and piles of fleece. The encounter between traditional folk art and live performance, written story and oral telling – feminine and masculine, animal and human, merge in this sensory trip to the edge.

By Robert Leveroos (

Created with Elliot Vaughan, Elysse Cheadle, Gordon Havelaar, Linnea Gwiazda, Pascal Reiners, Julie Hammond, Kyla Gardiner, Ben Wylie, Paula Viitanen, Lukas Engelhardt, Xin Xuan Song, Barbara Adler, and Maria Tryti Vennerød.

Tickets available online at

Presented in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Fine Arts.

Presented by the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University.

Image credit: Lukas Engelhardt.

Posted on 13 Sep 2016 in sca eventArtist Talk

Artist Talk: Stefan Römer

27 September 2016 – 27 September 2016, 1:00pm
611 Alexander Studio, 611 Alexander Street, Vancouver

Artist Talk: Stefan Römer

Please join us as the 611 Alexander Studios for a free artist talk with German artist Stefan Römer.

Stefan Römer works artistically de-conceptual with ideas and signification, he uses different media and writing. His deep interest in medial politics manifests his groundedness on the societal reality. Since he initiated the art-activist group FrischmacherInnen/Freshmakers in the early 1990s, connecting institutional critique, critical urbanism, and the change from the White cube to the Ambient as a sign of neoliberal corporatization and economization, he keeps the post-panoptical diagrammatics in focus: How does technical and social change incorporate the human body and influence the image regime?

Image: (crop) Stefan Römer, Welcoming Culture, 1 of 4 photographic plates, 2015.

Born in Katzenelnbogen, West Germany, Stefan Römer lives in Berlin. He is Prof. h.c. of the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich, received his PhD phil. from (Humboldt University, Berlin) and his MA form (Rheinische-Friedrichs-Wilhelms University, Bonn). His work has been exhibited widely internationally, including: Green Naftaly Gallery, New York; Cologne Kunstverein; The Fotobiennale Rotterdam; Museum for Contemporary Art, Antwerp and Herzliya Museum, Tel Aviv; MoCA Belgrad; Museum Göteborg; khoj-Emami Chisel, Kolkata; First Ural Industrial Biennial in Ekaterinburg, Russia; Daimler Art Collection, Berlin; IG Bildenden Kunst, Vienna; thereafter, New Delhi. Römer teaches art theory and art practice internationally at academies and universities; 2000 he received the Award for Art-critique by the Working Commitee of German Kunstvereine (AdKV); he plays regularly with his band Stan Back & The Noise Glam.

Posted on 29 Aug 2016 in sca eventArtist Talk

Walid Raad

Audain Visual Artist in Residence Talk and Seminar

29 September 2016 – 03 October 2016, 7:00pm
Fei & Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, SFU at Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings, Vancouver V6B 1H4

Walid Raad


We are very pleased to welcome Walid Raad as the 2016 Audain Visual Artist in Residence. During his time in Vancouver Raad will pursue research toward a new project by meeting with local specialists with knowledge on a heterogeneous range of topics, including human sweat, near-death experiences, meteorological measuring devices and Islamic art museums. In addition to a talk and public seminar (see below), Raad will do class and studio visits with graduate and undergraduate students. A solo exhibition of new work by Raad will be held at the Audain Gallery in 2017.

Walid Raad: TALK
Thurs., Sept., 29, 2016, 7PM
Fei & Milton Wong Experimental Theatre
SFU at Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings St., Vancouver

Over the last 25 years artist Walid Raad has produced an extraordinary body of work that examines the instability of documents and archives in the public realm, the role of memory and narrative in conflict discourses, and the construction of histories of art in the Arab world. Raad works in photography, video, sculpture and performance to engage with forms of storytelling.

In his talk Raad will concentrate on two of his long-term art projects. The first is The Atlas Group (1989-2004), which examines the contemporary history of Lebanon, and Scratching on things I could disavow (2007-present), which looks at the Arab art world alongside that region’s conflicts. Both projects engage how forms of violence affect bodies, minds and culture. This talk is co-produced with SFU Galleries.

Walid Raad: SEMINAR
Mon., Oct. 3, 2016, 6PM
Room 4390
SFU at Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings St., Vancouver

In this seminar Walid Raad will lead a discussion about his resent research. This will be an opportunity to witness the artist’s process and encounter his ideas taking shape first hand. This generous approach reminds us that there is no formula for producing an artwork: an artist’s process may proceed without regard for established divisions between categories of thought, action, matter or discipline to stage encounters between research, politics and aesthetics. Raad pursues several parallel, sometimes intersecting paths. Where these paths “lead”—if in fact this teleology applies—is not always clear, even to him. His research spans inquiry into the building of the Louvre and the Guggenheim in Abu Dhabi, labour issues, human sweat, WW1’s effects in shaping the modern Middle East, death, near death, forensic science, medical examiners, coffins, biological decay, Islamic Arts, carpets, dyes, wool, exports, designs and colour. The seminar invites participants into conversation with Raad along these paths of inquiry.

Space is limited. Please email AVAIR coordinator Judy Radul at to pre-register for the seminar.

Image: The Atlas Group/Walid Raad. ​I might die before I get a rifle_Device III. 1993/2002. Pigmented inkjet print, 63″ × 6′11″ (160 × 210.8 cm). Courtesy the artist and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York. © 2015 Walid Raad.


Walid Raad (Lebanese, b.1967) is an internationally known Contemporary artist working in media such as video, photography, and essays. He was born in Chbanieh, Lebanon. In 1989, Raad received a BFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, followed by a MA and PhD in Cultural and Visual Studies from the University of Rochester in New York in 1993 and 1996, respectively. His work focuses on the recent history of Lebanon, particularly the periods of war between 1975 and 1991; it often deals with traumatic events using various mediums.

Raad is a member of the Arab Image Foundation, and is active in describing the history of Lebanon. He co-curated Mapping Sitting: On Portraiture and Photography, an exploration of Arab photography and its relationship to identity. In 1989, he founded The Atlas Group, which he uses to promote his work and get the message out on Lebanese history and war. It is a collection of films, videos, photographs, and other documents. The group is the brainchild of Raad. He has published several fictional books under the pseudonym Walter Konig, about the 14-year war in Lebanon. The goal of The Atlas Group is to create a fictional archive that criticizes traditional historical documentation methods and the autonomy of artistic work. Many of the fictional archives are featured in museums throughout the world. His work often examines the ways history is told, and how it can be manipulated. Some of his most famous works include Notebook Volume 38: Already Been in a Lake of Fire, BEY82_Artillery_II, and The Dead Weight of a Quarrel Hangs.

Raad is also the recipient of the 2011 Hasselblad-Prize, the 2007 Alpert Award for Visual Arts, and the 2007 Deutsche Borse Photography Prize. His works have been exhibited at Documenta 11 in Kassel, Germany, The Venice Bennale in Venice, Italy, The Whitney Biennial in New York, and The Ayloul Festival in Beirut, Lebanon, as well as other events and museums throughout North America, Europe, and the Middle East. He currently lives in New York, where he is an associate professor at the Cooper Union School of Art.

Audain Visual Artist in Residence Program

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. You can find more information about the program here.

Posted on 09 Sep 2016 in sca eventInfo-Session

SCA Tour: Culture Days

01 October 2016 – 01 October 2016, 11:30am
1st floor lobby, SFU at Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings, Vancouver V6B 1H4

SCA Tour: Culture Days

Please join us for a series of free tours of the facilities at the Goldcrop Centre for the Arts as part of the nation-wide event called Culture Days. The organizers of Cultural Days describe it as "a collaborative, Canada-wide volunteer movement to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities."

Four tours will be offered throughout the day. Two will be lead by our very own Dean Lastoria, the SCA's New Students and Retention coordinator, and two by Heather Lamb, the Manager, Production and Technical Services at SFU Woodward's Cultural Unit. Here's the schedule:

11:30pm – 12:30pm with Dean Lastoria
1:00pm – 1:45pm with Heather Lamb
1:15pm – 2:15pm with Dean Lastoria
2:00pm – 2:45pm with Heather Lamb

For more information about Culture Days and to see a full schedule of events in our area and elsewhere, check out their website here.

Posted on 22 Sep 2016 in sca eventConcert

Sugar’s Waste

Rebecca Bruton's Graduating MFA Project

06 October 2016 – 07 October 2016, 8:00pm
Studio T, Simon Fraser University, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings St., Vancouver, BC.
$7 Student // $10 Senior/SFU Staff/Faculty // $15 General

Sugar’s Waste

Sugar’s Waste is an experimental, theatrical music production by MFA candidate Rebecca Bruton. Featuring both songs and ambient textures, the work deals with physical and psychological acts of enclosure. Oscillating loosely between the fictitious ‘Range’ of early post-contact North America and ‘Sugar’s Waste’, an imaginary, techno-pastoral fallout zone, the performance evokes themes of partition and containment in occupied environs. Written for four voices, string quintet and live electronics, the music follows a timeline of circular growth and decay; sensuous contemplation amidst stunning, troubled territory.

Matthew Ariaratnam
Dave Chokroun
Paul Paroczai
Clara Shandler
Elliot Vaughan
Tegan Wahlgren
Ben Wylie

Original set design by Robert Leveroos

Staging by Gordon Havelaar

Rebecca Bruton is a composer, vocalist and violinist. Her work materializes in the terrains of avant-pop, new music, noise and sound art. As one half of the noise/sound-poetry duo Moss Moss Not Moss (with Canadian-Icelandic poet a rawlings), Rebecca has presented original work at Tectonics Festival Glasgow, and has had her composition and performance work featured on BBC's Hear and Now radio program.  She has released two full-length studio albums, under the pseudonym 'Rebecca Flood'.  With Alexandra Spence, she is co-creative producer of Tidal ~ Signal, a Vancouver-based festival dedicated to increasing representation of women and transgendered artists within the fields of sound art and experimental music. 

Tickets available online at

Presented in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Fine Arts.

Presented by the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University.

Posted on 21 Sep 2016 in sca eventOffsite Performance

Wild State

05 November 2016 – 06 November 2016, 7:00pm
Offsite, Outdoor Courtyard, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC
$7 Student // $10 Senior/SFU Staff/Faculty // $15 General General

Wild State


Created & Performed by: Kimi Clark, Jessica Del Fierro, Amanda Sum, Eddy van Wyk and Johnny Wu

Directed by Maiko Yamamoto
Assistant Direction by June Fukumura
Visual Design by Leah Weinstein
Sound Design by Emma Hendrix
Design Team: Gillian Hanemayer and Candy Wang
Stage Manager: Karen Chiang
Assistant Stage Managers: Rachel Shim & Margery Liu
Technical Director: Jocelyn Kim
Assistant Technical Director: Ben Ling
Publicity: Terra Deng & Brady Cranfield

November 5th and 6th. 2 Presentations nightly at 7pm & 9pm

After 451 days lost at sea, a wayward group lands on an unknown shore. As they begin to piece together the circumstances that brought them to where they are now — as well as what will become of them in this new, unfamiliar place — one by one, they are taken.

Inspired by a large Japanese dock that washed up on Agate Beach in Oregon 15 months after an earthquake and tsunami struck the northeastern coast of Japan, Wild State explores the plight of the many invasive species on the dock that survived what should have been a fatal journey. Following one of the most devastating natural disasters in recent history, the tsunami dock traveled 5000 miles across the Pacific, out on the open ocean, carrying over 100 different plants and animals, arriving to a hostile reception. Using this story as an analogy for layering personal narratives of invasion, xenophobia and the unnatural, Wild State ultimately points the finger at the most invasive species of all.

This is a development presentation of a new work made by SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts theatre performance students in collaboration with Maiko Yamamoto, artistic director of Vancouver’s Theatre Replacement. Other collaborators include Leah Weinstein (visual design) and Emma Hendrix (sound). Performances take place in the outdoor courtyard beside SFU in the Woodward’s complex. Wild State is an all-weather performance, and audience members should dress appropriately for the forecast.

Tickets available online now at

Wild State is realized with suport from Westbank.

24 September 2016

Between Two Rocks

Robert Leveroos' Graduating MFA Project
8:00pm, Tickets at the door.
22 September 2016
Studio T, Simon Fraser University, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings St., Vancouver, BC.
$7 Student // $10 Senior/SFU Staff/Faculty // $15 General General