Faculty

Faculty are internationally recognized for research excellence. The majority of the faculty are established working artists, artist-scholars, and scholars. In general the artists are creators—choreographers, composers, filmmakers, lighting designers, visual artists—as well as performers, directors, and dramaturges. Scholarly research centres on cinema and media theory, art history, and visual culture.

Elspeth Pratt

Associate Professor and Director

Email: epratt@sfu.caPhone Number: 778.782.3766
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Elspeth Pratt

Areas:

I teach visual art core courses, sculptural practices, drawing and undergraduate art theory seminars.

Bio:

My Sculptural practice interrogates the relation between how we construct our everyday space and how that same space is defined for us through architecture and lived space.  This line of questioning is considered in relation to the conceptualization of abstract space, a place where definition is nascent and possibility is inherent.  It is in this tension, between definition and possibility that I locate my research.  Recently I have exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally, collaborated on a major commission for the Richmond Olympic Oval and was invited by the Vancouver Art Gallery to be the fourth artist to participate in Offsite, their outdoor public art space.  In 2011 a monograph was published that considers my work through the presentation of six scholarly essays and images.

Christopher Pavsek

Associate Professor and Associate Director

Email: cpavsek@sfu.caPhone Number: 778.782.4672
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Christopher Pavsek

Areas:

Cinema Studies; Critical Theory; Political and Avant-Garde Film; Documentary Filmmaking.

Bio:

Christopher Pavsek has a Ph.D. from the Program in Literature at Duke University. His book, "The Utopia of Film: Cinema and Its Futures in Godard, Kluge, and Tahimik was published by Columbia University Press on 2013. You can link to the book here: http://cup.columbia.edu/book/978-0-231-16098-8/the-utopia-of-film. He has published essays on Jean-Luc Godard, Alexander Kluge, Raoul Peck, Walter Benjamin, Sylvia Schedelbauer, and Harun Farocki, amongst others. He is currently working on a book entitled "The Philosophy of the New Media," that considers the legacies of the Frankfurt School, above all in the work of Theodor Adorno and Alexander Kluge, in the age of digital media. His research interests include documentary cinema, experimental and political cinema, digital media, and Marxist theory.

Chris is also an experimental documentary filmmaker. His films "The One and All" (2002) and "To Those Born After" (2005) have shown widely at major international festivals. He is currently completing two films: "Requiem for an Elephant" is about the place of elephants in western culture; "The Iridium Anomaly" is about the philosophical, political, and aesthetic consequences of mass extinctions, and looks at two extinction events: the Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction that killed off the majority of species on earth, including the dinosaurs, 65 million years ago, and the current and ongoing anthropogenic mass extinction that promises to be similar in scope.

Degree and Studies: 
BA, German Literature, Cornell University; Ph.D., Literature, Duke University.



 

Sabine Bitter

Assistant Professor

Email: sabine_bitter@sfu.caPhone Number: 778.782.9102
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Sabine Bitter

Areas:

Visual Art

Bio:

Since 1993, Vancouver and Vienna based artists Bitter/Weber have cooperated on projects addressing urban geographies, architectural representations and related visual politics.

Educated at University for Applied Arts in Linz with Laurids Ortner, their artistic works focus on emergent sites and overlaps of architecture, urban developments, communications systems and modes of artistic and cultural production as they are mediated through photography, video and new media technologies.

Projects like "Caracas, Hecho en Venezuela", "Live Like This!" and "CITYtransformer 02", engage with specific moments and sites of globalization, as they are materialized in architecture.

Dealing with architecture as a frame for spatial meaning, the works of Bitter/Weber are at the interface of architecture, new media technologies, and systems of representation.
In 2004, Sabine Bitter, Jeff Derksen and Helmut Weber have formed the urban research collective Urban Subjects US. Since 2007 represented by Grita Insam Gallery, Vienna.

Links:

See http://www.lot.at for further projects.

Allyson Clay

Professor

Email: clay@sfu.ca Phone Number: 604.254.3557
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Allyson Clay

Areas:

Drawing; painting; photo-based work and video; artist book projects and image/text work; installation; contemporary feminist & critical theory.

Bio:

Allyson Clay has a BFA in Painting from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, and a MFA in Painting from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. 

Over the years material approaches in her practice have included painting, installation, photographs, text works, and video. The enclosures, pathways and permeabilities of the spaces and places of the affective city are investigated through these different media and, most recently, painting. Clay has exhibited locally, nationally and internationally and her work belongs to many Canadian and international public and private collections. These include the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Vancouver Art Gallery, and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the collection of the City of Perugia, and a permanent installation at the Maison Patrimoniale de Barthète, France. She has been the beneficiary of many awards including two Senior Artist Grants from the Canada Council, the Mexico/Canada/USA artist exchange residency, and the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Residency Program.

Degree and Studies:

Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma 1972
Temple University in Rome 1973
Loyola University in Rome 1974
Nova Scotia College of Art and Design B.F.A 1980
University of British Columbia M.F.A. 1985

Links:

allysonclay.com

Henry Daniel

Professor

Email: hdaniel@sfu.caPhone Number: 778.782.3897
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Henry Daniel

Areas:

Dance, Performance Studies and New Technology

Bio:

Dr Henry Daniel is an artist/scholar with a teaching and research specialty in Dance, Performance Studies and New Technology. He teaches at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. His work strives to prepare students to be knowledgeable and well informed, articulate, as well as expert practitioners in their chosen discipline by exposing them to an arts education seen through the lens of arts practice as research. Dr Daniel also uses his funded projects as platforms for introducing both undergraduate and graduate students to the professional world. Through these projects they have the opportunity to establish first hand contact with other academics and artists working within as well as outside a university setting.

Professor Daniel is Principal Investigator on the SSHRC funded Research/Creation project Barca: New Architectures of Memory and Identity (2011-2014). He is also founder and lead researcher for the international network Transnet (Transdisciplinary Research Network for Performance and Technology).

Ph.D.        Dance and Performance Studies, Bristol University, UK
M.A.          Dance Studies, City University London, The Laban Centre, UK.

Links:

www.sfu.ca/~hdaniel/

Project Barca Website

Arne Eigenfeldt

Associate Professor

Email: arne_e@sfu.caPhone Number:
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Arne Eigenfeldt

Areas:

Live Electroacoustic Performance, Interactive Systems, Algorithmic Composition, Metacreation, Digital Art.

Bio:

Composer of acoustic and electroacoustic music, and researcher in intelligent software tools.

Recipient of major research grants into Computational Creativity and Generative Art.
Creator of a variety of music programs for Mac OSX.
Research presentations and performances at International Computer Music Conferences (ICMC), International Symposium for Electronic Art (ISEA), New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME), ArtTech, EvoMusArt, Generative Art, International Conference on Computational Creativity (ICCC), Sound and Music Computing (SMC) and Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO).

Degree and Studies:
M.A., Simon Fraser University
D.M., Northwestern University

Links:

Website: www.sfu.ca/~eigenfel

Marla Eist

Associate Professor

Email: eist@sfu.caPhone Number: 778.782.5454
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Marla Eist

Areas:

Ballet; contemporary dance techniques; movement fundamentals (science & somatics); dance history; composition; repertory

Bio:

Choreographer, dance educator and performing artist. Performed with DC Contemporary Dance Theatre (Washington, DC), The Green Room (New York City), Sybil Dance Company (Philadelphia) and numerous independent artists. Awarded a full fellowship, she received her MFA in dance from Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. Her choreography has been presented nationally and internationally. She has been teaching dance for over 25 years. Her teaching is heavily influenced by somatic practices, functional anatomy and injury prevention. Teaches ballet, contemporary technique, somatic approaches and applied anatomy, dance history, composition, and repertory. She has also directed the Off-Centre Performance Company and Apprentice Program in the School for the Contemporary Arts, SFU.

BA in Dance, American University, Wash. DC.; MFA in Dance, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, NY.

Judith Garay

Associate Professor

Email: garay@sfu.caPhone Number: 778.782.3686
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Judith Garay

Areas:

Contemporary Dance, Modern Dance, Choreography, Costume Design, Performance.

Bio:

Judith Garay is a ten-year veteran of the Martha Graham Dance Company. During her international performing career she performed with companies and choreographers in Canada the USA, France and England. At SFU Ms. Garay teaches all levels of contemporary dance technique, dance composition and repertory.  She is also involved in rehearsal direction and costume design and construction.  She has also taught extensively in New York, Holland and throughout British Columbia.

Judith is the artistic director of Dancers Dancing, a professional dance company since 1999. With Dancers Dancing she has choreographed, commissioned, produced, presented and toured. She has also mentored and taught professional and emerging dancers, created and engaged in educational shows and done extensive community outreach. She has linked her professional work with the SFU Contemporary Arts programs through apprenticeships and hiring graduates. She collaborates regularly with composers, video artists and costume designers.

Degree and Studies:
London School of Contemporary Dance, certificate.

Links:

Dancers Dancing www.dancersdancing.com

Martin Gotfrit

Professor and Associate Dean, FCAT

Email: gotfrit@sfu.caPhone Number: 778.782.9749
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Martin Gotfrit

Areas:

Music (electroacoustics, improvisation), Film (soundtrack), New Media (Interactive systems, coding for music, installations).

Bio:

Studied electroacoustic music with Bengt Hambraeus, alcides lanza, and Kevin Austin. Before coming to SFU in 1981, musician, sound designer and worked in concert and theatre production. Often collaborating with artists from both music and other disciplines, works in music, dance, theatre, film/video, new media and installations have been presented both locally and internationally. Avid improviser.

Born Montreal, Quebec. Resident of Vancouver since 1977. Married with two children.

BA Music and Film Joint Major, Concordia University 1974
MA Communications, McGill University 1977

Links:

www.sfu.ca/~gotfrit

Rob Groeneboer

Senior Lecturer

Email: rgroeneb@sfu.caPhone Number: 778.782.4262
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Rob Groeneboer

Areas:

Directing; editing; screenplay; film production

Bio:

Film and Video maker. Written and directed several short films and videos which have been screened internationally. Teaches all aspects of film production.

Patricia Gruben

Associate Professor, Director: Praxis Centre for Screenwriters

Email: gruben@sfu.caPhone Number: 778.782.7881
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Patricia Gruben

Areas:

Film, screenwriting

Bio:

Patricia Gruben is a filmmaker, Associate Professor of Film and Director of Praxis Centre for Screenwriters. She has written and directed several experimental narrative shorts (The Central Character, Sifted Evidence), two dramatic features (Low Visibility, Deep Sleep) and a feature-length documentary (Ley Lines), which have been screened internationally in cinemas, on television, and at numerous festivals including Toronto, Sundance, New York and Edinburgh. Patricia also works as a script consultant and screenwriter, and has published several articles and book chapters on Canadian filmmakers, screenplay structure, and adaptation. She teaches screenwriting; directing and acting for film; film studies; and is Director of the SFU Field School in Art & Culture of Contemporary India. Her play The Secret Doctrine and installation The Veil of Nature were produced in Vancouver in 2013.


Research Interests:
Screenwriting; directing; story editing; Canadian and Indian cinema.

Gary Harris

Senior Lecturer

Email: gharris@sfu.caPhone Number: 604.659.7592
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Gary Harris

Areas:

Set and Lighting Design, Arts Administration

Bio:

Gary brings expertise garnered over the years as a professional Production Manager, Stage Manager, Technical Director and Scenic and Lighting Designer to his role as Production and Design Faculty with the School.  He continues to be involved in the greater theatre and dance community, while mentoring students in the School for the Contemporary Arts as they prepare for their future in the arts world.

Barry Hegland

Senior Lecturer

Email: bhegland@sfu.caPhone Number: 778.828.8036
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Barry Hegland

Areas:

Production and Design: Lighting design, stage design, production techniques

Bio:

I am a Lighting designer for theatre, dance, and opera, and have designed lighting for numerous Vancouver contemporary dance companies including Jumpstart, Kinesis Dance, Jennifer Mascall Dance and Judith Marcuse. Lighting for opera and theatre includes works produced by the Vancouver New Music Society Turning Point Ensemble,Touchstone Theatre, Square Planet Productions, and Illinois Opera Theatre. Barry teaches middle and upper division courses in stage production, lighting and stage design, and production practicums.

Research Interests:
performance in found spaces
non-conventional lighting sources and techniques
design for opera

Steven Hill

Associate Professor

Email: stevenfhill@gmail.comPhone Number: 778.782.3142
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Steven Hill

Areas:

Theatre Performance, Directing, Devising, Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Bio:

Steven Hill is the Artistic Director of Leaky Heaven - an experimental theatre ensemble - and has directed each of the company's productions since the formation in 1999. During this time the company has received numerous awards including the Jessie's Critics Choice for Innovation Award in both 2010 and 2011. With a team of long-term collaborators from a variety of disciplines he has devised both new works and adaptations of classics and follows an interest in devised theatre through rule-based playmaking techniques. He is also a writer and performer and a member of the faculty at Simon Fraser University's School for Contemporary Arts.

Links:
leakyheaven.ca

Rob Kitsos

Associate Professor

Email: rkitsos@sfu.caPhone Number: 778.782.4496
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Rob Kitsos

Areas:

Contemporary Composition, Aesthetics, Technique, Collaboration.

Bio:

Rob Kitsos is an acclaimed dancer, dance instructor, performing artist, musician, visual artist and choreographer who has performed across North America, Europe and Asia.  He has performed his own and other works at international festivals including the Spoletto Festival in Charleston South Carolina, the World Expo in Lisbon, the Grec Festival in Barcelona, the Palais Royale in Paris, and others in Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Netherlands, Hong Kong and Venezuela.  Kitsos has also appeared in well-known theatres including the Cultural Center in Hong Kong, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, the Joyce Theatre and DTW in New York.  He has been commissioned by artists and companies in Hong Kong, Seattle and Vancouver including Bard on the Beach and the British Colombia Ballet in Vancouver BC. Rob has been a member of more than fifteen performing companies and collaborated with many artists which cover a broad range of styles from mime to hip hop, improvisation to ballet, including the Doug Elkins Dance Company, Gina Gibney Dance, Hillary Easton, Jannis Brenner, KT Niehoff, Colin Connor, Pat Graney, the Chamber Dance Company, Peter Bingham and the Berkshire Ballet. 

As a choreographer, Rob has created over 80 original works, many of which include collaborations with artists from a range of disciplines.  He has studied Mime at Ecole Jacques Lacoq in Paris and played drums in a rock band in popular clubs like CBGB's in New York City as well as a tour through Spain in 2004 with the band Westport Sunrise Sessions based in New York City.  He continues to record and collaborate with the WWS.  Rob has composed and performed many of his own sound scores and video projections for his choreography. Rob has received support from the Social Science and Research Council through Simon Fraser University, the BC Arts Council and Canada Council for his project WAKE. In addition to other support, Rob was awarded support from the Leisure and Cultural Council in Hong Kong in 2003 as well as the Donald E. Peterson Endowed Fellowship for Excellence at the University of Washington in 2001 and 2002. 

In addition to choreographing and performing, Rob has been teaching dance in universities for twelve years. He was a Guest Artist at Virginia Commonwealth University in 1998, a full time faculty member at the University of Washington from 1998-2002. He then began a two-year Senior Lecturer position at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. In 2004, Rob joined the faculty of Simon Fraser University as an Assistant Professor in the School for the Contemporary Arts. He will be serving as Undergraduate Chair of Contemporary arts and head of Curriculum over the next three years.  He teaches contemporary dance, composition, repertory, dance aesthetics, improvisation in performance and interdisciplinary collaboration.

 

Rob received his BA in Theatre/Dance from Bard College and his MFA in Dance from the University of Washington in 1997.

Links:

www.robkitsos.com

DD Kugler

Professor

Email: ddkugler@sfu.caPhone Number: 778.782.4688
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DD Kugler

Areas:

Dramaturgy & Directing & Playmaking

Bio:

DD Kugler, a Vancouver-based freelance dramaturg/director in theatre and dance, was the first Canadian president of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA, 2000-02); in 2011 LMDA presented Kugler the Lessing Award for Career Achievement.  Kugler served eight seasons as Production Dramaturg with Toronto’s Necessary Angel Theatre (1985-93), and five seasons as Artistic Director of Edmonton’s Northern Light Theatre (1993-98).  He adapted Marc Diamond’s Property, and (in collaboration with Richard Rose) co-authored Newhouse, as well as the adaptations of Michael Ondaatje’s Coming Through Slaughter, and Timothy Findley’s Not Wanted on the Voyage.  

Kugler has now taught fourteen years in the Theatre Area of the School for Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University, with a primary research focus on dramaturgy, directing, and writing about dramaturgy; in 2010 he received one of the three SFU Excellence in Teaching Awards.

Links:

Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas

Jacqueline Levitin

Associate Professor

Email: levitin@sfu.caPhone Number: 778.782.3900
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Jacqueline Levitin

Areas:

Women and film; film theory and production; women, poverty and the media; third world film and women.

Bio:

Dr. Jacqueline Levitin is a filmmaker and film historian. She is the co-editor of Women Filmmakers: Refocusing (2003), a collection of new writing by women filmmakers, critics and theorists. Her films and videos range from short experimental works to documentary and fiction features and live video collaborations with dancers and theatre performers. Building Bridge: a Housing Project for Women (2003) brings her early work in ethnographic documentary and participatory-style filmmaking to the exploration of ethical issues in imaging the poor and drug-addicted of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Her latest film, the experimental documentary Mahjong & Chicken Feet (2008), uses her family's history in Harbin, China to explore memory and history and the relations of China and her others. As an historian-critic, Jacqueline Levitin's special focus has been on women filmmakers, genre film, and national schools of filmmaking. She has lectured in Beijing, Chongqing and Shanghai and is an Associate Professor in both the School for the Contemporary Arts and Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies departments at Simon Fraser University.

Website: jacquelinelevitin.com

John Macfarlane

Senior Lecturer

Email: macfarla@sfu.caPhone Number: 604.880.9958
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John Macfarlane

Areas:

Technical direction and lighting design for the stage.

Bio:

Lighting designer and technical director for dance and theatre. Began touring internationally with New York's Nikolais Dance Theatre in 1973 and continues to maintain a professional career. Teaches technical theatre, lighting design, stage and production management and arts administration.

David MacIntyre

Professor

Email: macintyr@sfu.caPhone Number: 778.782.3725
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David MacIntyre

Areas:

Music Composition, Interdisciplinary Composition and Collaboration.

Bio:

Composer/Professor David MacIntyre joined SFU faculty in 1979 when he co-founded the program in contemporary music. He has served as Graduate Program Chair for three terms and is a strong advocate of the School's interdisciplinary mission. As a composer with a specialty in music for the stage and interdisciplinary performance, Prof. MacIntyre has a extensive catalog spanning forty years that includes opera, music theatre, cabaret, choral, orchestral, chamber and vocal music, site-specific projects and collaborations in theatre, dance, and visual art.

Degree and Studies:
B. Mus (with distinction) University of Victoria 1975
M. Mus University of Victoria 1979

Links:

www.davidmacintyre.ca

Laura Marks

Dena Wosk University Professor

Email: lmarks@sfu.caPhone Number: 778.782.3238
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Laura Marks

Areas:

Cinema and media studies; visual culture.

Bio:

Dr. Laura U. Marks is a scholar, theorist, and curator of independent and experimental media arts. She works on the media arts of the Arab and Muslim world, intercultural perspectives on new media art, and philosophical approaches to materiality and information culture. Dr. Marks is the author of The Skin of the Film: Intercultural Cinema, Embodiment, and the Senses (2000), Touch: Sensuous Theory and Multisensory  Media, Enfoldment and Infinity: An Islamic Genealogy of New Media Art (2010), and many essays. She has curated programs of experimental media for festivals and art spaces worldwide.

Degree and Studies:
Ph.D. in Visual and Cultural Studies, University of Rochester, 1996
M.A. in Visual and Cultural Studies, University of Rochester, 1994
B.A. in Art History and Sociology/Anthropology, Swarthmore College, 1987

Links:

My website: www.sfu.ca/~lmarks

Denise Oleksijczuk

Associate Professor

Email: doleksij@sfu.caPhone Number: 778.782.5349
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Denise Oleksijczuk

Areas:

Bio:

Art and Culture historian whose research concentrates on images and objects produced in Britain and Canada. She teaches across both nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and is committed to new theoretical perspectives and to interdisciplinary approaches to the history of art and visual culture.

Links:
http://www.sfu.ca/~doleksij/

Cheryl Prophet

Senior Lecturer

Email: prophet@sfu.caPhone Number: 778.782.3896
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Cheryl Prophet

Areas:

Performance and choreography, contemporary dance technique, experiential anatomy and body conditioning, dance improvisation, dance/movement analysis and dance repertory.

Bio:

Cheryl is a dance educator and choreographer. Her teaching is informed by new developments in dance science and injury prevention and supported by her extensive background in somatic approaches to dance training, Laban Movement Analysis, Bartenieff Fundamentals and Pilates.  She is a Certified Movement Analyst (CMA) in Laban/Bartenieff Movement Studies and a certified Franklin Method Educator Level 1. 

She has been involved in the professional dance community in Canada for close to 40 years as a dancer, choreographer and teacher. She established herself as a dancer with Le Groupe de la Place Royale, Fortier Danse Creation and Fondation Jean-Pierre Perrault, with whom she toured nationally and internationally from the ‘70s through the late ‘80s, and was active as an independent dancer-choreographer in the Montreal dance scene until she relocated to Vancouver in 1989 and joined the School for the Contemporary Arts. While at SFU, she has remained active as a choreographer, and has created works that have been performed in BC, Canada and internationally.

Cheryl has served as a dance history consultant to media and film, as a guest speaker on Canadian dance history, and as a book reviewer for Dance International Magazine.

In addition to her work at SFU, she has been invited to teach master classes locally, nationally and internationally, including the 2009 Guangdong International Dance Festival.

Judy Radul

Associate Professor

Email: jaradul@sfu.caPhone Number:
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Judy Radul

Areas:

Bio:

Judy Radul’s interdisciplinary practice has recently focused on video installation but also includes sculpture, photography, performance and mixed media works. She has exhibited nationally and internationally and her creative writing and essays have appeared in a variety of publications since 1991. Her large scale-media installation World Rehearsal Court was first exhibited as a solo exhibition at the Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery at U.B.C. in 2009. This work draws on Radul’s research into the role of theatricality and new technologies in the court of law and it questions the distinctions between experience, testimony, truth, and fiction that the law attempts to make distinct. The work has travelled to the Generali Foundation, Vienna, Media City Seoul, Korea and Henie Onstad Art Center in Oslo, Norway, 2011. Related to this project in 2011 she co edited a book of collected essays and images A Thousand Eyes: Media Technology, Law and Aesthetics, with Marit Paasche, published by Sternberg Press, Berlin. The same publication features a new essay from Radul, “Video Chamber”, concerning the relation of video, the trial, and aspects of contemporary art. An exhibition of new object based work, including the series “Object, Analysis, Spectator, Poem” was shown at Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Vancouver, in 2012. Radul’s latest works, employ custom designed computer control systems for live and prerecorded video. In 2012/2013 Radul is participating in a year long residency in Berlin hosted by the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) program. Judy Radul was born in Lillooet, B.C., grew up in Haney, B.C., received her B.A in Fine and Performing Arts from S.F.U. In 2000 she received a Master of Visual and Media Arts from Bard College, New York.

Research Interests:
Interested in continuously critically rethinking contemporary art, and using contemporary art to “rethink” criticality. Core research interests include: contemporary art; questions of the image and representation; video; video as a present time medium; multi screen video; projection; performance; image sound relations; performativity; behavior; power relations; the social space of the gallery; the relation of props, art objects and everyday objects; the role of sound in the construction of "the real"; issues of address and performance in everyday situations including radio broadcasts, music and sport. Like a stage or other built environment the camera lens demarcates a space; recent work could therefore be said to investigate the "architecture of the lens". Continued interest: in law and aesthetics; the trial; law and media; legal theatre; photographs in testimony; the court as a site of performance.

Links:
http://www.sfu.ca/~jaradul/index.htm
www.worldrehearsalcourt.com
www.catrionajeffries.com

 

Albert St. Albert Smith

Lab Instructor II

Email: asmith@sfu.caPhone Number: 778.782.5458
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Albert St. Albert Smith

Areas:

Pan-African drums, jazz, popular music; contemporary dance accompaniment and performance; Pan-African culture

Bio:

African American musician whose specialty is instruments from different African nations and their Diaspora. He has studied and played many musical styles; jazz, rock and roll, folk, classical, Latin, and the fusion of these styles, as well as traditional and modern African music. A professional performer for over 40 years. At present a faculty instructor at Simon Fraser University teaching in the area of music for dance at the School For The Contemporary Arts and Director of the SFU Ghana Field School in the Arts. Over the years he has performed with Nina Simon, Freddie Hubbard, Ernestine Anderson, and toured with World Drums Master Musicians of the World. He has performed with and recorded with Almeta Speaks, African Heritage and Uzume Taiko and Ache Brasil.

 

Owen Underhill

Professor

Email: underhil@sfu.caPhone Number: 778.782.9764
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Owen Underhill

Areas:

Composition; conducting; contemporary ensembles; opera/music theatre; interdisciplinary collaboration; 20th century music theory; contemporary music curating and programming

Bio:

Composer and conductor. Research includes compositions for orchestra, opera, chamber and choral ensembles, and music for dance and theatre. Co-Artistic Director and conductor of Turning Point Ensemble, Former Artistic Director Vancouver New Music, Winner 2007 Western Canadian Music Awards Outstanding Classical Composition, Vice-President Canadian Music Centre and former Dean Pro Tem Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology. Teaches composition, conducting, contemporary music performance and 20th Century music theory.

Links:
My website: http://www.owenunderhill.ca/
Turning Point Ensemble : http://turningpointensemble.ca/

Ker Wells

Assistant Professor

Email: ker_wells@sfu.caPhone Number:
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Ker Wells

Areas:

Theatre, Acting

Bio:

A graduate of the acting program at The National Theatre School of Canada (1988), Wells was a founding member of Primus Theatre, under the direction of Richard Fowler, at the time an actor with Eugenio Barba’s Odin Teatret. With Primus, Wells trained, performed and taught across North America and Europe, creating indoor performances, radio dramas, and outdoor parade spectacles. In 1998, he co-founded Number Eleven Theatre, with whom he created and directed Icaria, The Prague Visitor, and The Curious History of Peter Schlemihl. Other original performance works include the two-person The Confessions of Punch and Judy, and Living Tall, which have toured widely in North America and to Europe. His solo performance Swimmer (68) premiered in Toronto in June, 2011. Also in 2011, Wells directed Exilio My Life as Bolaño, created with U.S. and Mexican artists in Guadalajara, Mexico. Struck, a devised performance he created with New York’s NACL Theatre, premiered in Cleveland in Spring 2013, and played at HERE Arts in NYC in December, 2013.

In 2013, as one of two MFA candidates in the directing program created by The Canadian Stage Company in partnership with York University, Wells directed two productions in Canadian Stage’s 2013/14 season; Macbeth in Toronto’s High Park and Sarah Berthiaume’s The Flood Thereafter. In the spring of 2013, Wells will conduct a residency with renowned Dutch director Ivo Van Hove and Amsterdam’s Toneelgroep Theatre. Wells has been a returning guest faculty member at the National Theatre School of Canada, the Humber College School of Performing Arts, and The Contemporary Opera Lab at the University of Manitoba.

Jin-me Yoon

Professor

Email: jyoon@sfu.caPhone Number: 604.254.3557
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Jin-me Yoon

Areas:

Photo and video installation, contemporary art theory

Bio:

Through photo and video based installations, explores questions concerning identity, place and subjectivity in an accelerated globalized era. Has exhibited extensively across Canada as well as internationally and is represented in numerous public collections. Teaches visual art core studio courses as well as contemporary art theory seminars at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Links: 
jin-meyoon.ca