Graduates from SFU School for the Contemporary Arts

Barbara Adler

Graduate Program Assistant

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Barbara Adler

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Barbara Adler is an interdisciplinary artist whose work brings together literary performance, composition, live event production and arts education to explore the intersections between text, music, sound and theatre. Her work has been presented through multiple solo and band albums, publication in spoken word anthologies and performances at major music and literary festivals, including The Vancouver Folk Festival, The Vancouver Writers Festival, The Winnipeg Folk Festival, and the Vienna Literature Festival. Recent collaborators include Lesley Telford, Mascall Dance, documentary filmmaker Jan Foukal and composer Ron Samworth.

Barbara is a veteran of Canada's spoken word community, recognized for her solo work, her interdisciplinary collaborations and for her role as a founding member of the acclaimed folk-poetry band The Fugitives. She continues to explore the musicality of language under the banner of Ten Thousand Wolves, an intimately collaborating ensemble whose projects gather together songwriting, storytelling and poetry to create performances for thinking, laughing and dancing.

In over a decade of work as an arts educator, Barbara has taught writing workshops to elementary school students, high school students and adult learners across British Columbia and Canada, working with organizations including Literacy B.C. and the Vancouver Poetry House. She has been an artist-mentor in the Vancouver East Cultural Centre's Ignite!  program, an artist-in-residence in the Vancouver Biennale's Big Ideas program, and frequently collaborates with other artists to deliver interdisciplinary workshops to adults and youth.

As a curator and producer, Barbara's recent work explores the potential for live performance and artistic labour to create an ethos of critique and care in the public sphere. She recently helped launch Sawdust Collector, a weekly performance series presenting new, experimental and improvised works by established and emerging artists in an interdisciplinary context. Other projects to which Barbara has contributed include an interactive audio installation called Signals from the Mountain, the annual Accordion Noir Festival, and Extravagant Signals, a 7-day performance series that brought together live music, spoken word, social dance and visual art at the former Gallery 1965 in Vancouver.

Barbara holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Studies (2015) and a BA in Art and Cultural Studies, both from Simon Fraser University.

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Christopher Anderson

Sessional Instructor and Alumni, MFA (Music, 2012)

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Christopher Anderson

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Christopher Anderson's interests include exploring new approaches to interactive musical performance, and the use of generative systems within composition. Much of his recent work has involved the use of audio/visual technology for performance and installation interaction. He is also a research assistant working with the Generative Electronica Research Project (GERP) within SCA and SIAT’s Metacreation Agent & Multi-agent Systems (MAMAS) Research group.

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Christopher is originally from Pitt Meadows BC and lives in Vancouver. He studied music at Capilano University majoring in jazz studies and trombone. He is a composer and performer with a background in both traditional and electroacoustic music. 

Jelena Beokovic

Alumni, MA Graduate 2015

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Jelena Beokovic

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Photography, social and media arts, performances, cultural studies, communication, documentary film

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After graduating from French Language and Literature in Belgrade, I received a master degree in Management in Culture and Cultural Policy, Interculturalism and Mediation in the Balkans in cooperation with University Lumière Lyon 2 France. I am a cultural manager, freelance translator and photographer.

I'm interested in how the uses made of photography are implicated in wider social, cultural and political transformations, and the interdisciplinary relationships between photography's artistic, digital, urban and social media practices. The French New Wave Films particularly Godard; modern political philosophy especially the work of Slavoj Zizek.

My research is based on how the usage of digital photography changed very much the world we live in. Today, photography is just few clicks away from the public Internet platform and social medias. The context we put on the Internet is accessible in few seconds to the whole world. My recent research is focused on the meaning of photography and follows its role through social media in the field of communication, marketing, politics, economy, ethics and performance.

Carolina Bergonzoni

Alumni, MA Graduate 2015

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Carolina Bergonzoni

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Dance, Philosophy, Aesthetics

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I grew up in Bologna, Italy, where I have been practicing dance since my early childhood. I am currently pursuing contemporary dance supplemented by yoga.

During my studies in Philosophy with an emphasis on body movement, I have done thorough research of the works of the French philosopher Merleau-Ponty. I have received my Bachelor of Arts (BA) and completed the first three years towards my Master’s (MA).

The possibility for the body to find organic movement fascinates me. I am further very interested in art - particularly dance - in its context as well as the relationship between dance and technology, especially motion capture and the usage of computer and software.

My research is directed towards experimenting how the body can find its own story and space, as well as understanding what thinkers write about that.

Doug Blackley

Alumni, MFA

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Doug Blackley

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Doug Blakely is primarily interested in a twentieth and 21st century harmonic palette,  mainly in composition, but an essential tool for composition remains a study of music theory.  Recently, he has focused attention on the writings of György Sándor Ligeti, Olivier Messiaen, and Karel Janecek.

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After years of working with many different musical sounds, Doug focused on spending time with notes, chords, melody, harmony, and musical form, all unadorned with timbral colours. As such, he is working with music for the piano. 

Mariane Bourcheix-Laporte

Sessional Instructor, Interdisciplinary, Alumni, MFA (2012)

Mariane Bourcheix-Laporte

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Mariane Bourcheix-Laporte is interested in examining the discursive constitutions of public spaces and in subverting everyday interaction with these spaces through the embodied interactions. She is currently researching the potential of interstitiality as an instance of non-definition, which, as such, remains non-identified because it is situated in between what has been delimitated. 

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Mariane Bourcheix-Laporte is a recent graduate of Concordia University’s Studio Arts Program and has moved from Montreal to Vancouver to pursue an MFA degree at Simon Fraser University. She is a multi-disciplinary visual artist who accomplishes interventionist performances in public spaces and plays with the documentation of these actions to create visual installations. 

She is the co-founder of MAAM, a Montreal-based art dissemination company, that published the artists’ book Lettres/Letters in October 2010. Recently, she co-curated the exhibition Furtive Conundrum at the 1612 Gallery, Vancouver, with Ryan Mathieson.

Rebecca Bruton

MFA Graduate Student

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Rebecca Bruton

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Electroacoustic Composition, Music Performance, Visual Arts, Writing

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Rebecca Bruton is a violinist, vocalist and composer from Treaty 7 Territory (Calgary, AB).  She works primarily within the realm of Free or Wyrd folk, combining a strongly traditionalist approach to folksong with noise, psychedelic and free-improv sensibilities.  One grandmother threw her fists down into dry ground; the other carried salt.

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Yves Candau

Alumni, MFA Graduate (2015)

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Yves Candau

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Dance improvisation / Embodied cognition / Sound

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I have been dancing for the past 17 years, coming to movement from a background in science ­- MSc in Applied Mathematics and MSc in Cognitive Sciences. Dance became a way to pursue a form of embodied research, exploring my nature as a living moving being and my place within the world. This exploration has been invaluably nourished by a number of past and present practices: Aikido, Contact Improvisation, and most importantly Steve Paxton’s Material for the Spine and the Alexander technique.

My work focuses on solo improvisation and is grounded in an investigation of pedestrian and functional patterns; the incorporation of somatic techniques as generative and creative tools; and seeing movements as emergent forms - determined by and emerging from underlying structures of mind and body. These forms are not isolated but connected in rich webs of possibilities. The challenge of improvisation then is to navigate these webs in real time - the forms constantly appearing, shifting and dissolving.

While dance and improvisation have been my main practices, I have gradually been drawn to other media in pursuit of similar fascinations: emergent forms, both in natural and artificial systems; the interplay between complexity and simplexity; and the dynamics of transformation through practice.

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Pedro Chamale

Alumni, BFA (Theatre, 2010)

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Pedro Chamale

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Theatre

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Pedro Chamale received his BFA in theatre performance from SFU. Since then, Pedro has performed in such projects as: The Walking Projects: Vancouver, Crawling, Weeping, Betting (Battery Opera), Matador vs Minotaur (Ensemble Fou), From Whence He Came (rice & beans theatre), Are We There Yet? (Neworld Theatre), The Show Must Go On and Poetics: a ballet brute (Push Festival).

As co-artistic director of rice & beans theatre, Pedro has directed Mobils In Mobili and The Libation Bearers for the company. Most recently, with fellow rice & beans artistic director Derek Chan, he co-directed the gods detest you and Canvas, a live tattooing theatre performance for Hive: New Bees 3. Pedro is interested in performance, directing, writing and hopes to facilitate, create and collaborate with anyone who is interested. Pedro would like the theatre he creates to push audience’s perspectives, values and ideas of theatre while telling interesting, evocative and funny stories. 

Since the company's inception Pedro has produced of all of the company's projects and has worked behind the scenes with local theatre companies such as Leaky Heaven, Boca del Lupo, and The Only Animal. 

Tara Cheyenne

Dance Alumni

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Tara Cheyenne

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Tara is a choreographer, performer, educator and Artistic Director of Tara Cheyenne Performance. Based in Vancouver, she has been creating and performing her unique brand of hybrid dance-theatre for the past decade and is known for her expert blending of comedy, dynamic physicality and character work. Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg creates and performs kinetic theatrical expressions of the ever strange and wonderful human experience. Through exquisitely realized characters, crafted choreography, a healthy dose of comedy, and lashings of tragedy, Friedenberg works to reveal and connect. TCP’s vision is to create works that speak to people on the levels of common human experience, our own comic-tragic behavior, and our lives in movement. The design of gesture, text, movement, and sound to draw lines between meanings is what Tara Cheyenne Fridenberg continuously strives to achieve in her work. This choreographic craft, derived from character and psychological landscapes, is the foundation for discovery, expression, and communication. Tara Cheynne credits her time at Simon Fraser University with Judith Garay, Grant, Iris, Cheryl, Santa, Jacci Levitan and Donna Zapfe for giving her the tools and encouragement to do what she does.

Sammy Chien

BFA (Film, 2011)

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Sammy Chien

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Cinema, sound art, new media, and dance performance

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Sammy Chien (Chimerik) is a Taipei born, Vancouver-based interdisciplinary media artist who seeks to merge cinema, sound art, new media, and dance performance techniques into a new individual practice. He has studied film at Simon Fraser University (BFA Honors) and developed an expertise in electroacoustic music and digital technology in performance environment. After learning real-time performance software from Troika Ranch (NYC/Berlin) he continues his deep interest in interdisciplinary collaborations and forges deep connections between image, sound, and movement. He has collaborated visually, aurally and conceptually in numerous multi-disciplinary projects range from film, theatre, dance, audiovisual performance to interactive installation which have exhibited across Canada, Western Europe, and Asia including Centre Pompidou(Paris), Museum of Contemporary Arts Taipei, National Centre for the Performing Arts (Beijing),  Hellerau: European Centre for the Arts Dresden. Sammy has recently embarked collaboration with the Beijing Modern Dance Company and fortunately working with artists such as Wong Kar Wai’s Cinematographer Christopher Doyle, Zhang Yimou’s production designer Gao Guangjian and the Father of Rock in China Cui Jian as well as having lunch with Ai Wei Wei. Sammy has also been involved in research, collaborations or mentorship in projects that focus on the integration between art, science and technology as well as engaging with various community groups such as social activists, low-income residents, cultural, gender and ethnic minorities and youths. Sammy is the Co-Founder/Co-Artistic Director of Chimerik collective, which is a vision, philosophy and imaginative environment that values creative technology and new media practices as important vehicles capable of bridging various art forms to construct new kinds of artistic engagement and language that are transnational, transcultural and prompt social change.

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Bob Christie

MA Alumi, Sessional Instructor: Film

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Bob Christie

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Activism; cinema; performance; new media

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Bob is a graduate of Simon Fraser University’s film production program and has been working in the local film and television industry for over fifteen years. Much of that time has been spent in the television advertising production working with many of the major agencies. The flexibility of commercial television industry also offered the opportunity to direct many projects of his own, including video installations, corporate, promotional and music videos. In 2006 he returned his attention to his true passion, documentary. His first feature project The Royal Eight, a memoire of his father’s large eccentric family, was awarded completion funds from the National Film Board of Canada. The following year Bob began production on Beyond Gay: The Politics of Pride, a feature length documentary that examines the global politics of Gay Pride. It premiered at Image + Nation Montréal in 2009 and took home the jury prize for best documentary.  It has since gone on to screen in over fifteen countries, winning nine more festival awards, and many other honours, including being featured as the Canadian Gala at the Victoria Film Festival.

Bob’s research in the Masters of Comparative Media Arts program will further his passion for activism, exploring the powerful and dynamic space where cinema, performance, new media and other art practices intersect with the social justice movements of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities.

Calla Churchward

Alumni, MFA

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Calla Churchward

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Calla Churchill likes to begin her process of creation by asking questions and by exploring the subject matter through her body and through basic materials and performance sites. She believe that more questions are raised and more discoveries are made by listening to what her body and what the outside world has to say. Calla's dramaturgical practice often includes speaking with other people and hearing their stories or thoughts. She is interested in integrating video and sound into her live performance projects. Collaborative work, where creativity and energy is shared between artists, is also of interest to her.

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Calla Churchward grew up in a small town in South Western Ontario and graduated from the drama program at the University of Waterloo. She is interested in new performance work that explores socially relevant issues. Her undergraduate senior studies project, 29 Beats per Minute: Metaphors for Madness, was a one person performance written and performed by her on the subject of mental illness. The performance explored questions of identity, the nature of mental illness, and how institutions are successful at hiding messes. Video work, soundscape and audience participation were integral to the piece.

Sara Coffin

Alumni, BFA Dance (2003)

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Sara Coffin

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Dance, choreography

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Sara Coffin graduated from SCA is 2003, she's based in Halifax and is the artistic associate of Mocean Dance. She has cultivated her professional career in Vancouver, BC, Halifax, NS, and Northampton, MA where she completed her MFA in Choreography at Smith College (2014). Sara additionally holds a BSc. in Kinesiology (Dalhousie, 2004). 

She has worked professionally with many collaborators and art makers from across the Canada and south of the border, and she is a co-founder of SiNS (Sometimes in Nova Scotia) dance collective. An award winning choreographer, her choreographic work has been presented in many prominent dance festivals, commissioned by Mocean Dance (2014), and her 2011 self-produced work Taking Your Experience for Mine was been described by the press as “hauntingly gorgeous.”

James Coomber

Alumni (Music, Theatre)

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James Coomber

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Theatre, Music

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James is Executive Director of Theatre Terrific.

He graduated from SFU Contemporary Arts with two BFAs, one in music and one in theatre. Outside of SFU, he collaborates in the theatre and music community.

Brady Cranfield

Communications Assistant

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Brady Cranfield

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Brady Cranfield is a sound and visual artist, musician, and writer. He has a MA in Communications and a MFA from SFU. His work has been exhibited and performed across Canada. He is also co-owner of Selectors' Records in Vancouver. 

Wendy Dallian

Alumni, MA Graduate 2015

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Wendy Dallian

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Film, visual arts, performance art, philosophy, cultural studies.

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I have an undergraduate degree in film, a background in theatre, and a deep fascination with philosophy and languages.

My research centres on artistic expression that explores the connection between art and philosophy, and the human condition. I am interested in examining the contrast of illusion and the real, in an exploration of the seductive lure of the liminal space, as it pertains to cinema and art, and its subsequent effect on a contemporary society of thinkers.

Luciana D’Anunciação

Alumni (MFA 2015)

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Luciana D’Anunciação

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Dance, Performance, Video

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Luciana D’Anunciação is a Brazilian artist who has been living in Vancouver since 2007. Driven by the uncountable artistic possibilities of being expressive through the body, D’Anunciação has done body training from butoh to contact improvisation, somatic dance practices and physical theatre. Her pieces has a starting point her own perceptive interactions within the world and social contexts, which make her pieces very personal and appealing to the human senses. Her works have a strong dialogue with video, installation, and sound. She has performed and exhibited in festivals and venues internationally such as Biennial de Performance Deformes 2014 (Chile), LIVE Biennale 2013 (Vancouver), the European Performance Art Festival 2011 in Poland (EPAF), Direct Action at Institut für alles mögliche in Berlin. Currently she is a member of the collective Dance Troupe Practice and is part of the board of directors for Live Biennial Performance Art Festival.

Luciana D'Aunciacao: Dance, Performance, Video, (Brazil/Vancouver)
www.lucianaartwork.com

Carolyn Deby

Dance Alumni

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Carolyn Deby

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An artist/choreographer creating site-based performance work under the name sirenscrossing, Carolyn Deby is also (part-time) Head of Professional Studies at London Contemporary Dance School (LCDS) in London, UK. Although based in London since 1993, she has created performance projects internationally – in Canada, Sweden, and England. She is a graduate of SFU’s BFA Dance program (1987-1990). She has lectured extensively in Professional Studies, Choreography, and Site Specific practice (LCDS, Trinity Laban, University of East London, University of Warwick, and others). Carolyn is currently undertaking a part-time practice-led PhD at University of Warwick. Carolyn’s work with sirenscrossing examines the lived experience of urban humans — situating the human body/mind within landscape and specific sites of the ‘everyday’. It reveals the urban as a place of wild nature, of animal and elemental movement, and equally, urban space as social space and technologically reconstructed nature: a field of converging flows and energies that compose our lived experience. Both human and non-human ‘actors’ are significant, as is the inter-mingling of conscious, unconscious, felt, and sensed ways of knowing. 

Kim Dixon

Dance Alumni

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Kim Dixon

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Since graduating from the school for the contemporary arts at SFU, I've had the chance to train at Edam in contact improvisation as well as dance with a local company for one of their seasons. During that time I realized my passion wasn't so much in performance but more in choreography and dance education. I am now a full time teacher at Pro Arte Centre in North Vancouver. Because of my training at SFU I am able to instill in my students the art of contemporary and modern dance. I learned so much about the art form and my choreography during my time at SFU and I am privileged to now share that with a future generation of movers. I currently have an ex student of mine in the dance program and I hope to have many more. SFU changed how I approach dance and I wouldn't be doing what I am doing now if it weren't for my time there.  I continue to take class around Vancouver especially when I see an SFU prof is teaching.

Desiree Dunbar

Dance Alumni

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Desiree Dunbar

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She has had the honour of dancing in principal roles of over twenty new works by esteemed Canadian choreographers including Serge Bennathan, Anik Bouvrette and David Earle while a member of Judith Garay’s Dancers Dancing Repertory Company since 2000. While on scholarship at the University of Arizona in Tucson to study choreography, she developed her Dancing the Wild method that incorporates the study of authentic movement, energy work and awareness practice as performance training for dancers.  Dancers explored this method in her MFA thesis project The Astro Dance presented at the Flandrau Planetarium in Tucson, AZ, 2012.  She received her Master of Fine Arts degree in 2012.She mentors emerging dance artists in her Catalyst Dance program and is grateful for her partnership with West Point Grey Community Centre since Fall 2013.She is also a celebrated community builder, uniting dancers from the professional, community and cultural realms.  She originated and directed Startdance Recreational Dance Company, Connecting Community Dance Series and LINK Community Dance Concert in partnership with Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre & Roundhouse Arts and Recreation Centre.

Lucien Durey

Alumni, MFA Graduate (2015)

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Lucien Durey

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Visual Arts

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I'm an artist working between Saskatchewan and Vancouver. The variety of media approaches that comprise my work begin with an often performative engagement with found objects. Drawing from personal and popular experience, my practice explores themes of authenticity and compensation. Recent exhibitions include: Baba’s House at The Ukrainian Museum of Canada in Saskatoon and Dunlop Art Gallery in Regina; Shelved presented by the Burnaby Art Gallery in collaboration with Vancouver’s Artspeak and the University of British Columbia; and When I Get This Feeling, a video performance created for Performatorium 2014 at Neutral Ground Gallery, Regina, and recently presented at Hardscrabble Gallery in Vancouver.

As a singer I perform regularly with singer/songwriter Leah Abramson and her project The Abramson Singers, recording supporting vocals for two studio albums, most recently for Late Riser released in 2013. In July 2015 we performed on the main stage at West 4th Ave Khatsahlano Street Party. Our new project Lost Lagoon has us co-writing for the first time, creating sparse, haunting songs that put our voices and tight harmonies front and centre.

Deborah Edmeades

MFA

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Deborah Edmeades

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Video, Visual Art, Performance

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Deborah Edmeades was born in the UK and lived in South Africa before moving to New York City, where she lived for 17 years. She currently lives in Vancouver.

Deborah’s performances, videos and photographs emerge from the often shameful intersection between the constructs of personal and cultural identity and embodied process of self. She utilizes acting, therapeutic and meditational techniques that privilege the body’s autonomic responses, to explore and expose notions of discrete selfhood and it’s inevitable narrative.

Deborah has shown work in the US, Canada, UK, Europe, Mexico, Brazil and Korea and has received grants form Franklin Furnace Archive (New York) as well as serving on their peer review panel. She was also a guest lecturer of performance art at the University of Texas at Austin.

A current project: Looking for God is based on the practice of eye-gazing utilizing modified teleprompters. There is a fascination with the complete re-orientation of perception of self this practice (among others) gives rise to; the transgression of a localized and sealed sense gives way to a spatially expanded perception that affectively includes the other as self.

Deborah Edmeades: Video, Visual Art, Performance (NYC/Vancouver)

Kristina Fiedrich

Alumni, MA Graduate 2015

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Kristina Fiedrich

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biometrics, technology, body, identity, transformation, drawing

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Through a drawing-centered practice, I explore the corporeal form through the lens of technology and embodiment, engaging a phenomenological approach toward an evolving and adaptable investigation of bodily possibilities. The primary focus of my MA thesis project was largely determined by a CIHR grant awarded in 2011, investigating the relationship between the technological advancements of prostheses and the emergence of prosthetics as a means to transform identity and the body itself. My upcoming research intends to further examine corporeality and embodiment through the lens of biometrics, as instrument and subject in image-making, its reflection on contemporary culture, and the forming of identit(ies) within the proliferation of technological interventions.

I have earned diplomas in photography and printmaking, an undergraduate degree in studio art and Master of Applied Arts degree in Visual Arts from Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Alongside my art practice, I produce work as part of Vancouver-based artist collaborative Lucida Lab, teach as sessional faculty at Emily Carr’s Visual Art and Material Practices department, act as Secretary of the CARFAC-BC Board of Directors and maintain several arts administration roles including project manager, artist liaison and grant writer. 

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Jim Finlay

Alumni, MA Graduate

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Jim Finlay

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Visual Art, Art History, Education

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Self-directed life long learner with undergraduate degrees in Art and Art History (McMaster), Fine Art Studio (McMaster), Art Education (UBC) and a graduate diploma in Art History (UBC).

My interests are varied and unfocused. I am at times interested in doing research which investigates the performative and theatrical nature of the live Canadian fine art auction as an institutionalized expression of Canadian nationalism. How and using what preferred vehicle of communication did Canadian art auction houses co- opt national identity in the service of commerce? Did auction houses simply appropriate and extrapolate existing ideologies of Canadian visual and performative culture in the service of political commerce? How does a changing focus on marketing practices by Canadian art auction houses shape the market and national identity? Is the fine art auction performance art? What role do the artworks play at the auction? Why are specific regionalist expressions of Canadian landscape absent in major Canadian art auctions?

Subtexts of art and value, early 21st century capitalism and the anomalies and eccentricities of the ‘colonial’ in the post-colonial experience may also inform my academic research and artistic praxis. I have been engaged in a lengthy ongoing project to create a material culture, as a descriptive embodiment of an-other.

Rebecca Foley

Dance Alumni

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Rebecca Foley

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After completing the Dance program in 2012, Rebecca graduated from SFU with a BA (hons) with distinction in Communication and Dance in 2013. She then went on to complete her MA in Communication and Culture from York University in 2016 and has recently started her PhD in Public Health at the University of Alberta. While her interests are no longer focused on dance and the art world the skills she learned during her time in the dance program prepared her immensely for her graduate student work. The most valuable skills Rebecca gained from the Dance program were the ability to approach a topic or problem from unique and alternate perspectives, learning when to let go of grades, particularly when their subjectivity means little in ‘the real world’, and knowing when to get out of a mental ‘funk’ by going back to movement. 

Emmalena Fredriksson

Alumni, MFA Graduate

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Emmalena Fredriksson

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Dance, Performance Art

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I’m a Swedish dance artist, most recently based in the UK and now in Vancouver. I trained at SEAD- Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance in Austria and have worked as an independent dance artist since 2008 presenting work in Sweden, Germany, Ireland and the UK.

As an artist I’m working with ‘states of dance’ in performance on stage, in gallery and site-specific work. I am interested in making work that can capture moments of being and the thoughts in motion. Life is an embodied experience, through which I perceive myself and the world around me. By dancing I can see clearer what that is. During the MFA I would like to continue my research on the sculptural aspects of the body and the potential narratives that it holds. Continue to play with duration and improvisational practices to question the perceptions of body and notions of dance.

2009-2010 I was an artist in residence with Daghdha Dance Company in Ireland and I’ve been an Associate Lecturer in Choreography and Dance at Falmouth University from 2011-2013.

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www.emmalena.se
www.theliving.co.uk

Nikolai Gauer

Alumni, MFA (2012)

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Nikolai Gauer

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Nikolai Gauer is a multidisciplinary artist working mostly in video, installation and sculpture. He creates art with the intention of stimulating a thought-process in the spectator through constructed artificial atmospheres, situations, and confrontations with seemingly dumb or absurd objects. He has also researched concepts and subjects such as sensory deprivation, nothingness, systems, chaos, memory and information theory. In his studio he has explored simple ways of acknowledging and conveying the fundamental natural laws that govern and shape us. This exploration has resulted in a series of simple, poetic, borderline naive sculptures.

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Nikolai Gauer grew up in the countryside outside Oslo, Norway. He has a diploma in music and sound engineering from Sunnhordland Folkehøgskule, Norway (2002), Examen Philosophicum from the University of Bergen, Norway (2003), and a BFA with a major in Intermedia from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University (2008).

Vanessa Goodman

Dance Alumni

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Vanessa Goodman

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Vanessa Goodman is a Vancouver-based dance artist who creates independently as Action at a Distance, is Co-Artistic Director of The Contingency Plan and is an artistic associate with Small Stage. She received her early training in Toronto from Canadian Children's Dance Theatre, PBJ Dance Projects and Etobicoke School for the Arts. Vanessa holds a BFA from Simon Fraser University and continues her training locally and abroad, including intensives with the Batsheva Dance Company in Israel and the Hofesh Schechter Company in England. Vanessa was the recipient of the 2013 Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award from the Scotiabank Dance Centre, which supported her first full-length work, "What Belongs to You".

Independently she has interpreted works for Wild Excursions Performance (Conrad Alexandrowicz), Justine A. Chambers, Jennifer Clarke Projects, dumb instrument dance (Ziyian Kwan), the plastic orchid factory (James Gnam), Restless Productions (Claire French and James Maxwell), Mascall Dance (Jennifer Mascall), Julia Sasso, Holly Small and Judith Marcuse. Since 2006 she has been a company member with Dancers Dancing, where she has had the pleasure of working with artistic director Judith Garay and other prestigious Canadian choreographers.

Vanessa has been commissioned to create works for the Dancing on the Edge Festival, The Gwaii Trust, Vancouver Biennale and the SFU Dance Program (2010/11/13/15). Most recently her work has been presented locally and nationally by The Canada Dance Festival, The Magnetic North Festival, The Dance Centre, Dance in Vancouver, Dances for a Small Stage, The Firehall Arts Centre, The Modulus Festival, The Chutzpah Festival, The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts and Dance Allsorts. Vanessa has facilitated workshops and master classes throughout BC and in Toronto. She is also certified Method PMI Pilates instructor.

Curtis Grahauer

Alumni, MFA Graduate (2015)

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Curtis Grahauer

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Video, Film and Installation

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Since graduating from Emily Carr in 2004 with a Bachelor of Media Arts, the majority of my artistic output has included video, film and installation. I have participated in Vancouver’s LIVE Biennale, Nuit Blanche Toronto, in residencies at KIAC in Dawson City, at SÍM in Reykjavik, while some of my film and video works have been screened at various locations and festivals throughout Canada and the USA. My interest in the formal aspects of genre film has informed a recent solo exhibition, ROLLING THUNDER, presented by Interurban Gallery in Vancouver. Encompassing sculpture, video and sound, and inspired by the 2011 Stanley Cup riots, as well as research into theories of groupthink, this installation project used elements of action cinema of the 1980s to inform its aesthetic, from lighting and smoke effects, to a synthesizer soundtrack. While at the School of Contemporary Arts, my goal is to create installation and environmental projects that incorporate research into social psychology to produce works that are influenced by the emergent behaviour of social groupings.

Molly Grant

Alumni, MA Graduate 2015

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Molly Grant

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Art history, film, photography

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I received a diploma in professional photography from Western Academy of Photography, and recently graduated from the University of Victoria with a BA, focused in Art History and Film. I am drawn to works and artists that address socio-cultural concerns as well as the implications of rapid advancement and consumerism. I am deeply inspired by the work of Ed Burtynsky, and throughout my MA at SFU, I hope to explore issues of connectivity and detachment, and how artists such as him navigate between aesthetic and authenticity. 

I was born and bred on Vancouver Island, and from a young age I have explored, hiked, biked and trekked all over its beautiful terrain. I have always been preoccupied with an incessant desire to travel the world, and hope that one day I can find a job that allows me to feed this wanderlust! I would live on my bike if I could, playing the piano makes me calm and I have a long running addiction to crossword puzzles. 

Natalie Hobbs

Dance Alumni

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Natalie Hobbs

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Natalie Hobbs was born and raised in Celista, BC. She moved to Edmonton, AB where she studied dance at Grant McEwan and obtained a dance diploma. In 2002, Natalie moved to Vancouver, BC to continue studying dance at Simon Fraser University. By 2004, she obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance. Natalie is trained in Contemporary/Modern Dance, Ballet, Flamenco, Hip Hop, African Boot Dancing, Burlesque, Swing Dancing and Salsa. Since graduation she has choreographed for professional venues in Vancouver, the interior of BC and St. John’s, NL. Since moving to Newfoundland she has taught at Danceworx, Catherine’s Dance Studio and Lindy Hop on The Rock. She enjoys collaborating with live musicians, poets and flamenco dance artists. 

Matthew Horrigan

MFA Graduate Student, Research Assistant

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Matthew Horrigan

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Composition, Sound Art, Electroacoustics

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The last four years have found me honing my craft at Montreal’s Schulich School of Music, where I produced works for instrumental, electroacoustic and mixed media during an undergraduate degree in composition. My purposefully eclectic creations constantly open the door from the concert hall to the outside world through the presentation of soundscapes and musics of the past. Outside the concert-music realm, I have also played the drums as part of the Montreal rock trio Sister Island and cultivated an (intermittent) experimental poetry practice.

My best experiences of art have been those that lead to new perceptions of the world at large. These are the experiences I try to offer audiences.

Steven Hubert

Sessional Instructor, Alumni, MFA (Visual Art, 2012)

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Steven Hubert

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Bearing the imprint of previous study in English literature and history, Steven Hubert's work in painting, sculpture, drawing, and video takes cues from the process of writing, in the sense that it develops like an obsessed-over sentence, full of negation and modified by clauses, and with a great deal of effort. It is logical, partly mystical, and perforated by alternating bouts of the simple and the complex. It is often absurdly expansionistic and lacking in apparent clarity due to its chronic and programmatic mistaking of one idea for another. There is also the notion between all the works of an apparently unified plot playing out as a tension between out there and in here—a psychic dimension which sets a limit on the question of form in painting and invites a consideration of subject matter as emergent from a series of inevitable complications arising from the theatrics of expression.

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Steven Hubert was born in Kelowna, BC, and has spent the past ten years in Vancouver as a student, working at jobs, and playing music. He graduated from Emily Carr in 2007 and has exhibited at CSA Space, Or Gallery, Helen Pitt Gallery, Shudder Gallery, LES, Emergency Room Strathcona, Eyelevel Gallery (Halifax), Jeffrey Boone Gallery, Cafca, and the Ministry of Casual Living (Victoria). His work has appeared in Pyramid Power and The Fillip Review. At SFU, he was the recipient of the C.D. Nelson Scholarship.

Hamidreza Jadid

Alumni, MFA

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Hamidreza Jadid

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Visual Arts referencing Literature, History, Religion and Politics in Iran

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Hamidreza Jadid graduated from Tehran University of Art in Iran in Painting. He joined the MFA program at SFU in fall 2011. Due to his tendency toward Literature, History, Religion and Politics in Iran, these elements have always been gradually developing in his works. He executes installations as well as painting and sculpture, being free from any kind of traditional constraint and limitation in Visual Arts. Jadid is interested in New Media and making more interaction with the viewer. In some experiences he use a team of ordinary people beside amateur and self-taught artists in different fields such as animation, music, doll making, hair styling and tailoring. Working with self-educated artists and ordinary people with no experience will generally result in formation of installations which are samples of raw creation in his works. Approach New Media and Current Contemporary Directions in the Visual Arts has effectively and attractively expressed his concerns in terms of form as well as concept. Concepts such as the effect of religious prejudice on political and social liberties and feminism, not only in Middle East (his homeland), but also in many other parts of the world. His concerns do not mean that he makes political art. He is just making art politically. 

Sophie Jarvis

Alumni, BFA (Film, 2013)

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Sophie Jarvis

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Film, Directing

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Sophie Jarvis is a writer-director based in Vancouver. Her short films have screened at film festivals such as TIFF, VIFF and MWFF.

Rebecca Karpus

Alumni, MA Graduate 2015

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Rebecca Karpus

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Dance studies, dance history, art history, cultural studies

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My name is Rebecca, and I am dancer, choreographer, and dance instructor. My recent performance and choreography experience includes my self-produced full-length work In Colour as well as A Presence of Monster at the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, The Arts Club Theatre Company's 50th Anniversary Stroll, and Dinner Parties at The Vancouver Art Gallery's FUSE festival. I completed three years of the Bachelor of Fine Arts: Dance Performance at Ryerson University in Toronto and finished my last year at Capilano University in North Vancouver, graduating with a Bachelor of Performing Arts. My focus area is dance history, including the ballet world in Paris during the 19th century. The ballerina-focused artwork of Edgar Degas, along with its implications and social relevance, particularly interests me. The development of ballet and what is associated with it compels me to dig deeper into its many layers, which extend into today's media.

Isabelle Kirouac

Alumni, MFA Graduate

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Isabelle Kirouac

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Urban nomad, I spent many years on the road. Without a place to come back to, my body became my home. I learnt to adapt, to cultivate a sense of readiness, to listen and to pay attention to the rhythms of each steps. My performance practice is about attention. Paying attention allows us to constantly be in research, to practice unknowing, to redefine ourselves in each moment. In this constant dance of holding on and letting go, we expose ourselves and witness one another. Through my movement practice, I have been developing a greater awareness of my own body and exploring the nature of my relationships with others. I believe in art as a process of transformation, which turns fear into curiosity. It is a form of political action that allows us to see and be seen, to communicate through the body, to share with others and learn from our experiences.

My performance work explores the notion of ritual, awareness, intimacy, the concept of home, migration and its reflection on our ways of seeing. Rooted in the contemporary dance field, I often integrate notions of theater, contemporary circus, video, film and music into my work.

Primarily trained as a dancer, my movement practice has been influenced by intensive studies in dance improvisation, Contact Improvisation, contemporary release technique, somatics (Feldenkrais, Alexander technique, Body Mind Centering), butoh, traditional and contemporary West African dance, acrobatic stilts, East European physical theater, and voice work. My movement practice is also influenced by performance art, installation, as well as many years of explorations in classical and experimental music.

I have been presenting my artistic work, teaching and organizing artistic events in Canada, USA, Mexico, Colombia, Europe, West Africa and the Middle East. I created my own performance work, as well as danced in the work of several contemporary dance, theater and circus companies, including Carpetbag Brigade Physical Theater (San Francisco), Theatre Junction (Calgary), Karl Frost/Body Research (San Francisco), Felix Ruckert (Berlin), Flam Chen (USA) and Nemcatacoa Teatro (Colombia). I collaborated with the dancers Lea Kieffer (France) and Trinidad Martinez (Spain), the visual artists Eman Haram (Syria/Quebec) the experimental film artists Daichi Saito and Karl Lemieux (Quebec), the musicians Olivier Borzeix (Quebec), Medecie Baul (USA), amongst others. As a musician, I played in the dance and theater performances “You don’t know Jack” (Carpetbag Brigade Physical Theater) and “Proximity” (Karl Frost/Body Research).

Believing in cultural exchange and art as political action, I also have been participating to a series of dialogues about Contact Improvisation as political action in Israel, teaching dance and movement classes to women’s groups in Bethlehem (Palestine), conducted research on the coexistence of contemporary and traditional dance performances in West Africa, and co-directed the artistic residency “Nowhere/ Now Here” in Spain about the issues of migration and displacement in collaboration with 25 international dance artists.

Sydney J. Koke

Alumni, MFA

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Sydney J. Koke

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Sydney J. Koke is interested in forms and surfaces that denote value or importance, such as those that used in advertising, display, or ceremony. Her sculptural work often features banners, fringes, and transparent, reflective, multispectral, and glittery surfaces due to their role as visual indicators of value, and conversely, as components of waste: the signal and noise of human societies. She is passionate about the idea of agency through creative action as well as the importance of intuitive and embodied processes in decoding and resisting societal systems of value and significance.

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Sydney Koke graduated with a MFA in the interdisciplinary program at the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University. Having previously worked and studied as a neuroscientist, Koke is interested in addressing and challenging perceptions of subjectivity and objectivity in thinking about and describing the world. Working primarily in vinyl, resin, and airbrushed enamel, her visual language arises from an emphasis on the embodied and intuitive aspects of creative action and perception. Currently based in Vancouver, BC. Koke has exhibited her artwork in Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal, and New York. She has performed internationally as an experimental/rock musician, with releases in Canada, the United States, Japan, New Zealand, and Australia, and had published articles in several academic journals in the field of neuroscience.

Michael Kong

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Michael Kong

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Michael Kong is a Vancouver based dance artist and holds a BFA in dance from Simon Fraser University. Additional training includes the Martha Graham School and the 2012/13 season of Modus Operandi. Michael has proudly danced for Judith Garay, Vanessa Goodman, Noam Gagnon, Paras Terezakis, Katie DeVries, and Daisy Thompson. Currently Michael is working for Rob Kitsos in his December 2015 premiere, Saudade.

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Jorma Kujala

MA Graduate Student

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Jorma Kujala

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Visual arts

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Having lived in Vancouver (Canada), Helsinki (Finland) and Stockholm (Sweden), my artistic practice is heavily influenced by my construction of a global “home” through cross-cultural examinations and my personal immigrant location between identities as a hybrid Finnish Canadian. My BFA in Visual Arts in 2010 from Emily Carr University has been complemented with self-directed academic studies in topics such as Philosophy, Gender Studies and Environmental Ethics.

While my primary discipline has been painting, my broad-ranging, multi-directional and non-linear practice casts a wide, interdisciplinary net, employing drawing, photography, printmaking, ceramics and digital art, as well as explorations into video, soundwalks and other forms of audio art.

My graduate studies at SFU will allow me to continue investigating the shared knowledge, language, memory, and social interaction that occurs in our environment (be it human-made or natural) when culture, communication, and social change intersect.  My current research interests include the bodily interplay with individual, sound, and environment; repetition and re-enactment; and the commonalities and differences of creativity, including human, non-human, biological, organic, and ecological.

Jeffrey Langille

MFA Alumni

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Jeffrey Langille

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Process philosophy, time, landscape

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In my moving image landscape work, I consider the capacity of a video camera to witness events differently and from various perspectives: human, historical, geologic, atmospheric, or otherwise. My practice involves drawing attention to events (human and "natural") by means of camera stasis, image stillness, shot duration, and framing. In this work, ostensible landscape stillness is the theatre for the appearance of manifold events. Off-screen events may present themselves as auditory events, such as a passing aircraft. On-screen events, such as weather, may point to distant happenings. A key aspect of the work is drawing attention to how processes of "perception" by the apparatus (for example a camera’s auto-focus or auto-exposure functions) are events in themselves. Light is a material. Time is a material. Nothing endures, all is event, all is flux.

I have an Honours B.A. in history and art history from Carleton University and a Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia. I have screened films and videos in Switzerland, Holland, Ireland, the United States, and Canada.

Iris Lau

MFA (2012)

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Iris Lau

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Through choreography, Iris Lau wants to show the existence of human being. She loves time, because that is the gift from God. She is currently choreographing a series of dance performances about time. Iris’s research interests are the interplay between different theatrical elements and applying Chinese philosophy and physics theories into her choreographies.

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Iris Lau is a dancer, choreographer and dancer instructor. She was born in Hong Kong and received her BFA in the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. During her study in the HKAPA, Iris was awarded several scholarships, including The Ohel Leah Synagogue Charity, Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation Scholarship and Carl Wolz Scholarship.

Iris has been a member of DanceArt Hong Kong since 2007, as performer and choreographer. She also performed in the different professional dance communities in Hong Kong, China, Canada and Paris. Iris started her studies at SFU SCA in 2009.

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Milton Lim

Alumni, BFA (Theatre, 2012)

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Milton Lim

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Theatre Performance, Interdisciplinary Art

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Milton Lim is a theatre director and multi-disciplinary performer based out of Vancouver. Milton graduated from Simon Fraser University with a BFA in theatre performance; he has studied closely with Penelope Stella, Steven Hill, Maiko Bae Yamamoto, James Long, and DD Kugler among others. He has also collaborated closely with Cheryl Prophet and Henry Daniel on several dance projects.

Recent performance credits include the Host in Theatre Conspiracy’s immersive performance: Foreign Radical, the Woodsman in Big Bad for the International Children's Festival with Boca del Lupo Theatre, and the Soldier in Ben Unterman’s project within Second Life: The Final Sentry

Milton is a co-artistic director of the interdisciplinary collective, Hong Kong Exile. As a student, he was a company member of the laboratory performance collective, Attic Salt, where he trained with visiting international artists, exploring artistic evolution in both performance and pedagogy. He has guest-curated for Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre, apprenticed under MACHiNENOiSY Dance Theatre, completed Rumble Theatre's Emerging Directors' Lab, taken part in the Compass Points program at the Magnetic North Theatre Festival, and participated in Block D at Playwright’s Theatre Centre.

Recently having completed a year-long Artist-in-Residence position with Theatre Conspiracy, Milton has since joined the company as an Artistic Associate.

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Jennifer MacMillan

Dance Alumni

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Jennifer MacMillan

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Jennifer MacMillan holds a BFA with a Major in Dance from Simon Fraser University (CAN) and a MA in Teaching Dance from the University of Surrey (UK). She is also a registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance and a member of the British Columbia Dance Educators’ Association. She is passionate about and committed to bringing high quality dance education to students within the public school system and has created the LV Rogers Secondary School located in beautiful Nelson BC. Since it’s inception in 2001 the program’s mandate has been not only to improve students’ technique base, but also to expand students’ background and knowledge of dance beyond the Kootnays. Students have also had the opportunity to travel, to compete, to attend performances in Vancouver, to view dance classes in action at Simon Fraser University, to meet with faculty and finally to take classes from some of the best of the industry.

Alex Mah

Alumni, BFA Honours (Music, 2013)

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Alex Mah

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Music, Interdisciplinary Arts, Improvisation

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Alex Mah is a composer and interdisciplinary performer based in the Vancouver area. He studied at SFU's School for the Contemporary Arts under David MacIntyre, Barry Truax, Arne Eigenfeldt, Janet Danielson, Owen Underhill, and Andrew Laurenson. He has worked with Martin Gotfrit, Steven Hill, and Rob Kitsos.

His work has been performed by Bozzini Quartet (August 2012) and Quasar Saxophone Quartet (November 2013).

His focuses include acoustic and electroacoustic composition. Chamber music, live and fixed pieces involving acousmatic techniques, and noise music are concentrations. He regularly engages dance and theatre artists in collaboration, which in turn, informs his process as a composer.

Artistically, he is concerned with balance, juxtaposition, and the human element in performance.

David Manuel

Alumni, BFA with Distinction (Film Production, 2009)

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David Manuel

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Film Production, Screenwriting and Directing

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David graduated from the SCA Film program with a BFA (Distinction), majoring in Film Production in 2009.

He began making short films in high school, and has written, directed and edited seven short films as well as a 10-part web series.

David's films have screened at the Montreal World Film Festival, the Palm Springs Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, and the Vancouver Short Film Festival. He continues to hone his skills as a writer and director as he moves towards making his first feature film.

Diego S. Maranan

Dance Alumni

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Diego S. Maranan

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As an artist, researcher, and educator, I use technology to understand and improve our relationship with our bodies. My current project is creating vibrating clothing that stimulates your body & that you can control with a mobile phone. Using neuroscience research and mind-body educational and therapeutic methods, the technology (called Haplós, the Filipino word for “caress”) aims to enhance awareness of the body and positively transforms how people think and feel about themselves.

I am passionate about bringing together art, science, and technology for positive change. I advise for Curiosity, a design strategy firm in Manila that has impacted thousands of lives; co-founded SEAD, an interplanetary network of individuals working in art, science, engineering & advocacy; advise for WeDpro, an NGO that protects women & youth in the Philippines against all forms of violence; and teach at the University of the Philippines Open University.

As an artist, researcher, and educator, I use technology to understand and improve our relationship with our bodies. My current project is creating vibrating clothing that stimulates your body & that you can control with a mobile phone. Using neuroscience research and mind-body educational and therapeutic methods, the technology (called Haplós, the Filipino word for “caress”) aims to enhance awareness of the body and positively transforms how people think and feel about themselves.

I am passionate about bringing together art, science, and technology for positive change. I advise for Curiosity, a design strategy firm in Manila that has impacted thousands of lives; co-founded SEAD, an interplanetary network of individuals working in art, science, engineering & advocacy; advise for WeDpro, an NGO that protects women & youth in the Philippines against all forms of violence; and teach at the University of the Philippines Open University.

Ryan Mathieson

Sessional Instructor, Visual Arts & Alumni, MFA (2012)

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Ryan Mathieson

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Ryan Mathieson is interested in critical theory that collides with predicaments of communication of experience. Themes of tropes and reproduction play a part in his projects as he explores the implications of repetition and visual art.

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Mathieson studied photography and design at the Alberta College of Art + Design before moving to Vancouver to pursue graduate studies. Being at the School of Contemporary Arts sparked a significant change with the depth of investment he applied to his research and practice.

Much of his recent work has engaged with photography as a means to explore a display and translation of information. He is interested in developing research that permits me to be critical about consumption and contribution of visual information to a given environment. His interests lie in the challenges associated with exploring this environment under arches of narrow and broad contexts. 

Paula McGlynn

Alumni, BFA (Film, 2013)

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Paula McGlynn

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Film

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Paula McGlynn is a Creative Producer and co-founder of the Indian company Gulbadan Talkies that produces content for Web, Film, and Television as well as Wedding and Event Photography/Videography. www.gulbadantalkies.com 

Born in Vancouver, Canada, Paula completed her BFA in Film Production with Simon Fraser University in 2012. 
Her Mockumentary, My Uncle Terry travelled to Montreal World Film Festival (2012) and Moonrise Film Festival (2013). She has written and directed 4 short documentaries and web-series, and was Sound Designer on several award-winning short films. In 2013, she was Script Editor and 2nd Assistant Director on Kranti Kanade’s upcoming film, CRD. Most recently she Directed a brand video titled “What Does Love Smell Like?” for Ital Veloce Fragrances. 

Paula McGlynn is the co-founder of the BC-India Film & Media Initiative and is also a short story writer and essayist with 1000+ followers on her personal blog. 

Elizabeth Milton

Sessional Instructor, Visual Art

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Elizabeth Milton

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Visual Art

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Elizabeth Milton is a Vancouver-based performance and media artist who explores the construction of individual and collective identity through character-play and collaboration. Milton holds an MFA in Studio Art from the University of British Columbia (2007) and a BFA in Visual Art from Simon Fraser University (2003). Her work has been exhibited throughout Canada and developed through residencies at Access Gallery, Vancouver and the Banff Centre. Recent exhibitions and performances include: Again and Again and Again, Fuse, Vancouver Art Gallery, 2012; Scenes of Selves, Occasions for Ruses, Surrey Art Gallery, 2012; Re-LIVE, VIVO Media Arts Centre, Vancouver, 2011; the touring exhibition, Cabin Fever at Neutral Ground, Regina, 2011, Platform Centre for the Photographic Arts, Winnipeg. Elizabeth currently instructs a variety of studio courses at Simon Fraser University and Langara College.

Cindy Mochizuki

Alumni, MFA Graduate (2006)

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Cindy Mochizuki

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Animation, installation, performance, scripted audio works, site-specific projects and collaborations

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Cindy Mochizuki is a multi-media artist who creates animation, installation, performance, scripted audio works, site-specific projects and collaborations. Her artistic practice explores the intersections of fiction and documentary, experimental narratives and the media of memory. A large body of her work returns to her family’s experience in the uprooting of Japanese Canadians during WWII and their further displacement across the pacific to Japan.

She has screened her films in Canada, the US, Europe, and Asia. Her recent exhibitions and projects include Shako Club, grunt gallery (2015), AIR 475, Yonago, Japan (2014), Fictive Communities Asia, Koganecho Bazaar, Koganecho, Japan (2014), and On the Subject of Ghosts, Hamilton Artists Inc (2013). Since 2004, Cindy’s practice has also included organizing and public programing such as screenings and productions, educational workshops and interdisciplinary collaborations.

Cindy received her MFA in 2006, in Interdisciplinary Studies from the School For Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University. She lives and works in Vancouver. 

Didier Morelli

Alumni, MFA Grad

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Didier Morelli

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Performance Art, Visual Art, Performance Studies

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Didier Morelli is an interdisciplinary artist who combines practice and research in both his academic and performative explorations. His live art practice includes endurance-based durational actions and contextually specific relational interactions. His studio-based work, which includes drawing, collage, photography and video, has been shown in solo exhibitions (notably at the Katherine Mulherin Gallery in Toronto) as well as in group exhibitions (the Audain Gallery in Vancouver and at the Civic Space in Windsor). He has performed at the Tucson Museum of Art in 2012, in the 2011 edition of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche at the Whipersnapper Gallery in Toronto, as well as at 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art (Toronto, 2014). His video work was selected for the Mountain Standard Time Performative Art Festival (M:ST 2014, Calgary) and for Monobandes III at Les Territories (Montreal) in 2013. In 2014, he was awarded the "Jeune tête d'affiche' prize at Dazibao (Montreal) for his photographic work. Documentation of his work has been published in the online publication KATALOG and in Emergency Index 2013. Born and raised in Montreal, Morelli is presently a PhD candidate in Performance Studies at Northwestern University, in Chicago, Illinois.
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Layla Mrozowski

MFA Graduate Student

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Layla Mrozowski

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Layla Marcelle Mrozowski is a multidisciplinary artist and performance maker. Smart and visually provocative, her recent work explores the performative aspects of femininity and the convergence of art discourses with pop culture.

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Layla is a wild dancer and scrabble champion. Her work has been presented at SITE Fest in Brooklyn, W139 in Amsterdam, Publication Studio in Portland, Little Berlin in Philadelphia, MASS MoCA, and various galleries and performance venues in the US and Europe. She is the creator of CAMP, an annual gathering of people sharing ideas, artistic practices and food & an experiment in analog social networking, self organization and making thinking. In 2010 she founded BAAD (Bicycle Awesome Adventure Dance) Kinetics and produced an all-lady, 2000 kilometer bicycle tour that performed her work HOT MESS in alternative spaces and theaters throughout the Northeast United States. For the past few years, she has been studying and working in the Netherlands and Belgium. She may have been paid to dress up as a giant sausage in Brussels once, but the evidence is thin. Layla received a BFA in Studio Art and a BA in Philosophy from Alfred University in 2008.


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Corbin Murdoch

Alumni, MFA Grad

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Corbin Murdoch

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Music/Performance

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My name is Corbin Murdoch and I am a songwriter and performance maker with a professional practice focused on merging the conventions and tools of contemporary theatre with those of musical performance. The last five years of my practice have been occupied primarily with the mounting of theatricalized song cycles; collections of songs that are meant to be experienced from start to finish such that the audience can take in the full sweep of their narrative and dramaturgical arcs.

These projects are often realized over the course of several years and
involve intensive research periods, verbatim text generation, collaborative composition, and conceptual staging. My songmaking explores and subverts the narrative power of song, interweaving narrative fragments to create intertextual representations of moments, people and places.

My professional practice has seen the release of four studio albums,tours across Canada and in Europe, showcases at major industry conferences including the Canadian Folk Alliance (2005) and the Western Canadian Music Awards (2010), and performances at internationally recognized performing arts festivals such as The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival (2011), The Isle of Wight Festival (2008), and The Vancouver International Jazz Festival (2010). CBC Radio has twice recorded my work for national broadcast, in 2008 and 2009.

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Philippa Myler

Dance Alumni

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Philippa Myler

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Dance

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Philippa Myler graduated from SFU in 2010 with a BFA in Dance and a BA in English. Myler choreographed and performed with the collective Triadic Dance Works in Vancouver and Berlin,  and she was Artist in Residence with VOU Dance in Fiji. After moving back to her hometown of Seattle, WA, Myler is an active member of the local dance community, a staff writer for the online periodical SeattleDances, and also teaches dance to students of all ages.

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Avery Nabata

MFA Alumni

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Avery Nabata

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Visual Art

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I live and work in Vancouver, BC. I graduated in 2009 from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Along with an organic sculpture practice I have worked on collaborative public artworks and installations within the gallery. Working with Jenipher Hur these mainly included collaborations with the former Helen Pitt Gallery (now UNIT/PITT projects) and its curator Paul Kajander. My most recent exhibition was a group show at the Shudder Gallery entitled Psychic Plaza in 2011. My practice uses installation, intervention, and sculpture to investigate the everyday aspects of looking at and using spaces. While at SCA I am interested in continuing a public art practice especially in relationship to research as to the function of public art and the role it plays in the urban environment, as well as continuing to invest in and investigate the role the studio plays in my own art practice.

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Ranjani Naresh

MFA Graduate Student

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Ranjani Naresh

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Filmmaking, Photography, Writing.

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I am a Filmmaker who enjoys incorporating photography and writing into my work. After graduating from L.V Prasad Film school in India with a specialization in Cinematography, I began working with film crews in the South of India as an Assistant Cinematographer & Camera Operator. This past year I worked with children between ages 9 & 12, teaching them Film & Photography in Bangalore,India. Recently, I started working on a personal creative exercise where I shoot around a theme/environment that resonates within me and correspondingly write a piece on the stories that appear from these images. I would also like to collaborate with other artistes and experiment with interactive installations. I am currently working on Film /Photographic narratives that revolve around women who have struggled through years of oppression & caste prejudice.

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Fay Nass

Alumni, MFA (2012)

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Fay Nass

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Fay Nass focus is on theatre and film. Her work is very versatile ranging from comedy to drama and naturalistic to surrealistic and often revolves around the notion of “sensory”, “identity” and “transcilturalism”. With the use of great theorist such as Artaad, Merleau-Ponty, Deleuze and Bakhtin as well as contemporary writers and theorists such as Brian Massumi, and Jacques Rancière she explores the notion of  “sensory” and  “affect” in the context of theatre.

Bio:

Fay's background leading up to graduate studies comprises extensive theatre directing experience and a longstanding history of film studies, theatre history, art history, philosophy, gender studies and creative writing. In the past five years she has been an active member in Vancouver theatre community as a freelance director, dramaturge and producer. She has worked with various theatre companies such as: Presentation House, Firehall Art Center, Itsazoo and 20something Theatre in the past few years. In 2009, Fay established my theatre company, theatre Phantasie, and is the artistic director of the company for the past couple of years.

 

Charlotte Newman

BFA (Dance, 2014)

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Charlotte Newman

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A contemporary dancer and choreographer, Charlotte Newman, studied at SCA from 2010 to 2014 and received a BFA. Over those four years, Charlotte contributed to countless creative projects from presenting her own choreography, producing shows, working on diverse interdisciplinary projects, and presenting at academic conferences. Currently, she is the co-artistic director of Con 8 Collective and active in the Vancouver artistic community.

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James O’Callaghan

Alumni, BFA Honours (Music, 2010)

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James O’Callaghan

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Composer, sound artist

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James O’Callaghan is an award-winning composer and sound artist based in Montréal praised for his “real orchestral imagination” and “highly refined sense of colour” ( - Vancouver Sun).

His music intersects acoustic and electroacoustic media, employing field recordings, amplified found objects, computer-assisted transcription of environmental sounds, and unique performance conditions.

In 2014, his work Isomorphia for orchestra and electronics was nominated for a JUNO Award for Classical Composition of the year. In 2013, he was the Emerging Composer-in-Residence with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and was a featured artist in Winnipeg's Cluster New Music + Integrated Arts festival. In 2011, he was selected for the inaugural Canadian League of Composers / Canadian Music Centre Composer Mentoring Project. He is a founding member and co-director of the Montréal Contemporary Music Lab.

His music, including over forty works of concert music, music for dance, theatre and film, and audio-visual installations, has been performed across North America, Europe, New Zealand and Japan, and has been awarded national prizes (SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers, Jeu de temps - Times Play Awards). His musical research has also been presented internationally and published (Organised Sound).

He received a Master of Music degree in composition from McGill University in 2014, studying with Philippe Leroux, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Simon Fraser University in 2010, studying with Barry Truax, David MacIntyre, Rodney Sharman and Arne Eigenfeldt. He has also studied and taken workshops with Michel Gonneville, Kaija Saariaho, Lasse Thoresen, and R. Murray Schafer.

Justin Ramsey

Alumni, MA Graduate

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Justin Ramsey

Areas:

Visual arts, media arts, art history, communication, cultural studies

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Justin graduated from Simon Fraser University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in communication and a minor in interactive arts and technology. For Justin, art is not simply an escape or a creative outlet; it is integral to everyday life, and essential for fostering a critical and vibrant culture. Thus, his aim is to interrogate the ways in which art interacts with society at all levels—through art festivals and exhibitions, education systems, institutions, and the art market. In addition, as our cultural identity is ever defined by mass media, popular culture, and consumerism, he would like to probe the way art navigates, challenges, or appropriates these societal conditions. 

His interests include issues of cultural identity; relationships between “high” culture and “low” culture; pop art, particularly the Superflat movement in Japan; and posthumanism.

Drew Redman

Alumni, BFA (Music, 2011)

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Drew Redman

Areas:

Music composition, scoring for film, tv and video games.

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Drew Redman is currently studying scoring for film, television and video games at Berklee College of Music's master's program in Valencia, Spain.

He graduated from SFU SCA with a BFA in music composition in 2011. He plans to make a career in the film and/or video game music industry, while continuing to write concert music, and collaborative work in theatre, dance, visual arts, etc.

Kelvin Redvers

Alumni, BFA (Film)

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Kelvin Redvers

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Documentary and Non Fiction film.

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Kelvin Redvers graduated from SCA with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film. He joined the team at First Story, CTV BC’s aboriginal current affairs program as a producer. Kelvin has won two Jack Webster Award, celebrating excellence in BC journalism.

In addition to producing for CTV, Kelvin has continued working on his own narrative projects. Last year, his short, The Dancing Cop, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Redvers is also working on his next short, Rattlesnake, which he funded through crowdsourcing on Indiegogo.

Anna Marie Repstock

Alumni, MFA (2012)

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Anna Marie Repstock

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Anna Marie Repstock's practice is painting language and her overall project is to determine what is at stake when paint and language are invested in the same surface. For her MFA she created paintings using word play and constrained writing, such as anagrams. Also, she is interested in writing short poetry, like two word poems, for painting. Her plan is to figure out what material solutions are the best ones for representing language, especially poetic language and even poetry.

Bio:

In 2004, Anna Marie Repstock moved from Prince George to Vancouver to be an artist. She has a degree in English Literature at UNBC. Her love of literature will always inform her art practice. 

Maria Cecilia Saba

Alumni, MA Graduate 2015

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Maria Cecilia Saba

Areas:

Cinema and Media Studies, Cultural Policy, Education, Arts and Community, Multiculturalism

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I was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, but raised in Lima, Peru. I graduated in 2011 with a BA in Communication from Universidad de Lima, specializing in Audiovisuals. A year after graduating, I returned to Universidad de Lima as a Workshop Teacher for fiction and documentary. That same year, I started working at Markham College, where I helped develop the methodology for their first and second class of I.B. Film Studies. Two years after graduating, I did a one year diploma program on Cultural Management at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, which deepened my understanding of how public cultural policies affect, for better or worse, the production processes of cultural and artistic expressions and activities.

Throughout my academic experience, I have always been fascinated by the power of media and popular culture to communicate social and cultural symbolic imaginaries as well as by the narrative identification process by which people throughout the world can assimilate foreign imaginaries as their own, enriching their own symbolic universes. This has led me to focus in Peruvian cinema and media, and the bizarre relation it has with its national, and multicultural, audiences. 

Joel Salaysay

Alumni, BFA (Film, 2014)

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Joel Salaysay

Areas:

Film

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Joel Salaysay is an SCA graduate with distinction, and an award-winning filmmaker. Within the film production program, he studied under Bridget Hill, Chris Welsby, Rob Groeneboer, Terry Kerr, Colin Browne, and Scott Weber. Other SCA professors include Martin Gotfrit, David MacIntyre, Christopher Pavsek, Jacqueline Levitin, Blair Davis, and Patricia Gruben.

His student short films have screened at numerous festivals across North and South America, including the Vancouver International Film Festival, Montreal World Film Festival, and Toronto International Film Festival, where his grad film, Lifers, took home the 2014 prize for Best Student Short Film (live action). That same film also won the award for Best Fiction at the 2014 Montreal World Film Festival.

He is currently writing and directing a sketch-comedy web-series called Dr. Sunshine's Office as well as writing a feature film, and applying for grants. He works as an editor at Modern Romance Productions, a company co-founded by fellow SFU alumni Cedric Yu. He has also worked professionally as a Gaffer and VFX Coordinator for local Vancouver productions.

Gabriel Mindel Saloman

Alumni, MFA & Sessional Instructor, Dance

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Gabriel Mindel Saloman

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Gabriel Mindel Saloman's current projects include the Lower Mainland Painting Co. - a group of artists researching and engaging in questions of Art, Labour and Art Labourers; and The STAG - a gallery run out of the Strathcona home of he and his partner Aja Rose Bond. During his time at SFU Saloman his aim was to explicitly merge the trajectories of his work in Sound and Social Practices, demonstrating that the resistant potential of noise can be brought to a critical state of praxis.

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Gabriel Mindel Saloman is an American born artist living and working in Vancouver, BC. As a musician he has spent nearly a decade touring internationally and has released over 50 recordings as a part of the experimental music group Yellow Swans. He has performed at numerous international music festivals including Sonar (ES), Open Circuit (BE), Sonic Protest (FR) and was invited to join Art Council England’s Free Noise Tour in 2007. Simultaneously, he has collaborated in a variety of relational artworks, most notably with Red76 where he has exhibited or been in residence at the Walker Art Center (US), CCA Wattis Institute of Contemporary Art (US), Creative Time NY (US) and the San Jose Zero1 (US) and Manifesta 8 (ES) Biennials. 

Natalie Schneck

Alumni

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Natalie Schneck

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Interests include acting, directing, and playmaking.

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Natalie Schneck is an SFU Contemporary Arts Graduate and a Vancouver based Theatre Artist.

Naomi Lefebvre Sell

ALUMNI, BFA (Dance)

Naomi Lefebvre Sell

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PhD Creative Practice (Dance)- Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
MA Choreography - Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
BFA Dance - Simon Fraser University - Canada
Professional Diploma in Dance - Grant MacEwan College - Canada
HEA Fellow

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Dr. Naomi Lefebvre Sell is a Senior Lecturer at Trinity Laban and lectures across the BA and MA programmes within the fields of choreography, performance and research methods. Originally from Canada, Naomi’s background as a professional dancer includes work with both Butoh and Cunningham-influenced companies. Her choreography has been commissioned and presented across Canada and Europe. Naomi has a BFA in Dance from Simon Fraser University and a MA Choreography and PhD in Creative Practice (Dance) from Trinity Laban. Naomi’s work has been published in Research and Dance Education and is due to be published in the book Dance, Somatics and Spiritualities; Contemporary Sacred Narratives.

Juan Manuel Sepúlveda

Alumni, MFA Graduate Student

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Juan Manuel Sepúlveda

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During the past years I have been working producing and directing my own films, even I also work as a cinematographer for some others.

I am very interested in expanding my film practice trough interdisciplinary experimentation and theoretical development, advancing against the narrative inertia, toward the territory in which film becomes a way of thinking. Considering thinking as a critical process, but also as the suspension or absence of all of its means. A potential that is suspended and retracts toward its emptiness, toward its nothingness, to become contemplation and, based on that, to traverse the ineffable, the non visible, that which thought cannot host because it transcends it.

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Juan Manuel is a graduate of SCA's MFA program. Prior to his degree at SFU he studied at the National University of Mexico Film School, where he specialized in Documentary Filmmaking. He also study Language and Literature in the University of Salamanca, in Spain.

His first feature documentary The Infinite Border, (2008) was selected to participate in the Berlin International Film Festival and won the “Joris Ivens Award” in the “Cinema du Réel” Film Festival. In 2010, Juan worked as a cinematographer for the feature film Leap Year, winner of the “Caméra d’Or” at the Cannes Film Festival.

Emiliano Sepulveda

MFA Graduate Student

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Emiliano Sepulveda

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Sculpture, photography, phenomenology, performance and poetics

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Art is a constant experimental process of creating models for understanding, and interacting with the world. I think of my work as an algorithmic machine for generating and testing these models, which form a bridge between considering sculpture, photography, phenomenology, performance and poetics. This is a process-based practice which incorporates simple actions such as walking, or kite-flying, and is a ritual practice designed to affect my perception, and form dynamic reciprocal relationships with my surroundings. To do this I utilize objects that relate to light in interesting ways. Objects such as unprocessed photo-paper, mirrors, reflective emergency blankets, or high-visibility flagging ribbon. The end product varies from simple documentation of the actions to full installations. While at SCA I intend to continue my experimental art practice, while integrating collaboration, new media, and public engagement actions. 

Remy Siu

Alumni, BFA Honours (Music, 2013)

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Remy Siu

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Music, interdisciplinary art

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Remy Siu is an emerging composer based in Vancouver, BC. He studied at SFU Contemporary Arts with David MacIntyre, Owen Underhill, Janet Danielson, Jeffrey Ryan, Arne Eigenfeldt, and Barry Truax. He has also studied with Rodney Sharman, Ken Ueno, Claus-Steffan Mahnkopf, Suzanne Farrin, and Detlef Heusinger.

His work has been performed by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Victoria Symphony, the Turning Point Ensemble, the Erato Ensemble, Musica Intima, and Quatuor Bozzini. He also composes and performs with Dissonant Disco (a Vancouver noise band) and Hong Kong Exile (an interdisciplinary art collective).

Currently, he works on the staff of "Sound of Dragon Society," a non-profit focused on asian music while "preserving heritage, [and] seeking innovation." He has worked with Henry Daniel, Steven Hill, Rob Kitsos, and MACHiNENOiSY, among others in the Vancouver arts community. In 2012, he was artist-in-residence at the New Westminster River Market.

He has produced two sold-out shows: ASCENSION (string quintet + dance) and Attacca 2012.

He was featured in the Georgia Straight 2012 Fall Arts Preview. The Vancouver Sun described his music as "characterized by vibrant, driving rhythms and brash sonorities."

He is interested in ordered juxtapositions, humour, and stealing.

Clint Sleeper

Alumni, MFA Grad

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Clint Sleeper

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Sound Installation

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I focus on small projects with a particular interest in technology. These efforts range from audio installations, experimental performances, video systems, and certain types of interactive works. My work at SFU is concerned with the everyday, performance, maintenance, DIY, and the development of a technical video system for documentation. I am interested in the intersection of hi-tech and lo-tech with more specific concerns around  community - new collectives and self-organising tactics. I often work collaboratively with Huw Webb or Didier Morelli, and I am a member of the Robot Versus Future collective.

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soundcloud.com/prayingforgreaterportland

Siobhan Sloane-Seale

Dance Alumni

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Siobhan Sloane-Seale

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Siobhan Sloane-Seale grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  She trained professionally with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet for eight years, graduating in 1997.  Siobhan moved to Vancouver to continue her training in contemporary dance at Simon Fraser University graduating in 2004. She completed a 4-year yoga teacher training in 2013. She began teaching dance in 2004 and started teaching Iyengar yoga in 2010.

In 2007/08 she worked as an apprentice with Peter Bingham at EDAM dance and co-founded The Body Narratives Collective (BNC) with Julia Carr and Alana Gerecke.  BNC received a BC Arts Council Grant to commission choreographer Rob Kitsos.  In 2011, The Collective developed Tracing Traces, an interdisciplinary work incorporating photography, dance and music; photographic images are created during a live performance in the dark using long exposure photography.

Siobhan just completed an artist residency at Moberly Arts and Cultural centre where she developed a 25-minute dance theatre project with the assistance of the BC Arts Council this September. Aside from dance, Siobhan is a professional musician and music accompanist. She is currently recording her first full-length album and teaches ongoing yoga classes, yoga workshops, and movement improvisation workshops in the community.

Cherry Smiley

Alumni, MFA Grad

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Cherry Smiley

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Visual Art, Video

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My name is Cherry Smiley, and I am a Nlaka’pamux (Thompson) and Dine’ (Navajo) woman living, working, and studying on unceded Coast Salish Territories in Vancouver BC. I am a proud First Nations woman, radical feminist, prostitution abolitionist, activist, and artist. My art practice is one that is deeply passionate and inherently political. I see art as a necessary and conscious activist tool, one that is able to communicate ideas and beliefs in a way that is honest, powerful, and engaging. But I also see art as something that is beautiful and deeply embedded in my culture, traditions, and spirituality; it is a conscious and sometimes unconscious expression of who I am as an Aboriginal woman. My work is grounded in my personal experiences and in those of my sisters, in radical feminist theory, and in the teachings handed down to me from my Elders.

I have had the honour of speaking at conferences and forums on the issue of violence against Aboriginal women and girls in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland, Prince Rupert, Edmonton, Montreal, Winnipeg, Ottawa, New York City, and various cities in Norway. In 2008 I curated Flesh Mapping: vancouver markets pacific women, a community art exhibit that was part of a larger international conference and that helped me to see the potential of art in creating social change. At SFU, I continued to develop my sense of art as political resistance to colonialism, racism, patriarchy, and capitalism.

Cherry Smiley: Visual Art, Video (B.C.)

Stefan Smulovitz

Computer & New Media Support Administrator & Sessional Instructor, Music

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Stefan Smulovitz

Areas:

Sound.

Bio:

From Vancouver to Los Angeles, New York to Quebec City, award-winning composer, collaborator, violist and laptop artist Stefan Smulovitz has created more than 50 live scores for films and performed with many of today's leading improvisors including Fred Frith, Evan Parker and Uri Caine.  Stefan has been commissioned by the Vancouver Symphony, the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival and numerous instrumental and vocal ensembles.  His collaborative creations have been developed for theatre, dance, art installations, and DVD-ROMs, and his game-changing software -- Kenaxis -- is used by musicians around the world.

Degree and Studies:
MFA - Simon Fraser University

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Website: www.stefansmulovitz.ca

Antonio Somera

Dance Alumni

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Antonio Somera

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I am currently studying abroad at a program called Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (SEAD) in Austria.  This institution is directed by Susan Quinn, who also danced for the cunningham company and was close friends to SFU's dearest, Megan Walker-Straight.  I was accepted to join the 4th year class that throughout the year undergoes constant training in various forms of contemporary technique, ballet, and choreographic creations from working professionals in the field. During this 1 year program, I hope to audition to European companies and choreographers in hopes to build relationships and profile here.  I was in need of a new challenge, and being in Europe is definitely slap some reality in my face.

The SFU Dance Program definitely helped me in my journey.  Its aesthestics in more modern techniques and ballet gave me a solid foundation but also opened my eyes to aspire many other methods training that I need in my tool kit. The biggest support from the SFU Dance Program are the teachers.  Each of them gave their special knowledge in their fields and yet are readily available for support, even outside the program.  Special shoutout to Judith Garay, the first to have offered me a professional contract and continuously believed and encouraged me throughout my career.

Alexandra Spence

MFA Graduate Student

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Alexandra Spence

Areas:

Music Performance | Electroacoustic composition | Audiovisual installation

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I am a sound artist and improvising clarinettist from Sydney, Australia, currently based in Vancouver, Canada. I work within the fields of improvised music, electroacoustic composition and audiovisual installation.

I am interested in the relationship between humans and their sonic environments, in the connection between sound and its context, and its relationship to experience, feeling, memory and place. I’m influenced by landscapes, cityscapes and considerations of geographical identity. I like to create site-specific work and am inspired by the idea of ‘collaborating’ with one’s environment.

I’ve performed and presented work in concerts, festivals, symposiums and galleries in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Italy and France, including the NOW Now Festival Sydney, Australia, the Toronto International Electroacoustic Symposium and the FKL Symposium, Besenello, Italy. In collaboration with visual artist Katrina Stamatopoulos, I’ve presented work at DAS2015, Belfast, Ireland, Windsor Artcite Festival, Canada, and Festival Images Contre Nature, Marseille, France. 

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https://soundcloud.com/alexandraspence

Kim Stevenson

Dance Alumni

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Kim Stevenson

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I started my own dance studio, The Happening, in September 2013 in East Vancouver starting with 9 students and now teaching 189 students in tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, and contemporary. I have been dancing professionally since graduating the SFU program in 2007. Currently I am working with Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg in installments for the premiere of “How to Be” at the Cultch for April 2017. I have also commissioned Rob Kitsos along with dance artist, Jane Osborne, to create a duet for the VIDF in March 2017. Along with dancing I continue to pursue choreographing and creating new works. At the moment, I am working alongside Katie DeVries on an exciting new work. SFU program affected me greatly with meeting and developing relationships with SFU faculty along with all of the guest artists that taught classes and choreographed on the rep classes. All of the guest artists that came to SFU during my two years I still have close relationships with to this day. The different aesthetics I learned in technique class as well as the clear approach that I was taught for composition was so useful for me as a dancer, teacher, and choreographer. Huge influence!

Megan Stewart

Alumni, MFA Graduate (2015)

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Megan Stewart

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Theatre & Performance

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I am a theatre artist and performance maker. I’m originally from Prince Edward Island, but most recently I have lived in Montreal, where I did my BA at McGill University, and Ashfield, Massachusetts, where I spent a year and a half immersed in the physical theatre training and creation methodology of Double Edge Theatre, at their Farm Centre.

My theatre practice is rooted in physical exploration and brings together influences from visual arts, puppetry, music, dance and the environment. My theatre and performance work is often site-specific, and I both create and facilitate site-specific performances in the places I find myself living. I am the co-founder and producer of The Island Fringe Festival, the only entirely site-specific Fringe Festival in the world, in PEI.

I use theatre and performance as a means to explore and enter into conversation with my immediate environment and community. My artistic practice is a way to learn about and add to my surroundings, forging connections with others along the way to locate the unexpected, the whimsical, and the shared stories within the fabric of daily life. Through the work I create, I try to foster a finer sensitivity to the magic and mystery of the world within my audiences, my collaborators, and myself. With the site-specific performances I make as my own work or encourage through The Island Fringe Festival, I seek to enrich the connections between people and the places we inhabit, and find new possibilities for creativity and community in the everyday.

Vilhelm Sundin

MFA Graduate Student

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Vilhelm Sundin

Areas:

Film, installations, writing, music, sound

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I am a filmmaker with special interest in writing, music and sound. I also sometimes work with interactive installations. 

Since I graduated from Emily Carr in 2010, I have helped set up the Vancouver-based production company Combination Films. I also have lectured in Sweden while working on my own writing and projects. 

I am interested in time-based media since it incorporates many of my artistic interests and allows for a very collaborative atmosphere. Currently, I’m trying to tell stories about the daily conditions and struggles of human life set in fictional and minimalist worlds.

Pegah Tabassinejad

Alumni, MFA (2012)

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Pegah Tabassinejad

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Theatre, Dance

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Pegah Tabassinejad is an Iranian theater practitioner with a BA in Stage Directing from the Art University in Tehran. Pegah also studied Contemporary Dance and Choreography in Paris, through working in individually with French choreographer Rejane Douarre and attending in the Conservatoire de la Danse. 

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Monitoring [A Doll's House] Trailer https://vimeo.com/50331122
Weblog about this project: http://synchingnora.wordpress.com/
 

Nancy Tam

Alumni, MFA

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Nancy Tam

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Currently, I am developing an auto-ethnographic project that explores attachment associations and responses in children to parent and adult romantic relationships. This project, inspired by John Bolby’s attachment theory and Mary Ainsworth’s Strange Situation experiments, presents circumstances for the audience—participants—to question and re-evaluate ideas of attachment, transition, and departure. This ongoing project will take place throughout the summer of 2011 in Kitchener, Ontario in series of musical and theatrical experiences, performances, installations, and gatherings. Nancy started her MFA at Simon Fraser University in September 2011, interested in exploring and studying new areas of art making, particularly in the areas of performance study, the aural element of scenography, and physical theatre.

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My work is situated primarily in and around Toronto and the Kitchener-Waterloo area in Ontario. My undergraduate degree is in music composition and improvisation at Wilfrid Laurier University. Since 2008, I have been composing and performing with the Toronto based composer collective, the Toy Piano Composers. My compositions have been performed by Arraymusic (Toronto), TorQ (Toronto), Soundstreams Canada (Toronto, Montreal), Nextfest (Edmonton) and the K-W Symphony Orchestra (Kitchener-Waterloo).  Since July 2010, I have been collaborating closely with director Dr. Andrew Houston at the University of Waterloo on the multi-disciplinary production: DISSOCIA (February 2011, remounted at the Open Ears Sound and Music Festival in April 2011). For this production, I composed, improvised and performed music and movement.

Daisy Thompson

Alumni, MFA (Dance), Sessional Instructor, Dance

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Daisy Thompson

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Dance, Choreography

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Daisy Thompson trained in dance at The Laban Centre, London, and has recently completed an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at SFU. In 2009, Daisy was chosen for the Dance Beyond Borders young choreographers program in Hamburg. In 2010, she was selected by The Southbank Centre, London for the DanceWEB scholarship to participate in the ImpulseTanz festival, Vienna. In 2011, Daisy performed for Trisha Brown in Walking on the Walls, Planes and Floors of the Forest, at the Barbican Centre, London. She has danced for Henry Montes, Eva Kargzac and Lizzi Kew-ross amongst others, and performed for visual artist’s Angela Bruguera and Pablo Bronstein. Daisy is currently engaged in dance makings and has created four works during her time in Vancouver to date.

Yi Xin Tong

Alumni, BFA (Visual Arts, 2008)

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Yi Xin Tong

Areas:

Visual Arts

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Yi Xin Tong works with moving and still images, three-dimensional objects, text, internet, and sound. Cultural and natural landscape, fiction, metaphysics, visual art as writing, musicality of the mute, and the dialectics of poetry and naivete are subjects he is studying. Attracted to the phenomenon of knowledge formation in relation to human history and drawn to the historical scent of archival materials, Tongs collects and forges dispersed knowledge fragments to create new and fictitous scenarios. Tong is currently attending the MFA Studio Art program at New York University. He received his BFA Honours from SFU, and he was the BC winner of BMO 1st Art! Invitational Student Art Competition in 2012.

Bridget Uhl

Alumni, MA Graduate 2015

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Bridget Uhl

Areas:

Film, media education, communications

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Bridget studied Communications, Media Education and Film. She has spent the last several years working in Social Services in Northern BC, and most recently as the Oral History Film Project Coordinator with the McBride Library & Museum. Digital storytelling is a way that combines her passion for people and filmmaking. “I see video as a literacy tool for sharing knowledge; it enables all people to communicate their ideas.”

When I am not frantically getting my cables in order, I find peace cross country skiing with my dogs, making colourful mosaic tables and doing community theatre. 

Charlene Vickers

Alumni, MFA

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Charlene Vickers

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This past year she has been involved in several projects that include the carving of a series of 10’ tall cedar spears, the wrapping of  grasses in cloth and hair, and the creation of a clan of turtles.  Her exploratory works are moving into performance with her collaboration Vestige Vagabond, an improvisation with Maria Hupfield.  VV officially debuted at the Santa Fe Indian Art Market in August 2011 hosted by the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts. In addition, the grunt gallery exhibited her work Diviners in September 2011.  Ms. Vickers plans to construct performance/video works and 3D sound installation to make personal history a political occupier of public spaces during her time at SFU.

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Charlene Vickers is Anishinabe Kwe (Ojibway Woman) living and working in Vancouver , BC.  Charlene’s cross-disciplinary work of painting, drawing and installation has been exhibited in Toronto, Vancouver, Amsterdam and across the United States and has received numerous grants from the BC Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts.  

 

 

 

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Website: http://charlenevickersvisualartist.blogspot.com

Huw Webb

Alumni, MFA Grad

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Huw Webb

Areas:

Composition, Performance

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My name is Huw i am from england i am cursed with being interested in everything which suffices as an explanation as to how i arrived in the world of interdisciplinary arts i have never been much good at separating the threads of my practise and so instead embraced the tangling into a big mess that suits me well my work is frequently tongue in cheek and political at its joyous heart everything has intrinsic worth and life is too absurd to demand justification i love collaboration and sharing food i have played drums for a very long time i make plushie dinosaurs i studied music composition and visual arts at dartington college of arts drifting toward a specialism in notation looking at the egalitarian nature of indeterminate scoring last summer i took part in a continuous thirty six hour improvisation at supernormal music festival which was one of the most and least fun experiences of my life more recently i was engaged in a three month residency at the banff centre in alberta where i spent some time investigating the potential of three and four dimensional scores for nonspecific realisationresponse and a lot of time learning to sustain anger during my time at sfu I plan to make the most of the blossoming relationship between the uni and the downtown east side moving toward facilitation and community arts with more emphasis on mischief public performance interventions street training civil disobedience collective growth cooperation adventures and games i like playing best of everything and look forward to playing together soon

Huw Webb: Composition, Performance, (U.K.)

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Casey Wei

Alumni, MFA (2012)

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Casey Wei

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Casey Wei is an interdisciplinary artist working through a multi-genre approach of video, text, collage, and installation to explore the methods in which identity unfolds as a process of consuming other identities. She often places herself in the work as a performer and/or through diaristic means, weaving together a multiplicity of truths to destabilize any univocal understanding (and therefore complacency) of the art object.

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Casey Wei completed her MFA in Interdisciplinary Art at Simon Fraser University, working on her thesis project tentatively titled, Murky Colors, a feature length experimental video/film. 

Recent exhibitions include The Dark Arts: SFU MFA Spring Review at 611 Alexander Studios, in which she showed: Equivalent Compositions of what you don’t want of everything you do; Murky Colors: Chapter 1; Jungle Print (in collaboration with Anna-Marie Repstock); Ride the White (in collaboration with Olivia Dunbar as the duo BBall + Realteensluts); and It is easy to create certain relationships amongst things that all have to do with you (in collaboration with Ryan Matheison), and I Could Be Wrong at the Audain Gallery, where All I Need is $23 000 (L &L, My Generation, Madonna’s Pap Smear) was shown.  Other recent works include a performance of a collage-monologue at Emily Carr’s Student Symposium: Liminal Positions in 2011, and White Light, a short story published in inter/tidal.iv, a literary journal.

Jaime Williams

Alumni, MFA Graduate (2015)

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Jaime Williams

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Visual and performance art with an emphasis on visual and media explorations, gesture, movement, and performing the self.

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I am an inter-disciplinary artist and social scientist. My practice involves examining the intersecting spaces among research, theory, practice, and artifact. I aim to constantly expand my currently-held notions of performance and “art making” whereby the totality of my actions in the world increasingly come to constitute my practice. The content I am engaged with concerns notions of performing gender, identity, and personal and collective autonomy and conversely, restrictions placed on the self. Most recently, I have been engaged with my body as a manifestation of labour and ideas of work.

Nathaniel Wong

MFA Alumni

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Nathaniel Wong

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Visual Art, Painting, Video, Music Performance, Sound

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Nathaniel Wong was born in Edmonton, Alberta, and has spent the past ten years in Vancouver studying music composition and visual art. He holds a BMus in Composition from UBC (2006) and a BFA (Honours) from SFU (2012). As a musician he has played a vital role in Vancouver’s Latino music scene playing the violin in the Mariachi band Los dorados, as well as also co-fronting and co-writing for the indie band Yes Nice. Nathaniel also free-lances as an orchestral violist and put himself through University for 8 years as a busker with the TransLink busking program. His career has taken him on tours across Canada, Cuba and Mexico and he has travelled, locating his ancestry, in Malaysia and England.

Nathaniel’s art practice can be thought of as a negotiation with history that desires to both destroy and mend. He employs a humourous tension through his acting in video works and humble gestures in sculptural forms, painting and sound, to investigate moments in history both for their obsolescence and earnestness. At the heart of his ambition is a celebratory pursuit of joy in the comedy of being all too human.

Nathaniel Wong: Visual Art, Painting, Video, Music Performance, Sound (Vancouver)

Ben Wylie

MFA Graduate Student

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Ben Wylie

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Music composition

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I am a composer of instrumental, vocal, and electronic music born and raised in Federal Way, Washington. My music often explores the concepts and techniques behind poetry and visual art and how they might be related to the creation of music. Microtonality is also a main focus of much of my music, often examining the interactions that occur when multiple tuning systems are pitted against one another. I have been commissioned by a number of instrumentalists including Brandon Ilaw, Scott Archer, Leia Slosberg, Hannah Bureau, Brittany Karlson, and many others. My muisc has been released on Spectropol Records and has been performed by ensembles such as Boston Musica Viva, the Ludovico Ensemble, the Boston Conservatory Composer's Orchestra, among others. I have also written music for choreographers Ashley Pietro and Victoria Ellis. I have attended the Atlantic Music Festival, the Nief Norf Summer Festival, and the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium where I received lessons from Ken Ueno, Evan Ziporyn, Chen Yi, Eli Marshall, Christopher Adler, Stephen Cabell, and Sheridan Seyfried. I am a recent graduate of the Boston Conservatory where I received a B.M. in composition, my primary teachers were Jan Swafford, Curtis K. Hughes, and Marti Epstein. Outside of composition I often perform as an electric guitarist.

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Alize Zorlutuna

Alumni, MFA

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Alize Zorlutuna

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I would like to continue my research concerning cross-cultural intersections between the “West” and the “Muslim world” in relation to the development of science, and visual arts. This research stems from my interest in disrupting pervasive narratives, which polarize perspectives and obscure ways in which knowledge and culture are influenced and transformed by encounters with difference. The history of material trade and colonialism figure into this interest heavily; I would like to continue to deepen my knowledge of these. In terms of the work, I tend to create from concept to material, never knowing which medium I will work with. Right now I am excited about moving close to the ocean and continuing video work I have been developing which plays with waves as a metaphor for communication. I am also exploring the possibilities of filo dough as a sculptural/ projection material, as well as continuing to work with poetry and performance.

Though I have set out particular research interests, I am excited to explore. I look forward to meeting, and getting to know my new colleagues at SFU, knowing I will be inspired and pushed to think in new ways.

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Alize Zorlutuna is a Toronto-based artist and writer who works with a diverse range of mediums. Incorporating textiles, found objects, wood, metal, performance, video projection, and audio, her work draws upon her experience as an individual living between cultures. Negotiating multiple perspectives simultaneously, this embodied liminality informs her creative practice; manifesting in explorations of interstices. The desire to activate interstices where differing perspectives, emotions, and physical entities meet, and the meanings created in those meetings rests at the heart of her work.

Alize graduated with distinction from the Sculpture and Installation Program at OCAD University, where she won multiple awards. She also has an honors degree in International Development Studies from Dalhousie University. Alize has shown work at Interaccess, Toronto Free Gallery and xpace as well as having participated in Nuit Blanche.