Faculty

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

Arne Eigenfeldt

Professor & Interim Director

E: arne_e@sfu.ca

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

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

Recipient of major research grants into Computational Creativity and Generative Art.

Creator of a variety of music programs for Mac OSX.

Research presentations and performances at International Computer Music Conferences (ICMC), International Symposium for Electronic Art (ISEA), New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME), ArtTech, EvoMusArt, Generative Art, International Conference on Computational Creativity (ICCC), Sound and Music Computing (SMC) and Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO).

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

aeigenfeldt.wordpress.com / metacreation.net  / MrMusebot on Spotify / raemus on Spotify / loadbang on SoundCloud / GESMI (featuring Awkward Stranger)

Rob Kitsos

Professor & Associate Director

E: rkitsos@sfu.ca
P: 778-782-9829

Areas: Contemporary Composition, Aesthetics, Technique, Collaboration.

Rob Kitsos is an acclaimed dancer, dance instructor, performing artist, musician, and choreographer who has performed across North America, Europe and Asia.  He has been a member of many performing companies and collaborated with many artists which cover a broad range of styles from mime to hip hop, improvisation to ballet. As a choreographer, Rob has created over 100 original works, many of which include collaborations with artists from a range of disciplines.  He has studied Mime at Ecole Jacques Lacoq in Paris and played drums in a rock band in popular clubs like CBGB's in New York City.  He was a Guest Artist at Virginia Commonwealth University in 1998, a full time faculty member at the University of Washington from 1998-2002. He then began a two-year Senior Lecturer position at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. In 2004, Rob joined the faculty of Simon Fraser University as an Assistant Professor in the School for the Contemporary Arts. He teaches contemporary dance, composition, repertory, dance aesthetics, improvisation in performance and interdisciplinary collaboration.  Rob received his BA in Theatre/Dance from Bard College and his MFA in Dance from the University of Washington in 1997.

robkitsos.com

Sabine Bitter

Professor

E: sabine_bitter@sfu.ca
P: 778-782-5982

Areas: Visual Art

Vancouver-based artist Sabine Bitter collaborates with Vienna-based artist Helmut Weber on projects addressing cities, architecture, and the politics of representation and of space since 1993. Mainly working in the media of photography and spatial installations their research-oriented practice engages with specific moments and logics of the global-urban change as they take shape in neighborhoods, architecture, and everyday life.  Dealing with architecture as a frame for spatial meaning, their ongoing research includes projects like “Educational Modernism” and “Housing the Social”.

Recent projects and exhibitions include 2016: “Fleeting Territories”, urbanize!-festival, Vienna; “What’s Left?”, MuseumsQuartier Vienna; “Trophäen ihrer Excellenz”, Schauraum der Angewandten, MQ21, Vienna; "Henri Lefebvre in New Belgrade", Gallery GPLcontemporary, Vienna; ”How We Want to Live”, Façade art project for BUWOG headquarters, Vienna. In 2015 Bitter/Weber were artists in residence from The Arts and Culture Division of the Federal Chancellery of Austria at the Studio Grand Chelsea, New York City.

In 2004, Sabine Bitter, Jeff Derksen and Helmut Weber have formed the urban research collective Urban Subjects. Recently Urban Subjects curated the exhibition “The Militant Image - Picturing What Is Already Going On” with Camera Austria, Graz, participated in Western Front’s “Urgent Imagination” and in Jayce Salloum’s project ThirstDays. Urban Subjects were artists in residence at the Leuphana Arts Program at the University Lüneburg in 2012/2013 and were artists in residence at the EXPO Milan, 2015.

From 2009 – 2013 Sabine Bitter was the coordinator of the Audain Visual Artist in Residence program and the curator of the Audain Gallery SFU Woodward's, realizing projects with Marjetica Potrč, Raqs Media Collective, Elke Krasny with the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre, Ricardo Basbaum, Claire Fontaine, Muntadas, amongst others.

Publications include:

The Militant Image. Reader, Ed. Urban Subjects and Camera Austria, Graz, Austria 2015.

Sabine Bitter | Helmut Weber, Front, Field, Line, Plane. Researching The Militant Image, Kunstraum Lüneburg, Leuphana Arts Program at the University Lüneburg. 2016.

About Academia (Case Study: Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC) Co-editor with Antoni Muntadas, co-published by Line Magazine and The Audain Gallery. 2014.

“Sabine Bitter / Helmut Weber: Right, to the City”, Fotohof Edition, Salzburg 2009.

“Sabine Bitter & Helmut Weber: Autogestion, or Henri Lefebvre in New Belgrade”, Eds. Urban Subjects, Sternberg Press, Berlin & Fillip, Vancouver, 2009.

Since 2015 Bitter/Weber are represented by GPLcontemporary Vienna.

lot.at / urbansubjects.org

Allyson Clay

Professor

E: clay@sfu.ca
P: 604-254-3557

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

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

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

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

allysonclay.com

Henry Daniel

Professor

E: hdaniel@sfu.ca
P: 778-782-3897

Areas: Dance, Performance Studies and New Technology.

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

Professor Daniel’s current multi-year research Contemporary Nomads investigates the large-scale movement of bodies across international spaces as a kind chaotic transnational choreography, one that speaks to the deep fragmentation existing between communities across national borders, between nationalized and personalized bodies, and between the social and political institutions that were originally designed to serve their communities.

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

henrydaniel.ca

Peter Dickinson

Professor

E: peter_dickinson@sfu.ca

Areas: Performance Studies.

A performance studies scholar and the Director of SFU’s Institute for Performance Studies, Peter’s research investigates the time- and place-based relationships between audience and event across a range of aesthetic practices (including dance, theatre, film, and performance art) and social formations (from same-sex marriage to civic branding to urban mega-events). He is the author, editor, or co-editor of eleven books and special journal issues, including: World Stages, Local Audiences: Essays on Performance, Place and Politics (2010); Women and Comedy: History, Theory, Practice (2014); Mega-Event Cities: Art/Audiences/Aftermaths (2016); and Q2Q: Queer Theatre and Performance in Canada (2018). His most recent book is My Vancouver Dance History (forthcoming in 2020), a performance ethnography of his collaborations (as a writer, researcher, facilitator, outside eye, co-creator, and occasional mover) with several Vancouver-based dance artists and companies. Peter’s essays have appeared in Dance Research Journal, Modern Drama, Screen, TDR: The Drama Review, Text and Performance Quarterly, Theatre Journal, Theatre Research in Canada, Canadian Theatre Review, Theatre Survey, CinéAction, Canadian Journal of Film Studies, as well as numerous other journals and edited collections. Also a playwright, productions of Peter’s work include The Objecthood of Chairs (SFU Woodward’s, 2010), Positive ID (Berkeley Theatre, Toronto, 2012), Long Division [Part 1 / Part 2] (Pi Theatre, 2016/17), and The Bathers (excerpt, Zee Zee Theatre, 2017). Between 2008 and 2018 Peter regularly documented Vancouver performance practice at performanceplacepolitics.blogspot.ca.

Degrees and Studies:
B.A., University of Toronto
M.A. and Ph.D., University of British Columbia  

www.sfu.ca/~ped

www.sfu.ca/ips

Marla Eist

Associate Professor

E: eist@sfu.ca

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

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

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

Judith Garay

Associate Professor

E: garay@sfu.ca

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

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

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

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

dancersdancing.com

Kyla Gardiner

Assistant Professor

E: kylag@sfu.ca

Areas: Design and production of visual and tactile environments for live performance; my media includes light, scenery, and costume.  Creation, collaboration, and new work development. Technical direction & production management.

I am a designer and performance creator based in Vancouver, BC. My artistic research investigates non-human agency, design-based approaches to devised creation, and the ways deep collaboration might challenge ideas of artistic authorship.  I hold a BA in Theatre and Philosophy from the University of British Columbia and an MFA from the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University.

kylagardiner.com

Steven Hill

Associate Professor

E: stevenfhill@gmail.com

Areas: Theatre Performance, Directing, Devising, Interdisciplinary Collaboration.

Steven Hill is an Associate Professor in theatre performance at the School for Contemporary Arts, SFU, where he has taught acting, directing and devising since 2007. His research includes ensemble collaboration, devising practices and emergent performance in contemporary theatre and is funded by private foundations, Canada Council, BC Arts Council and the City of Vancouver. Between 2001 and 2014 he was Artistic Director of Leaky Heaven Performance, an award-winning, experimental theatre company that created original devised works. In 2014, with Co-Artistic Alex Ferguson he launched Fight With a Stick, which premiered its first work Steppenwolf at the 2015 PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. The company has several new works in creation exploring performance installation and ‘non-human expressivity’. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from York University and has worked as a performer and director in theatres across the country.

Cinerama (in one minute) by Fight With a Stick

Revolutions (exceprts) by Fight With a Stick

Sky Hopinka

Assistant Professor

E: shopinka@sfu.ca

Areas: Film, Video, and Animation.

Sky Hopinka is a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation and a descendant of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians.  He was born and raised in Ferndale, Washington and spent a number of years in Palm Springs and Riverside, California, Portland, Oregon, Milwaukee, WI, and is currently based out of Cambridge, Massachusetts.  In Portland he studied and taught chinuk wawa, a language indigenous to the Lower Columbia River Basin. His video work centers around personal positions of Indigenous homeland and landscape, designs of language as containers of culture, and the play between the known and the unknowable.  He received his BA from Portland State University in Liberal Arts and his MFA in Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is currently a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and a recipient of the 2019 Sundance Art of Nonfiction Fellowship.

His work has played at various festivals and exhibitions including ImagineNATIVE Media + Arts Festival, Images, Wavelengths at TIFF, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Sundance, Antimatter, Chicago Underground Film Festival, FLEXfest, and Projections at the NYFF.  His work was a part of the 2016 Wisconsin Triennial and the 2017 Whitney Biennial.  He was awarded jury prizes at the Onion City Film Festival, the More with Less Award at the 2016 Images Festival, the Tom Berman Award for Most Promising Filmmaker at the 54th Ann Arbor Film Festival, the New Cinema Award at the Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival and the Mary L. Nohl Fund Fellowship for Individual Artists in the Emerging artist category for 2018.

skyhopinka.com / vimeo.com/skyhopinka

Claudette Lauzon

Assistant Professor

E: claudette_lauzon@sfu.ca
P: 778-782-5982 (ext 6)

Areas: Contemporary art; Visual culture; Critical theory; Conflict studies.

Claudette Lauzon is a contemporary art historian specializing in installation, sculpture, and new media art practices. She is the author of The Unmaking of Home in Contemporary Art (University of Toronto Press, 2017), which looks at the ways in which artists use the space of home (both literally and figuratively) to reframe human responses to trauma. She is co-editor of Through Post-Atomic Eyes (McGill-Queen’s University Press, forthcoming) and Sustainable Tools for Precarious Times: Performance Actions in the Americas (Palgrave, forthcoming). Her current book project, Eyes in the Sky, examines cultures of surveillance and militarization through the lens of critical posthumanism. Before joining the School for the Contemporary Arts, Lauzon was assistant professor of modern and contemporary art history at OCAD University in Toronto, where she also served as Associate Dean in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and School for Interdisciplinary Studies.

Degrees:
PhD, McGill University, 2009
MA, Carleton University, 2003
BA, University of Toronto, 1994

claudettelauzon.com

Cole Lewis

Assistant Professor

E: nicole_lewis@sfu.ca

Areas: Theatre, Directing, Playwriting.

Cole Lewis is a director, writer, and performer from St Catharines, Ontario, Canada with a MFA in Directing from Yale School of Drama. She is a graduate of Brock University’s Theatre Program and attended the National Theatre School of Canada, where she studied playwriting. She is a recipient of the The Theatre Centre Emerging Artist Award at SummerWorks Performance Festival for 2014, the 1989 Ecole Polytechnique Commemorative Award for 2013-2014, the J.B.C. Watkins Award for 2011 and has had her work with Suitcase In Point featured in Canadian Theatre Review, Issue 143.

She is a founding member of St Catharines’ award-winning Suitcase in Point Theatre Company (SIP), a group of like-minded artists who strive to engage and excite through collaborative play development. As an Artistic Associate of SIP for ten years, Cole worked on 23 original cabarets and directed 6 original productions. These include BeWearing Wolf, at Harbourfront Hatch Festival in Toronto, as well as Emily Chesley, at SummerWorks Festival in Toronto and the Dora Award nominated Keith Richards: A One Woman Show at Fixt Point in Toronto. 

Cole Lewis has also launched a new company, Guilty by Association, an international ring of interdisciplinary theatremakers. With them, she devises design-driven storytelling to advance what the “little world” of theatre has to offer the larger world we live in. Their first devised piece, AGMI, was developed at ArsNova’s AntFest in New York City. Antigonick by Anne Carson premiered at SummerWorks Performance Festival in Toronto. With them, Cole Lewis is currently developing Moderato Cantabile by Marguerite Duras and several other devised projects.

Other teaching work includes an Instructor position at Brock University to teach Playwriting at Brock University and workshops across Canada. At SCA, Lewis teaches acting and directing with a specialization in Stanislavsky’s Active Analysis Method and theatre creation.

colelewis.org

John Macfarlane

Senior Lecturer

E: macfarla@sfu.ca
P: 604.880.9958

Areas: Technical direction and lighting design for the stage.

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

Laura U. Marks

Grant Strate University Professor

E: lmarks@sfu.ca
P: 778-782-5982

Areas: Cinema and media studies; visual culture.

Laura U. Marks works on media art and philosophy with an intercultural focus. Her most recent books are Hanan al-Cinema: Affections for the Moving Image (MIT, 2015) and Enfoldment and Infinity: An Islamic Genealogy of New Media Art (MIT, 2010). Marks programs experimental media art for venues around the world. With Dr. Azadeh Emadi (University of Glasgow) she is a founding member of the Substantial Motion Research Network.

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

sfu.ca/~lmarks

Melanie O'Brian

Associate Member

E: melanie_obrian@sfu.ca
P: 778-782-4990

Melanie O'Brian is Director and Curator of Simon Fraser University Art Galleries, including Audain, SFU, and Teck galleries. She was Assistant Curator at the Vancouver Art Gallery from 2001 to 2004, director and curator for Artspeak from 2004 to 2010, and the curator and head of programs at The Power Plant in Toronto from 2011 to 2012. O’Brian received her MA in Art History at the University of Chicago, Chicago IL, and her BA in Art History from Reed College, Portland, Oregon.

sfu.ca/galleries

Denise Oleksijczuk

Associate Professor

E: doleksij@sfu.ca
P: 778-782-5349

Areas: Art History, Visual Culture.

Art and Culture historian whose research concentrates on images and objects produced in Britain and Canada. She teaches across both nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and is committed to new theoretical perspectives and to interdisciplinary approaches to the history of art and visual culture. She is the author of The First Panoramas: Visions of British Imperialism (University of Minnesota Press, 2011).

Christopher Pavsek

Associate Professor

E: cpavsek@sfu.ca
P: 778-782-4672

Areas: Critical Theory; Marxism; Political and Avant-Garde Film; Documentary Studies and Filmmaking; Environmental Humanities; Ecology.

Christopher Pavsek has a Ph.D. from the Program in Literature at Duke University. His book, The Utopia of Film: Cinema and Its Futures in Godard, Kluge, and Tahimik, was published by Columbia University Press on 2013.

He has published essays on Jean-Luc Godard, Alexander Kluge, Raoul Peck, Walter Benjamin, Sylvia Schedelbauer, Harun Farocki, and Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel, amongst others. His current scholarship focusses on the relationship between the arts and humanities and environmental science.

His most recent publications include "Leviathan and the Experience of Sensory Ethnography" (Visual Anthropology Review, Spring 2015) and "The Utopia of Reading" (Alexander Kluge Jahrbuch, No. 2, 2015), about the concept of time in Alexander Kluge's philosophy of reading. He is currently working on an essay about the implications for environmetnalism of the trend to increasingly use economic models to determine the value of so-called "natural assets."

Pavsek is also an experimental documentary filmmaker. His films "The One and All" (2002) and "To Those Born After" (2005) have shown widely at major international festivals. They form the first two parts of an anticipated trilogy of flms about the transformation of the US in the wake of the September 11 attacks. He is currently, and patiently, working on two films. "What Remains to be Seen" will be the third instalment in that trilogy, and will focus on the structural and discursive underpinnings of the current rightward/autocratic shift in American society. A second film, currently untitled, is an examination of the landscape of the state of Utah in the US.

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

Elspeth Pratt

Associate Professor & Director

E: epratt@sfu.ca
P: 778-782-3766

Areas: Elspeth Pratt teaches visual art core courses, sculptural practices, drawing and undergraduate art theory seminars. 

The sculptural practice of Elspeth Pratt interrogates the relation between how everyday space is constructed and how that same space is defined through architecture and lived space. This line of questioning is considered in relation to the conceptualization of abstract space, a place where definition is nascent and possibility is inherent. It is in this tension, between definition and possibility that provides the core of her research. Recently, she has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally, including a collaboration on a major commission for the Richmond Olympic Oval, and was invited by the Vancouver Art Gallery to be the fourth artist to participate in Offsite, their outdoor public art space. In 2011, a monograph was published that considers her work through the presentation of six scholarly essays and images.

diazcontemporary.ca/Artists_Pratt

Eldritch Priest

Assistant Professor

E: epriest@sfu.ca
P: 778-782-9829 (ext 5)

Areas: Sound studies/art, Philosophy of experience (specifically libidinal philosophies, affect theory, pragmatism); Media theory (dealing with aurally, embodiment, simulation); Composition; Experimental music; Postmodernism; ‘Pataphysics; Hyperstition. 

Eldritch Priest writes on sonic culture, experimental aesthetics and the philosophy of experience from a ’pataphysical perspective. His essays have appeared in various journals and he is the author of Boring Formless Nonsense: Experimental Music and the Aesthetics of Failure (Bloomsbury, 2013). He is also a co-author (with fellow members of the experimental theory group ‘The Occulture’) of Ludic Dreaming: How to Listen Away from Contemporary Technoculture (Bloomsbury, 2017). Eldritch is also active as a composer and improviser and is currently working on a new book about earworms, daydreams, and other lived abstractions.

BMus – Jazz studies, St. Francis Xavier University; MMus – Composition, University of Victoria; PhD – Cultural Theory, Carleton University.

strangemonk.com

Cheryl Prophet

Senior Lecturer

E: prophet@sfu.ca
P: 778-782-9829

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

Cheryl (BFA York University) is a dance educator and choreographer. She is also a Certified Movement Analyst in Laban/Bartenieff Movement Studies (CMA) and Certified in the Level 1 Franklin Method. She has an extensive background in experiential anatomy, Pilates, Yoga and various somatic practices. She trained in ballet, contemporary dance and voice work in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and New York City. Formerly from Montreal, she performed and toured nationally and internationally with Le Groupe de la Place Royale, Fortier Danse Creation and Fondation Jean-Pierre Perrault. She was also active in the independent dance scene in Montreal and Vancouver as a dancer and choreographer. She teaches contemporary dance technique courses, improvisation and dance composition, interdisciplinary studio in composition and collaboration, movement fundamentals, repertory and movement analysis. She has taught extensively at various institutions including eight years in the dance department at Université du Québec a Montréal and internationally at the 2009 Guangdong International Dance Festival in China. She was an advisor and faculty member for the 2010 Vancouver-based Laban/Bartenieff and Somatic Studies International program. She has presented at numerous conferences nationally and as a consultant for media. Cheryl’s choreography has been presented nationally and internationally.

Judy Radul

Professor

E: jaradul@sfu.ca

Areas: Visual Art.

Judy Radul’s interdisciplinary practice has recently focused on video installation but also includes sculpture, photography, performance and mixed media works. She has exhibited nationally and internationally and her creative writing and essays have appeared in a variety of publications since 1991. Her large scale-media installation World Rehearsal Court was first exhibited as a solo exhibition at the Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery at U.B.C. in 2009. This work draws on Radul’s research into the role of theatricality and new technologies in the court of law and it questions the distinctions between experience, testimony, truth, and fiction that the law attempts to make distinct. The work has traveled to the Generali Foundation, Vienna, Media City Seoul, Korea and Henie Onstad Art Center in Oslo, Norway, 2011. Related to this project in 2011 she co edited a book of collected essays and images A Thousand Eyes: Media Technology, Law and Aesthetics, with Marit Paasche, published by Sternberg Press, Berlin. The same publication features a new essay from Radul, “Video Chamber”, concerning the relation of video, the trial, and aspects of contemporary art. Working with the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program and Ariane Beyn, she also wrote for and co-edited the 2018 book This is Television, also published by Sternberg Press, which includes texts by Diedrich Diederichsen, Honor Gavin, and Ana Teixeira Pinto. An exhibition of new object based work, including the series “Object, Analysis, Spectator, Poem” was shown at Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Vancouver, in 2012. Radul’s latest works, employ custom designed computer control systems for live and prerecorded video. In 2012/2013 Radul is participating in a year long residency in Berlin hosted by the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) program. Judy Radul was born in Lillooet, B.C., grew up in Haney, B.C., received her B.A in Fine and Performing Arts from S.F.U. In 2000 she received a Master of Visual and Media Arts from Bard College, New York.

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

judyradul.com/courses / worldrehearsalcourt.com / catrionajeffries.com

Simone Rapisarda

Assistant Professor

E: srapisar@sfu.ca

Areas: Cinema Arts


Simone Rapisarda is an internationally-acclaimed experimental filmmaker whose transdisciplinary work challenges traditional boundaries between creative and critical practice. His feature-length films have garnered accolades at major festivals in New York, Cannes, Berlin, Locarno, Vienna, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Paris, London, Madrid, Lisbon, Athens, Moscow, Jeonju, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Ann Arbor, Chicago and Los Angeles, and are part of the permanent collections of museums and galleries, such as the MoMA in New York and the National Gallery in Washington D.C. Rapisarda was the recipient of the Best Emerging Director award at the Locarno Film Festival in 2014. His films have been reviewed in Artforum, Film Comment, Sight & Sound, Cinema Scope, IndieWire, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, The New York Times, Filmmaker Magazine and Anthropologica. His work has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Canada Council for the Arts, Telefilm Canada, Universal Studios Canada, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Lucasfilm, the Quebec Art Council, the Society for the Development of Cultural Enterprises, Istituto Luce - Cinecittà and the Royal Bank of Canada. Rapisarda has previously taught in the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design at York University (Toronto), the Film Studies program at Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo) and the renowned Ciné Institute (Jacmel, Haiti). He is the Co-Founder and Director of Projects of Ibidem Films and he is currently serving as Film and Exhibit Review Editor of the journal Anthropologica as well as Co-Director of the Centre for Imaginative Ethnography (recipient of the American Anthropology Association’s New Directions Award 2019). Rapisarda is also an Associate Member in SFU’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

Degrees and Studies

M.F.A., Film and Video, York University, Toronto
B.F.A., Film Production, Concordia University, Montreal
B.Sc., M.Sc., Computer Science, University of Pisa, Italy

ibidemfilms.org
imaginativeethnography.org

Noé Rodríguez

Lecturer

E: noe_rodriguez@sfu.ca
P: 778-782-5982

Areas: Auteur Cinema, Experimental Ethnography, Process Cinema, Expanded Cinema, Field Recordings

After combining his studies in Media Arts and Humanities with his work in the Spanish film industry, in 2006 Noé Rodríguez received the Caixa-Canada Scholarship to pursue his graduate studies at York University in Toronto, where he became actively involved with the experimental film community due to his work at LIFT – The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto. He is currently based in Vancouver, BC, where he teaches film production in the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University.

His work has been shown in DOK Leipzig, Images Festival, Pravo Ljudski, L'Alternativa Independent Film Festival of Barcelona amongst other international film festivals, and has won several awards, including the Pasajes de Cine Award to the Best Spanish Film (Filmadrid 2017) and the Ciudad de Madrid Award to the Best Spanish documentary (DocumentaMadrid 2004).

Sabrina Schroeder

Assistant Professor

E: sabrina_schroeder@sfu.ca

Areas: Composition, music performance, electronics

Composer-performer Sabrina Schroeder integrates tactile transducers, live processing, and self-built mechanics into performances that dig into heavy sound spaces that are as much about body-feel as they are about audible sound. Her recent series build around malleable qualities of fibrillation and pulsation, using these as live connective tissue within a body of instruments. 

Her work is widely performed, including recent collaborations with Distractfold (UK), Rebekah Heller (USA), Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal (Canada), Séverine Ballon (France), Ensemble Tzara (Switzerland), Hand Werk (Germany), Ensemble Argento, Ensemble Container (Switzerland), Vertixe Sonora (Spain), MusikFabrik (Germany), Dal Niente (USA), Ensemble Vortex (Switzerland), Stephane Ginsburg (Belgium), Michelle Lou and Scott Worthington (USA), and Quatuor Bozzini (Canada).

Recent projects include commissions for ICE Ensemble (New York/Chicago), the Americas Society (New York), JACK Quartet (New York), Architek Percussion (Toronto), No Hay Banda (Montreal), and a collaborative project with theatre creator Jenna Harris and Thin Edge Collective (Toronto).

Awarded residences include Civitella Ranieri (Umbria, Italy), Experimentalstudio des SWR (Freiburg, Germany), Banff Leighton Studios (Banff, Canada), and Cité Internationale des Arts (Paris, France).

Schroeder has been on the faculty of iEAR (Integrated Electronic Arts) department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, New York), the Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester, UK), and the Banff Summer Music Programs (Banff, Canada). 

She is the 2019-2021 Composer in Residence at Vancouver’s Music on Main.

PhD, Harvard University (2016)
MA, Wesleyan University (2006)
BMus, University of Victoria (2001)

sabrinaschroeder.com / Bone Games – for amplified ensemble / Bone Games – DARKHORSE

Owen Underhill

Professor

E: underhil@sfu.ca
P: 778-782-9829

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

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

owenunderhill.ca / Turning Point Ensemble

Wladimiro A. Woyno R

Assistant Professor

E: wwoynoro@sfu.ca

Areas: Projection Design and Technology, Lighting Design and Technology, Design for Live Performance, Technical Production, Time-Based Installation, Digital Media, Interactivity, Programming, Animation, Expanded Cinema, Devised Processes, Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Wladimiro A. Woyno R. is a designer and technologist passionate about live performance. Originally from Bogota, Colombia, he holds a M.F.A. in Design from Yale School of Drama and a B.F.A. in Theatre Design and production from The University of British Columbia. A devoted collaborator with the creative teams of several companies, he is often prototyping tools, processes, images, and environments that engage the sensory imagination. With a technical background in lighting, video, and staging, his work explores the adaptation of new technologies into the theatrical tradition. He is Interested in the development of rapid prototyping tools, scenography, theatrical spaces, media servers, documentation systems, and show control systems. He is an avid learner, constantly creating, inventing, and exploring.

His credits include: Since I Can Remember (The Wooster Group, USA); Kiss (Yale Repertory Theatre, USA); Parade (Nederlands Dans Theater, Netherlands); The Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst (Ghost River Theatre, Canada);  This American Wife (Next Door @ NYTW, USA); Salome (M3 Productions, USA); If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be a Muhfucka, Bulgaria! Revolt!, The Merchant of Venice (Yale School of Drama, USA); RE:UNION (Yale Cabaret, USA); Gallery+Lumia (Yale Art Gallery, USA);  Ziriguidum (Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, Canada); and Sometime Between Now and When the Sun Goes Supernova (Theatre Junction, Canada).

He is currently an Associate Member of The Wooster Group.

www.wawr.ca

Jin-me Yoon

Professor

E: jyoon@sfu.ca

Areas: Photo and video installation, contemporary art theory.

Jin-me Yoon’s early photographic work challenges dominant discourses and stereotypical assumptions about citizenship, nationhood, culture, gender, and race. Expanding her practice to include video and installation, Yoon's ongoing work utilizes a transnational lens to witness and consider local histories, environments, identities and bodies in the context of entangled and interdependent global relations. She has exhibited extensively across Canada as well as internationally and is represented in numerous public collections. Teaches visual art core undergraduate studio courses, multidisciplinary graduate studio courses as well as contemporary art theory seminars at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Faculty On Leave

Allyson Clay (Fall 2019)
Marla Eist (Fall 2019)
Simone Rapisarda (Fall 2019)

Sabrina Schroeder (mid-Fall 2019 – 2020)

Sabine Bitter (2019 – 2020)
Elspeth Pratt (2019 – 2020)
Jin-me Yoon (2019 – 2020)
Ker Wells (2019 – 2020)

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