PhD & Visiting Scholar

Siying Duan

International Postdoc Fellow

Areas: New Media Arts, Chinese Aesthetics, Comparative Aesthetics

Siying Duan has recently completed her Ph.D. study in Art Theory at Shanghai Film Academy, Shanghai University. She is now research assistant of professor Laura U. Marks. She also serves as the producer of the podcast channel “Elephant says” at the platform Creative Disturbance. Siying has visited the University of California, Irvine (UCI), University of Manchester and University College Cork (UCC). She has been served as board member for Body of Knowledge conference and has reviewed manuscript for Leonardo journal. Her study of interests includes new media arts and aesthetics and her publications include several articles on Chinese Media Art research, comparative aesthetics, and art psychology.

Yani Kong

PhD (Special Arrangement)

Areas: Critical Theory, Philosophy, Art History, Visual Culture, Cultural Studies.

Yani Kong is PhD candidate and SSHRC Doctoral Fellow studying contemporary art history and theory at the School for the Contemporary Arts (SCA), Simon Fraser University. Kong is the managing editor for the Comparative Media Arts Journal based out of SCA, and an instructor and TA in art history and communication. Under the supervision of Laura U. Marks, her current project explores contemporary artworks of emergency and the capacity for encounters with such works to give rise to ethical life. 

Hongyan Sun

Visiting Scholar

Hongyan Sun is a PhD candidate at the Communication University of China and an emerging expert on puppet animation. She received a scholarship from the China Scholarship Council to spend a year at SFU studying under professor Laura U. Marks.

Daisy Thompson

PhD (Special Arrangement)

Areas: Dance, Choreography.

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.

Britta Wirthmüller

Visiting scholar from the Inter-University Center for Dance (Hochschulübergreifendes Zentrum Tanz Berlin or HZT)

Areas: Choreography, Dance.

Britta Wirthmüller is a choreographer and dancer. She holds a position for artistic research and teaching at Hochschulübergreifendes Zentrum Tanz (HZT) Berlin. She studied dance at the Palucca Schule Dresden and holds an MA in “Performance Studies“ from the University of Hamburg. In her work she attends to that which usually remains invisible, e.g. bodies lacking social visibility in the cycle “Antibodies“ with Petra Zanki, the forgotten dances of Jean Weidt (“Physical Encounters”) or the hidden layers of a city’s history in “The Silent Walk“. Current projects are: “Obituary” – an invitation to different generations of dancers to revisit their personal body archive and “The Choreographic Village” – an exploration of choreography as an expanded and participatory practice in rural areas.

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