The Audain Visual Artist in Residence (AVAIR) program brings artists and practitioners to Vancouver who have contributed significantly to the field of contemporary art and whose work resonates with local and international visual art discourses. The visiting artists interact with the students and faculty of the School for the Contemporary Arts as well as the broader visual arts and cultural communities and the community-at-large. In keeping with the experimental nature of the School for the Contemporary Arts the terms of engagement are open and change from artist to artist. The cornerstone of the residency is the sharing of artistic research. The program is generously funded by the Audain Foundation Endowment Fund.



2014

Ricardo Basbaum

Ricardo Basbaum

Ricardo Basbaum, collective-conversation, 2013,. Text, voices, live reading, live recording (with Daniela Mattos, Faia Díaz, Jesus Lopez Vil

Ricardo Basbaum

Ricardo Basbaum

Ricardo Basbaum

Ricardo Basbaum

October 2014

Ricardo Basbaum: The Production of the Artist as a Collective Conversation

Intensive Class: Weekends in October with SCA students

Exhibition: Audain Gallery, Vancouver
October 16 - December 13, 2014

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For the month of October the Audain Visual Artist in Residence Program is partnering with Audain Gallery to present a project with Brazilian artist Ricardo Basbaum. The project combines an intensive class with Basbaum and exhibition. It is an unique opportunity for students and the community to work through Basbaum’s ideas about “collective conversation.”

Since the early 1990s, Brazilian artist Ricardo Basbaum has incited artistic encounters by inviting people to engage with and respond to systems of symbols and rules embedded in objects, scripts, diagrams, maps and games. In his projects, Basbaum quotes artistic and graphic communication tactics that are both vernacular and abstract, thereby easy to learn, interpret and memorize. Through interaction with these fluid sets of visual and linguistic terms for the production of an artwork, Basbaum seeks to collectively consider the material, social and spatial membrane between artist, contemporary art system, art object and participant.

Basbaum lives and works in Rio de Janeiro. His work has been widely exhibited including the 30th Bienal de São Paulo; 2012 Busan Biennale; and documenta 12. Basbaum is the author of Manual do artista-etc (Azougue, 2013) and Além da pureza visual (Zouk, 2007). He is also a Professor at the Instituto de Artes, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro.

School for Contemporary Arts Students have the opportunity to participate in an intensive course with Ricardo Basbaum and SCA Faculty member Sabine Bitter. This course offers students to work with Basbaum in relation to his exhibition The Production of the Artist as a Collective Conversation. Their participation is central to the accumulation of conversations, experiences, and audio, visual and print documents that comprise the exhibition at the Audain Gallery. Most of the classes actually take place within the gallery.

The course develops a conversation about what constitutes the image of the contemporary artist. Written exercises contribute to the development of the problem of how one produces oneself as an artist. The history of dematerialization in art practice from the 1960's, and the discussion of globalization that emerged in the 1980’s are considered and discussed. The group considers how the role and identity of the artist constructed in relation to various histories and to the prevailing movements of the moment such as institutional critique and relational aesthetics – including recent developments in media and mediation theory. A sound piece, combining writing and speech will be developed as outcome. This course is open to SCA students of all disciplines who are interested in how the artist is constructed, not only as role or identity, but as a production site.

The exhibition offers visitors the opportunity to consider the production of the artist through Basbaum’s long-term project Would you like to participate in an artistic experience? Since 1994, Basbaum has extended the invitation to engage with a simple steel polygon object called NBP (New Bases of Personality) both inside and outside the gallery. NBP has been introduced into communal dinners, sports games, domestic cleaning, dance choreography, landscaping, tattooing and industrial fabrication. NBP mediates an inquiry into what the possibilities for an artistic experience are, how one participates in it, and what its the potential effects are.

Presented with SFU Galleries.

Events:

Artist Talk
Wednesday, October 15, 6:00pm
Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre
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Opening Reception
Wednesday, October 15, 7:00pm
Audain Gallery

collective-conversation
Wednesday October 29, 6:00pm
Audain Gallery

Exhibition Tour
Amy Kazymerchyk and Sabine Bitter
Saturday November 22, 1:00pm
Audain Gallery

Would you like to participate in an artistic experience?
Ongoing throughout the exhibition
Audain Gallery

Would you like to participate in an artistic experience with Ricardo Basbaum’s NBP (New Bases for Personality) object? You just have to accept to use the NBP, for up to one week, for performing a solitary or collective experience. The object can be signed out with the gallery sitter. If you document the experience through text, photography, video or audio, you can add your records to the NBP public archive at http://www.nbp.pro.br, and submit them to the Audain Gallery (at audaingallery@sfu.ca) for inclusion in the exhibition’s archive display.

Andreas Bunte

Andreas Bunte

Andreas Bunte Still from Underdruck (Low-Pressure), 2013 16mm film transferred to HD Video, colour, sound, 12 min. part of the Installation

Andreas Bunte

Andreas Bunte Still from O.T. (Kirchen), 2012 16mm film, colour, sound, 10:27 min. part of the installation Welt for der Schwelle, 2012 two

Andreas Bunte

Andreas Bunte Still from Künstliche Diamanten (Artificial Diamonds), 2013 16mm film transferred to HD Video, colour, sound, 13:16 min. part

Andreas Bunte

Andreas Bunte

September/October 2014

Andreas Bunte, Artist Talk
Wednesday October 1, 6:00 pm  |  FREE
Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, World Art Studio 
149 W. Hastings Street, Vancouver
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Andreas Bunte is a Berlin based artist who has, over the past years worked within the format of short experimental film and film installations, which frequently incorporate a variety of other media such as collages, architectural structures, sound, texts. His installations and films examine how the interplay of architecture, technology, ideology and the human body produces different physical and psychological spaces. Bunte’s process is at once meticulous and highly imaginative, blending fiction with historical fact in order to give rise to analytical and visionary narratives. In his PhD research project at the Academy of Fine Art in Oslo he examines the genre of so-called Scientific-Research-Film and its attempt to subjugate film to the idea of utmost realism. The project looks at the genre’s use of filmic grammar, its narrative structures as well at how its concept of "realism" relates to most recent philosophical developments such as object-oriented ontology or speculative realism.

Deformation of Glass: Roundtable discussion with Andreas Bunte, joined by Christopher Pavsek and Judy Radul 
Wednesday, October 8, 6:30 pm  |  FREE
Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Room 4390, 
149 W. Hastings Street, Vancouver

Andreas Bunte will show a selection of clips from scientific research films and related visual material. For Bunte, films and videos made for scientific research escape certain conventional languages of cinema and open conversations into media’s role in “empirical observation." The discussion will consider the films in relation to their pretense of being pure visual information. Against their supposed task of visual demonstration, the films’ visual intensity and focus sometimes have the effect of heightening the sense of hors champs (off screen space) and an unexpected narrative drive emerges. The conversation will consider these films in relation to recent philosophical struggles with "object oriented ontologies" and how material states unavailable to human perception might be recognized. In the case of some of these films, the camera as a form of machine vision comes to the fore. In terms of contemporary production, the work of Harvard's Sensory Ethnography Lab, and specifically the 2012 video Levianthan—shot with lightweight, remotely positioned cameras on a fishing trawler— will also be a node of conversation. 

Bunte's Audain Residence is in partnership with the Or Gallery and Republic Gallery, Vancouver and SFU Galleries. 

Duane Linklater

Duane Linklater

Duane Linklater

Artist Talk
Wood Land School: In the Land of the Head Hunters
Monday, January 27, 6pm
Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre

Screening
Edward Curtis: In the Land of the War Canoes (1914/1973), 47 mins
Tuesday, January 28, 6pm
Room 4955

Seminar
Conversation with Duane Linklater, Raymond Boisjoly, Walter Scott and Marcia Crosby
Wednesday, January 29, 6pm
Room 4390

Seminar
Conversation with Duane Linklater, Raymond Boisjoly and Marcia Crosby
Friday, January 31, 6pm
Room 4390

The Wood Land School project emerges out of Linklater's investigation into Indigenous artists who were based in northern Ontario in the 1970s. That generation of artists consisted of image-makers who engaged with Indigenous art forms and histories, both contemporary and ancient. Each new iteration of this project is interested in continuing and expanding those artists' work through the viewing of historic and contemporary films, reading of articles and books, and through open discourse with artists, writers, curators and anyone else who wishes to take part and contribute.

In this fifth iteration of the project, Linklater and his guests Raymond Boisjoly, Walter Scott and Marcia Crosby will facilitate a set of roundtable discussions about topics generated by a screening of In the Land of the Head Hunters, a 1914 film by the American photographer Edward Curtis which featured non-professional actors from Kwakwaka’wakw (Kwakiutl) communities in British Columbia. The discussions will be supplemented with additional texts brought in by the guests.

Biography
Duane Linklater is Omaskêko Cree, from Moose Cree First Nation in Northern Ontario and is currently based in North Bay, Ontario. He was educated at the University of Alberta, receiving a Bachelor of Native Studies and a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Linklater attended the Milton Avery Graduate School of Arts at Bard College in upstate New York, completing his Master of Fine Arts in Film and Video. Linklater produces a range of work, including video and film installation, performance and sculptural objects, and often works within the contexts of cooperative and collaborative gestures. He has exhibited and screened his work nationally and internationally, including the Vancouver Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Alberta and Family Business Gallery in New York, and has an upcoming exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in Philadelphia. His collaborative film project with Brian Jungen, Modest Livelihood, was originally presented at the Walter Phillips Gallery at The Banff Centre as a part of dOCUMENTA (13), with subsequent exhibitions at the Logan Centre Gallery at the University of Chicago, Catriona Jeffries Gallery in Vancouver and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Linklater is the recipient of the 2013 Sobey Art Award, an annual prize given to a Canadian artist under 40.