Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street
The Roots of Meaning
FREE, registration required.
When: Fri, Sep. 20, 2019 | 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Where: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St., Vancouver
Additional Info: SFU's Faculty of Arts and Technology
The Roots of Meaning: A Symposium on Lisa Jackson's Transmissions
Curated by SFU Faculty Karrmen Crey and Kate Hennessy
On Sept. 20th, 2019, Simon Fraser University will hold a symposium in honour of the world premiere of Lisa Jackson’s Transmissions at the Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre at Simon Fraser University, Woodwards. Transmissions is a three-part, immersive multimedia installation that extends her investigation into the connections between land, language, and people, most recently with her award winning virtual reality work Biidaaban: First Light.
This symposium begins with a tour of Transmissions. Following the installation experience, participants will move to the SFU Woodwards World Art Centre for a day of cross-disciplinary knowledge sharing and conversation around Transmissions’ expression of Indigenous Futurism and the Anthropocene, immersive installation, language ecologies, and the politics of reconciliation. We are honored to be joined by symposium presenters Grace Dillon (Anishinaabe); Candis Callison (Tahltan); June Scudeler (Métis); Clifford Atleo (Tsimshian (Kitsumkalum/Kitselas) and Nuu-chah-nulth (Ahousaht); Marianne Nicholson (Musgamakw Dzawada’enuxw First Nations/ Kwakwaka’wakw); Eldon Yellowhorn (Piikani); Vanessa Campbell (Musqueam) and Larry Grant (Musqueam).
The day will culminate with a keynote conversation between artist Lisa Jackson and Karrmen Crey (Stó:lō). The symposium presentations will be video recorded for public and pedagogical access in the future as a part of the Transmissions archive.
10 - 11 AM - Tours of Transmissions
11 AM - Opening Remarks and Welcome
11:15 - 12:30 - Conversation 1: Indigenous Language Ecologies
12:30 - 1:30 - Lunch Break
1:30 - 3:00 - Conversation 2: Indigenous Futurisms and the Anthropocene
3:00 - 3:30 - Coffee Break
3:30 - 5:00 - Keynote Conversation: Lisa Jackson in conversation with Karrmen Crey, followed by Q&A with Audience
Conversation 1: Indigenous Language Ecologies
In this moderated conversation, panelists are invited to respond to Transmissions through the lens of their own experience with Indigenous languages. Transmissions aims to manifest the fundamental reality that decolonial support of Indigenous language learning requires multiple disciplinary perspectives and broader understanding of the complex ecologies––cultural, geographical, political, historical, familial––in which Indigenous languages thrived in the past and in which they can thrive in the future. How can works like Transmissions begin to present this understanding––the roots of meaning––in the world?
Presenters: Marianne Nicholson (Musgamakw Dzawada’enuxw First Nations/ Kwakwaka’wakw); Vanessa Campbell (Musqueam) and Larry Grant (Musqueam). Moderated by Eldon Yellowhorn (Piikani).
Conversation 2: Indigenous Futurisms and the Anthropocene
In this moderated conversation, speakers are invited to respond to Transmissions as an expression of Indigenous Futurism, a term coined by Dr. Grace Dillon. As a three-part installation, Transmissions evokes urban, natural, and speculative landscapes, human and non-human relationships, and the dynamic persistence of Indigenous languages and world views into the future. In the context of the Anthropocene, colonial extractivism, environmental degradation and catastrophic climate change, how do Indigenous Futurist works like Transmissions articulate a decolonial way forward?
Presenters: Grace Dillon (Anishinaabe); Candis Callison (Tahltan); Clifford Atleo (Tsimshian (Kitsumkalum/Kitselas) and Nuu-chah-nulth (Ahousaht). Moderated by June Scudeler (Métis).
Keynote Conversation: Lisa Jackson in conversation with Dr. Karrmen Crey (Stó:lō)
In this keynote conversation, artist Lisa Jackson joins Dr. Karrmen Crey (Stó:lō) to collectively reflect on the earlier sessions and the creative process and intentions behind Transmissions.