BLACK BOX _COLAB 2: RECALL
Friday April 8 + Saturday April 9, 2022 | 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM | FREE
SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (GCA) | 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Meet in the GCA Lobby
RECALL is the third installment in a triptych on the theme of Memory. Students were asked to distill and recycle previous works in the form of an installation. Inspired by time-capsules, the work of Janet Cardiff’s Opera for a Small Room and our obsession to collect, hoard, and recal our memories. Students explored repetition, identity, duration, and the residue of emotions contained within memories once recalled in the form of mini installations throughout the building at the School for the Contemporary Arts.
Collaborators + Ensemble: Hassan Babar, Zoë Braithwaite, Raunuk Chand, Blake Hobson-Dimas, Eve Middleton-Meyer, Jenny Min, Clare Noble, Sonja Tan, Olympia Tomasta, Sterling Weran, Viviane Wu, (Joy) Zhengyi Wu, and Sabrina Yu.
Instructor: Erika Latta
Teaching Assistant: Alexandra Caprara
Zoë Braithwaite + Jenny Min
Examining hoarding as futile rationing of space and time for the impermanent and materializing the intangible. What then becomes of the material left overs when we are no longer?
What about you?
What is the first thing you see about people? What is the first thing you see when entering or leaving a space? Are you comfortable with being perceived? You are being watched all the time. You are both the perceiver and the perceived. What do you look at?
4270 Studio (storage room)
What do you remember? What moments stay with us long after they occur? Recall is an sonic installation performance that utilizes sound, video and spoken text to piece together fragmented recollections in order to better understand the past.
The fall of pink snow
4365 Sound Stage
The fall of pink snow is an installation performance piece that reflects upon how our childhood and our ancestors build who we are in the present.
4525 Dance Studio
A time- capsule of fragmented interviews chronicling the experiences of the Black Box / Colab performances, invoking memories and reflections.
Sterling Weran + Raunuk Chand
Remember 6000 is a durational installation performance representing the futility of organizing a collective memory.
Escape the Traces
Blake Hobson-Dimas + Sonja Tan + (Joy) Zhengyi Wu + Sabrina Yu
4521 Practice Pods
Do you ever think about the smaller choices in life and how your decisions may affect others more than you? An installation that includes aspects of performance guided by the viewer.
Locker #4033 (GCA 4th Floor)
Insides is an installation project that looks to explore the hidden horror of what happens once a show closes. Inspired by the mess that is typically left in the artist’s space having needed to quickly strike their belongings after closing night, “Insides” questions what that space looks like in the collision between imagination and the reality of it all.
From Karachi, Pakistan, Hassan Babar is your fellow neighborhood coffee connoisseur, devourer of all things delicious, and a man out of time. As a Muslim and as an immigrant, he aims to provoke the deeply visceral by incorporating writing, directing, and performance into theatre as well as film. His quest is to challenge established colonial frameworks and examine the dominos that fall today as a direct result of Western imperialism. Though based in Vancouver, Canada, he is currently on an alien planet attaining mastery in his crafts.
Zoë Braithwaite was born and raised on the unceded ancestral lands of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh speaking peoples, also known as Burnaby. She is known as somewhat of a garbage queen. With a smorgasbord of interdisciplinary focus, she likes weird shit. She strives to create like an alchemist; creating work that feels surreal, absurd, tactile, communal, and decomposing.
Raunuk Chand never imagined himself pursuing acting and yet when he looks back he always remembers watching his favorite shows and movies and saying to himself “I wanna do that”. For now he has yet to do that, however he is optimistic.
Blake Hobson-Dimas is a Mexican-Canadian artist who strives to make his grandmother proud. As a multidisciplinary performer and visual artist, he hopes that his work inspires other artists to follow their impulses and test the boundaries of their creativity. Blake's ultimate goal is to be remembered as an artist who was not afraid of anything.
Eve Middleton-Meyer: (she/her) was born in Calgary, Alberta on the traditional territories of the Treaty 7 people. She currently lives, works and plays on the ancestral lands of the Coast Salish peoples – Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations also known as Vancouver, British Columbia. Eve is an interdisciplinary artist with training in performance, dance, music, visual art and writing.
Jenny Min (she/her) She was born in South Korea and moved to Canada when she was 4. She is in her 2nd year majoring in Production and Design. She loves to dance and sing. She started dancing when she was 7 years-old and she can’t live without dancing. She was always interested in how all the sets are created by people. Therefore, she wants to learn in depth about Production as she moves forward.
Clare Noble is a writer, actor and overall artist born and raised in so-called Vancouver. Clare has always had a love for performance and creating strange things for as long as she can remember and hopes to continue to expand on twisting realistic moments into unusual things. Her previous works have often concentrated on small details and shifting them into things they should not be.
Sonja Tan (she/her) was born and raised on the ancestral lands of the Coast Salish peoples–Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations also known as Vancouver, British Columbia. She is still navigating her way through life as an artist but hopes to provide knowledge, inspiration and comfort through her art.
Olympia Tomasta is an actor and creator that takes a great deal of inspiration from her Czech and Slovak heritage as well as the natural world around her. She finds that the beauty and wonder of the local forests and ocean hold a particular charm. She embraces a great joy in making and discovering. Olympia has a thirst for adventure and a knack for the whimsical.
Sterling Weran (he/him) I learned to live and play on Treaty 6 territory in Alberta, Canada through improv and theatre. I learned to imagine and dream through the internet. I carry its false reality with me every day, and through theatre, I extract its colors, wonders, comfort and display it into a tangible world. I believe theatre is a live painting that is capable of speaking words. I currently live on the unceded and ancestral lands of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.
Viviane Wu is an actor, writer, and creator navigating her way through life in so-called Vancouver, BC. Focusing on her relationship to the world, herself, and others, Viviane's work is inspired by the heavy weight of identity. She is on a never-ending and impossible journey to explore the very definition of identity, and the construction of what makes someone who they are. Otherwise, Viviane is just trying to get through school, and finish knitting her darn scarf.
(Joy) Zhengyi Wu
(Joy) Zhengyi Wu was born and raised in HuNan which is a province in South of China. Majoring in Theatre Production and Design for about three years. When she was seventeen years old, she chose to come to Vancouver for her studies. She loves the theatre and strives to make good plays.
Sabrina Yu was born and raised in Hong Kong; as a dog-lover, artist, power-napper, lasagna-enthusiast who inhales ice-cream (even though she’s lactose intolerant), this garbanzo bean is on a never-ending search for her role in the art world. With a passion for physical theatre forms, she is trying to find her identity through the shapes and spaces created by her body in relation to any setting. Ultimately, she’s just trying her best.