Our Eyes Will Adjust

Giselle Liu’s MFA Project
August 24, 28, 27 & 29 | Various times
Online and Studio T (Room 2205) – SFU Goldcorp Center for the Arts – 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver | FREE

Installation | In-Person

August 24 | 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM PDT | Free
August 28 & 29 | 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM PDT | Free



August 28 | 3:00 PM | Live Performance


August 27 | 6:00 PM | Online – Livestream | Free
August 29 | 3:00 PM | Online – Film Premier | Free
August 29 | Artist Talk | After Premier 

Register for this two part event here

Our Eyes Will Adjust (OEWA) is an experiential immersive performance and installation. With an attention to perception and embodied seeing this work explores the multidimensionality of our energetic and material interconnections to the visibly hidden. The work moves from the perception of the individual self at the center of experience to the Universal Self  – weaved into the web of Universal matrix which is cyclically governed rather than centrally focused. Influenced by ancestry, nature and new technology, the work is presented in three different settings: live in-person performance, live streamed performance, and dance on film. OEWA is a dance of the in between where the boundaries of dualities of light and darkness, energy and matter, form and formless meet, converse, and entangle.


Senior Supervisor: Robert Kitsos
Supervising Committee: Peter Dickinson and Siying Duan
Technical Production | Supervision | Support: Gillian Hanemayer, Nicole Lamb, Miles Lavkulich, Kyla Gardiner, Paula Viitanen Aldazosa, Stefan Smulovitz, Wladimiro Woyno Rodriguez, Jean Routhier, Rodney Fenske, Darryl Strohan, Dylan Walmsley, Leif Liu, and Bernice Paet.

In Co-composition with

Composer: Charlie Cooper
Technical Director (Phase 2): Kevin Kiju Kim
Costume Design: Katherine Liu and Marsha Roddy (Original template)
Projection and Lighting Design: Jack Chipman
Cinematographer and Photographer: Sydney Bunning
Programmer and Technical Support: Steven Kobza
Videographer and Photographer (Short film in Performance): Madeline Peacock
Indigenous Studies Advisor: Tina Robinson
Installation (Phase 2): Giselle Liu (Suggestions from Mansi Patel)
Set Design and Co-Technical Director (Phase 1): Megan Lane and June Hsu

Special Thanks

Marsha Roddy, Aakansha Ghosh, Mansi Patel, Olivia Valenza, Faune Ybarra, Ellen Yang, Patricia Corrine Sterritt, Pearl Innes, Russell Mather, Katherine and Steven Liu, Raymond Liu, Ella Ferland, Jessica Bruce, and Spectrum City Dance.

Presented by the SFU School for the Contemporary Arts in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the Degree of Master of Fine Arts at Simon Fraser University. 

This work will be presented at School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada, on the unceded territory of the –Sḵwxw̱ ú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səlío lwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) nations. It was created at SCA and in Prince Rupert, Canada, on the unceded territories of the Tsymy’sen nation.

August 29, 2021