some things may pass

SCA MFA Spring Show
June 24 – July 3, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM | 611 Studios & SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (GCA) | RSVP

The SCA MFA Spring Show typically takes place in partnership with SFU Galleries at the Audain Gallery. In light of unfolding conversations, we, the first year MFAs of the School for the Contemporary Arts, have chosen to move our installations elsewhere, and leave the Gallery to its contemplations. We hope that these contemplations are productive and allow for the necessary healing of trust between Indigenous communities and Simon Fraser University. 

This exhibition presents the work of first-year MFA students in the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University: Barry Olusegun-Noble Despenza, Tin Gamboa, Homa Khosravi, Katie Kozak, Silas Ng, Jami Reimer, Matthew Toffoletto, and Katayoon Yousefbigloo. 

some things may pass is an exhibition about membranes — what they repel, what they admit, and what composes their layers. Examining notions of permeation, filtration, and form, the artists offer a collection of projects focused on distances, bodies, identities, and the in-between. What happens, we ask, when the edges of things rupture? What happens when boundaries come undone? 

The exhibition includes interactive performance and media, sculpture, photography, sonic theatre installation, and moving images. 

Works by Barry Olusegun-Noble Despenza and Tin Gamboa (lobby screens) and Matthew Toffoletto (room 3420) will be shown in separate locations at SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, while the remaining works will be shown at the SCA Studios at 611 Alexander.

Presented by the School for the Contemporary Arts at SFU.

Video by Kushan Samarawickrema.

Video by Kushan Samarawickrema.

in/organic, 2021
Barry Olusegun-Noble Despenza & Tin Gamboa
GCA Lobby

This work is available to the public on June 29 and July 2, between 12:00 – 4:00, by registration only.


Experimental performance film, projection, sound, bodies, movement, midi-controller, cajons, digital image, lighting design, metal frames, fabric, projectors

in/organic is a tryptic video installation that 2-dimensionally portrays 3-dimensional experimental conversations between the body, light, sound, and space. This piece explores the artists’ joint codes of conduct and their individual autonomy within the world of their making, built with materials of their choice.  

Lunisaura, 2021
Matthew Toffoletto
GCA, Room 3420

The work will be installed between June 24 and July 2. Due to restrictions still in place, the work can only be viewed by invitation.

Seven-channel audio, projection 

Lunisaura is a theatrical work composed of sound and projected light. It faces voices and celestial bodies against one another to examine the role of discourse and sound, space and light. The work is composed of an alternation between vocal materials and long durations of sound, interweaving dialogue, poem, monologue, counterpoint, and soundscape with light and silence. 

It features the voices of Lily Han, Sarah Grace Graves, Paul Novak, and Jami Reimer.

July 03, 2021