SCA | Quick News | April 14, 2022

The Couch wins!

Congratulations to The Couch (aka SCA students Debbie C and Sena Cleave) for winning this year's CAG Prize! Here's how The Couch describe their project:

The Couch is a mobile art space that draws on the homemaking practices of carpenter ants to platform the work of emerging artists. Carpenter ants chew faults into human infrastructures to build their own homes, but an infestation alone cannot demolish a building. Instead, the ants uncover the foundations by disturbing surface elements like window sills or baseboards. When The Couch is installed within a gallery, it carves out space for artists that the institution did not invite, thus infesting the gallery. Consisting of a couch and a coffee table, The Couch hosts gatherings that merge art and daily life. The furniture is modular so it can be packed and moved to another site, where the next group of exhibiting artists will recontextualize it. For this inaugural exhibition, The Couch published an open call for emerging artists to respond to the idea of scent trails. These can be pheromone paths extending from home to food sources, a method of communication, and a way for ants to recognize kin.

The Couch is on display now as part of Collecting Plum Blossoms, the 2022 SCA BFA Graduating Exhibition, which runs April 14 – 23, 2022, at SFU Galleries' Audain Gallery.

Administered by the Contemporary Art Gallery, the CAG Prize is generously supported by the Peter Szeto Investment Group, BMO Nesbitt Burns.

Latta and WaxFactory's Contemporary Summer Session

The SCA's Erika Latta and WaxFactory, the company she operates with her longtime collaborator Ivan Talijancic, are part of a Contemporary Summer Session in Split, Croatia, featuring workshops with Sasha Walz & Guests and Ellen Lauren from SITI Company, running July – 23, 2022. More HERE.

Matreyek's busy tour

The SCA's Miwa Matreyek will be presenting her works Infinitely Yours and This World Made Itself at the Baker Hall at the Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh University (Bethlaham, PA) on April 19 at 4:00 PM; at the The Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts (College Drive, Toms River, NJ ) on April 21 at 11:00 AM; at the Hinman Auditorium at the Center for the Arts at Bonita Springs (Bonita Spring, FL) on April 29 at 7:30 PM; and at the Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts at Ramapo College (Mahwah, NJ) on April 30 at 8:00 PM, where she'll also be participating on an Industry Experts Panel at 5:00 PM, also on April 30, as part of Ramapo College's Animation and VFX Conference Weekend.

Shihab's Echolocation and more

The SCA's Nadia Shihab's film Echolocation will be screening at DOXA Documentary Film Festival (in-person May 8 and 10), and she'll be speaking on a panel at Visionaries, hosted by the Directors Guild of Canada on May 7 from 12:00 PM – 5:30 PM at the Kent Vancouver (534 Cambie St.). Echolocation will also be screening at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival on May 7 as part of The Look and Sound of Truth. Watch the trailer HERE. Shihab's related essay Echolocation was also published in the most recent issue of the Mizna literary journal. Additionally, she will have a mixed media installation on view in the group exhibition Migrant Madonna at SOLA Contemporary Gallery in Los Angeles from April 21 – May 14, 2022.  

Priest talks about daydreaming and Pontypool

The SCA's Eldritch Priest will be giving "an online talk about daydreaming (and Pontypool)" at Western University's Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism on Wednesday, April 20, 2022, at 4:00 PM (EST). Contact for more info.

Marks in A Conversation Between Art, Film, and Philosophy

The SCA's Laura Marks is participating in A Conversation Between Art, Film, and Philosophy, a conference in Honor of D.N. Rodowick, on May 13 & 14, 2022, at the University of Chicago Arts' Logan Center for the Arts.

Stir on In the Distance

Here's Stir Vancouver on the Turning Point Ensemble's upcoming event, In the Distance, on April 29, 2022, at 7:30 PM (in the Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre here at SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts). In the Distance has the SCA's Owen Underhill, who's also TPE's Artistic Director and conductor, passing the baton to Croatian composer and conductor Berislav Šipuš. Read it HERE.

SCA Service Awards

Attention SCA students!Apply to the School for the Contemporary Arts' Service Awards.

The SCA Service Awards are for all SCA students enrolled in a minimum of 6 units who have made a significant voluntary contribution in their field of study, with satisfactory academic standing in the qualifying term of contribution. Graduate students may also be recognized for these awards. Selection for the award will be made by the Senate Undergraduate Awards Adjudication Committee from nomination by the director of the School for the Contemporary Arts. These awards typically range from $200 to $700. Please note: Work done for remuneration, or for a class, does not qualify.

Please submit by May 1, 2022. Apply online HERE.

Chaput's Fire of Love

SCA alumnus Jocelyne Chaput edited Fire of Love, her first feature as editor. Chaput not only won an editing award for Fire of Love at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, but the film is also opening DOXA Documentary Film Festival in May. Chaput is also speaking at DOXA about editing, as well. Search for the film on DOXA's website.

Valentine-Lewis curates Crudités

SCA alumnus Andrea Valentine-Lewis has curated Crudités, a series of photographs by Svava Tergesen for the Burrard Arts Foundation at the Marine Drive Station from April 1 – Aug 31, 2022, presented in collaboration with the Capture Photography Festival and TransLink. More HERE.

Mitsuhashi and Frewer's The shape of something changes when you move through it

SCA alumnus Erika Mitsuhashi and Francesca Frewer are presenting The shape of something changes when you move through it on May 6 & 7, 2022, at 7:00 PM at Left of Main (211 Keefer Street), presented by the plastic orchid factory. More HERE.

Morelli speaks with Boudreau and writes on Furey

SCA alumnus Didier Morelli will be speaking with Olivia Boudreau at 4TH SPACE at Concordia University on Friday, April 22, 2022, at 11:00 AM (PDT). More HERE. Also, read Morelli on Clara Furey's Dog Rising for Dance International. Read it HERE.

Dai talks Opera Speaks

SCA alumnus Howard Dai is part of Opera Speaks: Creative Adaptation, a free and in-person panel on April 22, 2022, at 7:30 PM at the Martha Lou Henley Rehearsal Hall, presented by Vancouver Opera. More HERE.

Lim lights Mesiha's Same Difference

SCA alumnus Milton Lim is co-designing projections for Theatre Conspiracy and SCA alumnus and Theatre Conspiracy's Artistic Director David Mesiha’s Same Difference at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, running April 19 – 23, 2022. More HERE.

Heavy Petting selected

Congratulations to SCA alumnus Brendan Prost, whose Heavy Petting was "selected from nearly 2,000 films by the 30+ editors and writers from Film Threat and their AwardThis advisory board as one of the best shorts of the year." More HERE.

Kanagawa casting Forgiveness

Call for auditions from SCA alumnus Hiro Kanagawa for his "stage adaptation of Mark Sakamoto's award-winning WWII family memoir, Forgiveness," which is a co-commission by the Arts Club Theatre Company and Theatre Calgary. More HERE.

FCAT Undergraduate Conference – videos!

Spend some time with students from across the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology, including the SCA, with this collection of videos from the 2022 FCAT Undergraduate Conference. Watch HERE.

Videla Q&A

Subscribe to rice & beans theatre's newsletter to read a Q&A with SCA alumnus Montserrat Videla, who's in rice & beans theatre's upcoming show, Peace Country, presented by rice & beans theatre and Playwrights Theatre Centre at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts from April 27 – 30, 2022. Subscribe to read HERE.


Help SCA alumnus Conor Wylie and A Wake of Vultures, his ongoing collaboration with fellow SCA alumni Nancy Tam and Daniel O'Shea, bring K BODY AND MIND to the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts this May 4 – 7, 2022, by making a small donation in exchange for music and art. Donate HERE.

Congratulations, Robert Yerachmiel Sniderman!

Congratulations to Robert Yerachmiel Sniderman, a SCA PhD candidate working under Claudette Lauzon, who has accepted a position as Assistant Professor in Socially Engaged Art at Fairhaven College, Western Washington University. Find out more about Sniderman and his work HERE.

SCA for International Dance Day

SCA alumni Alana Gerecke, Sarah U 余衍晴, and Jhoely Triana, as well as frequent SCA Instructor P. Megan Andrews, are all participating in The Dance Centre's FREE celebration of International Dance Day on Friday, April 29, 2022, running at various locations and online (some RSVPs required). More HERE.

Donate to Atira

Consider making a donation to the Atira Women’s Resource Society to help the displaced folks from the recent big fire at Water and Abbott here in the DTES, mere blocks from us. More HERE.

Koochakzadeh-Yazdi gets played

loadbang performed works by Iranian Female Composers Association composers at Stony Brook University, including SCA alumnus Kimia Koochakzadeh-Yazdi. Listen to music by Koochakzadeh-Yazdi HERE.

Aoki-Bolcsfoldi in Nikkei Voice

Read about SCA alumnus Jen Aoki-Bolcsfoldi and her Dance West Network residency in Nikkei Voice. Read it HERE. Don't miss the 3rd Annual Re-Centering/Margins Creative Residency Showing featuring Aoki-Bolcsfold on Wednesday, April 20, 2022, at 7:30 PM, co-presented by SFU Woodward's Cultural Programs and Dance West Network. More HERE.

Spence's Blue Waves, Green Waves

SCA alumnus Alexandra Spence has new music coming this summer, titled Blue Waves, Green Waves, on the great Room40. Watch a video teaser of Blue Waves by Rachael Archibald HERE. Also, Spence is performing with Lisa Lerkenfeldt at Brisbane's Institute of Modern Art for MONO 42 on May 19, 2022, at 6.30 PM. More HERE.

Shaw and Goodman's G&G mixtape

Listen to a mixtape from Caroline Shaw and SCA alumnus Vanessa Goodman, shared in advance or their presentation of Graveyards and Gardens on April 15 & 16, 2022, at The Grand, presented by New Works Calgary. Listen HERE.