SCA | Quick News | April 28, 2023

Chambers, Watt, and Hill on the long list

Triple congratulations: current SCA MFA students Justine A. Chambers and Douglas Watt and SCA alumnus Gabrielle L'Hirondelle Hill are all included on the just-announced long list for the 2023 Sobey Art Award. More HERE.

Performance Matters: Vol. 8 No. 2 (2023)

The newest issue of Performance Matters, the house journal of the SFU Institute for Performance Studies (IPS), edited by the SCA's Peter Dickinson (who's also the Director of IPS), is out now. Titled The Syllabus is the Thing: Materialities of the Performance Studies Classroom, Issue Editors Karin Shankar and Julia Steinmetz frame the issue like this:

What does a performance studies syllabus instantiate or call into being in the classroom? In this special issue, contributors respond to this question, while simultaneously seeking to reframe the performance studies syllabus. If the syllabus (from its Greek origins, meaning “title,” “slip” or “label”) is a protocol for an experiment, how might we design syllabi to serve radical spaces of knowledge-making and modes of coming-to-know? In turn, how might syllabi create new structures within which to learn, reformulating the dynamics and relationships between teacher, student, and institution? 

Read it HERE.

Yoon interviewed by Steidl & a final soundbite

Watch an interview with the SCA's Jin-me Yoon by German photo-book publisher Steidl about the book that accompanies Yoon's Scotiabank Photography Award exhibition, which runs April 29 – August 5, 2023, at The Image Centre (33 Gould St, Toronto). Watch it HERE. Also, here's the latest and last soundbite of Yoon shared by the Art Gallery at Evergreen​ (1205 Pinetree Way #1, Coquitlam) about Yoon's Long Time So Long, which closes Sunday, April 30, 2023, presented as part of the 2023 Capture Photography Festival Selected Exhibition Program. Listen HERE.  

Pham on Slade

The SCA's Kathy Slade's As the sun disappears and the shadows descend from the mountaintop, which is at the Contemporary Art Gallery (555 Nelson Street, Vancouver) until May 7, 2023, is reviewed by Tak Pham for Esse arts + opinions. Read it HERE.

Props for Rodriguez & team

"Brian: I am quite excited for the projections and video design. From conception to presentation, it’s been a fascinating creative process."

Props here to the SCA's Wladimiro A. Woyno Rodriguez, who's on Projection Design duties (working with SCA alumni June Hsu and Isabelle Romas and current SCA undergrad Jack Chipman and SCA MFA student Irfan Brkovic) in this Q&A with Brian Deedrick, Director of the Vancouver Opera's upcoming presentation of The Flying Dutchman, which runs April 29 – May 7, 2023, at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (630 Hamilton St., Vancouver). Read the full Q&A HERE. Also, read more from Stir Vancouver HERE.


The SCA's Nadia Shihab's Sister Mother Lover Child is screening Saturday, May 6 at 12:00 PM at the VIFF Centre (1181 Seymour St., Vancouver) and Tuesday, May 9 at 3:00 PM in the Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema here at SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (149 W. Hastings St., Vancouver) as part of the 2023 DOXA Film Festival. More HERE.

Tacata​ cleans up

Click through for images of the SCA's Ryan Tacata​ cleaning the carpet that was the stage / platform for his set of performances in Soft Launch at ECU's Libby Leshgold Gallery, which also included work by the SCA's Justine A. Chambers and SCA alumnus Scott Morgan / Loscil

Priest⁠'s The New Daydream Imaginary

The New Daydream Imaginary: On the Ethico-Aesthetics of Spontaneous Thought⁠, a one-day conference organized by the SCA's Eldritch Priest, runs June 16 – 17, 2023⁠, in the Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre⁠ here at SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts⁠ (149 W. Hastings St., Vancouver⁠). More HERE.

Cheyenne and Sum in Femme Festival

Here's The Georgia Straight on the The Cultch's 2023 Femme Festival, which includes SCA alumni Tara Cheyenne's Body Parts from May 3 – 6 and Amanda Sum's New Age Attitudes: Live in Concert from May 11 – 14, both running at the Cultch's Historic Theatre (1895 Venables St., Vancouver). Read it HERE. Watch Sum put books together for the event on her Instagram. Also, read a little more about Cheyenne's Body Parts from Stir Vancouver HERE.

Free duos at the Jazz Fest

Great FREE double bill of a duo of duos – SCA alumnus Matthew Ariaratnam and Adrian Avendaño and Giorgio Magnanensi (Vancouver New Music) and Andromeda Monk, who was part of the 2023 SCA Ensemble in Residence – playing The Revue on Granville Island (1601 Johnston St., Vancouver) on Saturday, July 1, at 5:00 PM, presented as part of Coastal Jazz's Vancouver International Jazz Festival. More HERE.

Thompson leading some Working Classes

SCA alumnus and PhD student Daisy Thompson is leading some Working Classes on April 24, 26 & 28, 2023, from 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM at The Dance Centre (677 Davie St., Vancouver) for the Training Society of Vancouver. More HERE.

Silverfox in Bright Futures and on Airplay

SCA alumnus Krystle Silverfox is part of the exhibition Bright Futures at the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art (639 Hornby St., Vancouver), which opens Tuesday, April 25, 2023, from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM, and runs to January 14, 2024. More HERE. Also, while art is always different (better?) in real life, not mediated (even if images are the way most of us likely see most work), Macaulay & Co. Fine Art (293 East 2nd Ave., Vancouver) posted some installation images of Silverfox's exhibition In the Air, which runs to May 27, 2023. See them HERE. Also, listen to Silverfox on CBC Radio's Airplay, based in the Yukon, talking about her work being added to The Global Affairs Canada Visual Art Collection. Listen HERE.

O’Callaghan and Paterson do Encounters – Samplings

SCA alumnus James O’Callaghan is collaborating with turntablist Cheldon Paterson (SlowPitchSound) for Soundstreams' Encounters - Samplings event on Saturday, May 13, 2023, at 8:00 PM, at The Redwood Theatre (1300 Gerrard St. E., Toronto), "remixing from a joint library of their own unique sounds," which will then be shared as "a sample pack so that Soundmakers far and wide will have an opportunity to create their own mixes." More HERE.

High Water in Berlin

Macromatter, aka SCA alumnus Robin Leveroos, working with SCA alumni Elysse Cheadle and Nancy Tam, is presenting High Water on April 28 – 30, 2023, at various times (check the link!) at Schaubude Berlin (Greifswalder Straße 81—84, 10405 Berlin). More HERE.

Koochakzadeh-Yazdi in Toronto

SCA alumnus Kimia Koochakzadeh-Yazdi​ and Matti Pulkki, with visuals by Andrew O’Connor, are playing May 13, 2023, at 8:00 PM at Toronto's Small World Centre​ (180 Shaw Street, Suite 101), presented by Link Music Lab​. More HERE.

Dream Safely images

Click through to the SCA's Sabine Bitter​'s Instagram to see some pictures of Elliott Ramsey, SCA alumnus and curator of The Polygon Gallery​, leading an open critique of Dream Safely, the 2023 SCA BFA Graduating Exhibition, on Friday, April, 21, 2023. See them HERE. Also, Bitter shared a set of installation shots, too. See them HERE. Featuring work by Tanha Binte Azam, Ayesha Beg, Kaila Bhullar, Karry Hon, Marwah Jaffar, Huong Anh Pham, Iver Smith, and Hana Steinwand, Dream Safely runs to May 6 at SFU Galleries​’ Audain Gallery (SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St., Vancouver).

How Would Lubitsch Do It S2E06

S2E06 of How Would Lubitsch Do It, the podcast hosted by SCA alumnus Devan Scott, has guest Paul Cuff on to discuss Lubitsch’s Anna Boleyn. Listen HERE.

Nancarrow for piano and organ

SCA alumnus and current PhD student George Rahi posted an excerpt of Conlon Nancarrow's Study No. 37 arranged for automated piano and organ on his Instagram. As Rahi notes, "It's always fun to hear this work up close and explore how a multi-timbral setting can change the perception of its innerworkings, where the harmonic series and its implied rhythmic relationships are fused into one." Listen HERE.

Morelli​ talks with Fortin, then Verviers

SCA alumnus Didier Morelli​ was in conversation with Amélie Laurence Fortin on April 27, 2023, in the Main Hall at Fonderie Darling (745 rue Ottawa, Montréal) about her exhibition Yarn of a Short Night, which runs to May 14, 2023. More HERE. Also, Morelli​ will be in conversation with Anouk Verviers on Saturday, April 29, 2023, from 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, about her exhibition Qu'est-ce qu'on peut construire sur un sol en mouvance, which is at Optica (5445 avenue de Gaspé, espace 106, Montreal) until June 17. More HERE.

After School with Braithwaite and Tang

Listen to the the latest episode of After School, the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology produced podcast that has FCAT alumni in conversation with FCAT students, including from the SCA. This time, SCA student host Zoë Braithwaite chats with lighting and set designer Sophie Tang. Listen HERE.

Albert talks Sh*t with Cheyenne

Mary Louise Albert is the guest of the latest episode of SCA alumnus Tara Cheyenne's podcast Talking Sh*t with Tara Cheyenne! Listen HERE.

Visit Gachet

Gallery Gachet (9 West Hastings St., Vancouver), which has SCA alumnus Olumoroti George as its Artistic Director, has updated the texts and images for the pages for their current exhibitions, Dialectics of Fugitivity and A Bag Full of Acorns, A Bag Full of Ashes, which both run to May 20, 2023. Click through for a look, and then make the trip.

Peripheral Review​ sale!

Founded by SCA alumnus Lauren Lavery​ and Adriana Lademann and edited by Lavery, Peripheral Review​ is holding a "spring cleaning" sale until Friday May 5, 2023. And if you use the coupon code SPRINGCLEAN, you get free shipping, too. Get shopping HERE.

Gamboa in PIÑA

SCA alumnus Tin Gamboa is one of the dancers in Ralph Escamillan​'s FakeKnot​: PIÑA, which runs May 4 – 6, 2023, from 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM, with a post-show Talkback on May 5 & 6, in the Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre here at SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (149 W. Hastings St., Vancouver), presented by SFU Woodward's​. More HERE. Also, Stir Vancouver did an interview with Escamillan, which you can read HERE.  

Bhullar's The Audiovisual Perception Test

Click through for some installation shots shared by Kaila Bhullar of their work The Audiovisual Perception Test, which is in Dream Safely, the 2023 SCA BFA Graduating Exhibition, which runs to May 6, 2023, at SFU Galleries​’ Audain Gallery (SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St., Vancouver). Also, as we reported in our last Quick News, Bhullar and Hana Steinwand are recipients of this year's CAG Prize, so this is an award winning work! Finally, if you can make it to Dream Safely, make sure to grab the collaborative zine “how 2 dream safely,” with all proceeds going to distro disco​'s emergency mass decampment fundraiser for folks in the DTES.  


Watch DEBBY FRIDAY's "pseudo-autobiographical," psychological thriller short film GOOD LUCK: THE FILM, co-directed by FRIDAY and Nathan De Paz Habi, courtesy FANGORIA. Watch it HERE.

Kotowich in YIRRAMBOI

SCA alumnus Jeanette Kotowich is presenting Kisiskâciwan as part of the YIRRAMBOI Festival on May 5 & 6, 2023, at 8:00 PM at the Arts House in North Melbourne Town Hall (521 Queensberry St, North Melbourne). More HERE.

Pancouver talks with Ybarra

Here's an interview with SCA alumnus Faune Ybarra by Pancouver, talking about Ybarra's Iceberg Stranded in My Bed, which is on display at Richmond's Aberdeen Skytrain Station until February 29, 2024, presented as part of the Canada Line Art Program, curated by SCA alumnus Maria Filipina Palad, in partnership by the Richmond Art Gallery, where Palad is a Curatorial Assistant, and the Capture Photography Festival. Read it HERE.

Lavery​'s DOXA picks

Editor of Peripheral Review​, Managing Editor of The Capilano Review​, and SCA alumnus Lauren Lavery​ shares her "top picks" for the 2023 DOXA Documentary Film Festival​. Click through to DOXA's Instagram to see her choices.  

Murao curates おやすみ

SCA alumnus Natalie Murao is the curator of おやすみ (oyasumi), a screening of of Japanese Canadian short films, including SCA alumnus Cindy Mochizuki's Amabie, which runs Thursday, May 25, 2023, at 7:00 PM at The Cinematheque (1131 Howe St., Vancouver), co-presented with the Powell Street Festival. More HERE.

What Are Our Supports? update

SCA PhD student Joni Low​ has been touring What Are Our Supports?, the anthology she co-edited with Jeff O'Brien, which was co-published by Information Office​, Doryphore Independent Curators Society, Richmond Art Gallery​, and Art Metropole​. She reports it's currently at BOOKED, the Hong Kong Art Book Fair at Tai Kwun Contemporary 大館當代美術館​, after the Art Libraries Society of North America​'s 2023 Conference in Mexico City. Available online and in-person from Information Office, who also designed the book, and Art Metropole, it's also stocked by Idea Books (Amsterdam), Printed Matter (NYC), the Canadian Centre for Architecture (Montreal), Type Books​ (Toronto), The Robert McLaughlin Gallery​ (Oshawa), the Or Gallery​ and READ Books (Vancouver), and the Richmond Art Gallery. Don't forget to check your local university library, too!

Stir on Happy Valley

Here's Stir Vancouver on rice & beans theatre’s production of SCA alumnus Derek Chan 陳嘉昊's Happy Valley, which runs May 25 – June 4, 2023, at the Firehall Arts Centre (280 E Cordova St., Vancouver). Working behind the scenes are SCA alumni Anjela Magpantay (Director), Heidi Taylor (Dramaturg), Megan Lane (Set/Props/Costume Designer), Andie Lloyd (Video Designer), Jonathan Kim (Lighting Designer), and Cindy Kao and Aysha Dulong / Sapphire Haze (Sound Design). Read it HERE.

A forged spider’s web extended

Unit 17​ (2954 W. 4 Ave., Vancouver) shared some installation shots on their Instagram of work by the collaborative duo HaeAhn Paul Kwon Kajander (SCA alumnus Paul Kajander and HaeAhn Kwon) from the exhibition A forged spider’s web, curated by Anne Low, which has been extended to May 14.

Order of the New Hyphae

Click through for a two-post introduction to the team behind SCA alumnus Samantha Walters' Order of the New Hyphae, including SCA students Avery Chapman, Blake Hobson-Dimas, Clare Noble, Tamlin Vetter, Viviane Wu, and Denise Faith Cachero, which is being presented as part of Rumble Theatre​'s Tremors Festival, which runs May 18 – 20, 2023, at Progress Lab 1422​ (1422 William St., Vancouver). Read part one HERE, and part two HERE.

McMann at work

Presented as the culmination of Good Women Dance Collective​'s Feature Artist Program, SCA alumnus Jessica McMann all these things collide inside of me runs May 4 – 6, 2023, at Edmonton's La Cité Francophone​ (8627 Rue Marie-Anne Gaboury). More HERE. SCA alumnus McMann also composed the music for Re:Naissance's sci-fi podcast The Apocrypha Chronicles, which is now on its second season. More HERE. And also with Re:Naissance, Mcmann is one of the composers for The Queen of Carthage, a new collaboration with Early Music Vancouver that runs Thursday, July 27, 2023, at 8:00 PM in the Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre here at SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (149 W. Hastings St., Vancouver), which also features SCA alumnus Marisa Gold as Choreographer and Dancer. More HERE.

Wallgrin's Every Fall, I Fall in Love and in Victoria

Watch SCA alumnus Wallgrin's video for Every Fall, I Fall in Love from Wallgrin’s sophomore album, Yet Again The Wheel Turns. Watch it HERE. Also, Wallgrin is playing Victoria Event Centre's 20th birthday party on May 5, 2023, at 8:30 PM, along with Khari Wendell McClelland and The Happy Failure. More HERE.

Give Birth Love Tooth – tonight!

Art Action Earwig 예술행동그룹 이어위그, the "multidisciplinary performance collective" of SCA alumni Minah Lee, Wryly Andherson, and Tadafumi Tamura are presenting Give Birth Love Tooth at the Nanaimo Art Gallery, which opens tonight, April 28, from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM, and runs to June 25, 2023. More HERE.  

U's Silent Howl

SCA alumnus Sarah Hin Ching U is presenting Silent Howl on Saturday, April 29, 2023, at 3:30 PM at the Scotiabank Dance Centre (677 Davie St, Vancouver), presented as part of The Dance Centre's International Dance Day programming. More HERE.

Hini and Joey Chaos and The Ghosts play Verboden

SCA student Rohini Soedhwa's Hini project and SCA alumnus Joseph Malbon's Joey Chaos and The Ghosts are playing the Verboden Festival, which runs May 12 – 14, 2023, at the Rickshaw Theatre (254 E. Hastings St.), Green Auto Body (1822 Pandora St.), and the Vault (247 E. 1st Ave.). More HERE.

Liquidation World calling

Liquidation World (a.k.a. SCA alumnus Katayoon Yousefbigloo, SCA PhD student Dave Biddle, and Maya Beaudry) shared that they're "seeking submissions of video, media art, and film *WITHOUT SOUND* for a show on May 13. Videos should be under 10 minutes, anything goes and everything submitted will be screened as long as it can be played without sound. Submit your work as a downloadable Vimeo or Youtube link, or a mp4 file to by May 10th to secure your spot!"

April 28, 2023