SCA | Quick News | May 3, 2024

Khosravi wins Griffin's BIPOC Studio Award

SCA alumnus Homa Khosravi is the winner of Griffin Art Projects' 2024's BIPOC Studio Award. During the residency, "Khosravi will explore the personal representation of the Persian garden and the underlying politics behind the situation in the Middle East." Congratulations, Homa! More HERE.

Pavsek's As Grey Falls

The SCA's Christopher Pavsek's As Grey Falls had it's world premiere as part of the "AN ANIMAL GAZE" program of short films on Thursday, May 2, 2024, at The Cinematheque, with Pavsek in attendance for a Q&A, presented as part of the DOXA Documentary Film Festival. More HERE.


The SCA's Laura U. Marks asked us to share an update on the effort, that's she's very active in, to get SFU to divest its investment portfolio from the handful of companies that, though their own investments, support military production companies (which, in turn, supply the Israel Defense Forces, but not only them): with 400+ signatures from faculty, students, and staff across SFU, the "divestment letter" to SFU's president and vice-chancellor, Dr. Joy Johnson, is going to be presented to SFU's Board of Directors at their May meeting. Even in the complicated, intertwined, and often obscure financial world we have now, it still seems fundamentally wrong for any university to have investments in the manufacture of weapons of war, no matter how secure the return.

Chandra directs Wood

SCA alumnus Arthi Chandra is the director for SCA alumnus Jordyn Wood's play Vascular Necrosis, which is being presented (in association with Bramble Theatre Collective) on May 9, 2024, at 7:00 PM at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver) as part of Realwheels Theatre's scripts-in-development play-reading series Zombies, Mannequins, and Talking Heads. Get tickets HERE.

The New Improvisers Studio

Lead by Shahzad Ismaily, SCA alumnus Matthew Ariaratnam joins the top-notch team of Sakina Abdou, Meredith Bates, Claire Devlin, Aviva Endean, Mili Hong, Sunny Kim, and Peggy Lee as invited guests participating in The New Improvisers Studio, "a free week-long educational initiative for up to twelve young musicians aged 17 to 24," presented by the Western Front and Coastal Jazz. More HERE.

Ləléʔnəŋ / Listening-With

SCA alumnus (and Associate Professor at the UBC School of Music) Dylan Robinson is leading an "open conversation" with France Trepanier and Heather Iglolirte on Friday, May 17, from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM at Wingate Studio in Pacific Opera Victoria's Baumann Centre (925 Balmoral Rd, Victoria) as part of Open Space's off-site program Ləléʔnəŋ / Listening-With, which runs April 22 – June 2, 2024. Full schedule and more info HERE.

Polyphonic Multilingual Creation Residency: Showcase & Discussion

rice & beans theatre (which has SCA alumnus Pedro Chamale as Artistic Director) are presenting the Polyphonic Multilingual Creation Residency: Showcase & Discussion with residency artists Carolyn Nakagawa and Yulissa Campos (with ASL interpretation) on Thursday, May 30, 2024, from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM at 1422 William St., Vancouver. More HERE.

Between Pictures: The Lens of Tamio Wakayama

Don't miss SCA alumnus Cindy Mochizuki's Between Pictures: The Lens of Tamio Wakayama, which is having its world premiere at the DOXA Documentary Film Festival​ on Sunday, May 5, 2024, at The Cinematheque (1131 Howe St., Vancouver) at 4:15 PM (followed by a Q&A moderated by Alejandro Yoshizawa, Assistant Professor of Film, Video Production and Media Arts at University of Fraser Valley’s School of Creative Arts), and also showing on Thursday, May 9, 2024, 12:30 PM in the Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema here at our place (149 W. Hastings St., Vancouver). Look through the whole DOXA program HERE. Also, listen to Mochizuki talk with Margaret Gallagher on CBC Radio's North by Northwest about the film HERE.  

Sound Palace 6

SCA alumnus Nancy Tam curated Sound Palace 6, an "Evening of Immersive Music," on Saturday May 11, 2024, at 7:30 PM in Vancouver Community College's Broadway Auditorium (1155 E. Broadway, Vancouver), featuring SCA alumni Shervin Zarkalam, Paul Paroczai, and Lief Hall, presented by the Hard Rubber New Music Society. More HERE.

Chandra is a Directing Fellow

SCA alumnus Arthi Chandra in one of the ThisGen 2024 Directing Fellows, an initiative by Why Not Theatre in partnership with the National Arts Centre. Also, SCA alumnus Maiko Yamamoto, who's the Artistic Director for Theatre Replacement, is one of the 2024 faculty. More HERE.


Chimerik 似不像, which has SCA alumni Caroline MacCaull and Sammy Chien as co-artistic Directors, is holding a free Virtual Live Art Database Launch Party on Saturday May 4, 2024, from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM at Q7 Studios (77 E. 7th Ave., Vancouver), presented by New Works. Space is limited, so RSVP HERE.


SCA alumnus Olumoroti Soji-George (who's also the Curator / Director of Gallery Gachet and one of Directors of the The Black Arts Centre) has a review of Aisha Sasha John’s DIANA ROSS DREAM on The Capilano Review's (which has SCA alumnus Jacquelyn Zong-Li Ross as Art Editor) website. Read it HERE.

Co-presenting with DOXA

The SCA Film Area is co-presenting two events in the 2024 edition of the DOXA Documentary Film FestivalCase Study: Hybridity in Documentary with SCA alumnus Lisa Jackson and Gianluca Matarrese on Monday, May 6, at 4:30 PM, here in the Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema (149 W. Hastings St., Vancouver), and Spotlight on Editing: Pablo Alvarez-Mesa (who's also an SCA alumnus) on Tuesday, May 7, at 12:30 PM, at The Post (110 – 750 Hamilton St., Vancouver). Check out the full schedule of DOXA Industry events HERE.


SCA alumnus Deanna Peters is a "commissioned choreographer, mentor" for Victor Vân Tran / Savage Rock's Grand Saut, which runs May 9 – 11, 2024, at 8:00 PM at Left of Main (211 Keefer St, Vancouver). More HERE.

Goodman in M.O. Show 2024

SCA alumnus Vanessa Goodman (Action at a Distance) is presenting new choreography as part of Modus Operandi's M.O. Show 2024, which runs June 6 – 8 at The Dance Centre (677 Davie St., Vancouver). Get tickets HERE.

PTC Open House

Playwrights Theatre Centre (PTC) are having an "open house" on Thursday, May 16, 2024, from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Progress Lab (1422 William St., Vancouver), hosted by Joanna Garfinkel and SCA alumnus Davey Samuel Calderon (PTC's "talented Dramaturgs for Creative and Public Engagement, respectively"). More HERE.

Think Like An Artist

SCA alumnus Ken Lum joins 66 other Canadian artists (across different creative fields) for CBC Arts' new virtual "wisdom, inspiration and creative problem-solving" cards, which, like Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt's Oblique Strategies cards (a clear influence), might just be able to help you get out of a creative jam. Check them out HERE.

Jackson's Wilfred Buck

SCA alumnus Lisa Jackson's Wilfred Buck, based on Buck's memoir I Have Lived Four Lives, is screening on Thursday, May 9, 2024, at 7:45 PM at the VIFF Centre (1181 Seymour St., Vancouver), presented as part of the DOXA Documentary Film Festival. More HERE.

Magpantay subs for Chamale

SCA alumnus Anjela Magpantay is stepping in as interim Artistic Director for rice & beans theatre while Pedro Chamale, who's also an SCA alumnus, spends the year on paternal leave (congratulations to Chamale and his partner on the birth of their second child!). Click through to read what Magpantay and Chamale have to say about this temporary change HERE

We Who Have Known Many Shores

SCA alumnus Alize Zorlutuna's exhibition, We Who Have Known Many Shores, opens Thursday, May 9, 2024, from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM, and runs to September 1, 2024, at the Art Gallery of Burlington (1333 Lakeshore Road, Burlington). Zorlutuna is also having an online public conversation with exhibition curator Noor Alé on Thursday, May 16, from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM (EDT). More HERE.

Art on the Canada Line  

SCA alumnus Maria Filipina Palad joins Biliana Velkova, Shaun Dacey, and Cherry Archer for the Keynote Panel, "Art on the Canada Line: Intervening in the Flow of Traffic," on Friday, May 11, 2024, from 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM, in Room 4900 at the Wilson School of Design at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (5600 Kwantlen St., Richmond), presented as part of Big Pictures: Murals, Billboards and Urban Interventions Conference, the Wilson School of Design's Interdisciplinary Conference of Art + Design. More HERE.

Casa De Vines

Vines Art Society (started as the Vine Arts Festival by SCA alumni and Artistic Director Heather Lamoureux) is having an "official opening gathering" on May 18, 2024, at 7:00 PM for Casa De Vines, the new home for the Society at 825 East Hastings in Vancouver. Congratulations on the news space!

Playwrights Panel

Davey Samuel Calderon, SCA alumnus and Playwright Theatre Centre’s Dramaturg, Public Engagement, is facilitating the free Playwrights Panel at the Zombies, Mannequins, and Talking Heads event on May 11, 2024, at 12:30 PM, at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver), with panelists Alex Masse, Adam Grant Warren, and SCA alumnus Jordyn Wood. RSVP HERE.

Computational reflections on Art, or What Art could mean to a Computer

SCA alumnus Adam Basanta has shared an interesting essay, Computational reflections on Art, or What Art could mean to a Computer, on the Foreign Objekt Posthuman Lab's Posthuman Art Laboratory website. Read it HERE.

What's Your Root Food?

SCA MFA student Kevin Jesuino is presenting the What's Your Root Food? project as part of the Trico Studio's Artist as Changemaker Fellowship in partnership with The Alex Community Food Centre in Calgary, Alberta. More HERE.

Silverfox and Sound in BACA

SCA alumni Krystle Silverfox and Michelle Sound are participating in the 7th edition of the Contemporary Native Art Biennial / Biennale d’art contemporain autochtone (BACA), which is "a multi-venue exhibition that explores the deep-rooted theme of Creation Stories through the eyes of a talented collective of four curators:" Lori Beavis, Emma Hassencahl-Perley, Jake Kimble, and Teresa Vander Meer-Chassé. Full info HERE.

Maamawi (ᒫᒪᐏ): Together Through The Fire

SCA PhD student Daisy Thompson (Dance Artist) and SCA alumni Sophie Dow (Dance Artist), Sammy Chien & Caroline MacCaull (co-artistic directors of Chimerik 似不像 as the Lighting Design, Projection & Audiovisual Playback System Support Team), Jonathan Kim (Lighting Designer), Kayleigh Sandomirsky (Stage Manager), and Brian Postalian (Producer) are all part of O.Dela Arts' Maamawi (ᒫᒪᐏ): Together Through The Fire, which runs May 17 & 18, 2024, at Animatrik Studios (4088 1st Ave., Burnaby). More HERE.

ahmm 2024

SCA alumni Kimberly Ho 何文蔚, Shion Skye Carter, Amanda Sum (with the Five Blessings Collective, which includes SCA alumni Derek Chan, Howard Dai, and Nancy Tam, and Jasmine Chen and Robyn Jacob), and Conor Wylie are all participating in ahmm 2024, "a month of intimate small batch events at Morrow" (Unit 204 – 910 Richards St., Vancouver) to celebrate Asian Heritage Month in May, presented by Odd Meridian. Much more HERE.

Pulsive Party's Intro to Play & Interaction Through Clown

Pulsive Party (Ashley Whitehead and SCA alumnus Natalie Tin Yin Gan) are presenting a workshop series, Intro to Play & Interaction Through Clown, on Wednesdays in June (5, 12, 19, & 26), 2024. Find out more HERE.

UNIT/PITT and ReIssue are going their own ways

Originally a join project with UNIT/PITT Society for Art and Critical Awareness, ReIssue, the "interdisciplinary art writing platform" edited by SCA PhD student Casey Wei, is becoming an "independently-run project." Read UNIT/PITT's post on their Instagram.

Vancouver Art Blog looks at Look Both Ways

The good folks at Vancouver Art Blog have shared some nice photographs of Look Both Ways, the SCA BFA Graduating Exhibition, which closes Saturday, May 4, 2024, at the Audain Gallery (149 W. Hasting St., Vancouver). See them HERE, and then make the trip to see them in person tomorrow between 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

Yousefbigloo makes Blood

SCA alumnus Katayoon Yousefbigloo produced the video for Blood, the second single from Hotspring's forthcoming LP Apodelia, out May 10, 2024 from Vancouver taste-makers, Mood Hut Record. Watch it HERE.

Bruton joins the Closing Night Improv Jam Party

SCA alumnus Rebecca Bruton is one of the ace players in the West Coast String Summit’s "Closing Night Improv Jam Party" on May 26, 2024, at 8:00 PM at the mighty 8 East (8 E. Pender St., Vancouver), co-presented by the Vancouver Improvised Arts Society and the NOW Society. Plus, the West Coast String Summit also includes SCA alumnus Barbara Adler and The Only Animal's FREE Slow Social #4 (featuring SCA alumnus Toni-Leah C. Yake, Anju Singh, and Julia Ulehla) on Saturday, May 25, from 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM, in the backroom at The Ironworks (235 Alexander St., Vancouver). More HERE.

How Would Lubitsch So It? S5E0.5

Listen to S5E0.5 of How Would Lubitsch So It?, now on their last season, with SCA alumnus host Devan Scott and guest Imogen Sara Smith on Lubitsch's Desire (1936). Listen HERE.

Loscil's Umbel

SCA alumnus Scott Morgan (Loscil) is releasing a Umbel, a new "photo zine" and album, on May 31, 2024, limited to 300 copies. Also, Morgan is having a "series of deep listening sessions in 4DSOUND" at Lobe Studio (713 E. Hastings St., Vancouver) on May 31 & June 1, 2024, at 6:00 PM and 7:45 PM each night. Head HERE for more about Umbel, and head HERE for tickets for the deep listening sessions.

MacCormack in Spells

SCA PhD student Jess MacCormack is part of Spells, a print-based "compendium of today’s most powerful AI image prompts" produced by "over 50 leading AI Artists in photography, design, art, fashion, and architecture," which is available now, edited by Max Kuwertz and designed by RAM. Grab one HERE.

Wallgrin in Europe

SCA alumnus Wallgrin is heading off to Europe for tour. Follow them on Instagram to see the itinerary.

Advice on thorny topics

SCA alumnus Barbara Adler, who's the Artistic Director of The Only Animal, asked SCA alumnus Heidi Taylor, who's the Artistic & Executive Director of the Playwrights Theatre Centre, for some "advice on thorny topics" as part of The Only Animal's new, ongoing project, Impossible Ordinary. Hear what advice Taylor shares HERE.  

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