Image: Sena Cleave, Futon or the Quilt, video, 4:40 mins

SCA | Quick News | November 18, 2022

“I have forgotten my umbrella”

Curated by the SCA's Kathy Slade, SCA alumni A. Branch, Sena Cleave, and Vitória Monteiro are in the exhibition “I have forgotten my umbrella” at the Monica Reyes Gallery (602 E Hastings St., Vancouver)⁠, running November 12 – December 9, 2022. Here's the full PR text and bios from the gallery:

Monica Reyes Gallery is pleased to present “I have forgotten my umbrella”, an exhibition by local emerging artists A. Branch, Sena Cleave, and Vitória Monteiro.

Branch, Cleave and Montiero work in various mediums such as textile, print, sculpture, and video to blur the boundaries between image and text. Each artist addresses sites of knowledge, ranging from archives and books to less evident everyday sources, and reimagines instances of knowledge production such as reading, writing, and translation in relation to states of legibility, transparency, and obscurity.

The exhibition takes its name from a fragment of text found by Jacques Derrida amongst Friedrich Nietzsche’s unpublished papers. In Spurs: Nietzsche’s Styles, Derrida describes this discovery as a possible citation, a “modestly enfolded phallus,” and a cryptic finite code.

“I have forgotten my umbrella” is curated by Gallery artist Kathy Slade.

About the artists:

A. Branch is a text and textile based artist whose main interest is in the examination of text’s readability and legibility in relation to an idea of queerness. Their work is theory-driven and has been influenced by philosophers such as Jacques Derrida, Alexander García Düttmann, and Pleshette DeArmitt. Branch is primarily focused on an exploration of subject positions whose relationship to texts are expressed through unsayable, hesitant, or inarticulate modes of writing and reading. Their work often deploys anagrams, quilting, psychic photography, and print media. They are a member of the publishing collective Cat and the Rat. Branch received their BFA in Visual Art from Simon Fraser University in 2020 and has exhibited their work in: Scent Trails, in The Couch Space as part of the exhibition Collecting Plum Blossoms at the Audain Gallery (2021); Are We All We Are: BFA Graduating Exhibition, Audain Gallery (2020); Small File Media Festival, Simon Fraser University (2020); and Artists Who Do Book Tables, Simon Fraser University (2019).

Sena Cleave’s art practice addresses the ways images and texts fabricate ideas of femininity, language, and originality or authorship. They engage with processes that allow them to translate across artistic disciplines, such as weaving, video, and photographic image making, as well as quoting and rearranging found text. Often, they pilfer matter from everyday life and repurpose it to point at the gap between the felt experiences of our bodies and the ways that bodies are represented or reflected back to us. The found matter generates something that resembles a whole: one that is jumbled and misbehaving. In 2022 Cleave, alongside Debbie C., was awarded the Contemporary Art Gallery Residency Prize for their collaborative project The Couch Space. Their work has been included in recent exhibitions such as: Inverted Pyramid Series: Intend to Upend, James Black Gallery (2022); Digital Interventions Part 2: Mediating Vessels, Massy Arts Society (2022); and Collecting Plum Blossoms: BFA Graduating Exhibition, Audain Gallery (2021).

Vitória Monteiro is a Brazilian Canadian artist who explores the intricacies of language abstraction and the reprocessing of information. Monteiro works in paper-making, sculpture, and performance to navigate various sites that knowledge inhabits. Their works embody themes of dislocation, translation, indexicality, and citation, and is rooted in reflections of being neurodivergent. Monteiro holds a BFA in Visual Arts from Simon Fraser University. Their recent and upcoming exhibitions include: To Fold; To Fault, CityScape Community ArtSpace (2023), Just Out of Reach, The Couch Space as part of Unit/Pitt’s Wrong Wave Festival (2022); Digital Interventions Part 2: Mediating Vessels, Massy Art Gallery (2022); SUPERCHARGED, BFA Graduation Exhibition, Audain Gallery (2021), Creative Reuse: The Art of Upcycling, Langley Centennial Museum & Exhibition Center (2021). In 2021 Monteiro received the Contemporary Art Gallery Residency Prize.

For You's Bespoke Audio Tours

Watch the SCA's Ryan Tacata and Erika Chong Shuch, both members of the artist collective For You, talking about their "Bespoke Audio Tours" intervention into the exhibition East of the Pacific: Making Histories of Asian American Art, which is running until February 12, 2023, at Stanford University's Cantor Arts Center. Watch HERE.

Kitsos' Moving Matter

Congratulations to the SCA's Rob Kitsos and his co-applicant Joanna Berzowska, who were awarded a 2022 SSHRC Insight Development Grant for their project Moving Matter: Material-led Collaborative Choreographies. Find out more about Kitsos and his work HERE.

UNSCRIPTED: Mermaid Spring online

Explore The Public Swoon's (the SCA's Barbara Adler and Kyla Gardiner) Mermaid Spring, a work of "interdisciplinary music theatre focused on deep co-creation, slow process and social handcraft," on Playwrights Theatre Centre's new UNSCRIPTED: Mermaid Spring online platform. See it HERE.

TPE & friends present Angel’s Bone

Turning Point Ensemble, which has the SCA's Owen Underhill as its conductor and Artistic Director, joins Arraymusic, Re:Naissance Opera, Sound the Alarm: Music/Theatre, and Loose TEA Music & Theatre to present Du Yun's opera Angel’s Bone on November 25 & 26, 2022, at 7:30 PM, and November 27 at 2:00 PM at the Annex Theatre (823 Seymour St., Vancouver). More HERE. Also, read more about Angel’s Bone in this artcle from Stir Vancouver.

Last chance: Yoon at the SAAG

If you're in or near Lethbridge, Alberta, the SCA's Jin-me Yoon's exhibition Here Elsewhere Other Hauntings closes at The Southern Alberta Art Gallery on November 20, 2022. But if you're local, don't miss Yoon's exhibition About Time, running until March 5, 2023, at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Adler's Autumn-Winter 2023-24

Good backgrounder for the SCA's Barbara Adler's work, Autumn-Winter 2023-24, which is installed in The Cabinet mini gallery, curated by the SCA's Denise Oleksijczuk, outside Room 4390 here at SFU's Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (149 W. Hastings St., Vancouver). With a reception on November 18 from 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM, the exhibition runs until January 10, 2023. Read it HERE.

Sobey show reviewed

Read a review by Paul Gessell in Galleries West of the 2022 Sobey Art Award Exhibition, running until March 12, 2023, at the National Gallery of Canada, which includes SCA alumnus and finalist for the West Coast and Yukon, Krystle Silverfox. Read it HERE.

Silverfox in Dis Orientation and another soundbite

While SCA alumnus Krystle Silverfox, who was the West Coast and Yukon finalist for the 2022 Sobey Art Award, didn't win that contest (Winnipeg artist Divya Mehra took home the prize instead – congratulations to her, and to Krystle and the other finalists), the Government of Yukon announced today that Silverfox's work tth'í' yáw nan (thread beads land) was added to the Yukon Permanent Art Collection, and is being presented in the exhibition Dis Orientation in the main foyer of the Jim Smith Building in Whitehorse until the Spring of 2023, along with 15 other new acquisitions. More HERE. Also, click through to the Evergreen Cultural Centre​'s Instagram to listen to another soundbite interview with Silverfox​ talking about her work Hats’adän echo (Elder’s teachings), which is on display on the exterior windows of the Centre.

Mitsuhashi and Mardon's TOUR

SCA alumnus Erika Mitsuhashi and Alexa Mardon's TOUR is running November 20, 2022, at 7:00 PM & 8:30 PM at Vancouver Opera (1945 McLean Dr. Vancouver), presented by Re:Naissance. More HERE.

Wei is the Admin

SCA alumnus Rita Wei is the new Administrator at The Richmond Academy Of Dance. More HERE.

O'Callaghan's as in a simile

SCA alumnus James O'Callaghan's as in a simile, "a love-letter to Foley Art in cinema and explores the concept of apophenia, the tendency to find meaningful connections between unrelated things," is being presented on Thursday, December 8, 2022, at 7:00 PM as a digital broadcast, with a pre-concert talk at 7:45 PM, as part of New Music Concerts' 50th Anniversary Commissions for Distanced Ensemble Digital Broadcast 2. More HERE.

Spence's Stellar Nullius

SCA alumnus Alexandra Spence's Stellar Nullius "channels voltage into a story about space junk and debris" for Powerhouse Museum's Oscillations, a "seven-part audio series which takes artists into the Powerhouse collection of half a million objects to unearth stories about the vibrations, fluctuations, and movements through our world." More info and a link to your favourite podcast platform HERE.

Joey Chaos and The Ghosts at Red Gate

Joey Chaos and The Ghosts, featuring the SCA's Joey "Chaos" Malbon, is playing November 24, 2022, at 8:00 PM at Red Gate Arts Society (1965 Main Street, Vancouver), along with Hem Netjer and Phuture Memoriez. Tickets HERE.

Vines hosts Umi's Prayer

The Vines Art Festival, started by SCA alumnus and festival director Heather Lamoureux in 2015, is hosting Umi's Prayer: An Evening of Poetry, Music & Connection on Thursday, December 1, 2022, from 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM at Performance Works (1218 Cartwright Street, Vancouver). More HERE.

Chan and Mackenzie co-directing

Advance notice: SCA alumni Derek Chan and Cameron Mackenzie are co-directing Rick Tae's My Little Tomato, which will have its World Premiere March 9 – 19, 2023, at The Cultch's historic theatre (1895 Venables St., Vancouver), co-produced by Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (VACT) and Zee Zee Theatre, in association with rice & beans theatre (which Chan co-founded with SCA alumnus Pedro Chamale). More HERE.

Wylie wins

Congratulations to SCA alumnus Conor Wylie for winning "Best Director for Canadian Feature Award" for K Body and Mind, which was produced with A Wake of Vultures (Wylie and fellow SCA alumni Nancy Tam and Daniel O'Shea), at the 2022 Vancouver Asian Film Festival. More HERE.

2022 MENA Film Fest

The MENA Film Festival, which has SCA alumnus Ghinwa Yassine as one of its busy founders, runs November 26 – December 1, 2022, at the VIFF Center (1181 Seymour St., Vancouver) and online. Info and tickets HERE.

The Tyee on the East Van Panto

Read The Tyee on Theatre Replacement's East Van Panto: The Little Mermaid, featuring SCA alumnus Amanda Sum as Ariel, which runs November 16, 2022, to January 1, 2023, at The Cultch's York Theatre (639 Commercial Dr., Vancouver). Read it HERE.

Morelli on lachapelle

Read SCA alumnus Didier Morelli on lavoie lachapelle's 'Alchemical Masturbation' for CBC Arts. Read it HERE.

Obuwoma and Soji-George lead reading event

SCA alumnus Ogheneofegor Obuwoma and current SCA MA student Moroti Soji-George are leading a reading event on Thursday, November 24, 2022, at 12:00 PM at SFU Galleries' Audain Gallery, discussing “I am Black,” by Thomas F. DeFrantz, and “I AM ALWAYS IN THIS BODY” by Seika Boye and current SCA MFA student and SCA intructor Justine A. Chambers, presented in support of the exhibition It's About Time: Dancing Black in Canada 1900 – 1970 and Now, running at the Audain and Teck Galleries until December 9, 2022. RSVP to to secure a printed copy of the readings. More HERE.

Echo Chamber in Chutzpah!

SCA alumnus Vanessa Goodman / Action at a Distance is premiering Echo Chamber, featuring music by SCA alumnus Scott Morgan / Loscil, on a double bill with Shay Kuebler's Ghost Scripts, Pg. 1, on November 21 & 22 at the Norman & Annette Rothstein Theatre, presented as part of the 2022 Chutzpah! Festival. More HERE.

Calderon's Big Queer Filipino Karaoke Night

SCA alumnus Davey Samuel Calderon (with SCA alumni Anjela Magpantay and Anthony Kit Lee and current SCA student June Hsu working behind the scenes) is presenting Big Queer Filipino Karaoke Night on Thursday, November 24, 2022, at 7:30 PM at Evergreen Cultural Centre's Studio Theatre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, BC). More HERE.

Residuals (住み・墨) reviewed

Read a review of SCA alumnus Shion Skye Carter's Residuals (住み・墨), which premiered November 4 & 5, 2022, at The Dance Centre, in SFU's The Peak. Read it HERE.

A Small File Photo Festival?

Great! London's The Photographers' Gallery has announced a Small File Photo Festival, set to run January 27 & 28, 2023, inspired by the SCA's own Small File Film Festival! The deadline for submission to the Small File Photo Festival is Wednesday, January 4, 2023. More HERE.

SCA in Co.ERASGA's Studio Salon Series

SCA alumni Rachel Maddock and Sarah U 余衍晴 and current SCA MFA student Alexandra Caprara are participating in Co.ERASGA's Studio Salon Series on November 25 & 26, 2022, at 5:00 PM, at What Lab (#202-1814 Pandora St., Vancouver). Take note: In-person audience capacity is limited to 30 people. More HERE.

Congratulations, Katayoon!

SCA MFA student Katayoon Yousefbigloo is a finalist for Philip B. Lind Emerging Artist Prize. Hosted and administrated by The Polygon Gallery, the The Lind Prize 2022 exhibition runs December 10, 2022 – January 29, 2023, with an Opening Celebration on December 15 at 7:00 PM, and a Closing Celebration on January 26, at which the winner of The Lind Prize will be announced. More HERE.

Hill in The Radical Imaginary II

SCA alumnus Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill is participating in the exhibition The Radical Imaginary II: Reclaiming Value, which runs at VOX (401 – 2 Sainte-Catherine Street East, Montreal) until December 3, 2022. More HERE.

Kong on Zazai for Le Sigh

Read SCA PhD student Yani Kong on the time-based animations of Shaheer Zazai in the newest issue of Le Sigh, the online arts magazine by SCA alumnus Didier Morelli and Charlene K. Lau. Read it HERE.

Watching You Watching Me reviewed

Read a review of SCA alumnus Paige Smith's exhibition, Watching You Watching Me, which ran November 1 – 3 at the Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society, in SFU's The Peak. Read it HERE.


FUTUREFUTURES, a collaborative film by Director Brian J. Johnson and Company 605 that's showing for FREE on Saturday, November 26, 2022, at 5:00 PM in the Djavad Mowafaghian Theatre here in SFU's Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (149 W. Hastings St., Vancouver) as part of F O R M, features SCA alumni Shion Skye Carter, Antonio Somera Jr., and Billy Marchenski, as well as SCA MFA student and current SCA instructor Justine A. Chambers. RSVP HERE.

SCA in F O R M

F O R M (Festival of Recorded Movement) opens today! As part of their 2022 programing, catch films by SCA alumni Roya PishvaeiSarah Hin Ching U 余衍晴, and Amanda Sum (with Justin Calvadores), plus by regular SCA Instructor Shannon Cuykendall (and by non-SCA folks, too) running 24/7 from November 18 – 26, 2022, on grunt gallery's Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen (at the intersection of Broadway & Kingsway, Vancouver) and on screens at SFU Vancouver, SFU Surrey, and on the hill at SFU's main campus in Burnaby, presented by F O R M in partnership with Evann Siebens, Vancouver Art Gallery, our pals SFU Woodward's, and the grunt gallery. More HERE.

After School Season Two

Join SCA student Zoë Braithwaite and the other hosts in After School – the podcast produced by the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology that features FCAT students in conversation with FCAT alumni, including from the SCA – which is back for its second season. Listen to the trailer HERE.

Mochizuki talks Tides and Moons

SCA alumnus Cindy Mochizuki joins independent curator Makiko Hara on Sunday, December 11, 2022, from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM at St Paul’s Church Hall (100 Chapel St., Nanaimo) for Tides and Moons: Stories, Sounds, and Flavours from the Sea, "an afternoon of food and shared reflections about the Japanese Canadian fishing communities that populated Nanaimo’s shorelines prior to World War II." With an introduction by Tami Hirasawa, President of the Central Vancouver Island Japanese Canadian Cultural Society (7 Potatoes), Tides and Moons: Stories, Sounds, and Flavours from the Sea is presented in support of Mochizuki's exhibition, Tides & Moons: Herring Capital, which runs until January 8, 2023, at the Nanaimo Art Gallery. More HERE.

Sum talks Panto

Read an interview with SCA alumnus Amanda Sum, who plays Ariel in Theatre Replacement's East Van Panto: The Little Mermaid, running November 16, 2022, to January 1, 2023, at The Cultch's York Theatre (639 Commercial Dr., Vancouver). Read it HERE.

Rahi's New worlds for old sounds

Congratulations to SCA alumnus and current SCA PhD student George Rahi, who was awarded a SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship (Doctoral Program: Fall 2021 Competition) for his project, New worlds for old sounds: The emerging digital culture of the pipe organ. Find out more about Rahi and his work HERE.

Wei's The Other Commune

Congratulations to SCA alumnus and current SCA PhD student Casey Wei, who was awarded a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship (Fall 2021 Competition) for her project The Other Commune. Find out more about Wei and her work HERE.

McMann wins

Congratulations to SCA alumnus Jessica McMann, who won for Classical Recording of the Year at the 2022 YYC Music Awards. More HERE.

withintensions' Duality

withintensions, the monthly art mag from SCA alumni, is calling for submissions for their next issue on the theme of Duality. The deadline is November 26, 2022. For more, click through to their Instagram or go to their site HERE.

November 18, 2022