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Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street

visual art


September 6, 2019 - September 28, 2019


The Roots of Meaning
World Premiere
September 6 - 28, 2019

Fei & Milton Wong Experimental Theatre
SFU Woodward's, 149 West Hastings

Saturday, Sept 28, 1 to 5pm

In partnership with SFU Woodward's Cultural Programs and produced by Electric Company Theatre and Violator Films.

TRANSMISSIONS is a three-part, 6000 square foot multimedia installation by award-winning Anishinaabe filmmaker and artist Lisa Jackson. It extends her investigation into the connections between land, language, and people, most recently with her virtual reality work Biidaaban: First Light. 

Projections, sculpture, and film combine to create urban and natural landscapes that are eerie and beautiful, familiar and foreign, concrete and magical. Past and future collide in a visceral and thought-provoking journey that questions our current moment and opens up the complexity of thought systems embedded in Indigenous languages. Radically different from European languages, they embody sets of relationships to the land, to each other, and to time itself. 

Transmissions invites us to untether from our day-to-day world and imagine a possible future. It provides a platform to activate and cross-pollinate knowledge systems, from science to storytelling, ecology to linguistics, art to commerce. To begin conversations, to listen deeply, to engage varied perspectives and expertise, to knit the world together and find our place within the circle of all our relations.

Transmissions Part 2: Unearthed Preview, ImagineNATIVE2017

Produced in association with McMaster University Socrates Project, Moving Images Distribution and Cobalt Connects Creativity.

Supported by The Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, Moving Images Distribution, SFU Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology, SFU Vancouver Campus and The Hamber Foundation.

Transmissions is one of the 200 exceptional projects funded through the Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter program. With this $35M investment, the Council supports the creation and sharing of the arts in communities across Canada.

SFU Woodward's Cultural Programs

SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs (SFUW) is a presenter and producer of leading-edge contemporary arts practices and culturally progressive discourse. The majority of its presentations are activated through community partnerships that can include new commissions, residences and research projects. SFUW aspires to support new artistic and experimental expressions in all of our activities.


Creative Team

Lisa Jackson, Artist
Alan Storey, Creative Director
Kelly Richardson, Part Three Video Artist
Shawn Cole, Sound Design
Anthony Diehl, Projection Creative Technologist
Ian Wojtowicz - Educational Exhibit Designer
Bob Aschmann, Director of Photography
Lindsay George, Director of Photography, Part One: City
Joey Jacobson - Shadow City Development Designer
Emilee Gilpin, Researcher
Ainsleigh Spencer, Fabrication Assistant, Researcher
Tiffany Moses, Assistant Sound Design

Featuring Jeneen Frei Njootli as Digging Woman in the Part Two film “Unearthed.”
Part Two audio by Laura Ortman and Raven Chacon, “Heavy As Light” or “Grand Canyon”.
Part Three soundscape adapted from the bio-sonification recordings of Tosca Teran.

Production Team:

Clayton Baraniuk, Artistic Producer
Lori Lozinski, Executive Producer
Mark Eugster, Production Manager and Technical Director
Miles Lavkulich, SFU Production Manager and Technical Director
Rob Neilson, Editor and Visual Effects
Tania Thompson, Part Two Development Producer
Elijah Lindenberger, Projection Consultant

SFUW Cultural Programs
Michael Boucher, Director
Janice Beley, Producer
Lori Strong, Project Coordinator
Heman Chiu, Project Assistance

Ina Joseph, Greeter
Maxine Jackson, Greeter
Olivia Lucas, Greeter
Stephen Lytton, Greeter
Carol Leo, Greeter

John Endo Greenaway, Graphics

SFU Faculty of Communications, Art & Technology

Karrmen Crey, Faculty Partner
Kate Hennessy, Faculty Partner
Sudha Krishna, Executive Director, Strategy & Innovation

Special thanks to Joel Grinke, Jeremy Freiberger, Rina Fraticelli, Sylvia Jonescu Lisitza and Boca del Lupo.


Admission:  Free Public Tours

Saturday, Sept 28, 1 to 5pm


When: September 6 – Septemeber 28.

Saturday, Sept 28, 1 to 5pm

Where: Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.

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