Marian Penner Bancroft
Marian Penner Bancroft is a Vancouver artist active since 1969, working primarily with photography, text, video, sculpture and sound. She studied at the University of British Columbia, the Vancouver School of Art (Emily Carr University) and Ryerson University in Toronto. Bancroft’s recent work addresses issues of landscape, public and personal history and the construction of the visual imagination, with a particular emphasis on the overlaps of Indigenous and European histories and subsequent representations of the landscape. National and international exhibitions include those at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Sala Uno in Rome, Italy, and the Centre Culturel Canadien in Paris. Her work can be found in the permanent collections of The Vancouver Art Gallery, The National Gallery of Canada, The Burnaby Art Gallery, The Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery, The Canada Council Art Bank and Canada House in London, UK. Bancroft was the 2009 recipient of the City of Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for Visual Art, the 2012 Audain Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Visual Arts and the 2018 Overseas Photographer Award at the Higashikawa International Photography Festival in Japan. She has taught at NSCAD University, SFU and is a Professor Emerita at Emily Carr University of Art+Design. She is represented in Vancouver by Republic Gallery.
Scott Billings is a visual artist, instructor, and engineer based in Vancouver. His art practice looks at the mimetic relationship between the apparatus of cinema and the language of movement it articulates. Centering on issues of animality, roboethics, and spectatorship, his sculptures and video installations mix the spatial spectacle of long takes with the materiality of kineticism. How does cinema move? And in what ways does the apparatus reveal both the mechanisms of causality and its own dormant animal quality? Billings addresses these questions under the pretext of a technological conundrum, building machines out of his preoccupation with geometric precision and moving parts. He employs strategies of making through translations of space and time: motion is translated into sculptural form and duration is amassed into material thickness. Custom machines are often created as both tools for making and actual components in gallery installations, typically moving cameras and projectors as a way to transpose architectural space into the gallery. The live kinetic performativity of these installations reverses the passive viewership of cinema into an active embodied spectatorship. He received an MFA from the University of British Columbia, a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, and a BASc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo. He is represented by Wil Aballe Art Projects.
Ben Bogart is a Vancouver-based interdisciplinary artist working with generative computational processes (including physical modelling, chaos, feedback systems, evolutionary computation, computer vision and machine learning) and has been inspired by knowledge in the natural sciences (quantum physics and cognitive neuroscience) in the service of an epistemological enquiry. Bogart has produced processes, artifacts, texts, images and performances that have been presented at galleries, art festivals and academic conferences in Canada, the USA, the United Arab Emirates, Australia, Turkey, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Brazil, Hong Kong, Norway and Spain. Notable exhibitions include solo shows at the Canadian Embassy at Transmediale (Berlin) in 2017 and the TechLab at the Surrey Art Gallery in 2018. He has been an artist in residence at the Banff Centre (Canada), the New Forms Festival (Canada) and at Videotage (Hong Kong). His research and practise have been funded by the SSHRC, the BCAC and the CCA.
Sara-Jeanne Bourget is a visual artist born in Levis, Quebec. She moved to Montreal where she obtained her BFA in Studio Arts at Concordia University (2015), and then to Vancouver in 2017 to complete her MFA at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. In 2016, she was part of two residency programs, in Finland and in Vermont, USA where she also exhibited her work. In July 2017 she was awarded a grant from the Elizabeth Greenshields foundation in support of her work and pursuit of her studies. She has exhibited her work in several group shows in Montreal and will be part of the Manif d’Art 9, the Quebec City Biennial starting in February 2019.
Professor of Dance, Performance Studies & New Technology at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, scholar, performer, choreographer, and Artistic Director of Full Performing Bodies, Dr. Henry Daniel’s research concentrates on strengthening notions of Practice-as-Research, Arts-based-Research, and Research/Creation in Canada. He has a PhD from Bristol University and an MA from the Laban Centre London.
Daniel began his career as an actor with James Lee Wah’s San Fernando Drama Guild and Derek Walcott’s Trinidad Theatre Workshop. He was also a founding member of Astor Johnson’s ground-breaking company, the Repertory Dance Theatre of Trinidad and Tobago. In the USA he was a member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Centre Workshop, Pearl Primus African American Dance Company, Frank Ashley Dance Company, Asakawalker Dance Company, the Bernhard Ballet, and soloist with the José Limón Dance Company of New York. In Germany he founded and directed Henry Daniel and Dancers while continuing to work as a member of TanzProject München, Tanztheater Freiburg, and Assistant Director, Choreographer, and Dancer for Tanztheater Münster with Birgitta Trommler. In the UK he founded and directed the performance group Full Performing Bodies.
As an educator, writer and artist, Randy Lee Cutler investigates the emergence of new cultural forms through an exploration of the intersections of gender, art, science and technology. She has a PhD in Cultural History from the Royal College of Art, UK where she examined the subversion of the sciences in the surrealist enterprise. She contributes essays to journals, catalogues and art magazines. Open Wide: An Abecedarium for the Great Digestive System, her ebook on digestion as a metaphor for experience was launched on itunes in March 2014. Whether through performance art, experimental video, curating or creative/critical writing, Randy’s practice takes up themes of interdisciplinarity, collaboration, materiality and sustenance. Working with printed matter, collage, video and performance, she has shown work at numerous venues nationally and internationally. Randy is a Professor at Emily Carr University in the Faculty of Art on the unceded Coast Salish territories also known as Vancouver, Canada.
Christine D’Onofrio is a visual artist based in Vancouver. She attended York University in Toronto for her Bachelor of Fine Arts, and completed her Master of Fine Arts at the University of British Columbia, where she currently teaches. D’Onofrio has exhibited her work across Canada at galleries such as: Eyelevel Gallery (Halifax), Modern Fuel Gallery (Kingston), Charles H Scott Gallery (Vancouver), Deluge Contemporary Art (Victoria), Gallery 44 (Toronto), La Centrale (Montreal), and the Belkin Art Gallery (Vancouver). D’Onofrio has also given artist talks and served on panels in various institutions, including the Vancouver Art Gallery, and the prestigious “Art Now” lectures at the University of Lethbridge. D’Onofrio works in photography, video, digital media, interactive media, printmaking, sculpture, book works, and installation, and her interests range from ideas of humour, nothing, feminism and pedagogy.
Deborah Edmeades’ work has been seen internationally at places such as the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, UK; Ars Electronica, Austria; Exit Art and Participant Inc. in New York City, USA; and Artspeak in Vancouver, Canada. She is a Franklin Furnace alumnus and was a visiting artist and guest lecturer of performance art at the University of Texas at Austin in 2000. In 2014, she completed an MFA at Simon Fraser University. She currently resides in Vancouver, located on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish people.
Denise Ferreira da Silva (PhD) is Professor and Director of The Social Justice Institute (GRSJ) at the University of British Columbia. She is also a Visiting Professor of Law at Birkbeck-University of London (UK) and Adjunct Professor of Curatorial Practice at MADA-Monash University (Australia). Her academic writings and artistic practice address the ethical questions of the global present and target the metaphysical and onto-epistemological dimensions of modern thought. Academic publications include Toward a Global Idea of Race (University of Minnesota Press, 2007) and the edited volume Race, Empire, and The Crisis of the Subprime (with Paula Chakravartty, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013). She has written for publications of the 2016 Liverpool and Sao Paulo Biennales as well as for the 2017 Documenta 14 and Venice Biennale. Her artistic work includes collaborations, such as the films Serpent Rain (2016) and 4Waters-Deep Implicancy (2018), with Arjuna Neuman, and the play Return of the Vanished Peasant (with Rosalind Martin) as well as events and texts which are part of her Poethical Readings and the Sensing Salon practices, in collaboration with Valentina Desideri. She was an advisor to Natasha Ginwala, curator of the Contour 8 Biennale (Mechelen, 2017).
Robin Gleason is an American visual artist based in Vancouver, BC. She grew up in coastal Maine, and received her BA in Studio Art from Colorado College in 2013. After graduating, she moved to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where she continued to make art, participating in multiple group shows and teaching classes in a variety of media at a local non-profit. In 2018 she received a grant from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation to support her artistic endeavors. She is currently pursuing an MFA at Emily Carr University of Art & Design in Vancouver.
Mark Igloliorte is an interdisciplinary artist of Inuit ancestry from Nunatsiavut, Labrador. His artistic work is primarily painting and drawing. In 2017, Igloliorte received a REVEAL Indigenous Art Award from the Hnatyshyn Foundation and to note, he was also longlisted for a Sobey art award in 2012. He received a Bachelor of Education from Memorial University, his BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and his MFA from Concordia University. His work has been shown nationally and internationally, notably at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, the Quebec Triennial at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, and as part of the touring exhibition Beat Nation. Further, Igloliorte has been profiled in features by Canadian Art Magazine and Inuit Art Quarterly. He currently lives in Vancouver where he teaches at Emily Carr University.
Karen Kazmer’s interdisciplinary work seeks to examine architectural spaces, objects as well as Human-animal relationships. Recently, she has drawn on the microscopic world and its unseen connections with our everyday lives and activities often where there are no defined borders. In Kazmer’s installations, materials and pneumatic elements are frequently used to convey medical issues and socio-psychological states in indoor spaces. In 2012 she completed the public work Moving Up located on the Spirit Trail in North Vancouver. Questioning the notion of “wild”, the art for this pedestrian trail plaza considers the ways in which urban animals adapt to their environment. The beavers can be seen as the designers and builders of this site-specific work portraying the convergence between nature, local housing and industry. She is currently working on two public art projects in Richmond and Vancouver and teaches part time at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.
Gwenessa Lam is a visual artist and educator. Her artwork stems from interests in perception and the compression of time and memory within images. Lam received her BFA from the University of British Columbia and MFA from New York University. She has taught at New York University, Emily Carr University of Art and Design, and the University of British Columbia. She has attended residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Skowhegan, MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the Banff Centre. Her work has been exhibited at the Bronx Museum of Art, the Queens Museum of Art in New York, and Galerie de L’UQAM. Lam is currently Assistant Professor at the Alberta College of Art and Design.
Brady Marks is an artist working primarily in audiovisual practices, new media and kinect art / physical computing. Thematically her work engages critically with fallibility and promise of technology, perspectives of place – virtual, actual and ecological & narratives of knowledge and understanding in science. She obtained an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and a Masters in Interactive Arts from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. As a graduate of Simon Fraser University taught by faculty including original members of the World Soundscape Project (WSP), and as a member of the Soundscape Collective at Vancouver Co-operative Radio, Brady Marks is an inheritor of the WSP legacy of Acoustic Ecology. She is a frequent host of Soundscape on Co-op Radio, member of the Vancouver Electronic Ensemble and DJs Queer Dance Music.
Lindsay McIntyre is a film artist from Edmonton of Inuit and Settler European descent. She holds an MFA in Film Production from Concordia in Montreal and a BFA in Painting and Drawing from The University of Alberta. Her process-based practice is largely analog in nature and deals with themes of portraiture, place, form and personal histories. Working primarily with 16mm film and experimental, handmade and documentary techniques, she also makes her own 16mm film hand-coated with silver gelatin emulsion. Interested simultaneously in the apparatus of cinema, portraiture, representation and personal histories, she bridges gaps in collective experience and remains dedicated to integrating theory and practice, form and content. She was a member of The Double Negative Collective, the recipient of the Canada Council’s Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for Excellence in Media Arts for 2013 and a REVEAL Indigenous Arts Award from the Hnatyshyn Foundation in 2017. She applies her interest in film chemistry, analogue technologies and structure to make award-winning short 16mm films and expanded cinema performances which have been programmed around the world including at Ann Arbor, Anthology Film Archives, Pleasure Dome, Mono No Aware, Rotterdam, WNDX, imagineNATIVE, Images, Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, Raindance, One Flaming Arrow and Black Maria and can be found in several permanent collections. She taught at the University of Alberta before transplanting to Vancouver to teach Film + Screen Arts at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.
Teo Monsalve is a visual artist from Quito, Ecuador, with a focus on painting, drawing, collage, printmaking, installation and performance. By exploring themes related to the natural world of the Andes and the Amazon region of Ecuador, Monsalve is invested in developing and entangling a conversation with a variety of topics including history and landscape painting, the idea of the exotic as well as the sublime experience of nature. He has worked collaboratively with musicians as a way of expanding the rhythmic and vibrational elements of his aesthetic experiments. The predominant concerns in his practice are engaged with ideas of interculturality, interspecies relationships, geographical context and metamorphosis, both mythological and botanical. Weaving multiple narratives, drawn from his home country of Ecuador and his experience of living and studying in Canada Monsalve brings to his practice a range of influences reflecting a multicultural voice through his mestizo relationship with the Americas and the larger global sphere. He is currently pursuing an MFA degree at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.
Roxanne Nesbitt is a designer, musician/composer and sound artist based in Vancouver. She is interested in the convergence of sound, design, and motion. She completed a residency at HCMA Architecture, designing a series of tuned acoustic tiles that respond sonically to the pedestrian step. This project is part of a larger body of research about sonic potentials of architectural materials. Nesbitt has worked with choreographers Manuela Lucia Tessi, Sarah Fdili Alaoui, and the Good Women Dance Collective as a sound artist, composer and designer. These collaborations explored the design of large-scale spatial instruments that allow dancers to generate sound with their bodies. She also works with Vancouver/Berlin based drummer Ben Brown in the on-going collaboration Mutual Instruments for Movement and Sound, where she designs and makes original percussion instruments that facilitate an unorthodox vocabulary of movement. Recently, Nesbitt composed a live score for the Biting School’s residency at the Dance Centre in Vancouver. Nesbitt performs as a vocalist/noise maker in the audio-visual project graftician and in the improvised duo, why choir. She is currently completing a composition/instrument design mentorship with Giorgio Magnanensi evolving the designs of her parasitic musical instrument series symbiotic instruments.
Deanna Peters/Mutable Subject is a dance artist and designer who creates for stage, screen, web, print and site-specific spaces. As well as interpreting the work of other artists, she is honing her personal approaches, creating out of her shared studio on Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh territory (Vancouver). Peters has worked with dozens of presenters to share her projects across the country and internationally. She recently produced META, created and performed with Justine A. Chambers and Kim Sato, presented by The Dance Centre. Also in 2017, she created Dancers Playing Basketball presented by the Vancouver International Dance Festival and “solo” presented by the Dancing on the Edge Festival. A hyper-active DIY producer, as well as sharing her own work, she hosts shows, parties and workshops with/for fellow artists. For the past three years, she curates and produces Interplay which features multidisciplinary approaches to performance. She’s a member of Gold Saucer, a multidisciplinary group of artists who run rehearsal and venue spaces, and a part of 8 Days, an annual co-authored encounter for peer-to-peer research and development in dance and choreography. Currently, Peter’s developing projects which are mostly dance, are most often in collaboration with others, around freestyle house dance, web programming, plants, dancer ESP and other trippy perceptual phenomena. It’s all dance.
Holly Schmidt is a Vancouver artist with a research-based practice that engages processes of collaboration and informal pedagogy. Moving across disciplinary boundaries, she explores the relationships between practices of making, knowledge creation and the formation of temporary communities. Her exhibition, public art and residency projects include Pollen Index (2016), Charles H. Scott Gallery; Till (2014/15) with the Santa Fe Art Institute, Mess Hall (2013) and Banff Centre Residency; Moveable Feast (2012), Burnaby Art Gallery; Grow (2011), Other Sights for Artists’ Projects. Upcoming projects are Lost Lessons (2018), Boca del Lupo; Alphabet Bread with Locals Only (2018), AKA Gallery; and Accretion (2018) 10 Different Things, with ECUAD Living Labs, City Studio and Vancouver Public Art.
Erin Siddall is a Vancouver-based visual artist whose work interrogates the viewer into thinking about looking rather than what they are looking at, especially the corporeal experience of media. Siddall’s practice considers the problem of how to represent the unrepresentable with photography: the cosmological, invisible environmental hazards, hidden histories, traumatic events, including where to find the arbitrary philosophical demarcations between safe and unsafe. Her current work investigates nuclear histories from within an era of escalating risk. Siddall will be travelling north in 2019 to a former uranium mine at Port Radium to create collaborative work alongside Tahltan artist Tsēmā Igharas in order to decolonize the current uses of land and resources in Canada and draw attention to the impact of the accumulation and acceleration of environmental hazards in relation to mining, while also touching on Canada’s role both historically and presently in the geopolitics of the production of nuclear materials. Other upcoming research includes investigating the limitations of vision within (half of) the knowable universe in relation to a specialized camera lens being built for the L.S.S.T. telescope project. Siddall holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia (2017), a Bachelor of Media Arts from Emily Carr University (2011), and has screened and shown in solo, public or group contexts at galleries and festivals such as Gallery 44, Access Gallery, Satellite Gallery, CSA Space, The Helen and Morris Belkin Art Gallery, The Western Front Gallery, Winsor Gallery, and the Burrard Art Foundation Studio. She was recently included in the exhibition Bombhead at Vancouver Art Gallery.
Emelina Soares uses site specific installation, animation, projection, drawing, printmaking and sculpture to navigate themes of ecology, ethology, migration and cultural exchanges. Her experience as an Indian, born and raised in Qatar hearing stories about her grandfather’s relationship with Portugal due to the colonization of Goa, India, has informed her curiosity with history in relation to the present. Her time spent in Canada has also opened new interests such as the experience of a visitor on indigenous lands along with the learning of ancestral knowledge gathered by the aboriginal communities. This has provided the opportunity to engage with the mycology community and expand her research on the kin relationships between botany and mycelium, an organism that shares a similar DNA structure to humans. Soares has collaborated with medical students at Weill Cornell Medical College, Qatar, to innovate interdisciplinary pedagogies using materials and methods that study the perception of the body. She completed her MA degree in Museum and Gallery Practices at University College of London, Qatar, and is currently pursuing her MFA degree at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.
Keith Spencer is a multidisciplinary artist, writer, and educator currently based in Vancouver, Canada. His creative practice is informed by his New Mexican heritage and upbringing which has provoked questions regarding construction of place and identity in unstable spaces. Drawing on influences from his time living in Japan, his background in literature and languages, as well as scientific and spiritual narratives, Spencer’s work explores real and imagined landscapes through themes of perception, memory, and borders. In a practice that spans painting, drawing, printmaking, and installation, these sites of instability are shifted, abstracted, and transformed as a means of expressing emergent realities. Spencer completed his BA (Summa Cum Laude) from the University of New Mexico, his Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Studio from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is a current MFA candidate at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. His work has been shown in the US, Canada, and Japan.
Leó Stefánsson is a new-media artist working in data visualization, sonification and immersive installation. He received his BA in Visual Arts from the Icelandic Academy of the Arts in 2011 and an MFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 2013. He has performed and exhibited his work in Canada, Iceland, Estonia, the Czech Republic and the United States. In his studies, Leó developed his practice on the intersection of art and science – using technology to explore the relationship between perception, consciousness and the physical world. As a part of his practice, Stefánsson develops new software tools that help both artist and scientist explore ideas and create new work. One of his recent projects Lightworks, is an open-source initiative that leverages computer vision to help artists create LED installations in any shape or form and break free from the confines of squares and straight lines, all without having to write a single line of code. Currently Stefánsson is working on an audio-visual data exploration tool for particle collision data. The tool provides scientists with new ways of exploring their data but can also be used as an educational tool to help demystify what happens inside a particle accelerator.
prOphecy sun is a PhD Candidate at the School of Interactive Arts + Technology at Simon Fraser University. Her interdisciplinary performance practice threads together both conscious and unconscious choreographies, sound, and environment to create exploratory works that invoke deep body memory. Over the last 10 years she has been self-releasing music, choreography, compositions and videos using smartphone technology as a capturing tool. She has exhibited and performed nationally and internationally at the Arts Commons, Orillia Museum of Art and History, Surrey Art Gallery, One Art Space, Dance in Vancouver, L’alternative: Festival de Cine Independiente de Barcelona, Festival Miden, Unit/Pitt Gallery, IAC Gallery, Institut für Alles Mögliche, Cinethesia Feminist Film Festival, Fazakas Gallery, VIVO Media Arts Centre, ISEA 2015, the Vancouver Art Gallery, Dancing on the Edge, Scotia Bank Dance Centre, 12 Min Max, Fontanelle Gallery, the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, the International Experimental Cinema Explosion, Exploding Cinema Festival, Festival des Musiques Creation, and the International Festival of Live Networked Performances. She holds a BFA and MFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Her research is supported by the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the British Columbia Arts Council.
Jacqueline Turner has published four books of poetry with ECW Press, most recently The Ends of the Earth (2013). Her current work Flourish is a series of poems that explore the interfaces between urban and natural environments in contemporary cities. A book of short essays on the new nostalgia and accompanying installations is also in process. She is a Lecturer + Writing Specialist at Emily Carr University of Art + Design teaching creative and critical writing. Her work investigates practices of reading in academic contexts and the role of generous curiosity in creating conditions for collaboration. She has held writing residencies in Brisbane, Tasmania, Granada and one upcoming in Berlin.
Carlyn Yandle’s material explorations interweave a childhood steeped in political counter-culture and a range of skills in traditional craft methods and her previous profession as a newspaper journalist. She left the newsroom in 2005 for degree studies at Emily Carr University with the goal of continuing to participate in public discourse through visual forms. Since graduating in 2010 she has won a series of commissions and juried exhibition opportunities that reflect her ongoing interest in connecting threads between the personal and political, ranging from sculpture to public-participatory installations and events to public art, painting and lectures. Yandle finds inspiration through literally playing with ideas, often using culturally-embedded found materials, and from art-making with children, regularly sharing on this creative process through writing. She splits her time between an off-grid studio of her own design on Lasqueti Island, B.C. and her hometown of Vancouver.