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  • Donna Szőke presents ‘On Invisibility’, January 21 at the MIWSFPA

    On 21 January, the Centre for Studies in Arts and Culture welcomes artist Donna Szőke, Chair of the Department of Visual Arts and a member of the recently created Research Centre in Interdisciplinary Arts and Creative Culture, as a Walker Cultural leader for 2020.

    Szőke will present an artists’ talk “On Invisibility” at 7:00 pm at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts of Brock University (MIWSFPA). This is a free community event and everyone is welcome to attend.

    Invisibility is this year’s theme at The Small Walker Press, a small press valuing interdisciplinary cooperation and the exploration of image and text, homed in the Centre for Studies in Arts and Culture (STAC) at the MIWSFPA.

    Szőke creates expanded animation, media art, video, drawing, and collaborations. She investigates immanence, embodied perception, and the fluidity of lived experience.

    In her artist’s talk, she will present her work and her current book project The Dark Redacted in cooperation with author Gary Barwin, to be published in April 2020 by the Small Walker Press.

    In an excerpt from the forthcoming volume, editors Catherine Parayre and Derek Knight write:

    Donna Szőke thoughtfully investigates the fluidity of meaning and presence. Rather than elucidating a concept or an experience, she proposes a semi-abstract perusal of collective or intimate issues. Offering a reflection on the evocative instability of the biographical and the personal, and opting for an approach close to autofiction, her work constellates subtle possibilities and its scope defies the limitations of certainty. The artist is a compelling storyteller for whom the quest for meaning and the vagrancies of that search are more significant than plain facts. For The Dark Redacted Szőke proposes traces of a fragile story and never-faltering endurance. Her sequence of images alternates beautifully detailed natural life – a buffalo, intricate vegetation – and minimally sketched-out human presence and personal objects. As a result, her work addresses the viewers’ intuition and sensitivity to the environment.

    The event is presented by the Centre for Studies in Arts and Culture for the Walker Cultural Leader Series, generously founded by Marilyn I. Walker. The Walker Cultural Leader series brings leading artists, performers, practitioners and academics to the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts at Brock University. Engaging, lively and erudite, these sessions celebrate professional achievement, artistic endeavour and the indelible role of culture in our society.

    Please join us.Join us on January 21, 2020 at 7-8:30 pm.  The presentation takes place in the Art & Val Fleming Smart Classroom (MWS 156), located on the lower level of the MIWSFPA.  Limited parking is available at the MIWSFPA, with additional parking nearby at the Garden Park/Carlisle Street Parking garage and adjacent lots.

    Centre for Studies in Arts and Culture: Walker Cultural Leader Artist’s talk
    ‘On Invisibility’, with Donna Szőke
    21 January 2020, 7-8:30 pm, MWS 156

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  • Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Indigenous Art Practice: Candidate Research Presentations

    The Brock and wider community is invited to attend the presentations by the three Indigenous artist/researchers who are finalists for the Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Indigenous Art Practice at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts.

    Our candidates are visiting the Marilyn I. Walker School in January. Each will give an hour-long presentation and engage in an additional half hour of discussion about their current research interests and focus, and about what they would hope to achieve as a Canada Research Chair at Brock University in the next five years.

    MATTHEW MACKENZIE

    Research presentation 5 – 6:30 pm,
    Friday January 10, 2020
    MWS 156

    Edmonton playwright, director and producer Matthew MacKenzie (Métis) is Artistic Director of Punctuate! Theatre, as well as the founder and an Artistic Associate with Pyretic Productions. In 2018, his play Bears won Dora Mavor Moore Awards for Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Production, was named a co-winner of the Toronto Theatre Critics Outstanding New Canadian Play Award, and won the Playwrights Guild of Canada’s Carol Bolt National Playwriting Award. This past fall, Punctuate! premiered MacKenzie’s play The Particulars, which was named one of the top ten productions of 2019 by The Globe and Mail.

    MARK IGLOLIORTE

    Research presentation 11:30 am – 1 pm,
    Friday January 17, 2020
    MWS 156

    Mark Igloliorte is an Inuk artist born in Corner Brook, Newfoundland with Inuit ancestry from Nunatsiavit, Labrador. His artistic work is primarily painting and drawing. Igloliorte’s work has been featured in several notable national exhibitions including the 2015 Marion McCain Exhibition of Contemporary Atlantic Canadian Art, curated by Corinna Ghaznavi; Inuit Ullumi: Inuit Today: Contemporary Art from TD Bank Group’s Inuit Collection; Beat Nation, curated by Kathleen Ritter and Tania Willard; and The Phoenix Art-The Renewed Life of Contemporary Painting, curated by Robert Enright. In addition, Igloliorte has been profiled in features in Canadian Art magazine and Inuit Art Quarterly. Igloliorte is an Assistant Professor at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

    SUZANNE MORRISSETTE

    Research presentation 5 – 6:30 pm,
    Wednesday January 22, 2020
    MWS 207

    Suzanne Morrissette is a Métis artist, curator, and writer. Using various research-creation methods Morrissette addresses the philosophical roots of historical and contemporary forms of injustice facing Indigenous peoples. Her current and future research looks at the role of locally-based Indigenous knowledges within Indigenous community-based curatorial practice as a way of entering into conversations about robust and unexpected strategies for representing Indigenous art both within Canadian and international contexts. Currently she holds the position of Assistant Professor at OCAD University.r University of Art and Design.


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  • Creative Book Covers!

    Book design plays an important role in making its content attractive. Participants of a recent Centre for Studies in Arts and Culture workshop conducted by artist Candace Couse show their creations of unique book covers in the display window of The Write Bookshop, 285 St. Paul’s Street, until 2 December 2019.

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  • Bernhard Cella shortlisted for LA MENTION SPÉCIALE DU JURY for Queer Publishing: A Family Tree

    The Centre for Studies in Arts and Culture (STAC) is pleased to announce that Queer Publishing: A Family Tree designed and published by Bernhard Cella, has been shortlisted for LA MENTION SPÉCIALE DU JURY of the Paris Photo Aperture Foundation and to be awarded in November. This is a significant recognition of Cella’s important contribution to scholarship in this field. Founder of The Salon für Kunstbuch in Vienna, Austria, Cella is the book designer of the Small Walker Press (SWP), a project of the Centre and generously funded by the legacy of Marilyn I. Walker. Cella was the Centre’s Walker Cultural Leader for 2017-18.

    “In the twenty years since Horacio Fernández first wrote Fotografía Pública (MNCARS, 1999), the first landmark book to position the scholarship of books and magazines as a topic of critical importance to the photographic medium, “book about books” has become a genre of publishing unto itself. Each year, the PhotoBook Awards jury sees at least one well-researched, richly illustrated publication that presents some new facet of photobibliophilia—often using the filter of a particular region or city or even a particular thematic niche. This year, however, the jury noted a rise in the number of books about books that exceeded expectation in terms of design, like Printed Photography in Venezuela; or ventured into new territory, telling the story of a single notable magazine, like Camera Austria International: Laboratory for Photography and Theory. Each of these volumes, in its own way, adds additional detail and texture to the evolving connoisseurship and scholarship dedicated to the photobook.” (from https://programme.parisphoto.com/programme-2019/le-prix-du-livre-photographique-paris-photo-aperture-foundation/la-mention-speciale-du-jury.htm, 19/10/18)

    With the co-editors of the Small Walker Press, Professors Parayre and Derek Knight of Brock University, and accompanied by David Vivian, Director of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, Cella presented the first two volumes of the SWP at Belvedere 21, Vienna on June 19, 2019. The books were published under the theme of environmental degradation and include Inland, by Associate Professor of Visual Arts Shawn Serfas (Brock University) with creative writing by Atlanta-based New York Times journalist Richard Fausset and an essay by Associate Professor of Visual Arts Derek Knight, and The Quarry, by Associate Professor Adam Dickinson (Brock University) and artist Lorène Bourgeois (Toronto).  The books are available for purchase from the Centre.

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  • Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Indigenous Art Practice

    Brock University’s Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts (MIWSFPA) invites applications for a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Indigenous Art Practice at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor.

    The CRC in Indigenous Art Practice will be appointed to one or more of the School’s academic units, depending on the successful applicant’s area(s) of knowledge and expertise. We recognize that in Indigenous art there may be no formal divisions between visual, theatrical, and musical art forms. Brock embraces diverse perspectives and pedagogical practices; it is hoped that the CRC in Indigenous Art Practice will help foster new collaborations across academic units and assist the School and university to move towards Indigenization. The CRC will be welcomed into a tight-knit, friendly, and dynamic community of artists, scholars, staff, and students that respects, promotes, and actively engages with Indigenous arts and culture within the University and Indigenous communities.

    Review of applications will begin on October 31, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled.

    For more information see the complete posting at brocku.wd3.myworkdayjobs.com/brocku_careers/job/St-Catharines-Downtown-Campus/Canada-Research-Chair—Tier-2—Indigenous-Art-Practice—Assistant-Associate-Professor-Tenure-Track_JR-1002413

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  • We are hiring!

    Two positions available:

    Marketing and Communications Officer

    full-time, this position includes full comprehensive benefits coverage, including tuition waiver.
    closing on August 24. see https://brocku.ca/careers/
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    Communications Assistant (Coop student position)

    full-time, 9 months, beginning September 2019
    tailored for Brock students in Marketing and Communications but other disciplines should apply
    closing on August 17 or until filled. see https://careerzone.brocku.ca

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  • Collaborative Student Exhibit Opens at the Niagara Artists’ Centre

    French students Jaclyn Morse, Maddy Cugini, Katie Mcginnes, Mariah Dubeau discuss their 3D-printed photographs at the opening of Expressions of Today/Expressions d’aujourd’hui. The art show, on now at the Niagara Artists Centre, is a collaboration between local graffiti artist Matt Vizbulis and students in Brock’s Studies in Arts and Culture and French programs.

    By Craig Maltais

    The current exhibit at the Niagara Artists Centre features a collaboration between local graffiti artist Mat Vizbulis, Brock students in Studies in Arts and Culture and French Studies. Expressions of Today/ Expressions d’aujourd’hui, a bilingual exhibit, is one of the first of its kind in Niagara and displays a variety of alternative art forms. 

    The Arts & Culture students used Vizbulis’ art as inspiration to create their own paintings and collaged them digitally onto posters. These were completed with poetic sentences written by the students, later edited and selected by Professor Catherine Parayre.

    The French Studies students’ work on display also features their own poetic phrases, also edited by Parayre on the subject of the title theme: ‘The graffiti dances like…’ These sentences are inspired from Vizbulis’ piece, as well as the work of French-Canadian artist-author Daniel Dugas.

    French students created 3D printed photographs and wrote poetry in response to the graffiti.

    French students created 3D printed photographs and wrote poetry in response to the graffiti.

    The sentences join a series of 10 x 15 cm lithophanes (photographs printed in 3D) of the students in movement which demonstrates the themes of their writings.

    Vizbuli describes graffiti as “using energy to express art.” He channels his energy through sweeping movements to create his art, such as the exhibit’s centerpiece An Elephant in the Room.

    When asked about being featured along side growing artists, Vizbulis said he was gratified to be the inspiration for so many young artists. He also congratulated Brock University for reaching out to the local community to find home grown artists and to exhibit graffiti art in a gallery.

    Expressions of Today / Expressions d’aujourd’hui is on exhibit at the Niagara Artists Centre in downtown St Catharines from March 3rd – 16th 2018.

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    L’exposition au Niagara Artists Centre présente l’artiste de graffiti Mat Vizbulis et les œuvres collaboratives crées par Catherine Parayre de l’Université Brock et de ses étudiants d’Etudes en Arts et culture, ainsi que ses étudiants des Études en français. Cette exposition bilingue d’art alternative et de graffiti est une des premières de son genre dans la région de Niagara.

    La collaboration est le thème global de l’exposition. Les étudiants d’Arts et  culture se sont inspirés de l’art de Vizbulis dans leurs propres créations qu’ils ont associées à des phrases poétiques, plus tard éditées par Professeure Parayre.

    Le travail des étudiants d’Études en français contient lui aussi des phrases poétiques, également éditées par Professeure Parayre, au sujet du thème : « Le graffiti danse comme… ». Ces phrases sont inspirées de l’œuvre de Vizbulis et du recueil de l’artiste-auteur franco-canadien Daniel Dugas . Elles accompagnent des lithophanies (photos numériques, impressions 3D) de 10 x 15 cm des mêmes .

    En discutant de l’impact d’être l’artiste central exposé en même temps que des artistes débutants, Vizbulis s’est montré flatté et content d’avoir influencé tant d’étudiants. Il a aussi félicité l’Université Brock d’avoir recherché non seulement un artiste local, mais aussi un artiste de graffiti pour exposer en galerie. En parlant du point focal de l’exposition, An Elephant in the Room, l’artiste dit utiliser toute son énergie dans de grands gestes en arc pour créer son art.

    Expressions of Today / Expressions d’aujourd’hui est présenté au Niagara Artists Centre à St Catharines du 3 au 16 mars 2018.

    Craig Maltais’ blogpost was originally posted on the Brock Faculty of Humanities blog, managed by Alison Innes.

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  • Voix plurielles: new issue published

    We are very pleased to announce the new issue (14.2, 2017) of Voix plurielles (APFUCC), edited by Professor Catherine Parayre, also editor of ti< and faculty at the Centre for Studies in Arts and Culture of the MIWSFPA.

    It includes contributions on different artistic expressions (literature, theatre, cinema, comics -bande dessinée-, visual arts, music) and addresses several interdisciplinary issues related to the hybridation of genres and techniques, as well as to epistemological crossovers and comparative work.

    The authors and artists presented in this issue come from very different backgrounds: French actors, a Kurdish author, Canadian authors galore, authors of comic books from Japan, Peru, France, etc. and, of course, Belgium. Yes, we have Astérix and Omar Sy together in this issue!

    see Voix Plurielles

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