Walker Cultural Leaders Series

Beginning in 2011 the academic programs of the Marilyn I. Walker School have celebrated the legacy of Marilyn, her gift and her vision by programming the Walker Cultural Leaders (WCL) Series. The ongoing development and refinement of the WCL program facilitates invitations to recognized cultural leaders, top researchers, visiting artists, scholars, professionals, theatre companies, producing and presenting organizations, associations, and others to contribute to the intellectual and creative life of the School and the Niagara region.

Our guests will engage in professional activities such as public lectures, performances, exhibitions, workshops, laboratories, and demonstrations, and will participate in other pedagogical and creative activities including guest teaching, the professional mentoring of faculty and staff, critiques of student work, and community engagement activities.

In addition to generally intensifying the creative, scholarly and teaching cultures of the School, special emphasis is put on developing knowledge and familiarity of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts as an incubator in the arts and culture sector of Niagara, exploring potential intersections of the School and the surrounding community/region, and promoting inter‐ and trans‐disciplinarity within the School and beyond.

Walker Cultural Leader Program for 2018-19:

Fides Krucker
Public Lecture/Demonstration: Sept. 19, 6:30 p.m.

Fides Krucker is an innovative and creator of vocal music in Canada and abroad. She teaches voice at Humber College and facilitates vocal work for a wide range of artists including, Peggy Baker Dance Projects, and Chicago’s Walkabout Theatre.

She has created and produced a number of ground-breaking lyric-theatre pieces with her company, Good Hair Day Productions, including: CP Salon, an R&B love and disability show with Kazumi Tsuruoka (which is now a National Film Board film) and Julie Sits Waiting (Dufort/Walmsley), an electroacoustic opera that has been nominated for five Dora Awards. Her recording of Luciano Berio’s Folk Songs with Vancouver’s Turning Point Ensemble has just been released and she is directing the premier of Louis Laberge-Cote’s dance piece, The art of degeneration, at the Citadel in Toronto this October. She is currently writing a book about women and voice, with publication forthcoming.

In her lecture and performance, Krucker will explore voice through non-verbal vocalization, offering a unique opportunity for connection through breath and to slow down and connect to the deeply felt, unseen parts of body and mind.

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Alejandro Cartagena
Exhibition: Oct. 4 to Nov. 7
Opening Reception: Oct. 17, 5 to 5:45 p.m.
Artist Talk: Oct. 17, 6 p.m.

Alejandro Cartagena is an award-winning photographer whose work has appeared in more than 50 group and individual exhibitions in spaces including the Foundation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in Paris and the CCCB in Barcelona. His work is also in the collections of several museums including the San Francisco MOMA, the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, the Portland Museum of Art, the West Collection, the Coppel collection, the FEMSA collection, Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the George Eastman Museum and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, among others.

For the past 10 years, Cartagena has produced works that present different ways to think about the interdependence of humans and landscape in the face of urban expansion. During his lecture on Oct. 17, he will address the various projects and books that delve with these issues. as an avid bookmaker, he will also expand on the possibilities of how the phonebook has helped him develop ways in which one can present complex narratives through the book form.

In his provocative new exhibition, Cartagena  explores the intersection  of politics, social media connectivity and celebrity culture by exhibiting photos form one section of the official website of the Mexican presidency, entitled “My picture with the President.” Cartagena asks: are these images of selfies, taken and posted by the Office of President Enrique Peña Nieto, intended to connect the Mexican people with their President – or simply an exercise in vanity as Peña Nieto poses with his ‘fans’?

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Zine-making workshop with Christine Cucciniello
Oct.18
4:30 to 7:30, MWS 229A

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The Centre for Studies in Arts and Culture celebrates book-making!
Join us for a zine-making workshop as part of our 2018 Walker Cultural Leaders Series. 

When: Thursday, October 18, 2018 (4:30 – 7:30 pm)
Where: MIWSFPA 229A (inside the Learning Commons)
What: Zine-Making Workshop, with Christine Cucciniello

A zine is a small, non-commercial, often homemade publication. In this 3-hour-long workshop, zine author Christine Cucciniello will help participants in the creation of a common zine. Please join us for a fun, creative experience. Each participant will receive a copy of the zine.

To reserve a spot, please contact Catherine Parayre at cparayre@brocku.ca

Encore! Professional Concert Series presents: David Jalbert
Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m.
Partridge Hall, FIrstOntario Performing Arts Centre

Renowned Canadian concert pianist, David Jalbert, returns to Brock with a program of solo piano works by Bach, Schumann, Liszt and Faure. The recital will conclude with Prokofiev’s monumental Sonata No. 7, Op. 33 in B flat major.

Order tickets from the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre Box Office: 905.688.0722 or Long-Distance Toll Free: 1.855.515.0722; online: firstontariopac.ca.

David Psalmon
Towards a Contemporary Political Theatre
Public Lecture: Jan. 10, 7 p.m.
Marilyn I. Walker Theatre, Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts
DART Workshops: Jan 12, 13; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This exciting week of talks and workshops features director David Psalmon. Based in Mexico City since 2000, he has staged the work of authors such as Bertolt Brecht, Slawomir Mrozek, Václav Havel and Bernard Marie Koltès with his Teatro Sin Paredes. Psalmon has also developed an extensive program using the techniques of Augusto Boal’s the theater of the oppressed, with whom he had the privilege of working in France at the end of the 90s.

Since 2013, Teatro Sin Paredes has embarked on a new path by reclaiming the principle of collective creation. All new productions assert the importance of integrating all the elements of theatrical creation (the text, the work of the actor, the space, etc.) into a single dynamic, throughout the creative process.

Alinka Echeverria
Exhibition: March 5 to 26
Opening Reception: March 7, 5 to 5:45 p.m.
Public Lecture: March 7, 6p.m.

Artist Alinka Echeverria will discuss her work in relation to the history of photography in contemporary image-making.

Echeverria is a Mexican-British artist, working in artist’s film, moving image, photography and installation. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Anthropology and Development from the University of Edinburgh (2004), and a post graduate degree in photography from the International Centre for Photography in New York (2008). Her work brings a critical approach to questions of visual representation. She was recently selected for FOAM Museum’s talent award with the research project she made during BMW’s Art and Culture Residency at the Nicéphore Niépce Museum (France) in 2015. In 2012, she was voted ‘International Photographer of the Year” by the Lucie Awards with her work from South Sudan, and in 2011 won the HSBC Prize for Photography with work from Mexico. Her work has been widely exhibited at international venues, including La Maison European de la Photographie (Paris), the National Portrait Gallery (London), the Moscow Photobiennale (Russia), as well as solo exhibitions at the Johannesburg Art Gallery (South Africa), Les Rencontres de la Photographie (France) and the California Museum of Photography (USA).

Adam Dickinson
Author’s Talk: March 18, 8 to 9 p.m.
Room 211, MIWSFPA

Writing in the Anthropocene: Poetics and the Environment

Adam Dickinson’s poetry focuses primarily on intersections between poetry and science as a way of exploring new ecocritical perspectives and alternative modes of poetic composition. He is the author of Cartography and Walking (2002), Kingdom, Phylum (2006), The Polymers (2013), and Anatomic (2018). His poem “My Fear of Being Eaten” will appear in Quarry, with art by Lorène Bourgeois, The Small Walker Press (2019, upcoming)