Moderated by Richard Cavell (Founder of Media Studies Program at UBC and author of Remediating McLuhan), in conversation with Yvonne Chartrand (Artistic Director, V’ni Dansi), Jaime Hilder (Instructor, Critical and Cultural Studies Department, Emily Carr University of Art and Design), and Nigel Prince (Executive Director, Contemporary Art Gallery).
Co-presented with SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs.
Richard Cavell teaches at the University of British Columbia, where he is co-founder of the Media Studies program. He has published extensively on the work of McLuhan, most recently in Remediating McLuhan (2016), and has written about the Gould/McLuhan nexus in McLuhan in Space (2002) and in GlennGould Magazine. Curator of the website spectresofmcluhan.arts.ubc.ca, he is currently completing the critical performance work Speechsong: the Gould/Schoenberg Dialogues.
Yvonne Chartrand is a contemporary dance artist as well as a national award-winning master Métis jigger. Her Michif (Métis) ancestors come from St. Laurent, Manitoba. In 2000, she co-founded V’ni Dansi (“come and dance” in Michif) where she continues to act as sole Artistic Director. Yvonne’s Métis dance work was passed onto her through many Métis Elders and she is dedicated to preserving traditional Métis dance in Canada. As a contemporary dance choreographer she has conceptualized and co-choreographed company group works A Poet and Prophet, Gabriel‘s Crossing and The Crossing. Her first full-length dance-theatre work, Cooking It Up Métis has toured throughout BC. Her solo works include Marguerite, Stories from St. Laurent, and Eagle Spirit. Recently performed is her commissioned solo Sara Riel; The Long Journey created by Robin Poitras and Edward Poitras. Yvonne is a winner of the 2011 Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award from the Canada Council for the Arts.
Jamie Hilder is a Vancouver-based artist and writer whose work engages the intersections of economics and aesthetics. He has exhibited work internationally, and his critical writing has appeared in Fillip, Yishu Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, Contemporary Literature, and Public Art Dialogue. His book Designed Words for a Designed World: The International Concrete Poetry Movement, 1955-1971 (McGill-Queens UP, 2016) addresses the effects that technologies of an emergent globalism had on the poetry of the mid-twentieth century. He is an instructor in the Critical and Cultural Studies Department at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.
Nigel Prince has been Executive Director of the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver since 2011. He has overseen a complete reinvigoration of the organization across its programming and operations whereby CAG is now understood as one of Canada’s premiere arts institutions. While in Canada he has served as a jury member on a number of national awards including the Hnatyshyn Foundation Visual Arts Awards and RBC Canadian Painting Award.
Prior to this he was Curator at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK where he was responsible for an international programme, making solo exhibitions and publications with artists including Arturo Herrera, Donald Judd, Olafur Eliasson, Andrea Zittel, Martin Boyce, Shahzia Sikander, Ryan Gander, Marcel Dzama, Steven Shearer and Susan Philipsz amongst many others. His exhibition with Cuban artist Carmen Herrera in 2009 was critically heralded as the “discovery of the decade” by newspapers The Guardian in the UK and The New York Times.