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Land Love Zoom

Hosted by: Tania Willard and Peter Morin

June 5, 2020
︎: 10-10:30am PST / 1-1:00pm EST

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Join Tania and Peter as they take us on guided tours of the land they love in their respective places on Turtle island. This slow guided nature tour will be facilitated by Tania and Peter and give residents some much needed green scenery while also sharing in the stories of the land they live on.

This session will be recorded. The resulting recording will constitute a work made by all attending, and with proper acknowledgment will be available to use by everyone who participated in making it. Work and acknowledgment will be posted to Finished works section on Milanote. (Note* only to be shown with artists other work as no commercial usage and no coordination of fees so it must constitute only part of any artists usage- free to remix. Creative Commons licsencing will be used.)

Turn your zoom (camera) around - face it towards an element of the natural world around you or lack of it. This could be a plant inside, a view out your window, the sidewalk, your territory, the grass outside, a park, a street corner, the place you go to get free wifi, the territory you live in. The territory you acknowledge, any element that to you constitutes the land wherever that is.

Face your camera (I find zoom on my Phone to be best for this as more mobile) to this element of your choosing and mute the mic.

The resultant images and sounds constitute an acknowledgment of our interconnectedness in nature in the virtual in the social and in the distance. It also acknowledges all the lands and all these ancestors, the lands we carry inside us the lands that surround us and our place within them.

We will say a few words in the beginning but when we all face our cameras away and record please mute the mic.

Tania Willard, Secwepemc Nation, works within the shifting ideas of contemporary and traditional as it relates to cultural arts and production.Often working with bodies of knowledge and skills that are conceptually linked to her interest in intersections between Aboriginal and other cultures. Willard has worked as a curator in residence with grunt gallery and Kamloops Art Gallery. Willard’s curatorial work includes Beat Nation: Art Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture, a national touring exhibition first presented at Vancouver Art Gallery in 2011. As assistant professor in Creative Studies at UBCO (Kelowna BC) currently her research focuses on Secwepemc aesthetics/language/land and interrelated Indigenous art practices. Willard’s projects include BUSH gallery, a conceptual space for land based art and action led by Indigenous artists.

Peter Morin is a grandson of Tahltan ancestor artists. Morin’s work highlights cross-ancestral collaboration and deeply considers the impact zones that occur between Indigenous ways of knowing and Western Settler Colonialism. Morin’s practice has spanned twenty years so far, with exhibitions in London, Berlin, Singapore, New Zealand, and Greenland, as well as across Canada and the United States. Morin currently holds a tenured appointment in the Faculty of Arts at the Ontario College of Art and Design University in Toronto.

Repeat the Chorus Three Times

Presented by: Luke Parnell

June 9, 2020
︎: 10pm EST

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Join Luke Parnell as he talks on recent work, care, storytelling and grief.

Luke Parnell is Wilp Laxgiik Nisga’a (House of Eagles) from Gingolx on his mother’s side and Haida from Massett on his father’s side. His artistic training is both traditional and classical - he apprenticed with a Master Northwest Coast Indigenous carver and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from OCAD University and a Masters of Applied Arts from Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Though he predominantly uses wood, his materiality is determined on a project by project basis. His work explores transformative narratives.

Wild Pollinators and the Gardens of Mike MacDonald

Hosted by: Sheila Colla, Dana Prieto, Lisa Myers

June 10, 2020
︎: 10am EST

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Join Sheila Colla, Dana Prieto and Lisa Myers in conversation as they talk on wild pollinators, gardens and Mike MacDonald's butterfly and medicine gardens. Connecting the ecology of our environments to the land we live on and how best to care for it and each other.

Dr. Sheila Colla is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Her research deals with the conservation of at-risk species including native pollinators and wildflowers. She also works with NGOs and policymakers to advise conservation management across North America. In 2014, she launched a North American Citizen Science project, BumbleBeeWatch.org, with various partners. This allows the public to help build a long term database of bumblebees which can be used to look at changes in abundance and distribution over time in light of global change.

Lisa Myers is an independent curator and artist with a keen interest in interdisciplinary collaboration. Myers has a Master of Fine Arts in Criticism and Curatorial practice from OCAD University. Her recent work involves printmaking, stop-motion animation and performance. Since 2010 she has worked with anthocyanin pigment from blueberries in printmaking, and stop-motion animation. Her participatory performances involve sharing berries and other food items in social gatherings reflecting on the value found in place and displacement; straining and absorbing. Myers curatorial and own artistic practices deal with connections to the land and the storytelling present in those connections.

Dana Prieto
is an Argentine artist and educator based in so called Toronto, working for the Finding Flowers Project as a Research Associate.

Dana’s site-responsive art practice manifests in sculpture, installation, performance, writing and collaborations. Her work deftly examines our intimate and collective entanglements with colonial institutions and power structures, calling for a careful attention to our ways of relating, thinking, making and consuming in the Anthropocene.

Dana holds a Master of Visual Studies from University of Toronto and a BFA from OCAD University. Her work has been presented in national and international galleries, public spaces and informal cultural venues.

Cancer Journal’s Revised Screening and Q&A with Lana Lin

Presented by: Lana Lim

June 10, 2020
︎: 10am - 12pm PST / 1-3pm EST

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We are pleased to announce that the Faculty of Graduate Studies at Emily Carr University of Art + Design L has invited NYC-based filmmaker and author Lana Lin to take part in the residency. We’re delighted to invite you all to an e-screening of her 2018 experimental documentary film, The Cancer Journals Revisited.
The film begins with a recitation of poet and activist Audre Lorde’s lecture “The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action.” What follows is not only a celebration of Audre Lorde’s work, but an intergenerational communion with numerous
artists/poets/writers/warriors each delving into vital and personal questions concerning difference, suffering, healing, and agency.

This is a truly amazing film for such troubling times. We recommend it.
ECU Grad Studies has access to this film until June 16.

If you wish to view the film:1. Create a free Vimeo account or log in to a pre-existing account: vimeo.com. Note you do not need to upgrade or pay a fee for this. 2. Once you are logged in, click on this link:  https://vimeo.com/r/2wQr/blFDeU0xak OR search “Cancer Journals Revisited"3. Click watch now and use this promo code: CANJOU_WMM_RENTAL if there is a prompt. Again, no need to add any credit card information. It make not work at first try, so click the link a second time.
The Cancer Journals Revisited (dir. Lana Lin, 98 min., 2018) is prompted by the question of what it means to re-visit and re-vision Black lesbian feminist poet Audre Lorde’s classic 1980 memoir of her breast cancer experience today. At the request of the filmmaker, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, twenty-seven writers, artists, activists, health care advocates, and current and former patients recite Lorde’s manifesto aloud on camera, collectively dramatizing it and producing an oration for the screen. The film is both a critical commentary and a poetic reflection upon the precarious conditions of survival within the intimate and politicized public sphere of illness.

Lana Lin is a filmmaker, artist, and writer based in New York. She has been making experimental films since the 1990s. Her work examines the fragilities and contradictions of human and discursive bodies, emphasizing the conceptual and poetic capacities of moving image media. Since 2001, she has collaborated on multi-disciplinary research-based projects (as Lin + Lam) that explore the contingencies of history and collective memory. Her films and art have been shown at international venues including Oberhausen Film Festival; Images Festival, Toronto; Taiwan International Documentary Festival; London Film Festival; MIX Experimental Festival; Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, as well as at the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum, and the New Museum, NY; Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Busan Biennale 2019, S. Korea; Whitechapel Gallery, and in solo exhibition at Gasworks Gallery, London, UK.

Lin has received awards from the Jerome Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts and The MacDowell Colony. She earned her MFA in Film from Bard College, PhD in Media, Culture, and Communications from NYU, and she is Associate Professor of Film Theory and Digital Cinema Production in the School of Media Studies, The New School, New York. Lin’s book, Freud’s Jaw and Other Lost Objects: Fractured Subjectivity in the Face of Cancer (2017), examines the psychic impacts of cancer, focusing one chapter on poet Audre Lorde. This research, along with her own breast cancer diagnosis, provided the impetus for her most recent feature experimental documentary, The Cancer Journals Revisited (2018), which had its world premiere at BAM CinemaFest in 2019.

Lin will also participate in a Q+A on Wednesday June 10 starting at 10 am PST / 1 pm EST with Steven Lam, Dean of Graduate Studies and AVP of Research at Emily Carr University of Art+Design.

Shared Sound Art

Presented by: Jeneen Frei Njootli

June 10, 2020
︎: 2 pm PST/ 5pm EST

Listen to first recording session (resident access only)

Join Jeneen Frei Njootli and contribute your own sound recordings to a shared collaborative sound art workshop.

Jeneen Frei Njootli is 2SQ Vuntut Gwitchin artist, an Assistant Professor at UBC Vancouver, and a member of BUSH Gallery.  She was raised by her lesbian moms outside of the Yukon and in her award-winning interdisciplinary practice, she uses media such as performance, sound, textiles, collaboration, workshops and feral scholarship. A co-creator of the ReMatriate Collective, she is invested in Indigenous sovereignty, decolonization and is concerned with the production, dissemination and embodiment of images.


Post-pandemic studio: emergent frontiers of the new normal

A conversation with Katherine Gillieson (designer and educator, in Vancouver) and Kelly Small (designer and author, in Toronto).

Thursday, June 11
︎ 10-11:30am PST / 1–2:30 pm EST

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This event is a dialogue that will open up to a conversation format involving audience participants. It will begin with land acknowledgements and brief introductions, after which Katherine and Kelly would like to talk about the pandemic and post-pandemic world of studio practice, including professional and education settings, with a focus on mental health and wellbeing, inclusivity and empowerment. From our different perspectives we would like to consider a range of emergent benefits and constraints in what is set to become the ‘new studio normal’, and prompt ideas around new potential for inclusion, activism and ethics, moving from individual to societal viewpoints. This dialogue forms part of the Post-Pandemic Studio, a project culminating in the Information Design Summer Intensive at Emily Carr in August 2020. Working reflexively within the very conditions to be explored, the intensive will engage participants to develop expansive studio responses to the social, cultural, political, and health challenges of remote studio practice.

Kelly Small is an award-winning creative director, designer, and writer with deep roots in communication design, marketing, and advertising, and a special focus on ethical and inclusive practice. A proven creative leader, strategist, and affiliated design researcher with the Graphic Research Unit at Emily Carr University, Small holds an interdisciplinary master’s degree in design where their research focused on creative industry ethics, social impact, social innovation, and sustainability. Kelly’s forthcoming book, The Conscious Creative: Practical Ethics for Purposeful Work, published by House of Anansi Press, is a collection of over 100 actions for a more ethical creative practice. It is the culmination of Kelly’s research in their pursuit of a more humane, values-driven and inclusive creative industry. Kelly’s book is available for pre-order at most local, independent bookstores as well as Indigo, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.

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Dr. Katherine Gillieson is a designer and Associate Professor at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, where she runs the Graphic Research Unit . Her design, writing and research projects focus mainly in the areas of information design, editorial design, and the theory and philosophy of design. In 2017 she launched The Stationery Project, an initiative to use exploratory bookbinding techniques to create useful stationery items from discarded paper and other material generated on campus: to repurpose rather than recycle. From 2015 she led Mapping the Curriculum, an information design research project aimed at using design methods to examine and help clarify curriculum and institutional complexities at Emily Carr. This has led to the Superlab project, large-scale, ongoing investigation into new ways of thinking about education in studio practice, focussing on the themes of interdisciplinarity in practice-based research, art and design 'ways of knowing', and the nature of visual literacy. The Post-Pandemic Studio , culminating in the Information Design Summer Intensive, will take up some of these themes, engaging design as a form of meta-reflection on studio practice in the age of pandemic response.


Sweat Lodge Caring

a conversation with Sweat Lodge Keeper, Community Advocate, and Artist Barb Blind.

Presenting: Peter Morin in conversation with Barb Blind.

June 11, 2020
︎: 12noon- 1pm PST / 3pm-4pm EST  

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Note: this Resident-only conversation is being made available to the public. 

Barbara Blind is an Anishinaabe Kwe from George Gordon First Nation in Saskatchewan, currently living in Brandon, MB. She is the knowledge keeper of Ishkabatens Waasa Gaa Inaabateg (Brandon University's Department of Visual and Aboriginal Art).

Ga(s)p: Writing as Reparative Care

A conversation with award winning authors Nourbese Philip and Leanne Betamasosake Simpson moderated by curator Andrea Fatona.

Friday, June 12
︎ 10-11:30am PST / 1–2:30 pm EST

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Presented by: Lindsay Katsitsakatste Delaronde

June 12, 2020
︎: 2:30-4pm PST / 5:30-7pm EST 

Performance Link: https://youtu.be/-pzV5DbAWH0

Writing as Reparative Care
How can writing be reparative? What role does writing play in care. Care as a political act that demonstrates our witnessing and engagement with our stories. How does writing live in us- how does it Care for us?

A conversation with award winning authors Nourbese Philip and Leanne Betamasosake Simpson moderated by curator Andrea Fatona.

Join artist Lindsay Katsitsakatste Delaronde as she presents her performance piece Geminim, curated by Toby Lawrence and presented by BUSH Gallery (with support from the Eminence Fund UBCO).
Gemini is a performance that expresses archetypal aspects of human personality, bringing subconscious material into fruition through performative gestures and actions. Using land, environment and indigenous expressions of culture, through drum, song, and ritual, this piece came forward after a wind storm had knocked down a tree in the artist's backyard, an experience she interpreted as an offering. Gemini urges one to look deeper into their origin story, birthplace and relationship to cosmology.

Lindsay Katsitsakatste Delaronde
performance, 2020

Lindsay Katsitsakatste Delaronde is a Kanienke’haka woman of Kahnawake, QC. For the past 12 years she has been living and working on Lekwungen territory, Victoria, BC. She holds a Master of Fine Arts and Master of Arts in the Indigenous Communities Counseling Psychology Program from the University of Victoria and is currently the Indigenous Resurgence Coordinator for the Fine Arts department at UVIC.  Lindsay's  practice focuses on Indigenous theatre, land-based/site-specific performance art, collaborative practice, cultural resurgence and social/political activism through the arts. 


ACTION + IMPACT: Social Organizing in the time of COVID19

Artist Maria Hupfield hosts a conversation with guests Indigenous activists designer Korina Emmerich and curator/poet Regan de Loggans members of the Indigenous Kinship Collective NYC, to talk about navigating care online with Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, Women, Feminisms, and LGBTQ2IA+ communities, and what social justice organizing looks like from Brooklyn NY during the first wave of the COVID19 pandemic.

June 13, 2020
︎: 10 am PST / 1pm EST

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Artist Maria Hupfield hosts a conversation with guests Indigenous activists designer Korina Emmerich and curator/poet Regan de Loggans members of the Indigenous Kinship Collective NYC, to talk about navigating care online with Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, Women, Feminisms, and LGBTQ2IA+ communities, and what social justice organizing looks like from Brooklyn NY during the first wave of the COVID19 pandemic.

Regan de Loggans (Mississippi Choctaw/ K'iche' Maya) is a two-spirit art historian, curator, educator, and organizer based in so-called Brooklyn on Lenape land. Their work relates to decolonizing, indigenizing, and queering institutions and curatorial practices. They are the R.I.S.E. Poetry/Art Fellow (2019-2020), and recipient of the CCCDAI Cultural Advocacy Fellowship (2020). They are also one of the founding members of the Indigenous Kinship Collective: NYC. They have staged actions at The Whitney: Biennial, American Museum of Natural History, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and on the MTA Subway in response to continued settler colonialism and institutionalized racism and violence.
Instagram: @Phaggot.Planet / @Phaggotplanet


Maria Hupfield is a transdisciplinary artist working in performance and media arts. She was awarded the Hnatyshyn Foundation prize for outstanding achievement by a Canadian mid-career artist (2018). Her solo Nine Years Towards The Sun at the Heard Museum, Phoenix Winter (2019) focuses on exhibition strategies that present art as living culture through performance art and follows her first major Canadian traveling institutional solo exhibition The One Who Keeps on Giving a production of The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto (2017-2019). Her work has shown at the Museum of Arts and Design, BRIC, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, represented Canada at SITE Santa Fe (2016), and travelled nationally in Canada with Beat Nation: Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture (2012-14); with recent performances at the National Gallery of Canada. Hupfield is a member of the Indigenous Kinship Collective: NYC, Native Art Department International, an off-rez citizen of Wasauksing First Nation, Ontario, Anishinaabek Nation, and Canadian Research Chair in Transdisciplinary Indigenous Arts at the University of Toronto.

Korina Emmerich has built her Brooklyn NY based brand, EMME, on the backbone of Expression, Art and Culture. Leading the charge to embrace art and design as one and weaving it into her brand story.  Her colorful work is known to reflect her Indigenous heritage stemming from The Coast Salish Territory, Puyallup tribe.