CONVERSATIONS IN CONTEMPORARY ART

the Concordia University MFA Studio Arts
Visiting Artist Lecture Series

BARRY DOUPE

Thursday, March 20, 2014, 6pm

Le jeudi 20 février à 18h00

Concordia University Fine Arts
VA Building 114
1395 René Lévesque Blvd West, Montreal
L’université de Concordia, 1395 René Lévesque Ouest, Montréal

http://goo.gl/maps/L9uSV

www.finearts.concordia.ca 

Admission for all Conversations in Contemporary Art events is FREE and open to the general public.Seating is first come, first serve.  Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The lectures will be held in English.

Tous les événements du programme Conversation in Contemporary Art sont gratuits et ouverts au public. Les sièges sont assignés selon le principe du premier arrivé, premier servi. Les portes ouvrent à 17h30. Les conférences se dérouleront en anglais.

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Barry Doupé (b. 1982, Victoria, B.C.) is a Vancouver based artist working primarily with computer animation. He graduated from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 2004 with a Bachelor of Media Arts majoring in Animation. His films use imagery and language derived from the subconscious; developed through writing exercises and automatic drawing. His films have been screened throughout Canada and Internationally including the MOCCA (Toronto, ON), Whitechapel Gallery (London, UK), Centre Pompidou (Paris, France) and the Tate Modern (London, UK).

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Biographie de Barry Doupé
Né à Victoria (C.-B.) en 1982 et établi à Vancouver, Barry Doupé est un artiste spécialisé dans l’animation informatique. En 2004, il a obtenu un baccalauréat en arts médiatiques avec majeure en animation de l’Université d’art et de design Emily-Carr. Dans ses films, il exploite une imagerie et un langage dérivés du subconscient, développés au moyen d’exercices d’écriture et de dessin automatique. Ses œuvres cinématographiques ont été présentées un peu partout au Canada et à l’étranger, notamment au Musée d’art contemporain canadien de Toronto, en Ontario, à la Whitechapel Gallery et au musée Tate Modern de Londres, au Royaume-Uni, ainsi qu’au Centre Pompidou de Paris, en France.

SARAH THORNTON

MONDAY, MARCH 10, 2014, 7pm
Le lundi 10 mars à 19h00

Maxwell-Cummings Auditorium
Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion
Musée des Beaux arts de Montréal
1379 Sherbrooke Street West, Montréal.

www.finearts.concordia.ca 

Admission for all Conversations in Contemporary Art events is FREE and open to the general public.Seating is first come, first serve.  Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The lectures will be held in English.

Tous les événements du programme Conversation in Contemporary Art sont gratuits et ouverts au public. Les sièges sont assignés selon le principe du premier arrivé, premier servi. Les portes ouvrent à 17h30. Les conférences se dérouleront en anglais.

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Sarah Thornton is a writer, ethnographer and sociologist of art. Her book, Seven Days in the Art World, is a witty series of non-fiction narratives, which reveal the inner workings of the institutions that contribute to an artist’s place in art history. The book is an international hit, available in 16 translations. 

Thornton’s forthcoming book, 33 Artists in 3 Acts, asks: what is an artist? Is it a radical form of entrepreneurship or a vocational calling like the priesthood? Is it an extension of philosophy or an offshoot of entertainment? 33 Artists in 3 Acts will be published by WW Norton in November 2014.

Thornton has been the chief writer on contemporary art for The Economist and has written for many other newspapers and magazines including Artforum, The Guardian (UK), Sueddeutsche Zeitung (Germany) and The New Yorker. She has contributed to broadcasts by BBC TV and radio, German ZDF television and NPR radio.

A Canadian who went to Britain on a Commonwealth Scholarship, Thornton’s PhD was published as Club Cultures: Music, Media and Subcultural Capital. She also co-edited the first edition of The Subcultures Reader (Routledge). Thornton was once a tenured member of faculty at Sussex University and has been a research fellow at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Thornton has a PhD in the Sociology of Culture from Strathclyde University (Glasgow) and a BA in Art History from Concordia University (Montreal).

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Sarah Thornton exerce trois professions : écrivaine, ethnographe et sociologue de l’art. Paru en anglais sous le titre de Seven Days in the Art World, son livre Sept jours dans le monde de l’art réunit des récits documentaires pleins d’esprit. L’auteure lève le voile sur les rouages des établissements qui contribuent à définir la place des artistes au sein de l’histoire de l’art. Traduit en seize langues, l’ouvrage a connu un succès international.

Dans 33 Artists in 3 Acts (« trente-trois artistes en trois actes ») que lancera en novembre 2014 la maison d’édition WW Norton, Mme Thornton pose les questions suivantes : Qu’est-ce qu’un artiste? Le métier d’artiste relève-t-il d’une forme radicale d’entrepreneuriat ou d’un appel, d’une vocation, à la manière du sacerdoce? Tient-il d’un prolongement de la philosophie ou d’un dérivé du divertissement?

Chroniqueuse principale en matière d’art contemporain à l’hebdomadaire The Economist, Mme Thornton a aussi collaboré à bon nombre de revues et journaux, notamment Artforum, The Guardian (Royaume-Uni), Sueddeutsche Zeitung (Allemagne) et The New Yorker. Elle a également participé à des émissions à la télé et à la radio de la BBC, et, en Allemagne, sur la chaîne de télévision ZDF et sur les ondes de la radio NPR.

Née au Canada, Mme Thornton a poursuivi ses études en Grande-Bretagne après avoir obtenu une bourse du Commonwealth. Sa thèse de doctorat est le sujet d’un ouvrage publié sous le titre Club Cultures: Music, Media and Subcultural Capital (« club cultures : musique, médias et capital sous-culturel »). Coresponsable de la première édition de Subcultures Reader (« le lecteur de sous-cultures ») chez Routledge, Mme Thornton a par ailleurs été professeure à l’Université du Sussex et chercheuse-boursière au Goldsmiths College de l’Université de Londres. Titulaire d’un doctorat en sociologie de la culture de l’Université de Strathclyde à Glasgow, Mme Thornton possède aussi un baccalauréat ès arts en histoire de l’art de l’Université Concordia à Montréal.

JANET WERNER

Thursday, February 27, 2014, 6pm
Le jeudi 27 février à 18h00

Concordia University Fine Arts
VA Building 114
1395 René Lévesque Blvd West, Montreal
L’université de Concordia, 1395 René Lévesque Ouest, Montréal

http://goo.gl/maps/L9uSV

www.finearts.concordia.ca 

Admission for all Conversations in Contemporary Art events is FREE and open to the general public.Seating is first come, first serve.  Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The lectures will be held in English.

Tous les événements du programme Conversation in Contemporary Art sont gratuits et ouverts au public. Les sièges sont assignés selon le principe du premier arrivé, premier servi. Les portes ouvrent à 17h30. Les conférences se dérouleront en anglais.

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Janet Werner’s work as a painter focuses on the fictional portrait as a vehicle to explore notions of subjectivity and desire. Her paintings operate within and against the genre of conventional portraiture, taking as a starting point found images of anonymous figures from popular culture. The process of painting is a way of investigating the iconic power of the image, invoking imagination, memory, and projection to invest the nameless figure with human subjectivity and emotion. The final paintings are composite portraits that retain aspects of the original while also embodying notions of transformation, innocence and loss.

In Werner’s current paintings there is an argument between beauty and the grotesque, and the figure itself has become the site of contest. Folded, cut, occluded, or altered, with colors ranging from luminous to ashen, and scale shifting from pixie to giant, the figures possess an otherworldly aspect. There is a subtle suggestion of witchcraft in these portraits, though it is not clear if these beings are the ones casting spells or the ones upon whom the spell is cast.

Janet Werner was born in Winnipeg and lives and works in Montreal where she teaches in the Department of Studio Arts at Concordia University. She holds an MFA from Yale University and a BFA from the Maryland Institute, College of Art. Werner has shown widely in Canada including solo shows at the Art Gallery of Windsor, SBC Gallery, Montreal, The Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, The Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, The Ottawa Art Gallery and Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art, Winnipeg. Internationally her work has been featured in solo presentations in Cape Town and Cologne. Her work was recently included in the survey exhibition Oh, Canada, at Mass MoCa in North Adams, Mass (2012) and in the PaintingProject/Project Peinture at Galerie de l’UQAM (2013). A solo exhibition of her work, Another Perfect Day, was recently presented at Galerie de l’UQAM and will travel to the McIntosh Gallery, London and Doris McCarthy gallery, Toronto in 2014-15. Werner’s work is in the collections of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Musée du Québec, Musée d’art contemporain, Owens Art Gallery, Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Mendel Art Gallery, Winnipeg Art Gallery and numerous corporate collections.

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Dans les œuvres de la peintre Janet Werner, le portrait fictif nous convie à l’exploration des thèmes de la subjectivité et du désir. À la fois conformes et opposés aux règles de l’art du portrait classique, les tableaux de l’artiste sont créés à partir d’images trouvées représentant des sujets anonymes issus de la culture populaire. Ce processus artistique permet d’examiner le pouvoir iconique de l’image, d’éveiller l’imagination et les souvenirs, et de prêter au personnage inconnu une subjectivité et des émotions humaines. Au terme de cette démarche, les toiles produites sont des portraits composites qui conservent certains aspects de l’image originale, tout en incarnant les notions de transformation, d’innocence et de perte.

Dans les récents tableaux de Janet Werner, la beauté et le grotesque s’opposent, et le sujet lui-même fait l’objet d’un contraste. Tantôt pliés, découpés, dissimulés ou altérés, peints dans des tons se déclinant du plus lumineux au plus sombre ou reproduits à une échelle miniature ou gigantesque, les sujets revêtent un aspect surnaturel. Ces œuvres dénotent une subtile référence à la sorcellerie. Quant à savoir si les êtres représentés sont auteurs ou victimes du sortilège, le mystère reste entier.

ELISABETH BELLIVEAU

Thursday, February 13, 2014, 6pm
Le jeudi 13 février à 18h00

Concordia University Fine Arts
VA Building 114
1395 René Lévesque Blvd West, Montreal
L’université de Concordia, 1395 René Lévesque Ouest, Montréal

http://goo.gl/maps/L9uSV

www.finearts.concordia.ca 

Admission for all Conversations in Contemporary Art events is FREE and open to the general public.Seating is first come, first serve.  Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The lectures will be held in English.

Tous les événements du programme Conversation in Contemporary Art sont gratuits et ouverts au public. Les sièges sont assignés selon le principe du premier arrivé, premier servi. Les portes ouvrent à 17h30. Les conférences se dérouleront en anglais.

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Bio: 

Elisabeth Belliveau is an interdisciplinary artist working in writing, drawing and stop-motion animation. She is a published author and has exhibited her work internationally and across North America. She has attended residencies including Banff Centre, Women’s Studio Workshop NY, National Film Board of Canada and was the recipient of the Brucebo Scholarship among others. Belliveau completed a BFA at Alberta College of Art and Design in Sculpture and an MFA at Concordia University in Fibers, where she currently teaches full time in the ArtX department. 

Artist statement: 

Founded in a creative writing practice, my work bridges sculpture, expanded textiles and drawing to braid history, biography and place. My interdisciplinary practice employs diaristic, improvisational and do-it yourself strategies to explore story telling and everyday life. I work towards imbuing inanimate objects and drawings with care by embracing Intuition, curiosity and material exploration. 

SISSEL TOLAAS

Thursday January 30 6:00 pm followed by HEXA-OUT Round Table Discussion 7:15

Jeudi, le 30 janvier, 18h  HEXA-OUT Table Ronde 19:15

Concordia University Fine Arts  VA Building 114  

L’université de Concordia, 1395 René Lévesque Ouest, Montréal

http://goo.gl/maps/L9uSV

www.finearts.concordia.ca

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SMELL & COMMUNICATION

 SMELL = information - a tool for communication – navigation – education – decision making –

WHAT COULD HAPPEN WHEN INVISIBLE INFORMATION  - SMELL MOLECULES - IS THE STARTING POINT OF ACTING, REACTING…COMMUNICATING?

I believe that smells are a VERY crucial component in the definition, understanding of and orientation to an environment. Smells surround us all the time. We breathe 23,040 times a day and move 12.5 cubic meters of air and with every breath smell molecules flood through our bodies. Even when we sleep we smell.

Historical, sociological and religious reasons have pulled the contemporary human being into almost ignoring more than 1 % of his genes! ONLY education can revive these hidden capacities, since the hardware and software still function in the healthy human being, but only if consciously trained and used.

There is a whole world to educate and a whole world to smell!

© Sissel Tolaas

SISSEL TOLAAS BIO:

Professional InBetweener.

 Sissel Tolaas is born Norway 1965, based in Berlin. She studied mathematics, linguistics, chemical science, languages, and visual art at Oslo -, Warsaw -, Moscow-, St Petersburg - and Oxford University. Tolaas is working actively and concentrated on the topic of SMELL / SMELL & LANGUAGE - COMMUNICATON since 1990, within different sciences, fields of art /design and other disciplines. Established the SMELL RE_searchLab Berlin, on smell & communication / language, in Berlin in January 2004, supported by IFF (International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.)

Her research has won recognition through numerous national and international scholarships, honours, and prizes including the 2009Rouse Foundation Award from Harvard University GSD and the 2010 ArsElectronica Award in Linz, Austria and the 2010-2011-2012-2013 Synthetic Biology / Synthetic Aesthetics Award from Stanford and Edinburgh Universities include a residency at Harvard Medical School. Research on INVISIBLE COMMUNICATION & RHETORIC i.e. Harvard University: Mexico City 2001- 2009 and continuous. Tolaas is recently a founding member of the International Sleep Science and Technology Association, China/US/Africa/Europe. Tolaas is recently a founding member of FUTURE OF EDUCATION, collaboration with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Future Education Platform Berlin.

 She has worked and is working with numerous companies and institutions, and active participation in international colloquiums, conferences and networking. Her projects and research have been presented in s several institutions such as Documenta 13; MOMA New York; MOMA San Francisco; Fondation Cartier, Paris; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; Tate Gallery, Liverpool; Venice Biennale; National Art Museum of China Beijing.

She have been active doing project and research for among others NASA; ESA; IEEE Aerospace Research; Interactive Africa / design Indaba; BBC London; Sony Computer Science Lab, Paris; IFF Inc. New York; Statoil New Energy Program, Norway; Charité Humboldt University Hospital, Berlin; Max Planck Institute, Berlin; Louis Vuitton, Paris; E. Lauder Paris/NY; KPMG (law) Berlin; BMG SONY, Germany; ShowStudio/Nick Knight; Mercedes Benz Future Lab, Berlin; ADIDAS; Rockefeller Foundation, New York; Johnson & Johnson, New York; Bangalore High Tech Park; Deutsche Bank, Germany; San Francisco Neurosciences Institute; Humboldt University, Berlin; Tsinghua University, Beijing; Columbia University, New York; Parson The New School For Design, New York; Beijing Olympics; Vienna University; Oxford University; NESTA, London; MIT; Harvard University; Liverpool University; Oslo University; Moscow University; Stanford University; TU, Berlin; Toronto University; Lund University; Edinburgh University; Bangkok University; Hong Kong University; University of Michigan; Pasadena Art Centre; Cape Town University; Koc University Istanbul; Brown University; RCA, London; Sandberg Institute Amsterdam; Alto University, Helsinki; Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

 Tolaas has been doing City SmellScape research of several cities such as Paris; Stockholm; Detroit; Kansas City; Berlin; Oslo; London and is currently working on Nuuk, Istanbul, Calcutta, and Cape Town. Tolaas is recently commissioned, together with Harvard GSD, to develop new Concept of Living, in Kuwait.