… Within the aesthetic realm of social art practices, my proposed research will make a specific study of the cultural and political cartographies of human migration and displacement. The theoretical and methodological framing made available by Rosi Braidotti’s concept of nomadic ethics is particularly useful here given its capacity to integrate geo-political concerns within a model of inter-subjective development and exchange. Using her theoretical framework of nomadic ethics and applying it to social art practices, I propose a project that will methodologically produce cartographies and figurations surrounding the broad topic of human migration and forced displacement….

Ethical Formations in Social Art Practice: Reading the Migration Library, Dissertation proposal, excerpt.

PRESENTATIONS

2018

Performance, "Key-ART-Words", UnDisciplined Graduate Student Symposium, Agnes Etherington Arts Centre, Queen's University (Kingston, ON).

Panel Presentation, "Facing the detained and refugee-ed: Ethics in social art practices" Canadian Association of Cultural Studies Conference: Carceral Cultures, Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, BC).

Launch event, Readings: New work from 2017 Anvil Centre Artists in Residence, Anvil Centre (New Westminster, BC).

AiR Works, Community Art Space, Anvil Centre (New Westminster, BC).

2017

Performance, "Key-ART-Words", Not Sent Letters and Guests (Jeremy Todd, Artist-Curator), VIVO Media Arts Center (Vancouver, BC).

Launch event (and panel) for Terreno: Borderland Linguistics, Santa Fe University of Art and Design (New Mexico).

Exhibition, Reading Flow: Lois Klassen with Karen and Peggy Ngan, and other participants, Red Gate Society, SWARM 2017 (Vancouver, BC).

2016        

Public Presentation, “Renegade Library,” VIVO Media Arts Centre, Vancouver, BC, Canada http://www.vivomediaarts.com/the-renegade-library/

Guest Presenter, “Renegade Library,” Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Artist Talk Series Lecture, “Keywords --Including SURPLUS and RELATIONS,” North Island College School of Fine Art and Design and Emily Carr University (Comox Valley Campus, Courtney, BC, Canada).

Guest Artist Workshop, Comox Valley Art Gallery (Courtney, BC, Canada).

2015          

Guest Artist and Presenter, “Renegade Library: A Celebration and a Conversation,” Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba (Brandon, MB), MAWA (Winnipeg, MB).

Conference Presenter and Panelist, “Recalling Renegade Library and other social practice methodologies from the late 1990s,” Emerging Researchers Panel, Media Art History Re-Create 2015 Conference, Concordia University and UQAM, Hexagram, Montreal.

Presenter, “The Periphery: a conversation between Lois Klassen, Laura Murray and Kevin Rodgers,” Fillip and Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Panel Moderator, “Por Amor al Arte,” Undisciplined Cultural Studies Graduate Symposium, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada.

Presenter, “Visual Bytes,” Union Gallery, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada.

2013                            

Panelist, “Engaging Everyday: Contemporary Social Art Practices in Canada,” University Art Association of Canada Conference, Banff, AB, Canada

Panel Host, “Lunch With The Artists: VestAndPage, Macarena Perich Rosas, Dustin Brons, Leanne J & My Name is Scott,”  LIVE! Vancouver International Performance Art Celebration 2013, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Guest Artist, Slofemists presentation, Surface Design Association of Alberta, John Snow House, Calgary, AB, Canada.

Guest Artist with Lori Weidenhammer, Slofemists presentation, Strathcona Field House Ensemble, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

2012                            

Presenter, SOMA Summer Residency Open Studio, SOMA, Mexico City, Mexico

Panelist, “Material Matters,” Textile Society of America: Textiles and Politics Conference, Washington, DC (panel chairs: Ingrid Bachmann, Ruth Scheuing, Lisa Vinebaum).

Panelist, “Creative Commons Salon Vancouver,” W2 Media Café and International Open Education Conference, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Guest Artist, Hammock Studio (Heidi Nagtegaal), Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Surrey, BC, Canada.

2011                            

Panel Chair with Mary Oliver,  “Speech Acts: Conversations and Collaborations,” International Visual Sociology Association Conference, UBC, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

2010                            

Presenter, “Art Interventions and the Carrall Street Greenway in Vancouver,” Waag Society, Amsterdam.

Presenter,  “Art, Activism and the Olympic City,” Spike Island, Bristol, UK.

Presenter with Mary Oliver and Craig Vear, “Experiment’s End,” Experimentality International Conference, Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK.

2009                            

Panelist, “Art | Bed | Society,” Canada Social Forum and Glenbow Museum, Calgary, AB, Canada.

2006                          

Presenter, “Comforter Art-Action,” Open Engagement, University of Regina, SK, Canada.