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Live Drone and Light Projects

Elastic Spaces’ member Anthony Head from the University of Dundee, has been part of these exciting projects using live drone technology, one for GreenPeace and the other for the Amnesty International 60th Anniversary. See links below!

“For the first time, 300 illuminated drones and light projections have been used to create breathtaking 3D moving images of iconic animals. The animals travel from all corners of the world and are seen descending on Cornwall, demanding that the world leaders at the G7 ‘ACT NOW’ to tackle the climate and nature crisis”.

“The aim of the project was to use Celestial’s creative technology combined with immersive cinematic photography, music and poetry, to tell a profound story of connection and solidarity, inspiring new audiences to stand up for universal human rights.”.

NECS 2021 – Transitions: Moving Images and Bodies

7 – 13 June 2021

Hosted by the University of Palermo

Anthony Head (University of Dundee) and Leila Sujir (Concordia University) participated in the workshop Besides the Screen: Transitional Tactics for Moving Image Research on Sunday, June 13th 14:00-16:00. This workshop was organized by Virginia Crisp (King’s College, London), along with Gabriel Menotti (Queen’s University), with the participation of Su-Anne Yeo (Emily Carr University) and Cornelia Lund (University of the Arts Bremen).

Reblog: One of the world’s most influential climate scientists is a Concordian

Damon Matthews ranks 266th out of 1,000 on the Reuters Hot List

May 18, 2021 By Amy Sharaf

Concordia’s Damon Matthews has landed on the Reuters Hot List, ranking him among the world’s most influential climate scientists.

Matthews, professor and Concordia Research Chair in Climate Science and Sustainability, Geography, Planning and Environment, placed fifth among Canadians and 266th globally in the Reuters list of top 1,000 climate scientists in the world. In all, only 37 Canadians made the cut.

“I recognize a lot of the names of colleagues that I know and have worked with, so it’s good company to be in,” Matthews says. “I am very happy to be recognized.”

Reuters notes the Hot List is not a measure of the “best” or “most important” climate scientists internationally but rather of influence. It ranks researchers based on a combination of factors: the number of research papers they have published on climate change–related topics, how often other researchers in similar fields of study cite those papers and how often their papers are referenced in the media, policy papers, social media and other sources.

The list’s data is provided through Dimensions, British-based technology company Digital Science’s academic research portal. The database includes hundreds of thousands of climate science–related papers, most published since 1988.

‘Not a complete list’

Matthews runs Concordia’s Climate Scenarios, Impacts and Modelling Lab and also heads the Leadership in Environmental and Digital Innovation for Sustainability (LEADS) program funded by a $1.65-million Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) program grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). He says that although it’s great to be recognized, other researchers were left off the list, and he was struck by how male-dominated it was.

“This is a nice measure of science influence, but it’s certainly not a complete list,” he points out. “There are lots of really excellent scientists in Canada who were not picked up, and of the 37 Canadians on the list, only four are women. There is obviously still work to be done to equalize opportunities for female scientists and have their research be recognized and influential.”

Matthews’s distinction comes after Concordia placed 62nd out of 1,115 institutions worldwide in the newly released 2021 Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings for its institutional commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Craig Townsend, associate professor and chair of the Department of Geography, Planning and Environment, is thrilled by Matthews’s growing catalogue of accomplishments, which are drawing students and researchers to his work.

“Damon has been incredibly successful in attracting students to the department’s graduate programs, as well as overseeing numerous postdoctoral researchers from around the world,” Townsend says. “His work is impressive, and we really look forward to seeing how it evolves.”]

See original article post here: https://www.concordia.ca/news/stories/2021/05/18/concordia-professor-named-among-worlds-most-influential-climate-scientists.html

Congratulation to duo Dimo and Sonya!

Concordia University’s MFA graduate students have recently been invited to the Arctic Circle Residency as participants of the Leadership in Environmental and Digital Innovation for Sustainability (LEADS) program.

The collaborative work of Dimo Ivanov and Sonya Stoeva took shape in 2010 as the duo IvanovStoeva following several collaborative projects in Canada and Europe. Currently they are completing their Master’s in Intermedia (Video, Performance and Electronic Arts).

During their participation in the Leadership in Environmental and Digital Innovation for Sustainability (LEADS) program, they hope to reach out to a large collaborative sphere in order to contribute to actions towards climate change and sustainability solutions. LEADS will give them the opportunity to develop their knowledge for interdisciplinary collaboration, with the goal of creating a bridge between science and society using art and digital technology.

Their proposed project will evolve during a research residency. The Arctic Circle Residency, which brings together international artists and scientists on an exploratory journey. It will start with a departure from Longyearbyen, Svalbard, and will be carried out on a sailboat travelling to the Arctic Circle. The objective of the residency program is to offer to the participants a common experience to stimulate exchange and collaboration. IvanovStoeva’s goal as researchers-artists is to inform, inspire and stimulate actions. For them, the combination of technology, science and art has great potential, and they are eager to contribute to this field. The project will help build a broader understanding of the many positive effects that the natural environment provides for us as natural beings.

Congratulations to Haema Sivanesan!

The Glenbow Museum in Calgary, AB has recently announced that Haema Sivanesan has joined the museum as Chief Curator. Sivanesan has extensive experience across a range of sectors in the visual arts in Canada and abroad, most recently serving as a Curator at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (2015-2021). www.glenbow.org

Camouflaged Screams at Optica- Centre D’art Contemporain

MFA alumni and current Elastic Spaces’ visiting scholar, Santiago Tavera, along his collaborator, Laura Acosta (MFA alumni) are currently exhibiting their new work, The Novels of Elsgüer (Episode 4); Camouflaged Screams at OPTICA – Centre D’art Contemporain in Montreal.

Exhibition : April 17th – June 12th, 2021

Episode 4: Camouflaged Screams is is an interactive installation exploring the (a)symbiotic relationship between humans and the natural environment. This augmented experience incorporates large scale panoramic video projections of a recorded performance with textile pieces, along with motion sensors, enveloping soundscapes, lighting setups and sculptural elements. As the audience moves around the installation, their movements have the capacity to alter the images and sounds in the space, asking viewers to reflect on how their presence and actions have a direct effect on the environments that surround them. This project was done with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Elastic Spaces lab at Concordia University. http://www.optica.ca/

Click here for the Press Release text by Shauna Janssen, Associate Professor from the Theatre Department at Concordia University.

“The Breadth of” Symposium

“The Breadth of” is a free, public symposium that investigates and responds to the living archive of the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre (CFMDC). 

This critical inquiry uses the CFMDC collection as a launching point, where we will engage, agitate and take stock, bring new ideas into consideration, and react through creative and critical dialogue. “The Breadth Of” grapples with themes of re-contextualizing and challenging the predominant historic narratives of media art and activism, while looking at what present and futures we wish to build. 

Facebook Event Here, and cfmdc.tv launches on March 25th.

SuperWomen: Conversations with Real Action Figures 

SCHEDULE FOR “THE BREADTH OF” March 27 – April 30

AVAILABLE ON https://www.cfmdc.tv/

SuperWomen: Conversations with the Real Action Figures is a collection of interviews with seven astounding women who have an extensive history of working in film and video. Interviews will feature: Marjorie Beaucage, Christene Browne, Sylvia Hamilton, Maria Teresa Larrain, Michelle Mohabeer, Leila Sujir, and Zainub Verjee in conversation with Midi Onodera. 

-6pm – 8pm EST Thurs April 1 Film: “Nevis To” (limited period)

8pm EST Thurs April 1 CHRISTENE BROWNE INTERVIEW – up for month of April

6pm – 8pm EST Monday April 5 Film: “Dreams of the Night Cleaners” (limited period)

8pm EST Monday April 5 LEILA SUJIR INTERVIEW– up for month of April

6pm – 8pm Thurs. April 8 EST Film: “Dolores” (limited period)

8pm EST Thurs. April 8 MARIA TERESA LARRAIN INTERVIEW– up for month of April

6pm – 8pm EST Monday April 12 Film: “Bingo” (limited period)

8pm EST Monday April 12 MARJORIE BEAUCAGE INTERVIEW– up for month of April

6pm – 8pm EST Thursday April 15 Film: “Exposure” (limited period)

8pm EST Thursday April 15 MICHELLE MOHABEER INTERVIEW– up for month of April

Film – “Black Mother Black Daughter”

Source: NFB link to https://www.nfb.ca/film/black_mother_black_daughter/

8pm EST Monday April 19 SYLVIA HAMILTON INTERVIEW– up for month of April

6pm – 8pm EST Film: Ecoute, S’il Pleut limited period)

8pm EST Thursday April 22 ZAINUB VERJEE INTERVIEW– up for month of April

The Journal of Transcultural Studies

“UNSETTLING” THE FOREST AS A CANADIAN NATIONALIST IMAGINARY: CONSENT, CONSULTATION, AND (RE)CONCILIATION IN LEILA SUJIR’S FOREST!

By Haema Sivanesan (Author)

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17885/heiup.jts.2020.2.24248

Published: 2021-03-05

Issue: Vol. 11 No. 2 (2020)

Abstract

Leila Sujir’s ongoing stereoscopic 3D and Virtual Reality media art project, Forest! is situated in the old growth rainforests of the South Walbran Valley of Vancouver Island, on the traditional and ancestral lands of the Pacheedaht First Nation. Taking place more than a century and a half since the settling of Vancouver Island by British colonizers, which was soon followed by successive waves of immigration by Chinese, Japanese, South Asian, and other laborers, Sujir’s project comes up against the effects and consequences of settler colonialism in the forests of Vancouver Island, and reveals the complexities and paradoxes of Canada’s mandate for (re)conciliation with Indigenous peoples.

This paper explores Sujir’s process of artistic collaboration, works with a range of Indigenous, community, and artworld stakeholders, and draws on a heuristic methodology to navigate complex community and inter-racial dynamics. Sujir adopts a methodology of person-to-person conciliation as a means to mitigate Indigenous–settler tensions, developing this approach into a methodology of friendship as a means by which to secure a transparent working process that is accountable to the Pacheedaht First Nation. This in turn enables the artist to develop new transcultural understandings and a new picturing of the forest. This paper closely examines Sujir’s process in the development of two works—Forest Breath (2018) and Aerial (2019)—detailing both the difficulty and the importance of artistic collaboration in working towards an ideology of (re)conciliation with Indigenous peoples in Canada.

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