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Public Lecture: Thinking about Oil: Energy, Epistemologies and Political Futures

Monday January 12, 2015 Harbour Centre, Simon Fraser University Press release for Imre Szeman's public lecturehere. Professor Imre Szeman is a Canada Research Chair in Cultural Studies and a Professor of English, Film Studies and Sociology at the University of Alberta. He conducts research on and teaches in the areas of energy and environmental studies, social and cultural theory, globalization and nationalism, and Canadian studies. His publications include Contemporary Literary and Cultural Theory: The John Hopkins Guide (2012) After Globalization (2011) Cultural Theory: An Anthology (2010); Cultural Autonomy: Frictions and ...

Ruth Beer: Invited Artist Talk at the University of Alaska

November 24, 26, and 27, 2014 University of Alaska, Anchorage As part of the Mineral Matters exhibition at Kimura Gallery, Ruth Beer presented a talk on the Trading Routes project, highlighting specific artworks that reference the relationship and context of British Columbia to northern oil extraction and the Exxon Valdez disaster in Alaska. The guest artist lecture was hosted by the University of Alaska's Faculty of Arts with invitation to the general ...

Mineral Matters Exhibition

November 19 - December 12, 2014 Kimura Gallery, University of Alaska, Anchorage Mineral Matters Press Release The works in this exhibition are inspired by debates concerning the socio-political, economic, and environmental changes brought about by the rapid expansion of Canada's natural extraction industries and an ever-expanding network of oil and gas pipelines throughout Northern British Columbia. Both the unprecedented scale and potential consequences of these developments challenge a nuanced perspective of the issues at hand and offer a point of convergence for a timely dialogue about regional, national, and global futures. At a liminal moment in Canadian history, vast swaths of unceded Indigenous territory – historically used as trading routes for oolichan oil ("grease trails") – are now proposed as transport corridors for millions of barrels of crude oil travelling from Alberta to the Northwest coast. As an increasing number of development proposals encroach upon ...

Joar Nango Artist Talk

October 30, 2014 Emily Carr Aboriginal Gathering Place, Emily Carr University of Art and Design Emily Carr University Press Release Please join us for a talk by Sami artist/designer/architect Joar Nango at the Emily Carr Aboriginal Gathering Place. Joar will discuss his recent installations and art/design projects. His upcoming solo exhibition of his work is at Western Front from November 14 to December 20, 2014. The opening for this exhibition will take place on Thursday, November 13, 2014, at 7pm. This talk is sponsored by Trading Routes a research and creation project supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and by Emily Carr University Faculty of Visual Art and Material Practice visiting artist series. Joar Nango (b. 1979, Alta, Norway) lives and works in Romssa, Norway. Inhabiting the frontier between architecture, design and art, Nango’s practice explores issues of native identity through contradictions in ...

Trading Routes Community Discussion Hosted by Terrace Art Gallery

Terrace Art Gallery In May 2014 and again in October 2014 Trading Routes Project team, Kit Grauer, Jill Baird and Ruth Beer visited the communities of Terrace and initiated a public call to join in a community discussion hosted by the Terrace Art Gallery. The discussion at Terrace Art Gallery invited local artists to talk about related issues of cultural production and changing communities. The TR Project team also visited Prince Rupert, Kitimat, Kitamat Village, Port Edwards, K'san, New Hazelton, Kitwanga, and Nisga'a communities to have inspiring conversations with artists, teachers, museum directors, elders and other concerned citizens who spoke about their experiences living in the northwest and proposed pipelines (see ...

Wayne K. Spear: A Trading Routes Dialogue

October 22, 2014 Aboriginal Gathering Place, Emily Carr University of Art + Design Everyone is Welcome Please join us for a discussion with writer, journalist, and former Communications Director of the Aboriginal Healing Foundation Wayne K. Spear. The second in a series of Trading Routes dialogues, this talk follows Mike DeGagné’s presentation on "Aboriginal Control of Aboriginal Education" and transforming post-secondary institutions. As such, this event is linked to the Trading Routes team's research on decolonizing visual practices. Wayne has generously offered to give a short talk on the recent unanimous Supreme Court ruling upholding the traditional Rights and Title of Xeni Gwet’in and Tsilhqot’in First Nations, reflecting on its potential relation to federal and regional investments in resource industry expansion and a larger decolonizing process. This talk’s focus on “co-sovereignty" will provide a way into discussion about the future of BC, not simply ...

Exploring Petroculture: Artistic Research and Socially Engaged Art Practice

February 6 and 7, 2014 McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, McGill University, Montreal Ruth Beer presents "Exploring Petroculture: Artistic Research and Socially Engaged Art Practice" on the "Is ours a Petroculture?" panel at the Petrocultures 2014: Oil, Energy, and Canada’s ...

Edgar Heap of Birds, Imagining our Future Series

November 13, 2013 Edgar Heap of Birds, Imagining Our Future Series Heads Above Grass; Provocative Native American Public Art and Studio Fine Art Practice http://vimeo.com/81743925 Edgar Heap of Birds is an internationally known artist and scholar of Cheyenne and Arapaho descent whose work engages with issues of history, public space and land claims. We have invited him to share his insights on how site-specific creative works generate ways of knowing and understanding that respect and acknowledge ever-present Indigenous histories and their relationship to place. Heap of Birds' contribution will help us to realize the importance of making our building and institution accountable to place. His practice and scholarship address questions of community and contexts that form a valuable reference point in imagining the new art/media/design university, particularly the new forms of practice that we will need to imagine in the new university. This lecture is part of our series ...