Orion Series presents alumna curator Charo Neville

The Orion
Lecture Series in Fine Arts

Through the generous support of the Orion Fund in Fine Arts, the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Victoria, is pleased to present:

Charo Neville

Visiting curator

 

7:30 – 9:00 pm (PST)
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 

 

Free & open to the public via Zoom

 

Presented by UVic’s Department of Visual Arts
For more information on this lecture please email: visualarts@uvic.ca 

 

A curatorial approach

Charo Neville is curator at the Kamloops Art Gallery, where she has developed a program of contemporary, historical and touring exhibitions along with publications since 2011. An undergrad alumna of UVic’s Art History & Visual Studies department, she graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Critical Curatorial Studies from the University of British Columbia in 2006. Neville has held positions as Curatorial Assistant at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Associate Director at Catriona Jeffries Gallery and Interim Curator/Director at Artspeak. Neville also served on the board of directors at the Western Front (2006-2010).

“Art—visual art in particular—has this amazing capacity to take the world and translate it in through metaphor and through experience that make you see the world differently,” she says.

Neville has also facilitated public art projects throughout Kamloops, including Luminocity, which she initiated in 2014. In addition to developing publications for the Kamloops Art Gallery since 2011, Neville has contributed to magazines including Fillip, Yishu, West Coast Line and Blackflash, and participated on visual art juries—including the 2013 Sobey Art Award.

 

About the Orion Fund

Established through the generous gift of an anonymous donor, the Orion Fund in Fine Arts is designed to bring distinguished visitors from other parts of Canada—and the world—to the University of Victoria’s Faculty of Fine Arts, and to make their talents and achievements available to faculty, students, staff and the wider Greater Victoria community who might otherwise not be able to experience their work.

The Orion Fund also exists to encourage institutions outside Canada to invite regular faculty members from our Faculty of Fine Arts to be visiting  artists/scholars at their institutions; and to make it possible for Fine Arts faculty members to travel outside Canada to participate in the academic life of foreign institutions and establish connections and relationships with them in order to encourage and foster future exchanges.

Free and open to the public  |  Seating is limited (500 Zoom connections) |  Visit our online events calendar at www.uvic.ca/events

Orion Series presents composer & performer Gayle Young

The Orion
Lecture Series in Fine Arts

Through the generous support of the Orion Fund in Fine Arts, the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Victoria, is pleased to present:

Gayle Young

Composer, performer, instrument designer
 

Wednesday-Friday, Feb 24-26
Three separate events (see below for details) 

 

All are free & open to the public via Zoom (link for each Zoom event below or via the School of Music events calendar

Presented by UVic’s School of Music

For more information on this lecture please email: music@uvic.ca 

A multitude of skills  

Gayle Young is a Canadian composer, performer, instrument designer, curator and author. Her music and sound installations include a wide variety of sound sources, from electronic and orchestral instruments, to found stone and wood.

In the late 1970s, Young developed notational systems and designed musical instruments to facilitate explorations in unusual tunings. She continues to combine her interests in tuning and soundscape by recording environmental noise of highways, railways, rivers and ocean shorelines through tuned tubing. 

Young has also authored the biography of Hugh Le Caine (1914-1977), the foremost Canadian inventor of electronic instruments. She has written extensively about sound exploration, bringing attention to the exploration and experience of sound, and edited Musicworks Magazine for many years.

Workshop on microtonality & tuning

A specialist in microtonality, tuning systems, sound art and instrument design, Young will be offering a free workshop from 10:30-11:20am on Wednesday, Feb. 24, focussing on her theoretical research into tunings systems and how this has impacted her work.

In 1978, Young played the first of many concerts featuring compositions for microtonal instruments she designed and built. Her Columbine is a 63-note percussion instrument using 23 pitches per octave in an expanded just intonation tuning system. Her Amaranth is a 24-stringed zither with moveable bridges that enable flexible tunings. Her Allium is a 9-stringed aluminum instrument. 

Lecture-recital

Young will present a free public lecture from 5-6:30pm on Thursday, Feb. 25.  In addition to discussing her varied career—involving concert composition for both acoustic and electronic forces, installation and sound art—she will present a selection of videos both of her work and featuring her playing her own instruments, while also providing commentary on her pieces. Questions will be open to the public. 

Composition masterclass 

Finally, from 1-3pm on Friday, Feb. 26Young will host a composition masterclass. Through composition lessons, she will offer constructive feedback on original compositions by our School of Music students. Young’s mentorship is informed by conceptual/musical considerations as well as pragmatic realities such as exciting the listener and performer’s imagination and curiosity.

About the Orion Fund

Established through the generous gift of an anonymous donor, the Orion Fund in Fine Arts is designed to bring distinguished visitors from other parts of Canada—and the world—to the University of Victoria’s Faculty of Fine Arts, and to make their talents and achievements available to faculty, students, staff and the wider Greater Victoria community who might otherwise not be able to experience their work. 

The Orion Fund also exists to encourage institutions outside Canada to invite regular faculty members from our Faculty of Fine Arts to be visiting  artists/scholars at their institutions; and to make it possible for Fine Arts faculty members to travel outside Canada to participate in the academic life of foreign institutions and establish connections and relationships with them in order to encourage and foster future exchanges.

Free and open to the public  |  Seating is limited (500 Zoom connections) |  Visit our online events calendar at www.uvic.ca/events

Orion Series presents poet Canisia Lubrin

The Orion
Lecture Series in Fine Arts

Through the generous support of the Orion Fund in Fine Arts, the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Victoria, is pleased to present:

Canisia Lubrin

Poet, short fiction author

 

2:30 – 4:00 pm (PST)
Monday, February 22, 2021 

Free & open to the public
Register at writingevents@uvic.ca 

 

Presented by UVic’s Department of Writing
For more information on this lecture please email: writing@uvic.ca 

 

Inquiries into selfhood

Join influential poet Canisia Lubrin in conversation about her writing journey and hear her read from her highly acclaimed second collection, The Dyzgrapxst (McClelland & Stewart, 2020). The Dyzgraphxst was named to multiple “Book of the Year” lists, including CBC and Quill & Quire, and was a poetry finalist for the inaugural Rebel Women Lit Awards. Her debut, Voodoo Hypothesis (Wolsak & Wynn, 2017), was named a CBC Best Book.

Lubrin’s publications include translations of her work into Spanish, Italian, French and German. She has contributed to BrickJoylandPoetry LondonPoets.orgblackiris.co and elsewhere. Her writing has been recognized by, among others, the Toronto Book Award, Journey Prize, Gerald Lampert, Pat Lowther and the Writers Trust.

Also an editor, translator and critic, she was born in St. Lucia and studied writing at York University and the University of Guelph. Lubrin teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto and OCAD University. Her first collection of short fiction, Code Noir, is forthcoming from Knopf Canada.

 

About The Dyzgraphxst 

The Dyzgraphxst presents seven inquiries into selfhood through the perennial figure Jejune. Polyvocal in register, the book moves to mine meanings of kinship through the wide and intimate reach of language across geographies and generations. Against the contemporary backdrop of intensified capitalist fascism, toxic nationalism, and climate disaster, the figure Jejune asks, how have I come to make home out of unrecognizability. Marked by and through diasporic life, Jejune declares, I was not myself. I am not myself. My self resembles something having nothing to do with me.

 

The poet’s “job”

When asked in a Poetry In Voice interview about her “job” as a poet, Lubrin offered this response: “I think that today a poet writes into and out of the chaos of life the things that trouble notions of humanity as a species with only utilitarian interests or provocations or purposes . . . . Perhaps, ultimately, the poet’s job is as the poet decides, but the work of poetry is elemental and expands the possibility for our lives beyond mere utility, beyond the basic needs that reduce us to some oversimplified version of ‘what is real and who we are’.”

 

About the Orion Fund

Established through the generous gift of an anonymous donor, the Orion Fund in Fine Arts is designed to bring distinguished visitors from other parts of Canada—and the world—to the University of Victoria’s Faculty of Fine Arts, and to make their talents and achievements available to faculty, students, staff and the wider Greater Victoria community who might otherwise not be able to experience their work.

The Orion Fund also exists to encourage institutions outside Canada to invite regular faculty members from our Faculty of Fine Arts to be visiting  artists/scholars at their institutions; and to make it possible for Fine Arts faculty members to travel outside Canada to participate in the academic life of foreign institutions and establish connections and relationships with them in order to encourage and foster future exchanges.

Free and open to the public  |  Seating is limited (500 Zoom connections) |  Visit our online events calendar at www.uvic.ca/events

Orion Series presents alumna artist Kelly Jazvac

The Orion
Lecture Series in Fine Arts

Through the generous support of the Orion Fund in Fine Arts, the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Victoria, is pleased to present:

Kelly Jazvac

Visiting alumni artist

 

7:30 – 9:00 pm (PST)
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 

 

Free & open to the public via Zoom

 

Presented by UVic’s Department of Visual Arts
For more information on this lecture please email: visualarts@uvic.ca 

Featured image: “Smocking Mouth” (Kelly Jazvac, 2017)

 

A plastic approach to art

Kelly Jazvac is a Canadian artist based in Montréal and an MFA alum of UVic’s Visual Arts department. She is also part of a plastic pollution research team called The Synthetic Collective, which includes scientists, artists, art historians, philosophers and writers who work together to sample, map, understand and visualize the complexities of plastics and micro-plastics pollution in the Great Lakes Region. The work of this research group is highly influential on Jazvac’s artistic practice.

Jazvac currently has exhibitions at The Musée D’Art Contemporain (Montréal), The Museum of Modern Art (New York), and (forthcoming) at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto. Her recent exhibitions include the Eli and Edyth Broad Museum (East Lansing), Ujazdowski Castle CCA (Warsaw) and FIERMAN Gallery (New York). Her work has been written about in National Geographic, e-flux Journal, Hyperallergic, Art Forum, The New Yorker, Canadian Art Magazine and The Brooklyn Rail. Her collaborative art/science research has been published in scientific journals including Nature Reviews, GSA Today, and Science of the Total Environment

 

About the Orion Fund

Established through the generous gift of an anonymous donor, the Orion Fund in Fine Arts is designed to bring distinguished visitors from other parts of Canada—and the world—to the University of Victoria’s Faculty of Fine Arts, and to make their talents and achievements available to faculty, students, staff and the wider Greater Victoria community who might otherwise not be able to experience their work.

The Orion Fund also exists to encourage institutions outside Canada to invite regular faculty members from our Faculty of Fine Arts to be visiting  artists/scholars at their institutions; and to make it possible for Fine Arts faculty members to travel outside Canada to participate in the academic life of foreign institutions and establish connections and relationships with them in order to encourage and foster future exchanges.

Free and open to the public  |  Seating is limited (500 Zoom connections) |  Visit our online events calendar at www.uvic.ca/events