ONC Artist-in-Residence call for grad student applications

Call for Proposals 

UVic’s Faculty of Fine Arts and Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) are calling for graduate student applications for the 2022 ONC Artist-in-Residence program. 

Note: the application period closes on December 17, 2021. s

The Artist-in-Residence will ignite cross-disciplinary exchanges, interacting with Fine Arts faculty members and scientists & staff at ONC, as well as with other individuals using ONC’s world-leading ocean facilities. While ONC and Fine Arts both lead and sponsor this program, both the Faculty of Science and the Office of Research Services also provide additional financial support.

This residency is open to current Fine Arts graduate students working in any visual, written, musical or performance discipline, who have completed most of their course requirements.

About the program

 This program strengthens connections between art and science that broaden and cross-fertilize perspectives and critical discourse on today’s major issues, such as environment, technology, oceans, cultural and biodiversity, and healthy communities. 

The artist will learn from and engage with current ocean research, connecting it to the artist’s own practice—and to wider societal and cultural aspects—creating work for public presentation at the end of the residency. The artist will also be invited to contribute as a lead or co-author in scientific conference proceedings and/or journal articles.  

The residency period can start anytime between Feb 1 and May 31, 2022, and will last for up to four months. A cost-of-living stipend of $2,000 CDN/month will be paid to the selected artist, with limited additional funds to support production or materials. At the conclusion of the residency, a public exhibit of the resulting art will be displayed or performed, and will be promoted by ONC and the Faculty of Fine Arts.

Learn more about previous Artists in Residence

Previous ONC Artists in Residence include Dennis Gupa (2021) and Colton Hash (2019). Read more about Dennis’ work and watch a series of the resulting videos here, and read more about Colton’s work here.

Exploring ocean science through art

The selected artist will actively engage with researchers on a variety of ocean science themes that may include:

  • Deep Sea Ecology
  • Seabed-Ocean Exchanges
  • Coastal Ocean Processes
  • Marine Natural Hazards
  • The Ocean Soundscape
  • Arctic Ocean Observing
  • Ocean Big Data

The ONC Artist-in-Residence program is established to:

  • explore the potential of the arts or alternative cultural practices in the area of the visions, challenges, philosophical, aesthetic, and ethical aspects of the ocean and the impacts humans have on it;
  • add a complementary artistic and creative perspective to ocean science, the societal ramifications of its exploitation, and its cultural aspects;
  • create opportunities for potential new research questions, experimental approaches and knowledge synthesis resulting from interaction between the arts and science; and
  • help envision and communicate the potential long-term impact of ocean changes on humanity.

Proposal submissions

Interested applicants are to dwowens@oceannetworks.ca with the subject line “Ocean Artist-in-Residence Program,” and attach:

  1. a CV
  2. a concise portfolio of previous relevant artistic work
  3. a letter of motivation outlining the artist’s project proposal for the residency
  4. a 500-word project proposal with a separate project-costs budget.

Again, the application period closes on Dec 17, 2021.

Applications will be reviewed by representatives of Fine Arts and Ocean Networks Canada. Artists may be contacted for an interview or to supply further information before a decision is made.

Public exhibit

At the conclusion of the residency, the artist will host a public exhibit within a specified budget agreed to during the residency and depending on the type of project to be exhibited. Assistance for marketing and/or ticketing could be made available from other UVic departments (Visual Arts, Theatre, etcetera).

Two stills from Dennis Gupa’s 2021 public residency presentation, “Gossip With Whales”

About Ocean Networks Canada

Established in 2007 as a strategic initiative of the University of Victoria, ONC operates world-leading ocean observatories for the advancement of science and the benefit of Canada. The observatories collect data on physical, chemical, biological, and geological aspects of the ocean over long time periods, supporting research on complex Earth processes in ways not previously possible.

The observatories provide unique scientific and technical capabilities that permit researchers to operate instruments remotely and receive data at their home laboratories anywhere on the globe, in real time. The facilities extend and complement other research platforms and programs, whether currently operating or planned for future deployment.

With thanks also to the Vice President Research & Innovation and Faculty of Science for their support.

Hot new electives for Winter ’22

Students, do you need a fascinating elective for Winter 2022? Fine Arts has you covered, no matter what your faculty or area of study. While we’re offering dozens of electives, we’re highlighting these four as they’re open to all students across campus.

The Ongoing Art of Resistance

There couldn’t be a better time for this new course taught by acclaimed artist & Visual Arts / Art History & Visual Studies professor Carey Newman: “The Ongoing Art of Resistance: Decolonization Through Indigenous Resurgence”.

From the music of Buffy Sainte-Marie & the art of Kent Monkman to the films of Alanis Obomsawin and so many others, you’ll explore how Indigenous artists continue resistance within local, national & international contexts.

Better still, you’ll be learning with one of Victoria’s leading multi-disciplinary artists & master carvers—the creator of the acclaimed Witness Blanket installation.

The Ongoing Art of Resistance: AHVS 392 A04 • CRN 24121
runs 2:30-5:30pm Thursdays, starting Jan 2022

(Image: Andy Everson)

Exploring arts & technology

Interested in exploring immersive & augmented experiences? Check out our new Arts & Technology elective run by noted intermedia artist Christine Swintak.

From virtual exhibitions & livestream performances to geolocation, projector mapping, virtual/augmented reality, immersive media installations & data-driven practices, this practice-oriented seminar will dive into immersive & augmented experiences in both art and society.

Arts & Technology II: FA 346 A01 • CRN 2410
10-11:20am Mon/Thurs starting Jan 2022

Evolution of comics

How did early 20th century comic strips evolve into the sophisticated graphic novels we have today? 

Journey from Milton Caniff’s classic adventure strip “Terry & the Pirates” to Alison Bechdel’s landmark lesbian memoir “Fun Home” via artists like Jack Kirby, Harvey Kurtzman, Will Eisner, Charles Schultz, Robert Crumb, Lynda Barry, Darwin Cooke, Chris Ware & so many more.

You’ll even have the option of creating your own comic in this course taught by local artist Peter Sandmark.

Comic Strips to Graphic Novels: AHVS 392 A02  • CRN: 20075 • 4:30-7:20pm Mondays

Suppressed music

Explore the greatest music you’ve never heard and discover how first-rate composers were suppressed under Third Reich and Communist regimes during the 20th century.

By listening to music and watching films, plus readings & in-class discussions, you’ll explore issues of antisemitism, racism, exile, imprisonment and cultural dispersion/immigration.

You’ll also discover the surprising role of music in internment & concentration camps, all with School of Music professor Suzanne Snizek.

Issues in Suppressed Music: MUS 391 A01 • CRN 22241
2:30-5:20pm Wednesdays starting Jan 2022

Orion Series presents visiting artist Julian Hou

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:

Julian Hou

Visiting Artist

7:30 – 9:00 pm (PST) Wednesday, Dec 1, 2021

Room A162, UVic Visual Arts building

 

Free & open to the public in-person or via Zoom

Presented by UVic’s Department of Visual Arts

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

Contemporary mysticism

Julian Yi-Zhong Hou is a multidisciplinary artist whose work centres around contemporary mystical subjects, consciousness, and pagan and divination ritual, practice, and research.

His work has been the focus of solo and group exhibitions at Zalucky Contemporary, Toronto; 8-eleven,Toronto; Artspeak, Vancouver; and the Vancouver Art Gallery. His most recent expanded work, Grass Drama, has been shown in parts at Malaspina Printmakers Society, Vancouver (2021), Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (2020), Cassandra Cassandra, Toronto (2019); Unit 17, Vancouver (2018); and in Charcuterie 4 (2018).

He was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Treaty 6 territory, and currently resides in Vernon, on the unceded land of the Syilx peoples of the Okanagan Nation.

 

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 playwright Marcia Johnson

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:

Marcia Johnson

“Turning Anger Into Theatre”

12:45 – 1:30 pm (PST) Friday, Nov 26, 2021

Chief Dan George Theatre, UVic Phoenix building

Free & open to the public via Zoom 

Presented by UVic’s Department of Writing

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

Serving Elizabeth

Marcia Johnson has been a theatre artist in Toronto for over 30 years. Her latest play, Serving Elizabeth, premiered in February 2020 at Western Canada Theatre and is currently playing at the Belfry Theatre (Nov 23-Dec 19).

Her other plays include Binti’s Journey, an adaptation of The Heaven Shop by Deborah Ellis (Theatre Direct Canada/Manitoba Theatre for Young People/Black Theatre Workshop); Courting Johanna (Blyth Festival) based on Alice Munro’s “Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage,” and Late (Obsidian Theatre Company). CBC Radio Drama credits include “Wifely Duty” and “The Revival Meeting” (Sounds Like Canada); “Say Ginger Ale” (The Round Up) and “Perfect on Paper” (Sunday Showcase and Monday Night Playhouse).

Johnson was also a member of Blyth Festival’s acting company with lead roles in The New Canadian Curling Club and 1837: The Farmers’ Revolt. She has participated in numerous playwrights’ groups, including the Siminovitch Prize Playwriting Master Class with Carole Frechette ,Theatre Passe Muraille, Obsidian Theatre Company, Thousand Islands Playhouse, Blyth Festival, Tapestry New Opera and Roseneath Theatre.

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

Fine Arts active during 5 Days of Action

UVic’s fourth annual 5 Days of Action runs November 15 to 19, and Fine Arts is a big part of it this year.

“We all know that small actions can collectively have big impacts,” says UVic President Kevin Hall. “I hope we will each make time to participate in the events this week, committing together to building a strong, sustainable and inclusive community.”

With a common goal of building connections, gaining knowledge and developing tools to help shape positive change in the world—locally and globally—the intention of 5 Days of Action is to create 365 days of commitment by the university community towards ending discrimination, harassment and sexualized violence on campus.

Prepare to engage

5 Days of Action offers a week of workshops and events, plus daily “calls to action” to listen, reflect, create dialogue, engage in social change and show solidarity throughout the year.

Fine Arts is hosting or involved with eight different events among the 20+ workshops you can register for this week, featuring a mix of faculty, staff and students.

Visual Arts

The Killjoys art show (9am-4pm Nov 15-19 in the Visual Arts building’s Audian Gallery) – The Killjoys is organized by the Visual Arts facility and production manager, Hollis Roberts. Explore how art can use various mediums to confront forms of systemic violence and oppression.

Say it like it is: Poster making workshop (10am-noon Fri, Nov 19) – Join Visual Arts professor Megan Dickie and facility and production manager Hollis Roberts for this hands-on, text-based poster making workshop inspired by artists who use text for political activism, subversion of advertising and clever word-play: participants will learn silkscreen printing and monoprinting techniques to create posters with their own unique messages.

The Killjoys

School of Music

Amplifying voices: Integrating underrepresented identities into music (12-1:20pm Tues, Nov 16) – This in-person & livestreamed presentation by the Music Student Association focuses on highlighting marginalized voices and bringing awareness to EDI-related challenges that musicians and musical institutions are facing. This student recital will feature underrepresented identities in music, as well as a panel of guests discussing the issue of programming diverse music in curriculum and concert halls.

Music we love: Appreciating a wider spectrum of flute repertoire (12:30-1:30pm Wed, Nov 17) – School of Music flute students from the studio of Suzanne Snizek highlight the music of composers underrepresented in the classical music milieu. Hear works by diverse musical voices including Chinese, Malaysian, Japanese, Korean, Venezuelan, Jewish and other composers, performed by graduate and undergraduate students.

Every timbre and tone: Honouring diversity through song (12-12:50pm Thurs, Nov 18) – Join School of Music faculty duo Sharon and Harald Krebs as they perform two songs by Florence Price—the first African-American woman to be recognized as a symphonic composer, and the first to have a composition played by a major orchestra.

Then, pianist Bruce Vogt accompanies soprano Anne Grimm in the performance of songs by Poldowski, a pseudonym of marginalized Belgian-born British composer and pianist Régine Wieniawski. Finally, singer-songwriter Colleen Eccleston will close the concert with a set of original music including a healing song composed especially for this event.

Suzanne Snizek 

Fine Arts

Embedding Anti-Racism into Classroom, Courses and Curricula (Harnessing Anti-Racism Initiative Grant) (1-2pm Mon, Nov 15) – This workshop features Associate Dean Eva Baboula as the facilitator highlighting innovative ways UVic faculty and administrators are reworking instruction and administration processes to embed anti-racism, decolonization and other social justice principles.

Related activity

As part of our regular faculty programming, we also have three related events happening this week that dovetail nicely with the 5 Days of Action. 

Theatre

Catch a free staged reading of Kamloopa: An Indigenous Matriarch Story (8pm Saturday, Nov 20) featuring recent Writing MFA alum and Governor General’s Award-winning playwright Kim Senklip Harvey directing this reading of her play Kamloopa: An Indigenous Matriarch Story. Part of Theatre’s Staging Equality series, Kamloopa explores the fearless love and passion of two Indigenous women reconnecting with their homelands, ancestors, and stories. Find out more here.

Writing

Noted author, journalist Andrew Nikiforuk is offering the 2021 Southam Lecture with our Writing department (2-3:30pm Wed, Nov 17) on “Energy Dead-Ends: Green Lies, Climate Change and Chaotic Transitions”. Nikiforuk has written about the use—and abuse—of natural resources and wild landscapes in Canada for more than 30 years. Register here for either the live or livestreamed events. 

Visual Arts 

This week’s visiting artist features Hazel Meyer (7:30pm Wed, Nov 17), an artist who works with installation, performance, and text to investigate the relationships between sexuality, feminism, and material culture. Her work recovers the queer aesthetics, politics, and bodies often effaced within histories of infrastructure, athletics, and illness. Find out more here.

Kim Senklip Harvey

Global Days

This week, UVic is also hosting a globally-focused week of events for Global Days, aimed at celebrating the diversity, values, pursuits and successes of UVic and our broader communities under the theme of “UN Sustainable Development Goals: Global Citizens working together towards shared visions of a better tomorrow”.

This week will feature film screenings, presentations, info sessions and interactive workshops—including a chocolate tasting and presentation about ethical chocolate from the African continent. Click here for more information or to register.

“When participating in these many exciting events over the coming week, I encourage you to reflect on the lands on which UVic stands,” says President Hall.