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[Nettime-bold] IntraNation: race, politics, & canadian art-conference Nov. 21-24

(apologies for cross postings)

IntraNation:  race, politics, and canadian art

November 21 to 24, 2002

Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design (ECIAD),  Granville Island

Vancouver, BC


This gathering of artists from across Canada will perform the dual purpose of 
showcasing/ highlighting the artists' work and contextualizing contemporary 
arts practices in Canada in terms of race and politics.  The emphasis in this 
gathering will be on an exchange of ideas through formal presentations, 
informal discussions, and various book launches, performances, and 
screenings.  A senior ECIAD art history class--Race and Identity Movements in 
Canadian Art--will work on projects leading up to and developing from the 


All events are at the Lecture Hall (Room 328), South Building, Emily Carr 

Institute of Art + Design (Granville Island), unless otherwise indicated.

Thurs, Nov 21

7:30 pm:  Opening welcome by Chief Campbell, Squamish, Room 260

8:00 pm:  Performance by Chris Creighton-Kelly, Room 260

***Note: For admission to the performance, please bring a 35 mm slide and a 


9:30 pm:  President's reception in ECIAD cafeteria

Friday, Nov 22

10:00 am:   Biospheric Questions and Bodily Poetics.

Shirley Bear, Laiwan, Scott McFarlane

1:00 pm:   Screens:  Subjects, Sites, Practices.

Fred Wah and Karin Lee, Richard Fung, Sylvia Hamilton

3:30 pm:   Performative Impulses and Critical Perspectives.

Kirsten Forkert, Paul Wong, Rebecca Belmore

7:00 pm:  Book launch for Richard Fung's and Monika Kin Gagnon's new book, 

13 Conversations About Art and Cultural Race Politics, published by Centre 

d'Information Artexte information centre.  Charles H. Scott Gallery.

8:00 pm:   Readings:  Larissa Lai, and Launch of  Sharron Proulx-Turner's 

what the auntys say (published by McGilligan Books).  Screenings:  Richard 

Fung -- Sea in the Blood,  Jayce Salloum  -- untitled part 3b: (as if) 

beauty never ends and untitled part 1: everything and nothing.

Saturday, Nov 23

10:00 am:    Imagined Geographies.

Marwan Hassan, Henry Tsang, Jin-me Yoon

1:00 pm:  Digging out/digging in: connective agency and political dissent.

tjsnow, Jayce Salloum, Jim Wong-Chu

3:30 pm:   Politics and Processes of Learning.

Adrian Stimson, Cindy Mochizuki, Loretta Todd, Kira Wu

7:30 pm:  Readings/screenings:  Performance by Hiromi Goto, Baco Ohama, Roy 

Miki; Karin Lee -- premiere of Sunflower Children, Sylvia Hamilton -- 

premiere of  Portia White:  Think On Me

Sunday, Nov 24

11:00 am:   Potential Formations, Possible Momentums.

Roy Miki, Larissa Lai, Chris Creighton-Kelly


Biographies of Participants

Shirley Bear was born on the Negootkook First Nation Community.  She is a 

multimedia artist whose work has been widely exhibited across North 

America.  Her many awards include the Excellence in the Arts Award 2002 

from The New Brunswick Arts Board.

Rebecca Belmore's multi-disciplinary practice includes performances, 

installations, and objects. Two common strands throughout much of her work 

are her belief in the critical importance of the political struggle over 

aboriginal land, and her inclusion of other people's voices, perspectives, 

and experiences in her work.

Chris Creighton-Kelly is an interdisciplinary artist and writer whose work 

has been shown across Canada, in India, Europe and the U.S. He was born in 

the U.K. of South Asian-British heritage and is currently based on 

Vancouver Island. He appreciates his audiences a lot.

Kirsten Forkert is an artist working in installation, performance and text. 

She has presented her work across Canada. Upcoming projects include a 

series of spontaneous performances in public spaces. She currently teaches 


Richard Fung is a Toronto-based video artist and writer whose tapes have 

been widely screened and collected internationally, and whose essays have 

been published in many journals and anthologies.  He is the co-author (with 

Monika Kin Gagnon) of 13 Conversations about Art and Cultural Race 

Politics. Among other awards, he received the 2000 Bell Canada Award for 

outstanding achievement in video art.  He coordinates the Centre for Media 

and Culture at OISE/UT.

Hiromi Goto's first novel, Chorus of Mushrooms, received the Commonwealth 

Writer's Prize for Best First Book in the Canada and Caribbean Region and 

was co-winner of the Canada Japan Book Award.  She is also the author of 

The Kappa Child and The Water of Possibility.  She is a mother and has 

recently moved from Calgary to Burnaby.

Sylvia Hamilton is a Nova Scotian filmmaker and writer.  Her first film, 

Black Mother Black Daughter, has been seen in over forty film festivals 

throughout North America and Europe. Speak It! From the Heart of Black Nova 

Scotia received both the 1994 Maeda Prize awarded by the NHK-Japan 

Broadcasting Corporation, and a 1994-Gemini Award. Her most recent film is 

Portia White: Think On Me.

Marwan Hassan is a novelist, a critic, and an intellectual.  Cormorant 

Books has published his two novels, The Confusion of Stones: Two Novellas 

(1989) and The Memory Garden of Miguel Carranza.

Larissa Lai is the author of two novels, Salt Fish Girl and When Fox Is a 

Thousand.  She was born in La Jolla, California, grew up in Newfoundland, 

and lived for many years in Vancouver.  She is currently working on a PhD 

at the University of Calgary.

Laiwan was founder of the Or Gallery in 1983, and is a writer and 

interdisciplinary artist who has been researching the epistemological shift 

found in digital technologies and the disappearance of older cultures.

Filmmaker Karin Lee is a fourth-generation Canadian whose stories are about 

the effects of global displacement and the Chinese diaspora in North 

America.  Her films include My Sweet Peony, Songs of the Phoenix, Canadian 

Steel Chinese Grit, and her Gemini Award winning documentary Made in China 

- the Story of Adopted Chinese Children in Canada (2000).  Currently, Ms. 

Lee is completing Sunflower Children and writing two feature-length film 

scripts, Diamond Grill, based on the book by Fred Wah, and Mah Bing Kee, a 

courtroom drama based on the life of her great-grandfather.

Scott Toguri McFarlane is a Montreal-based writer, editor, and manager of 

the Pomelo Project, a production house for the arts dedicated to cultural 

politics. He is currently working on a book manuscript entitled On and On: 

The Exciting Promises and Phenomenal Boredom of Biotechnology.

Roy Miki is a poet, critic, teacher, and editor.  His books include Broken 

Entries:  Race  Subjectivity  Writing, Random Access File, Saving Face: 

Poems Selected 1976-1988, and Justice in Our Time:  The Japanese Canadian 

Redress Settlement (with Cassandra Kobayashi).  His recent book of poems, 

Surrender, has been nominated for the Governor General's Award.

Cindy Mochizuki was born and raised in Vancouver, B.C. She is a visual 

artist working with ideas of language, history, the body and social spaces 

within the mediums of video, installation, and performance. She is 

presently working on a piece that involves ideas of kanashibari and haunted 


Baco Ohama still considers herself a prairie farm kid although she now 

lives on the west coast. Her grounding comes not only from the prairies and 

her family but also from the years she lived in Quebec … from pondering 

over the relationships between language and location, history and memory, 

partial tellings and tastes that linger. She is a visual artist, writer, 

and educator who works on installations, page and bookworks, collaborations 

and community based projects often simultaneously. One who seems indelibly 

linked to water and the colour red.

Sharron Proulx-Turner is a Métis writer who holds a Masters in English, 

Feminist Bio-theory, from the University of Calgary. She has taught writing 

and literature at Old Sun College and Mount Royal College in Alberta.  Her 

previously published memoir of ritual abuse, written under a pseudonym, was 

short-listed for the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction. what the 

auntys say is her first book of poetry, and the culmination of years of 

rumination on her roots and on the power of language.

Jayce Salloum has been working in installation, photography, mixed and new 

media and video since 1975, as well as curating exhibitions, conducting 

workshops and coordinating cultural events. After 22 years living and 

working in San Francisco, Banff, Toronto, San Diego, Beirut, and New York, 

he now lives/works out of Vancouver.

tjsnow is a First Nations poet, intellectual and installation/performance 

artist. He has curated exhibitions with the Royal Ontario Museum, conducted 

workshops on cultural awareness, worked as a professor and coordinated 

community cultural events. A former federal government communications 

manager, he is completing a historical review governance tactics and 

political insurgency in First Nations - Canadian relations. He lives/works 

out of Calgary.

Adrian Stimson is now a painting major at the Alberta College of Art and 

Design, after serving eight years as Tribal Councilor for the Siksika 

Nation.  He has served as President for the Ottawa-based First Nations 

Confederacy of Cultural Education Centers, and is on the board of the 

Alberta Human Rights, Citizenship, and Multiculturalism Education Fund 

Advisory Committee, AIDS Calgary, and the Calgary Aboriginal Arts Awareness 

Society.  He is currently the featured artist in the Nitsitapiisinni: Our 

Way of Life exhibit at the Glenbow Museum as well as part of a group show 

called 5 degrees at the Art Gallery of Calgary.

Loretta Todd, a Cree/Metis active in developing Aboriginal media through 

her company Eagle Eye Films, is on a mission to de-colonize and reclaim the 

screen for Native stories. Her films include Forgotten Warriors, Hands of 

History, The Learning Path and Today is a Good Day: Remembering Chief Dan 

George.  She has received the Mountain Award at the Taos Talking Pictures 

Festival, two Best Documentary Awards at the American Indian Film Festival 

in San Francisco, and a Rockefeller Fellowship to New York University, 

among her many honours.  She was recently in Paris developing her feature 

film, WarSong.

Henry Tsang is an artist whose installations incorporate photography, 

video, language and sculptural elements.  He has participated in On 

Location: Public Art for the New Millenium at the Vancouver Art Gallery, 

and The Mount Pleasant Golf and Country Club, organized by the public art 

collective, Collective Echoes.  He has curated projects such as SELF NOT 

WHOLE: Cultural Identity and Chinese-Canadian Artists in Vancouver, RACY 

SEXY, and CITY AT THE END OF TIME:  Hong Kong 1997.  In 1997, he completed 

a permanent public artwork, "Welcome to the Land of Light," in downtown 


Fred Wah is a Governor General's Award recipient (poetry) and author of 

many published works including the award-winning biofiction Diamond 

Grill.  Involved in publishing and teaching internationally in poetry and 

poetics since the early 1960's, he is currently professor of English and 

Creative Writing at the University of Calgary.

Paul Wong is a founding director of Video In Studio and On Edge 

Productions, and an interdisciplinary and multimedia artist well known for 

his video projects dealing with issues of race, sexuality, and identity.

Jim Wong-Chu has worked as a comunity organizer, historian, and radio 

broadcaster. He is a founding member of the Asian Canadian 

Writers'  Workshop, as well as being a full-time letter carrier for Canada 

Post. His book of poetry Chinatown Ghosts was published in 1986, and he has 

coedited the anthologies, Many-Mouthed Birds and Swallowing Clouds.

Kira Wu is a visual artist and videographer who works in both visual arts, 

and film and video communities in Vancouver.  Wu teaches at Kwantlen 

University College, Surrey, BC.

Jin-me Yoon is a video and photo-based artist whose work critically and 

ironically questions the sytems of representation which reflect, conflict 

with and affect identity.  She is a professor at Simon Fraser University.


IntraNation acknowledges the generous support of the Emily Carr Institute 

of ART + DESIGN, the Canada Council Literary Readings Program, Canadian 

Heritage, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council 

(Initiatives in the New Economy).


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