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Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 6:30 – 9:00 pm, Kay Meek Centre, 1700 Mathers Avenue, West Vancouver, BC

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LANGUAGE and LANDSCAPE in the ‘Electronic Information Environment’ – November 15, 11.00am to 4.00pm at the Dodson Room (Rm 302), Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.


Morning Session, 11.00AM – 1PM

Ken Lum 

Ken Lum was born in Vancouver, Canada but presently resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he is a Professor in the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania.  From 2000 to 2006 Ken Lum was head of the graduate program in studio art at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, where he taught from 1990 until 2006. Lum joined the faculty of Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, in 2005 and worked there until 2007. He has been an invited professor at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, the Akademie der Bildenden Kunst, Munich, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, and the China Art Academy, Hangzhou.

Lum is co-founder and founding editor of Yishu Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art.   Lum was Project Manager for Okwui Enwezor’s The Short Century: Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa 1945 – 1994 (2001). He was also co-curator of the 7th Sharjah Biennial (2005), and Shanghai Modern: 1919 – 1945 (2005).  Lum has exhibited widely, including São Paulo Biennial (1998), Shanghai Biennale (2000), Documenta 11 (2002), the Istanbul Biennial (2007), and the Gwangju Biennale (2008), Moscow Biennial 2011 and the Whitney Biennial 2014.  He has published many essays on art.  He has also realized permanent public art commissions for the cities of Vienna, Vancouver, Utrecht, Leiden, St. Moritz, Toronto and St Louis.

Lum turned to conceptual art after receiving his undergraduate degree in science. He drew a great deal as a child, but it was not until he took a course from Vancouver photo-conceptual artist Jeff Wall that the world of contemporary art, beyond traditional drawing and painting, opened up to him. He completed a Master of Fine Arts at the University of British Columbia in 1985. He believes that his lack of early formal art training enabled him to be more receptive to the influences of other conceptual artists, such as Martha Rosler and Dan Graham. Lum asserts that, by the late twentieth century, concepts rather than the artist’s technical skill were most important in creating a work of art. Like many artists of his generation, he uses mass-produced consumer materials, diminishing the boundary between “art” and “popular culture.” Lum rarely fabricates his own art but works with studio photographers and tradespeople on his projects.

Joe Wai

Born in Hong Kong and educated in Vancouver, Joe Wai’sarchitectural career has spanned 35 years and two continents. He worked with both Arthur Erickson and Thompson, Berwick and Pratt in Vancouver as well as Denys Lasdun and Partners and the Greater London Council in London, England. In 1978 he established Joe Wai Architects. His practice is focused on community development, most recently with Hynes Developments’ Seylynn Village in the District of North Vancouver, BC.  Joe Wai has been involved with senior/social housing and a volunteer in Chinatown community issues for over 40 years. He is also the architect of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, the Chinatown Millennium Gate, the Chinese Cultural Centre Museum and Archives, the Chinatown Parkade and Plaza, and the Commemoration of Block 17 as well as many restorations of the early Chinatown Society buildings.  One of Wai’s recent projects is the restoration of the historical Chinese Freemasons Building on the northwest corner of Pender Street at Carrall.

Terrence Russell 

For roughly the past ten years, Terrence Russell’s research has focused on the ongoing process of identity definition in Taiwan in the post-martial law era, since 1987. This has been a very complex, multileveled, and politically charged engagement over who is Taiwanese and how Taiwan should understand its own history.  Dr. Russell’s earliest work looked at how “nativist” intellectuals attempted to wrest cultural and political capital from the previously dominant (and colonial) Nationalist government and its supporters (mainly post-1949 émigrés from mainland China).

More recently, Russell has turned his attention to relations between the majority Minan Chinese population and the remains of the indigenous Austronesian population. By exploring various forms of cultural production, Professor Russell has looked at how indigenous populations have sought to reclaim a subjective presence in Taiwan. This involves not only challenging the hegemony of the Chinese majority in political and economic areas, but also asserting claims to social and cultural sovereignty.  For example, Professor Russell has worked on the involvement of social activism networks, including Indigenous groups, in resisting attempts to remove Amis squatters from their long-established riverbank communities in northern Taiwan.


Afternoon Session -  2.00PM – 4.00PM

Ryo Sugiyama

Ryo is the Curator of Nitobe Memorial Garden.  Ryo has a Masters degree in Environmental Science and Landscape Design from National Chiba University’s School of Science and Technology. While there, Ryo studied under Professor Fujii, long noted for his interest in the work of Kannosuke Mori. Mori’s masterwork includes the Nitobe Memorial Garden, completed in 1960.

David Bellman and M. Cynog Evans

CAUSA co-founders David Bellman and M. Cynog Evans have worked internationally (since 1980) within a wide curatorial framework that consistently encompasses an expansive network of acclaimed contemporary artists. To date, important exhibition projects have been realized (both independently and with support from major cultural institutions) in close association with an exalted roster of experimental  practitioners that includes:  Carl Andre, Giovanni Anselmo,  Robert Barry, Iain Baxter&, Stanley Brouwn, Daniel Buren, James Coleman, Hamish Fulton, Gilbert & George, Dan Graham, Nancy Holt, On Kawara, Sol LeWitt, Richard Long, Keith Sonnier, Jeff Wall, Lawrence Weiner, Ian Wilson.

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Image: Ken Lum, courtesy Vancouver Biennale

This symposium is part of the KEN LUM/CAUSA: CENTRE/SURROUND art exhibition from November 1 to 30, 2014 at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (2nd level foyer).   The exhibition highlights a collaborative interplay of ‘creative’ artist’s practice and ‘purposeful’ curatorial research. The aim of this project is at once affirmative and speculative – it points, persistently, to both a ‘future’ in the ‘past’ and the ‘contemporaneity’ of ‘classical’ Chinese culture.

This exhibition is a curatorial research initiative which addresses an expansive, cross-cultural and trans-generational theme – ‘Chinatown(s) In Motion’.

About the Artist

Ken Lum is an artist born and raised in Vancouver, BC. Lum is co-founder and founding editor of Yishu Journal of Chinese Contemporary Art. Lum has exhibited widely, including Sao Paulo Bienal (1998), Shanghai Biennale (2000), Documenta 11 (2002), Liverpool Biennial (2006), Istanbul Biennial (2007), Gwangju Biennale (2008), Moscow Biennial (2011) and the Whitney Biennial (2014). Lum is also active in public art, realizing permanent works in Vienna, St. Moritz, Edmonton, Vancouver, St Louis, Leiden, Rotterdam, Toronto, and Utrecht. He presently resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he is a Professor in the School of Design, University of Pennsylvania.

Curators

CAUSA co-founders David Bellman and M. Cynog Evans have worked internationally (since 1980) within a wide curatorial framework that consistently encompasses an expansive network of acclaimed contemporary artists. To date, important exhibition projects have been realized (both independently and with support from major cultural institutions) in close association with an exalted roster of experimental  practitioners that includes:  Carl Andre, Giovanni Anselmo,  Robert Barry, Iain Baxter&, Stanley Brouwn, Daniel Buren, James Coleman, Hamish Fulton, Gilbert & George, Dan Graham, Nancy Holt, On Kawara, Sol LeWitt, Richard Long, Keith Sonnier, Jeff Wall, Lawrence Weiner, Ian Wilson.

Resources

Cheinman, Ksenia. (2012) “CAUSA – Close Connections: A Bibliographic Exhibition.” Alternative Library Spaces. Retrived online on September 17, 2014 at http://alternativelibraryspaces.wordpress.com/2012/01/15/causa-close-connections-a-bibliographic-exhibition/


KEN LUM: CENTRE/SURROUND continues on display from November 1 until November 30. Exhibition space hours are 6am to 1am Monday – Sunday


Nearly 200 people came to the “Japanese Design Today” lectures that took place on October 23, 2014. The event, which was co-presented by the Japan Foundation and Asian Library with the sponsorship of the Consulate General of Japan in Vancouver and the Asian Studies Department,  featured two of the foremost experts on Japanese design. Professor Hiroshi Kashiwagi (柏木博) from Musashino Art University spoke on common elements of current Japanese design, including cute and minimal design. Mr. Yoshifumi Nakamura (中村好文), an architect and furniture designer, delved into the construction and design of a one-person, minimalist hut.

Japanese Design Today lecture

Introduction by Shirin Eshghi, Japanese Language Librarian, UBC Asian Library

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Presentation by Professor Hiroshi Kashiwagi, Musashino Art University, with English interpretation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interviews with Prof. Kashiwagi and Mr. Nakamura by Nikkei TV (in 2 parts):

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October 21, 2014, 6:30 – 9:00 pm. Roundhouse Community Centre, Performance Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver, BC. (Program begins at 6:30 pm with a reception to follow).

1Please join us at the iSchool for the upcoming talk, “The Whole of Life,” or Why Teach and Study Reading in LIS Programs? on Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 with Dr. Keren Dali, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Information & Media Studies, Western University.

In her Summoned by Books, F. C. Sayers wrote: “A love of reading encompasses the whole of life: information, knowledge, insight and understanding, pleasure; the power to think, to select, to act, to create – all of these are inherent in a love of reading.” From the vantage point of 21st century LIS, this statement situates the study of reading and the practice of readers’ advisory (RA) as an integral part of information literacy, a staple of libraries’ engagement with user communities, and an essential component of LIS education. Yet, in reality, RA work in libraries is often limited to traditional reading advice, confined to public libraries, and more concerned with guides and displays than with the active engagement of readers. Similarly, courses on reading in LIS programs often focus on genre conventions and RA resources. Both the practice and teaching of RA have been governed by experience-based approaches rather than systematic empirical observations. These no longer suffice. Guiding approaches have to become evidence-based rather than intuitive and rest on rigorous research and interdisciplinary scholarship. Dr. Keren Dali discusses changes in reading-related library work and LIS education based on her published research and current projects.

 

Keren Dali is at the Faculty of Information & Media Studies, Western University, where she is working on the SSHRC-funded study of Spanish-speaking immigrant readers, comparing reading practices of immigrants in Toronto and NYC. She previously taught for four years at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto, winning the inaugural Outstanding Instructor Award in 2013. She is an author and co-author of 22 peer-reviewed publications in the field of LIS, which focus on the reading experience, multicultural communities, immigration, readers’ advisory, and international fiction. She’s is also a co-author of a reference volume Contemporary World Fiction: A Guide to Literature in Translation. Simultaneously, Keren is leading the creation of a web-based bibliography on bibliotherapy, a project funded by the ALA Carnegie-Whitney grant, and researching the application of Carl Rogers’ humanistic approach to education in the context of LIS programs.

October 21st, 2014, 12:00-1:00 pm in the Dodson Room (Rm #302), Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. provided.

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