ACAD + U of C Joint Grad Conference

WHEN: Friday, December 15, 2017, from 9:30 a.m. until 4:15 p.m.

WHERE: Rosza Center, University of Calgary (U of C) | 206 University Ct NW, Calgary, AB

Come support our second year MFA graduate students from the U of C and ACAD organized by Claire Huot, U of C and Mireille Perron, Alberta College of Art + Design (ACAD), and their students.

Panel One: Shifting Cultures - 9:30 until 10:30 a.m.

Diana Ohiozebau: “Unravelling Aso-ke” (U of C)
I research the changing cultural practices in Nigeria caused by climate change. My art practice involves exploring the idea of vulnerability, fragility, distortion, and alteration by unravelling, dyeing, sewing and stitching a traditional Nigerian fabric, Aso-ke.

Dylan McLernon, BFA (ACAD): “Beehabilitation” (U of C)
To be or not to be is taking on new meaning as our planetary environment becomes less livable for all of the crew on Spaceship Earth. My job is to create sustainable domiciles for our fellow crewmembers, the bees.

Xavier Axel Bernal Bladh: “Mirrors of wonder: the museum as craft medium” (ACAD)
My research articulates the museum as a craft medium by displaying the outcome of an artist in residency at an imaginary museum: the Museum of Mythical Paleontology. The artist’s works employ mythical creatures as metaphors to comment on complex contemporary issues such as illegal migration, cultural identity, or gender roles.

Panel 2: Conversational Objects - 11 a.m. until 12 p.m.

Avril Lopez:  “Playhouse” (U of C)
Arielle lugs Agus around, at school and home, back and forth like the saddest dance. In her mind they share everything together but, like a vampire, he sucks all her energy. 

Rob Froese: “Improvisational Ceramic Compositions” (ACAD)
Through a site-sensitive assemblage of ceramic objects, referencing ceramic sculpture, pottery production, and musical improvisation what new dialogues will emerge.

Chris Savage: “Colour Traces” (U of C)
Can my own creative interpretations of cross-disciplinary concepts of the self as fragmented and transformative mobilize the viewer for her own self-reflexive and phantasmagoric experience?

Panel 3: Doing What You Can - 1:30 p.m. until 2:45 p.m.

Anton Cu Unjieng : “A Study in Restraint” (ACAD)
"How can a ceramic craft practice be a method that contributes to a political critique of the violence of the Duterte regime in the Philippines?"

Nicole Tritter, BFA (ACAD): “In the breath of the buffalo” (U of C)
How does Indigenizing my body and the spaces I inhabit, enhance my understanding of Reconciliation at a deeper –sensory and experiential– level, and translate into relatable art? 

Rosy Chan: “Nonidentity” (U of C)
Sticky. I live in a world of discipline, order and restraint, with my mind trapped in a chair, and wondering at times why pantyhose and heels overcome me.

Xiaoyu Sun: “I AM WATCHING YOU” (U of C)
"The noble person is not a vessel” (Confucius). I am like the crab missing a leg that knows it is being watched, but cannot escape from the tank. I am also being brainwashed.

Panel 4: Quotidian Questions - 3:15 p.m. until 4:15 p.m. 

Kathryn Blair: “autonomous” (U of C)
My work attempts to challenge the passive state of our relationship with technology. To this end, I created a sculpture of the source data for an algorithm I am developing to control my mood, thus potentially delegating emotional responsibility to a computer.

Yufan Zhang: “She’s not good | enough” (U of C)
My self-portraits are explorations of a nagging question: How do I, a young Chinese woman steeped in traditional Chinese values, find my way around what I perceive to be the hedonistic environment of the West?

Bogdan Cheta: “Notes on how to cook with thoughts & sleep with sounds” (ACAD)
How can the sound of weaving an image of the domestic space that I construct in my studio and perform as a mirroring surface that captures, collapses and materializes a future in the now?