Speaker Series

 

ATOMIC Study

Complementing the exhibition BOMBHEAD, this program of events explores the ways that art helps to inform our understandings of nuclear technologies and the present atomic age.



MAR 3
SAT 3pm
in the Gallery
Room 4East
Lecture:
Ashon Crawley

ATOMIC Study: Speaker Series

Polyphonic Intention, a lecture with Ashon Crawley, presented in collaboration with The Social Justice Institute/Critical Racial and Anti-Colonial Studies Network at UBC.

Ashon Crawley, an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and African American and African Studies at the University of Virginia, is the author of Blackpentecostal Breath: The Aesthetics of Possibility (Fordham University Press, 2016), an investigation of aesthetics and performance as modes of collective, social imaginings otherwise.

Free for Members or with Gallery Admission.

  



MAR 10
SAT 3pm
Pollyanna 圖書館 Library, 221 Georgia Street East
Vancouver BC
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Study Group:
Kyoko Matsunaga

ATOMIC Study: Speaker Series

Join us for an afternoon convening where we will review Atomic bomb literature, documentary film, and songs of protest selected by Kyoko Matsunaga, whose research has focused on the ways in which colonial processes continue to intersect with communities in proximity to nuclear sites of past and present. This Study Group is presented in collaboration with 221a’s Pollyanna Library.

Kyoko Matsunaga is an associate professor at Kobe City University of Foreign Studies in Japan and a former Fulbright fellow at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She specializes in American Indigenous literature, nuclear/atomic literature and environmental literature. Her essays have appeared in such books and journals as Ecocriticism in Japan (Lexington Books, 2017), Sovereignty, Separatism, and Survivance: Ideological Encounters in the Literature of Native North America (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009), and Southwestern American Literature. Currently, as a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia, she is completing a manuscript for a book project entitled Beyond Nuclear Apocalypse and Native Survivance: Nuclear Representations in American Indigenous Literature (nyuukuria apokaripusu e no chousen: hokubei senjuumin sakka to kaku no naratibu).

Free and open to the public.

  



APR 28
SAT 3pm
in the Gallery
Room 4East
Panel Conversation:
Atomic Stories and
Nuclear Futures

ATOMIC Study: Speaker Series

A panel conversation with filmmaker Gregory Coyes, author Lindsey A. Freeman and physicist M.V. Ramana. Moderated by art historian Claudette Lauzon.

Atomic Stories and Nuclear Futures bring together a group of individuals who maintain close relations to atomic inquiry and unfolding nuclear futures through their diverse practices. This panel conversation will demonstrate differing strategies for making the enormity of the nuclear meaningful in our day-to-day lives.

Bios:
Gregory Coyes is a lecturer in documentary film production at Capilano University, and he is currently completing his Masters in Film at the University of British Columbia. He received his BSc in Geology from Yale University. Coyes has worked extensively in the Indigenous broadcast community over the last thirty years as an award-winning film-maker and writer. He has also worked as a producer/director with the National Film Board, and consulted and written for the Smithsonian at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC. His Master’s thesis, SLOW MEDIA—Decolonized Media: the Camera as Witness, explores the potential of our relationship with media, free of the commercial imperative. He is currently conducting tests of SLOW MEDIA, measuring wellness and productivity in the BAR Lab (brain, attention, reality) in the Psychology Department at UBC. Coyes is Metis/Cree from St. Albert, Alberta.

Lindsey A. Freeman is the author of Longing for the Bomb: Oak Ridge and Atomic Nostalgia (University of North Carolina Press) and This Atom Bomb in Me (forthcoming, Stanford University Press, 2018). She is Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Simon Fraser University.

Claudette Lauzon is an assistant professor of contemporary art history and theory at Simon Fraser University. She is the author of The Unmaking of Home in Contemporary Art (University of Toronto Press, 2017), and co-editor of two forthcoming books: Through Post-Atomic Eyes (with John O’Brian) and Sustainable Tools for Precarious Times: Performance Actions in the Americas (with Karen Zaointz and Natalie Alvarez). Her current book project, Eyes in the Sky, examines cultures of surveillance and militarization through the lens of critical posthumanism.

M. V. Ramana is the Simons Chair in Disarmament, Global and Human Security at the at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, University of British Columbia and the author of The Power of Promise: Examining Nuclear Energy in India (Penguin Books, 2012) and co-editor of Prisoners of the Nuclear Dream (Orient Longman, 2003). He is a member of the International Panel on Fissile Materials and the Global Council of Abolition 2000. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Leo Szilard Award from the American Physical Society.

Free for Members or with Gallery Admission.



MAY 15
TUE 7pm
Pacific Cinémathèque
1131 Howe Street
Vancouver BC
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Film Screening
ATOMIC Study: Speaker Series

Screening of artist films and videos, presented in collaboration with Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society, featuring, among other works, Bonnie Devine and Rebecca Garrett’s Rooster Rock—The Story of Serpent River (2002) and Bruce Conner’s LOOKING FOR MUSHROOMS (long version) (1959–1967/1996) on 35mm film!

Free and open to the public.



*TICKETED EVENT | All programming is in the Gallery and free with Gallery Admission unless otherwise indicated.
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Images: Emergency Measures Organization, Ottawa, Blueprint for Survival No. 5: Survival in Likely Target Areas, 1962