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Celestial:Bodies

“…there are moments when one feels free from one’s own identification with human limitations and inadequacies. At such moments, one imagines that one stands on some spot of a small planet, gazing in amazement at the cold yet profoundly moving beauty of the eternal, the unfathomable: life and death flow into one, and there is neither evolution nor destiny, only being.” – Albert Einstein [1] Exploring the often-invisible inner workings of the human body, and…

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Carceral Cultures Conference 2018

Approaching biometrics as inevitable and prevalent, my interest is in how biometric technologies become mobilized within creative representations, outside of scientific inquiry. My aim is therefore to draw connections between the increasing deployment of surveillance and biometric technologies, and their manifestation within contemporary art practices. Evolving from an art-as-research methodology, and privileging artworks as examples, this presentation looks to artworks that engage with traditional portraiture and representations of the face, all the while manipulating expectations…

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The Art of the Written Review

The workshop explores and tests the boundaries of the exhibition review through multiple literary and artistic methods, including poetry, critical analysis, and experimental writing. Artist and writer Kristina Fiedrich and Peripheral Review Editor Lauren Lavery will facilitate a discussion, readings, and workshop to help navigate the space for abstraction in the written review. Kristina Fiedrich holds an MAA in Visual Arts (ECUAD, 2012) and an MA in Comparative Media Arts (SFU, 2015). She has exhibited nationally and internationally…

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The Colour of Something

A phenomenological approach to art analysis. This 1-hour workshop presents participants the opportunity to develop critical, analytic tools for discussing a work of art. Critiques are central to the emerging creative practitioner’s development, as both recipient and participant in the process. As a constructive, generative stage in the art-making process, art criticism teaches visual literacy, activates both mind and body, and develops an awareness of the critical context in which we as artists work. Typically…

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The Body Eclectic

Exploring the Diversity of Bodily Being The Body Eclectic colloquium includes interdisciplinary panel discussions among experts who explore the intersection between important social and environmental topics such as: aging, care, and differen­­tly-abled bodies; the creation of inclusive, accessible spaces; socially responsible communities and environmentally responsible death; the permeability of the body through technological advances and genetic manipulation as well as ‘othering’ certain bodies through technological mainstays; and, finally, celebration of  being a body in all of…

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Under my Skin

A splendor of organs. Under my skin , a splendor of organs is a solo exhibition of works by Vancouver based artist Kristina Fiedrich. As an alumna of TRU (BFA, 2005), the exhibition explores a decade of the artist’s studio-based practice that investigates the capricious subjective body. Highlighting the process and progress of an extended body of work, this exhibition includes drawings, paintings, sculpture and animation, illuminating the trajectory of the artist’s emergent practice. The exhibition…

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Spectral Transmissions

Curatorial Statement. Spectral Transmissions considers the work of art as a sensual, affective being through the interplay of perception and sensation, illusion and the real. In the pursuit to capture the real, imaging technologies generate an apparition from within the artist’s eye, coming into the world. Thus, images appear reflected off, mirrored in, warped and bounded by myriad surfaces. The desire to preserve and suspend a time, a place, and a space suggests that even…

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About Face

exploring the multiple potentialities of Cerniello’s “Danielle” This paper investigates American film-maker Anthony Cerniello’s animation “Danielle” (2013). Created from a series of photographs of an extended family, “Danielle” oscillates between a fictitious and real subject. As means to explore the multiple facial layers within the work, this paper examines the many potentialities within Deleuzian analyses of the face: the faciality generated by the narrative in each aging face; the deterritorialization of the importance of a…

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Mask/Face

Facial Recognition and the Performance of Identity To uncover the paradox of the face in its various dualisms, this paper takes up Gillian Wearing’s Self Portrait at Twenty Seven Years Old (2012), as a contemporary work that engages a discourse of surveillance and visibility. Tracing the history of facial identification and modes of classification, this essay draws on a genealogical methodology to locate contemporary instances of biometrics. As a self-portrait, my object of study grounds…

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The Public/Private Face

The Glut of Faciality in Surveillance Culture Starting with Michael Warner’s historical analysis of public and private, this essay questions the position of the face when taken up as a set of information, biometric algorithms and codified analysis. Historically, public and private have been understood as spatially distinct zones, and what is considered public or private is embedded in instinctual behaviour and modes of speech. Advancements in biometric technologies and applications have led to the…

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