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Artist Talks and Performance – multiPLAY


With presentations by Rebecca Caines, James Harley, Helen Pridmore, and Michelle Stewart.

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Artists involved in the wider multiPLAY initiative will share short presentations about their work on the project. With live performance by "The Remotions," a collective of improvising musicians and live visual artists that has emerged from the multiPLAY project. Organized by Dr. Rebecca Caines.

multiPLAY features artists from across Canada working in improvisation, sound, new media and performance. multiPLAY is on exhibition at Dunlop Art Gallery, Sherwood Village Branch from April 1 – May 2, 2021. 

Rebecca Caines is an interdisciplinary community-engaged artist and curator, who works in contemporary performance, sound art, and installation, and new media art. She is currently Associate Professor in Creative Technologies, in Interdisciplinary Programs in the Faculty of Media, Art and Performance at the University of Regina, Canada. Caines has staged large-scale community-based art projects in Australia, Northern Ireland, Canada, China and the Netherlands, funded by local, national and international art bodies including the Canada Council for the Arts, the International Symposium of Electronic Arts (ISEA), and a wide range of community, government, research and welfare funding partners.

Michelle Stewart is an Associate Professor in Gender, Religion and Critical Studies at the University of Regina. Michelle is an interdisciplinary scholar working with a number of participatory arts and research teams at the regional, national and international level. As an applied anthropologist trained in Science and Technology Studies, Michelle uses her background in visual and legal anthropology to focus on cognitive disabilities, mental health and racialized inequalities as they present in the criminal justice and child welfare systems of settler states. More specifically, Michelle looks at the over-representation of Indigenous peoples in these systems and the ongoing role of colonization to create these racialized outcomes in Canada. Michelle is dedicated to community-engaged and publicly-available scholarship in her own work and supporting the work of others.

Helen Pridmore is a singer and sound artist, with a focus on contemporary scored music, experimental music and improvisation. She has performed across Canada and the US, including a solo appearance at Carnegie Hall. Helen has also performed in Europe, Mexico and Japan. Helen’s current focus is on the technology of the voice and the body, with explorations into the concepts of aural beauty, space and silence. She is writing and performing new works for voice that employ both structure and improvisation. With degrees from the Universities of Saskatchewan and Toronto, and the Eastman School of Music, Helen is currently a faculty member in Music and Creative Technologies at the University of Regina.

James Harley (b. 1959, Vernon, B.C.) is a Canadian composer presently based in Ontario, where he teaches at the University of Guelph. He obtained his doctorate in composition at McGill University in 1994, after spending six years (1982-88) composing and studying music in Europe (London, Paris, Warsaw). His music has been awarded prizes in Canada, USA, UK, France, Poland, Japan, and has been performed and broadcast around the world. As a researcher, Harley has written extensively on contemporary music. His book, Xenakis: His Life in Music (Routledge) was published in 2004, and Iannis Xenakis: Kraanerg (Ashgate) in 2015. As a performer, Harley has a background in jazz, and has most recently worked as an interactive computer musician, notably in the duo ~spin~ with flutist Ellen Waterman.

multiPLAY acknowledges funding from the Canada Council for the Arts, SK ARts, and the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation.

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Apr 27 2021, 7:00pm



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Art and Creation


Dunlop Art Gallery, Artist and Author Talks
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