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Critical Ideas: On Commitment

Showing on Feb 7

Playing at Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts

On Commitment will provide space for a range of artists involved in PuSh 2020 to reflect on the implications of aesthetic, bodily, and durational commitment across different productions.

How do artists offer particular forms of “commitment” through their work? How do our commitments to witnessing art and performance intersect with political commitment?

The panel features Vancouver cultural workers core to the artistic ecology of the city: dance artist Justine A. Chambers, curator Vanessa Kwan, Program Director of grunt gallery and member of Other Sights for Artist’s Projects, and curator Denise Ryner, Director and Curator of Or Gallery

Critical Ideas is a partnership between PuSh and SFU’s Institute for Performance Studies. Coordinated by IPS Director Peter Dickinson and PuSh Associate Artistic Director Joyce Rosario, the series brings together artists, critics, scholars, and audiences to discuss formal, social, and ideological issues affecting performance practice and reception today.

Panels are free and open to the public. Now entering its 5th year, the 2020 edition of Critical Ideas has been guest-curated by PuSh Scholars-in-Residence Dylan Robinson and Keren Zaiontz.

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Artist Bio

Emily Johnson (USA)

2015 Artist- in-Residence

The Artist-in-Residence program invites an artist to be a part of the PuSh Festival in meaningful ways beyond presenting a finished work. PuSh was itself founded by two artists and has a deep interest in initiatives that are artist-centred and foster the creative process. For a guest artist, the program provides an opportunity to expand their practice, research, and engage with the local artistic community.

Emily Johnson (USA)
Originally from Alaska and based in Minneapolis, Johnson creates work that considers the experience of sensing and seeing performance. Her dances function as installations, engaging audiences within and through a space and environment—interacting with a place’s architecture, history and role in community. She is artistic director of Catalyst, a performance company whose works have been described as “voracious,” “dreamlike,” “stunning,” “punk rock-cum-minimalist,” and “a force of nature.” Johnson’s staged, site-specific and public performance projects involve collaborations with writers, musicians, sculptors, visual artists and community members.

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Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts

149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver (Level 2)


February 7
90 minutes

10:30AM – 12PM


Free. No registration required.