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Summer Indigenous Art Intensive (2016)

The Indigenous Summer Intensive is coordinated by the Creative Studies Department (in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies) and features a core group of senior artists: Rebecca Belmore, Lori Blondeau, David Garneau, and Adrian Stimson. It will also include upward of 20 visiting studio artists in residence. These artists will be developing new work addressing issues related to the ongoing complex responses to reconciliation, and art-making practices as a radical methodology for decolonization and Indigenizing contemporary theoretical discourse and art praxis. An archive of discussions and productions will be built at

Alongside the intensive residency, FCCS is offering numerous courses in visual art, creative writing, and performance. All of these courses will run in conjunction with the Indigenous Summer Intensive with varying degrees of crossover between them. There will be one common 90-minute meeting for all courses each week to allow for a sharing of multiple voices between the residency and the students. An online component that will allow participation from artists and students not located at the UBCO campus.

The following courses will be offered during the Summer Intensive for 2016. Click on the course name below for a brief description.

Undergraduate Course: Bodies of Knowledge This course invites writers, artists, and performers to investigate through literary arts the influence(s) of their own bodies on their artwork, and the compositional opportunities these influences provide. Bodies of Knowledge considers conceptions of body and of our bodies in comparison to bodies of work,bodies of knowledge,bodies of land,and the work of art as a body. Course work will include intimate participant led workshops, and democratic and experimental seminars exploring the notion of “body” from numerous perspectives including through indigenous pedagogies, ecocriticism, pragmatist aesthetics, and feminist, queer, and critical disability theory. Participants in this course will have the opportunity to develop and expand existing bodies of work as well as create new work. Presentations by artists and writers from the Summer Indigenous Residency Program are a major component of this course.
    Course Dates: July 4-19, 2016 Instructor: Matt Rader
Undergraduate Course: The course will provide 3rd year students the opportunity to explore Indigenous traditional and contemporary based performance practices. The course will be delivered as a studio course but will also involve class participants to interact with guest Indigenous artists, Elders, and to attend events hosted by local Indigenous communities and Indigenous learning centres. Indigenous performance practices are inspired by the ecology of the land; Indigenous songs, dances, regalia (dress) and stories vitalize, honour and distinguish the inter connectedness of these ancient practices. 
    Course Dates: July 4 - Aug. 15, 2016 Instructor: TBA
Undergraduate course: This course in creative research provides students with the opportunity to strengthen their art practice by observing and documenting their own process of creative enquiry. Coursework begins outdoors with a series of assignments intended to deepen students' powers of observation. In the studio, a variety of short experiments based around drawing, text, and materiality will lead to self-directed project ideas by helping students identify the core priorities in their art practice. Class discussions, critical feedback and journaling will further student's in-depth investigation of their creative thought process. Weekly contact with resident artists will provide examples of the diverse range of approaches to visual research and highlight the role of cultural identity and personal experience within the artists' practice. This course is appropriate for artists and creative thinkers at every stage of their development. Presentations by artists from the Summer Indigenous Residency Program are a major component of this course.
    Course Dates: July 4 - Aug. 15, 2016 Instructor:Katherine Pickering
Graduate Course: In this course students will investigate the methodologies and practices of Indigenous Artists in contemporary contexts of creative praxis, including visual and performance art. The focus of this compressed intensive course will be on Indigenous art that engages social, political, regional, and global issues in relationship to diverse communities and contexts. The immersive environment will involve six hours per week for a six-week period and will create a learning environment that encourages in-depth exploration of the traditions, methods, and practices of studio artists and curators. Special invited artists and scholars will include: Adrian Stimson (Siksika), David Garneau (Métis), Lori Blondeau (Cree/Saulteaux/Métis), and Rebecca Belmore (Anishinaabe), and others who will be in residence during this term and will participate in the course engaging with students in a direct and intimate learning environment.
Course Format: The course will be structured around a seminar model with multi-media presentations, lectures and performances by, visiting scholars and artists. The pedagogy of this course will be highly discursive, utilizing forms of Indigenous and progressive learning models to encourage cooperative education and collaboration between learners at all levels. As an immersive and intensive course, students will engage in participatory learning models over a six-week span working directly with artists and scholars in residence. Contact hours will be 6 hours per week and will jointly share a weekly session with other intensive courses scheduled simultaneously in Creative Studies, Critical Studies and Indigenous Studies.
    Course Dates: July 4 - Aug. 15, 2016 Instructor: Stephen Foster

Registration opens in February.

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