Image: Deanna Bowen, The Long Doorway Annotations (2017), courtesy of the artist.
An evening with the artist Deanna Bowen
in conversation with curator Erandy Vergara
Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.
Leacock room 232, 855 Sherbrooke St. W., McGill University
Free and open to the public
Deanna Bowen’s family history has been the central theme of her auto-ethnographic interdisciplinary works since the early 1990s. Her broader artistic/educational practice examines history, historical writing and the ways in which artistic and technological advancements impact individual and collective authorship. She has received several awards in support of her artistic practice including 2017 Canada Council New Chapter and Ontario Arts Council Media Arts production grants, a 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship and the 2014 William H. Johnson Prize.
Free and open to the public.
Erandy Vergara curates, investigates, reads and writes about contemporary and media art. Her main research interests include feminism, global art histories, curatorial studies, postcolonialism, and critical race studies, with a particular interest in recent remix cultures, the strengths and downfalls of science and technology, decolonial uses of media, critical histories of virtual reality, and the aesthetics and ethics of participation. She earned a MA at Concordia University and a PhD in Art History at McGill University. She has received funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the Fonds de Recherche du Québec – Société et culture. Her dissertation focuses on movement and orientations in interactive installations from Latin America.
She has curated and produced a number of exhibitions in diverse institutions ranging from media art museums (Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Mexico) to alternative spaces (Manchester Digital Laboratory, U.K.). She was Programming Coordinator of Studio XX from September 2015-2017. She was the artistic director of the 12th edition of The HTMlles Festival: Terms of Privacy (2016), and co-artistic director of Transitio_mx 06, the Media Art Festival held in Mexico City (2015). Her writing has been published in books and journals including: “The Routledge Companion to Remix Studies” (2014) and “[Ready] Media: Towards an archeology of Media and Invention in Mexico” (2013).