Even thirty years after the first publication of Dictée, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s experimental poetic novel continues to engage and fascinate readers, as does her intermedia practice which combined performance, film, video, visual arts, artist’s books, mail art and writing. Her work has inspired, fascinated and vexed viewers with its distinctive avant-garde plays with language and its profound explorations of diasporic identities, Korean-English-French translations and historical memory.
Join us for a unique evening of critical engagements, reflections and readings from and alongside Theresa Cha’s artworks and poetics. Readings from Dictée by performance artist Jihee Min and writer Liz Park will reanimate Cha’s book and explore its sources; cultural theorist Krista Lynes and curator Vincent Bonin will consider her artistic legacy and contribution to contemporary art; poets Sina Queyras and Jason Edward Lewis will consider her poetics. The evening will be hosted by Cheryl Sim. The event is organized by Monika Kin Gagnon with DHC/ART.
Please note that the Phi Centre will be closed for Easter Holiday, from Friday April 3rd to Monday April 6th. Therefore, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha: Immatériel will not be accessible during these dates.
Presentations will be in French and English.
Vincent Bonin is a Montreal-based author and independent curator. He has produced and co-curated numerous projects, notably Documentary Protocols (1967–1975) at the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery (2007–08), Materializing “Six Years”: Lucy R. Lippard and the Emergence of Conceptual Art (2010–2013), at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum; and Traffic: Conceptual Art in Canada 1965–1980, presented across Canada.
Jason Edward Lewis is a digital media artist, poet and software designer. He is a University Research Chair and Professor of Computation Arts at Concordia University as well as a Trudeau Fellow. He founded Obx Laboratory for Experimental Media, and co-founded the Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace research network. He enjoys exploring computation as a creative material, emergent media theory and history, and how hand-crafted code can give rise to well-wrought words.
His Blood, In Search of a Face (The P.o.E.M.M. Cycle), his fifth solo exhibition, will be presented at the Phi Centre from May 9 – June 14, 2015.
Krista Geneviève Lynes is Canada Research Chair in Feminist Media Studies and Associate Professor in Communication Studies at Concordia University. She is the author of Prismatic Media, Transnational Circuits: Feminism in a Globalized Present (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). Her current research examines the aesthetics of groundedness in contemporary art. She is also director of the Feminist Media Studio at Concordia.
Jihee Min is a Korea-born Canadian artist currently based in Toronto. Her practice employs narrative strategies and autobiographical experiences to explore the notion of identity and cultural displacement, in a wide range of media, such as sculpture, installation, performance, video, photography and drawing. Her recent solo exhibit Aligning Memories was at the Cedar Ridge Creative Centre Gallery in Toronto in 2014.
Liz Park is a curator and writer from Vancouver, currently based in Philadelphia as the Whitney-Lauder Curatorial Fellow at the Institute of Contemporary Art. She has curated numerous exhibitions internationally including at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, the Kitchen in New York, and Seoul Art Space_Geumcheon; her writing has appeared in Afterall Online, Performa Magazine, Fillip, and Yishu: A Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art.
Sina Queyras is a poet and Assistant Professor of English at Concordia University where she teaches eco-poetics, avant-garde, conceptual, Canadian and innovative women’s writing of all genres. Her published work includes Slip (ECW 2001), Lemon Hound (Coach House 2006), the Governor General’s Award-nominated Expressway (Coach House 2009), and MxT (Coach House 2014), which was awarded the AM Klein Award for Poetry in 2014.