Crossing Boundaries SYMPOSIUM 2016 Faculty of fine arts, university of lethbridge



Join us October 28 & 29 for the first Crossing Boundaries Symposium, organized by the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Lethbridge.

This event aims to showcase the diversity and cross-disciplinary nature of the professional creative world, and activate cultural discourse on the relevance of current artistic practices in relation to the future directions of art and technology.

The symposium kicks off Friday evening with a meet & greet mixer, held at the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery.

On Saturday, look forward to 3 guest speaker presentations, ongoing demonstrations, displays and activities, as well as an afternoon performance. The day culminates with a panel discussion involving all three visiting speakers, moderated by Dr. Edward Jurkowski, Dean, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lethbridge.


Crossing Boundaries Symposium 2016 has concluded. Thank you to those who attended the event. We look forward to seeing you at the 2017 symposium!

Schedule of Events

Friday, October 28 | University of Lethbridge Art Gallery

  • 8 - 9:30 pm Opening Mixer
  • Exhibition by Donald Lawrence on view: Kepler’s Klepper and The Underwater Pinhole Photography Project

Reception Generously Sponsored by University of Lethbridge AGILITY

Saturday, October 29 | University Recital Hall and Level 6 Atrium

  • 9 am - 4 pm Ongoing Demos | Activities | Displays throughout the day - Level 6 Atrium
  • 9 - 9:30 am Light breakfast / registration check-in & introductions - Level 6 Atrium
  • 9:45 - 10:45 am Jason E. Lewis - Keynote presentation - University Recital Hall
  • 11:15am-12:15pm Barbara M. Stafford - Keynote presentation - University Recital Hall
  • 12:15 - 1:30 pm Lunch break (lunch not provided)
  • 1:30 - 2:30 pm Nora Young - Keynote presentation - University Recital Hall
  • 2:30 - 2:45 pm Nora Young Book Signing - University Recital Hall Lobby

Book signing sponsored by University of Lethbridge Bookstore

  • 2:45 - 3:30 pm Disappearing: Performance by D. Andrew Stewart - Level 6 Atrium
  • 4 - 5 pm Panel Discussion; moderator: Dr. Edward Jurkowski, Dean, Faculty of Fine Arts, U of L - University Recital Hall
  • 5 pm Wrap-up and closing statement - University Recital Hall


Donald Lawrence

Donald Lawrence's exhibition Kepler's Klepper and The Underwater Pinhole Photography Project is on view during the evening mixer and symposium.

This exhibition features the low-tech photographic and “pre-photographic” devices he has built to record and observe the environment of the BC coast and during a residency in Tasmania, including a folding Klepper kayak modified to become a camera obscura, along with his drawings for the devices’ designs as well as the resulting prints and videos produced with them. Lawrence uses his extensive knowledge of the history of photography and image-making technology, combined with his wilderness experience and understanding of ecology, to provide insight into current discussions about the environment as well as the revival of interest in non-digital art making.

Donald Lawrence teaches in the Visual Arts program at Thompson Rivers University in British Columbia, Canada. He holds a BFA from the University of Victoria and MFA from York University.

Jason E. Lewis

Jason Edward Lewis is a digital media poet, artist, and software designer. He founded Obx Laboratory for Experimental Media, where he directs research/creation projects devising new means of creating and reading digital texts, developing systems for creative use of mobile technology and using virtual environments to assist Aboriginal communities in preserving, interpreting and communicating cultural histories. Along with the artist Skawennati, he co-directs Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace, Skins Workshops on Aboriginal Stortyelling and Video Game Design and the Initiative for Indigenous Futures.

Lewis is a Trudeau Fellow, and a former Carnegie Fellow. He is the Concordia University Research Chair in Computational Media and the Indigenous Future Imaginary as well as Professor of Computation Arts at Concordia University, Montreal. He received a B.S. in Symbolic Systems and B.A. in German Studies (Philosophy) from Stanford University, and an M.Phil. in Design from the Royal College of Art.

Born and raised in northern California, Lewis is Cherokee, Hawaiian and Samoan.

Photo credit: Christie Vuong

D. Andrew Stewart

Dr. D. Andrew Stewart is a composer, pianist and digital musical instrumentalist. A convergence of acoustic and electroacoustic instrumental praxis is at the centre of Stewart's oeuvre. His music is dedicated to exploring composition and performance for new interfaces for musical expression by adapting and evolving traditional praxis. Stewart's work asks whether musical idea – concept, theory, material, technique and means – has kept pace with developments in digital lutherie; furthermore, what are the essential constituents for creating a viable digital instrument for the twenty-first century performer.

Working song and the last dead leftover for amplified string quartet and karlax digital musical instrument. D. Andrew Stewart, karlax and Penderecki String Quartet (Jeremy Bell, violin; Jerzy Kapłanek, violin; Christine Vlajk, viola; Katie Schlaikjer, cello). 2016 Open Ears Festival. Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada.

For more information, please visit Dr. Stewart's website: http://dandrewstewart.ca

Barbara Maria Stafford

Barbara Maria Stafford is an independent writer, curator and speaker. Her work has consistently explored the intersections between the visual arts and the physical and biological sciences from the early modern to the contemporary era. Her current research charts the revolutionary ways that neurosciences are changing our view of human and animal sensorium, shaping our fundamental assumptions about perception, sensation, emotion, mental imagery, and subjectivity. In addition to authoring numerous catalogues, Stafford embodies her ideas in exhibitions and also helps develop programs. Present projects include efforts to establish a laboratory/studio-based Ph.D tying the Neurosciences with Humanities/Social Sciences-based imaging. She is the author of The Field Guide to a New Metafield: Bridging the Humanities-Neurosciences Divide (2011).

In November 2015, Dr. Stafford was honored in Montreal with the MediaArtHistories Award of the International Conference Series on the Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology.

Nora Young, host and creator of CBC Radio's Spark | Author of The Virtual Self

Nora Young is an informed and ideal guide for anyone looking to examine—and plan for—the ever-changing high-tech landscape; she helps audiences understand trends in social media, big data, wearable tech and more, while showing them how to better protect their privacy in our increasingly digital world. The host and creator of Spark on CBC Radio, and the author of The Virtual Self, she demystifies technology and explains how it is shaping our lives and the larger world in which we live.

Young was the founding host of CBC Radio’s Definitely Not The Opera, where she often discussed topics related to new media and technology. Her work has appeared online, on television, and in print. Along with Cathi Bond, she has been a hobby podcaster of The Sniffer since 2005. Her favourite technology is her bicycle.

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