Crossing Boundaries SYMPOSIUM 2017 Faculty of fine arts, university of lethbridge



Join us October 27 & 28 for the annual 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, technology, and identity. Keynote speakers this year include artist/theorist Dr. Micha Cárdenas, installation artist David Rokeby, and media artist/designer Dr. Thecla Schiphorst.

The symposium kicks off Friday evening with a reception, student presentations, and gallery tour, held in the University of Lethbridge Main Gallery and Level 6 Atrium.

On Saturday, look forward to guest speaker presentations, ongoing demonstrations, displays, installations and activities in the Centre for the Arts. The day culminates with a panel discussion involving all three guest speakers, moderated by Dr. Edward Jurkowski, Dean, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lethbridge.


Crossing Boundaries Symposium 2017 has concluded. Thank you to those who attended the event. We look forward to seeing you at the 2018 symposium!

Schedule of Events

Friday, October 27 | University of Lethbridge Main Gallery + Level 6 UCA Atrium

  • 6:30 – 7:00 pm Mix and mingle (hors d’oeuvres and drinks – Cash Bar)
  • 7:00 – 7:45 pm Faculty of Fine Arts Graduate Students & Alumni presentations
  • Cassandra Allenby – Cultivating Creative Curiosity
  • Tyler Heaton – Echoes of an Imagined Past
  • Bryn Hewko – Crawl Space
  • Curtis Litchfield – Leave the Rack at Home: DIY Professional Audio
  • 7:45 – 8:15 pm Gallery walkthrough and networking
  • Liquid Being exhibition on view by internationally renowned artist Ed Pien.
  • 8:15 – 9:00 pm Faculty of Fine Arts Graduate Students & Alumni presentations
  • Tara MacDougall – She said She said
  • Jon Martin – Open Doors and Parallel Windows
  • Phil Rockerbie – Interactive Drone Visualization
  • Migueltzinta Solis – Our Beast

Saturday, October 28 | University Recital Hall, University Theatre Lobby and Level 6 Atrium

  • 9:00 - 9:25 am Light Breakfast / Check-in - University Theatre Lobby / Box Office
  • 9:25 - 9:30 am Introduction by Dr. Edward Jurkowski, Dean, Faculty of Fine Arts
  • 9:30 - 10:30 am Dr. Thecla Schiphorst presentation - University Recital Hall
  • 10:30 - 11:00 am Atrium activities
  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm David Rokeby presentation - University Recital Hall
  • 12:00 - 1:00 pm Break (lunch not provided)
  • 1:00 - 2:00 pm Atrium activities
  • 2:00 - 3:30 pm Panel Discussion; moderator: Dr. Edward Jurkowski, Dean, Faculty of Fine Arts, U of L - University Recital Hall
  • Due to unforeseen circumstances Dr. Micha Cárdenas is no longer able to attend the symposium so her presentation and workshop are cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes. She will however be joining us via Skype for the Panel Discussion.
  • 3:30 pm Wrap-up and closing statement - University Recital Hall

9:00 am - 2:00 pm Ongoing Demos | Displays | Installations throughout the day - Level 6 Atrium and various areas in the Centre for the Arts Building.

Atrium Contributors

  • Antonio Aguirre
  • Cassandra Allenby
  • Matt Blair
  • Simone Bowes
  • Eli Clements
  • Joshua Gordon
  • Katherine Hatton
  • Tyler Heaton
  • Bryn Hewko
  • Alex Ivan
  • Curtis Litchfield
  • Tara MacDougall
  • Jean-Pierre Marchant
  • Jon Martin
  • Tyler Muzzin
  • Liam Ranshaw
  • Autumn Read
  • Phil Rockerbie
  • Chinara Sandham
  • Migueltzinta Solis
  • Mat Ware
  • Data Visualization Lab
  • Department of New Media Online Exhibition Launch
  • Landmarks 2017 - Jennifer Bowen | Marjie Crop Eared Wolf | Michelle Sylvestre
  • University of Lethbridge AGILITY

Atrium Activities Generously Sponsored by University of Lethbridge AGILITY


Dr. Micha Cárdenas

Micha Cárdenas, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences and Interactive Media Design at the University of Washington's Bothell campus, where she directs the Poetic Operations Collaborative, a design research lab using inclusive design for social change. Cárdenas is an artist/theorist who creates media art to reduce violence and increase health. Her book manuscript, currently under review, Poetic Operations, uses practice-based research to understand trans of color movement—including migration, performance, and mobility—in digital media. cárdenas’s co-authored books The Transreal: Political Aesthetics of Crossing Realities (2012) and Trans Desire / Affective Cyborgs (2010) were published by Atropos Press. She is the winner of the 2016 Creative Award from the Gender Justice League. cárdenas was the recipient of the inaugural James Tiptree Jr. fellowship in 2014, a fellowship to provide support and recognition for the new voices in science fiction who are making visible the forces that are changing our view of gender today. She has been described as one of “7 bio-artists who are transforming the fabric of life itself” by io9.com. She is a first generation Colombian American.

Image courtesy of artist.

David Rokeby

Identity in the Algorithmic Environment

David Rokeby's early work Very Nervous System (1982-1991) was a pioneering work of interactive art, translating physical gestures into real-time interactive sound environments. It was presented at the Venice Biennale in 1986, and was awarded a Prix Ars Electronica Award of Distinction for Interactive Art in 1991.

Several of his works have addressed issues of digital surveillance, including Taken (2002), and Sorting Daemon (2003). Other works engage in a critical examination of the differences between human and artificial intelligence. The Giver of Names (1991-) and n-cha(n)t (2001) are artificial subjective entities, provoked by objects or spoken words in their immediate environment to formulate sentences and speak them aloud.

He has exhibited and lectured extensively in the Americas, Europe and Asia. His awards include a Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts (2002), a Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica for Interactive Art (2002), and a British Academy of Film and Television Arts “BAFTA” award in Interactive art (2000).

He currently teaches in the New Media department at Ryerson University and is Adjunct Professor at OCAD University, both in Toronto.

Image courtesy of artist

Dr. Thecla Schiphorst

Dr. Thecla Schiphorst is Associate Director and Associate Professor in the School of Interactive Arts and Technology at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. Her background in dance and computing form the basis for her research in embodied interaction, focusing on movement knowledge representation, tangible and wearable technologies, media and digital art, and the aesthetics of interaction. She leads the whisper[s] research group an acronym for: wearable, handheld, intimate, sensory, personal, expressive, responsive systems, and is the Director of MovingStories: Digital Tools for Movement, Meaning and Interaction, a SSHRC funded International Institutional Research Partnership.

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