Panel Discussion: A Window into Artistic Collaboration

Thursday, September 21 – 7pm – ONLINE

More heads are better than one! Join us for a conversation between a selection of artistic collaborators moderated by Rob Gorbet, interdisciplinarian, electrical engineer, mechatronics specialist, and collaborative technology artist. This discussion will bring together a diverse group of makers to introduce the inner workings of collaborative creative practices and explore different approaches to working together across mediums, identities, and disciplines.

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Panelist Biographies:

Gisel Vergara and Gary Kirkham

Gisel Vergara is a Mexican artist, contemporary dancer, cultural manager and producer. Founder of the artistic management and production platform Altracorpo and coordinator of the Department of Art and Culture of Future Team Mexico. Gisel is part of the “Rage Against Violence” project, co-produced by Canada, Mexico and Turkey.

Gary Kirkham is an award-winning playwright and video artist. His scripts include Falling: A Wake and several plays with the MT Space including The Last 15 Seconds. His plays have been translated into French, Italian and Arabic and performed in over 100 theaters internationally. He’s created video installations for CAFKA, Cambridge Galleries and NightWatch.

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Film still of Gisel Vergara

Holly Schmidt

Holly Schmidt engages processes of embodied research, collaboration and informal pedagogy to explore human relations with the natural world. Her recent exhibitions and residencies include: COV Engineering AIR (2020-2023), Vegetal Encounters Residency (2019-2023) UBC Outdoor Art Program, Vancouver, Quiescence (2019) Burrard Arts Foundation, Vancouver. Schmidt is grateful to live and work in Vancouver, the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̍əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Holly Schmidt leading UBC mycology students on a sensorial walk in 2019. Image credit: Shelly Rosenblum.

The Odeimin Runners

The Odeimin Runners is a collective of Ogimaakwe– women warriors, Indigenous and Caribbean- inspired by the traditional teachings of the strawberry or ‘heart’berry. Together, members Adrian Kahgee (Saugeen First Nation), Rebeka Tabobondung (Wasauksing First Nation), and Debbie Ebanks Schlums (Turtle Island/Jamaica) exhibited at the Durham Art Gallery, Agnes Etherington Gallery, Nuit Blanche, and Images Festival.

Odeimin Runners (Adrian Kahgee, Rebeka Tabobondung, Debbie Ebanks Schlums). Image Credit: Odeimin Runners