Trading Routes: Grease Trails, Oil Futures is a publicly-engaged, trans-disciplinary art and research project undertaken in the midst of a liminal moment in Canadian history. In the pursuit of the nation’s place among world energy superpowers, debates have emerged about the benefits and social and environmental risks associated with rapid changes brought about from investment in fossil fuel industries. Trading Routes, seeks to contribute to this discourse by engaging with the interlaced terrain of traditional Indigenous trading routes and an ever-expanding network of oil and gas pipelines throughout British Columbia. How do Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists, storytellers, and teachers enter into dialogue on and around this contested geography? How does direct experience of land mitigate understandings of self, wealth, or energy security? Trading Routes serves as a point of convergence for a timely dialogue about regional, national, and global futures. The project comprises art practice, public engagement and publication.
Catch + Release
Catch + Release: Mapping stories of cultural and geographic transition is an ongoing and collaborative project lead by artist Dr. Ruth Beer (Emily Carr University of Art and Design). Catch + Release is an adaptive project that has already been exhibited in several locations and venues. The project works to map stories of cultural and geographic transition in the context of global changes within coastal communities. The research and development of this interdisciplinary art project is focused on the creation of ‘interactive storyscapes’ – sensory installations which utilize multimedia techniques to provide viewers with an immersive experience. The project is intended to be adaptable to the local conditions in other coastal cities in the world.