Dirt Buffet Cabaret is back on Thursday, April 26 with Natalie Loveless as guest curator and host.
Natalie S. Loveless is an artist and academic located at the University of Alberta’s Department of Art and Design.
Current projects include:
Research-Creation + Social Justice CoLABoratory, The Vaccine Project, and New Maternalisms.
Thursday, April 26 @ 8 PM
Spazio Performativo, 10816 95 St
$10 (or best offer) at the door
Step inside the performance laboratory is:
Breanna Barrington is a student in the department of Art and Design (BFA) at the University of Alberta who is exploring the similarities between Insect and Human societies. Her work raises awareness around the impact that the human superorganism has had on this planet.
Jessie Beier is an Edmonton-based teacher, artist, writer and conjurer of strange pedagogies for uncertain futures. Working at the intersection between speculative philosophy, artistic production, and radical pedagogy, Beier’s research-creation practice explores the potential for visual and sonic ecologies to mobilize a break from orthodox referents and habits of repetition, towards more eco-logical modes of thought. Beier is a SSHRC Doctoral Fellow and Izaak Walton Killam Scholar currently completing her PhD at the University of Alberta, where she also teaches as an undergraduate instructor in the Department of Secondary Education.
Daniel Evans is an MFA candidate in Printmaking at the University of Alberta, researching digital folklore and expanded notions of the body. He is particularly interested in the body as a multispecies cyborg network of co-existing organisms and technologies, and in creating tools to translate across or attune to these permeable boundaries.
Brittany Gergel is a student in the History of Art, Design and Visual Culture at the University of Alberta (BA) currently researching multispecies sensuality. She is interested in erotics, materiality and accountability politics as they pertain to ethical multispecies world-building.
Jessa Gillespie is a recent graduate of the department of Art and Design (BFA) at the University of Alberta researching the intersections of architectural practices and ecology, within the context of the Anthropocene and anthropogenic climate change. She utilizes digital rendering and virtual spaces to critically analyze the role of the built environment in the production of social relations, and more specifically, how architectural practices contribute to ecological pillaging and the creation of species hierarchies.
Luke Johnson is an MFA candidate in Printmaking in the department of Art and Design at the University of Alberta working with print media, interested in archival intervention, knowledge formation, and multi-species citation.
Natalie Loveless teaches in the department of Art and Design (History of Art, Design, and Visual Culture) at the University of Alberta, Canada, where she also directs the Research-Creation and Social Justice CoLABoratory (researchcreation.ca) funded by the Kule Institute for Advanced Study (KIAS). She has recently completed projects on feminist art and the maternal and research-creation as interdisciplinary method. Her current research focuses on the difference between art that is on ecology and art that is formed ecologically.
Banafsheh Mohammadi is a PhD student in the History of Art, Design and Visual Culture at the University of Alberta researching philosophy and history of 20th century architecture. She is particularly interested in things and the stories they share with us.
Scott Smallwood is a composer, sound artist, and educator who teaches music composition and technology at the University of Alberta. His research touches on issues of soundscape and sense of place, as well as interactivity and the use of experimental interfaces for enabling meaningful sonic experiences. His more recent work focuses on the voices of non-humans and their struggles to speak in a world of increased noise.
Daniel Walker is an Art History MA candidate at the University of Alberta. His work explores intersections of contemporary art and design practices with a focus on ecofeminist philosophy, queer theory, and radical pedagogy.
Natalie S. Loveless is an associate professor in the department of Art and Design (History of Art, Design, and Visual Culture) at the University of Alberta, Canada, where she also directs the Research-Creation and Social Justice CoLABoratory (researchcreation.ca) funded by the Kule Institute for Advanced Study (KIAS). Receiving her Ph.D. in History of Consciousness at UC Santa Cruz (2010), she has taught at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Western University, Wilfred Laurier University, and the San Francisco Art Institute. She has held residencies and research fellowships at Utrecht University (Center for the Humanities), the University of California, Irvine (SECT), the Western Front (curatorial), and the Banff Center for the Arts (The Future of Idea Art). At the University of Alberta, she has taught courses on Feminist Art, Performance Art, Art as Social Practice and the Pedagogical Turn in the Arts, Gender, Sexuality, Race, & Visual Culture, Art and the Anthropocene, and Research-Creation as Interdisciplinary Method. She recently completed a three-part curatorial project, New Maternalisms (newmaternalisms.com), and the multi-year Immune Nations project that culminated with an exhibition at UNAIDS in Geneva (http://www.immunenations.com). Loveless’ forthcoming book, “How to Make Art at the End of the World: A Manifesto for Research-Creation” (Duke University Press), examines debates surrounding research-creation and its institutionalization, paying particular attention to what it means – and why it matters – to make and teach art research-creationally in the North American university today. In fall 2018 she will begin a visiting position at Concordia University (Montreal) at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture (CISSC), and she is currently co-lead of Speculative Energy Futures, a multi-year project that is part of the Just Powers initiative led by Dr. Sheena Wilson and funded by the Future Energy Systems CFREF and a SSHRC Insight grant (justpowers.ca)
Dirt Buffet Cabaret is a multidisciplinary, diverse variety show allows audiences to discover Edmonton’s most unique, challenging, and wide-ranging performances, curated by an array of artists who will share different niches within the Edmonton scene.
Thank you to Ben Gorodetsky, former curator and host of Dirt Buffet Cabaret, for establishing the #DirtBuffetCabaret series. We wish you all the best in your next endeavours in The Big Apple!