This week in Arts Buzz: Clowns, art and falling walls – we’ve got it all (but no flying cars).
Please note, Arts Buzz has moved to a bi-weekly format for the summer. Look for our next Arts Buzz on July 31.
ARTS & CULTURE
› The annual U of A Clown Workshop launched this month with students taking part in some compelling and creative exercises to find their inner fools. Curious Arts got a backstage pass to see what the students were doing at the end of their first week. Read the full story here.
› The Kule Centre for Advanced Study (KIAS ) has organized a workshop on African immigrant parenting and child health in Alberta to share research findings and to develop strategies for influencing policies and institutional practices affecting service provision to African immigrant families. Saturday, August 12, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., L1-190, Edmonton Clinic Health Academy (ECHA) building. For more information and to register, please click here.
› Applications are now open for Falling Walls Lab 2017! The University of Alberta is looking for up to 15 outstanding grad students, post docs and young researchers or innovators in all disciplines with ideas that could break down walls and improve society to compete at Falling Walls Lab UAlberta. Think TEDtalk + Dragon’s Den! Share your idea in three minutes to a distinguished jury from academia, business and government. For more information and to register, click here.
The Department of Drama is co-presenting a masterclass on script analysis and backstory with US casting director Deb Aquila Saturday, July 29 and Sunday, July 30. For more information and to register, click here.
› Don’t miss the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies presentation: Ugly Portraits and Erotic Landscapes, paintings by Tashina Makokis. The Edmonton-based painter is a nehiyaw iskwew (Cree Woman) from Saddle Lake Cree Nation whose work centers on Indigenous sexuality. July 1 – October 16, femlab gallery, 1-50 Assiniboia Hall. Summer hours: Tues/Wed/Thurs, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
› What’s a philosopher doing dabbling in the digital arts? If you’re Geoffrey Rockwell, you’re developing award winning, cutting-edge computer technology that enables researchers to extract and interpret data from complex texts. Read the full story here.
› 2017 BFA graduate Wei Li has been named one of 15 finalists in the RBC Canadian Painting Competition for her work, Obsessiveness and Excitement, Never Growing Out of Them. The winner will be announced on October 17 at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, and will receive a cash grand prize of $25,000. Good luck Wei Li!
THIS AND THAT
› Historian Susan Smith talks to CBC Radio about the 100th anniversary of mustard gas and its link to the origins of chemotherapy. Read the story and listen to the interview here.
› Post-Canada Day, we canvassed our Arts experts to imagine Canada 50 years from now. Sorry, no flying cars, but plenty of optimism! Read the full article here.
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