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Poetry Reading with Elee Kraljii Gardiner and Ali Blythe
TRAUMA HEAD: Reading the Medical File

In this reading of the chapbook Trauma Head by Elee Kraljii Gardiner, the author is joined by poet Ali Blythe to enact the disorientation and dissonance of Kraljii Gardiner’s experience with vertebral artery dissection and brainstem stroke. These visual poems, bound as a medical file, were created with only scissors, double-sided tape, a photocopier and a Sharpie as a low-fi response to high tech medical testing. Kraljii Gardiner’s actual test results layered with poetic interventions resist simple reading: Kraljii Gardiner’s and Blythe’s joint – and sometimes simultaneous reading— engages the confusion of brain injury. Half of the chapbook poems will appear in the long poem memoir by the same name, Trauma Head, which is forthcoming in Spring 2018. The reading is approximately 20 minutes and will be followed with conversation and response.

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Concert at the Belkin
with UBC Contemporary Players

Once again, we are pleased to welcome the UBC Contemporary Players to the Belkin Art Gallery for a concert inspired by the exhibition The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal. Led by Directors Corey Hamm and Paolo Bortolussi, this graduate and undergraduate student ensemble from the UBC School of Music will animate the Gallery for an afternoon program celebrating themes from the exhibition.

All welcome. Admission is free.

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Concert at the Belkin
The Elements: Piano Music Inspired by Earth, Fire, Air, Water

The UBC School of Music piano class of Professor Corey Hamm invites you to THE FOUR ELEMENTS: Piano Music inspired by Earth, Fire, Water, Air at the Belkin Art Gallery.

Admission is free and all are welcome.

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Plasticity
Reading Group and Seminar

French philosopher Dr. Catherine Malabou, best known for her work on plasticity, has forged new connections across such fields as philosophy, neuroscience and psychoanalysis and their fundamental entanglements with cultural, political and social life. Working with post-structuralist and post-critical methodologies, she addresses the work of philosophers Kant, Hegel, Freud, Heiddeger and Derrida. Her writing engenders a reconsideration of keywords and foundational concepts such as subjectivity, affect, gender, sex, feminism, neoliberalism, sovereignty, justice and trauma, to name a few. This fall Catherine Malabou will be visiting Vancouver in conjunction with the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery exhibition The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal (September 5–December 3). In advance of her visit, the Belkin Art Gallery is partnering with SFU Galleries, SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement and 221A to host a reading group that will focus on a selection of her recent essays. The sessions will culminate in a seminar lead by Malabou.

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Public lecture with Esther Shalev-Gerz
The Shadow

Esther Shalev-Gerz will present her proposal for The Shadow, a new public art project to be installed on the UBC campus as part of the Outdoor Art Collection. A 100-metre long depiction of the shadow of an old-growth Douglas fir tree will be embedded within the paving pattern of the University Plaza. Shalev-Gerz will discuss this work in relation to the many other projects she has created in the public spaces of cities world-wide.

Esther Shalev-Gerz is an internationally renowned artist. Born in Vilnius, Lithuania, she was raised in Jerusalem, Israel and has been residing in Paris since 1984, spending her summers on Cortes Island, BC. Her work investigates the construction of knowledge, history and cultural identities. She has exhibited internationally, amongst other places, in San Francisco, Paris, Berlin, Vancouver, Finland, Detroit, Geneva, Guangzhou and New York and created permanent projects in public space in Hamburg, Israel, Stockholm, Wanas, Geneva and Glasgow. For more information, visit the artist’s website www.shalev-gerz.net

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Public Lecture with Catherine Malabou
Empty Square v. Evolutionary Memory: The New Adventures of Signs

Liu Institute for Global Issues
6476 NW Marine Drive, UBC

The Belkin Art Gallery is thrilled to present a public lecture by Dr. Catherine Malabou, one of France’s leading philosophers whose work considers the concept of plasticity, which she derives in part from the work of Hegel as well as from medical science, for example, from work on stem cells and from the concept of neuroplasticity. Malabou’s contention that plasticity has become a major category in philosophy, arts, psychology, neurobiology and cell biology has opened up new perspectives on the way in which subjectivity and materiality, mind and body, are interrelated, along with new relationships between philosophy, arts and biology.

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A Reading by Lisa Robertson
The Baudelaire Fractal

Join us in the Gallery for a reading by poet and essayist Lisa Robertson, “The Baudelaire Fractal.” Robertson describes the subject thusly:

“A new prose text, resulting from a period of intense immersion in Baudelaire. It slowly unravels a mystical experience – that of waking up in a hotel room one morning to discover that I have written the complete works of Baudelaire, yet without actually having become Baudelaire. It’s as if his texts have become me, or I have realized myself within them. In part the liminal portal of the hotel room inaugurates this experience, whose telling moves among hotel rooms occupied in my 35-year span of travelling and writing. The text moves from room to room, from memory to memory, including many inclusions of shared points of reference for B and I – looking at Claude in the Louvre, reading Poe, smoking hash, relative impoverishment, affairs, dandyism. . . It is part memoir, part novelistic magical realism, part trash-talking contemporary art and poetry life.”

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A Conversation on Memory
With Anthony Phillips and Timothy Taylor

Join Anthony Phillips and Timothy Taylor, two leading UBC scholars, in a conversation about memory. Phillips and Taylor will focus their presentations on the productive intersections of their own work and the current exhibition, The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal, a unique collaboration between the Belkin, the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health and the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation.

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Beau Dick / Walas Gwayum
1955-2017

Celebration of Life

Museum of Anthropology
6393 NW Marine Drive, UBC

Please join us at a Celebration of Life for Beau Dick on Sunday, April 30, 2017. This public event will take place from 2 to 4 pm at the Museum of Anthropology, with words and actions from Larry Grant, Chief Robert Joseph, Linnea Dick, Anthony Shelton, Scott Watson, Dana Claxton and others. Beau spent his last years at UBC, working as artist-in-residence since 2013, teacher, colleague and mentor to many. This event is an opportunity for those he impacted on campus and further afield to come together to remember Beau.

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Barbara Cole appointed as Curator of Outdoor Art

The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery at the University of British Columbia is pleased to announce that Barbara Cole has been appointed the Gallery’s Curator of Outdoor Art effective April 24, 2017. Cole will replace Keith Wallace, who has served in this position since 2015.

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Reconciliation Pole
Honouring a Time Before, During and After Canada's Indian Residential Schools

James Hart

Reconciliation Pole is situated on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam people. This 800-year-old red cedar tree was shipped from the island of Haida Gwaii and is being carved under the direction of master carver and hereditary chief, 7idansuu (Edenshaw), James Hart with the helping hands of Gwaliga Hart, John Brent Bennett, Brandon Brown, Jaalen Edenshaw, Derek White, Leon Ridley and late son Carl Hart, all of the Haida Nation of Haida Gwaii. There will be an installation ceremony on Saturday, April 1, 2017, all are invited to attend. Please visit www.ceremonies.ubc.ca/reconciliation-pole for further information.

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Concert at the Belkin
With UBC Contemporary Players

We are excited to welcome the UBC Contemporary Players back to the Belkin Art Gallery for a concert inspired by the exhibitions To refuse/To wait/To sleep and M&A. The program will showcase original compositions written specifically for the ensemble by UBC composers, as well as a new improvised work developed through workshops with visiting artist Douglas Finch. Led by directors Corey Hamm and Paolo Bortolussi, this graduate and undergraduate music ensemble from the UBC School of music will animate the Gallery for an afternoon program exploring themes from the exhibition including a range of affective expressions of late capitalism.

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Book launch
To refuse/To wait/To sleep and M&A

Join us to celebrate the launch of the publication documenting the presentation of To refuse/To wait/To sleep and M&A at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery. Works by Melanie Gilligan, Goldin+Senneby, Gabrielle Hill, Richard Ibghy & Marilou Lemmens, Marianne Nicolson and Raqs Media Collective are featured in an essay by curator Lorna Brown; Jamie Hilder contributes an essay about KP Brehmer; and Maria Lind’s conversation with Goldin+Senneby is offered in the form of a libretto by Pamela Carter. The book is designed by Derek Barnett, Information Office.

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Marianne Nicolson Artist Talk

Join artist Marianne Nicolson who will talk about two works that are part of the Belkin’s current exhibition To refuse/To wait/To sleep. Tunics of the Changing Tide (2007) in the Walter C. Koerner Library and The Sun is Setting on the British Empire (2016) on the facade of the Belkin Art Gallery both relate to Nicolson’s body of research-based works that explore the appropriation and counter-appropriation of objects, images, symbols and materials between European, Asian and Indigenous cultures. We will meet at the Belkin Art Gallery at 1 pm and walk to Koerner Library. Bring your umbrellas in case of rain.

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Archives LIVE!
A Reactivating: Art and Archives Event

Panel discussion with Lorna Brown, Marcia Crosby and Kay Higgins; moderated by the Pleasure and Protest, Sometimes Simultaneously! free school with Randy Lee Cutler and Magnolia Pauker

At the Western Front Grand Luxe Hall, 303 East 8th Avenue, Vancouver

The third in an ongoing series of forums, Reactivating: Art and Archives gathers a community of interest around the issues of art, activism and archives. A collaboration with the Pleasure and Protest, Sometimes Simultaneously! free school and Western Front, this iteration takes the form of a panel discussion. Moderated by PPSS! co-founders Randy Lee Cutler and Magnolia Pauker, panelists Lorna Brown, Marcia Crosby and Kay Higgins will explore personal and professional experiences related to the broad thematic of Feminisms and Archives, promising critical and creative conversations, live.

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