I am a writer and media artist whose work investigates everyday urban life through experimental and locative cinema, cartography, poetry, and documentary. I’ve published four books and anthologies, produced multimedia CDs and websites, and written for stage, screen, and radio. My video and media works have been shown across Canada, in the US, Korea, New Zealand, Sweden, and the UK. I’m a founding member of the Hamilton Perambulatory Unit (HPU), and I currently teach Media Arts at York University.
My current project for the FCS Artist-in-Residency is The Trajectories of Things, which proposes to trace the global movement of people through objects that act as repositories of meaning, as links to heritage or generational memories, and as symbols of identity. The concept is based on the idea of “thing poetry” (as practiced by poets such as Francis Ponge and Pablo Neruda) and what I am calling “object-oriented storytelling.” The project aims to investigate how ideas of home and belonging manifest themselves in daily life. During my residency at Ryerson’s Faculty of Community Services, I will meet with students, staff, faculty and the general public in order to gather stories and photos of things that have “memory value” for each person, which will then become the basis of the final experimental documentary work.
Stratigraphic City (interactive video installation). Downtown/s: Urban Renewal Today for Tomorrow, the Art Gallery of Windsor Triennial of Contemporary Art, Windsor, ON, 2017.
Reconnaissance: Windsor Armouries (participatory walk, image and textile installation). As part of the Hamilton Perambulatory Unit and in collaboration with In/terminus Research Collective. Downtown/s: Urban Renewal Today for Tomorrow, the Art Gallery of Windsor Triennial of Contemporary Art, Windsor, ON, 2017.
Strata-Walk: Mile End Version (participatory walk and mapping). As part of the Hamilton Perambulatory Unit. Montreal Monochrome IV: Study Hall, articule artist-run centre, Montreal, 2016.
Superhighway Suspense Movie (video). 6:39. Stories of the City exhibition, In/terminus Research Collective (2015), Windsor, ON, 2015.
Km2 (participatory walk + city-film). As part of the HPU. Hamilton Artists Inc., ON, 2014.
The Multi-Dimensional Mapping Device (experimental collaborative video) 16:21. Screened at the International Cartographers Convention, Dresden, Germany, 2013.
Streets of the Saints (video), “Narrating Place” Exhibit, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Australia, 2013.
L’Acadie Fence, Montréal (digital photo-collage panorama). Contested Site: Archives & the City, FOFA Gallery, Montreal, 2012.
Essaie (multimedia mapping website) Developed using the Matricules archives at Studio XX in Montréal. Presented at Wired Women Salon #91, 2012.
Detours: Poetics of the City (multimedia mapping website) Developed in residence at Agence TOPO; launched at the Biennale internationale d’art numérique, Montreal, 2012; exhibited at Cross Sections, Modern Literature and Culture Research Centre (MLC), Ryerson University, 2014.
80 du Parc (S16 & S8 film, video) 24:12. Cambridge International Super 8 Film Festival, Cambridge, UK, 2011; Square Pegs 4, Modern Fuel Artist Centre, Kingston, 2011.
Metro (experimental video) 1:20. What Happens When Nothing Happens, Gallery Rotor, Gothenburg, Sweden (May) and FOFA Gallery, Montreal, QC, Canada (September), 2009.
Three Seconds (photo collage with soundtrack) Visual Voice Gallery, Montreal, QC, 2009.
Heart-ache: Three Poems (video) 10:15. Dong-Seo University, Busan, S. Korea, 2008; Time Off, Gallery Art Mûr, Montréal, QC, 2008; the Play Chthonics/On Edge Reading Series, Vancouver, BC, 2009.
Roadmaps (video) 8:14 / Orange (video) 1:21 / Thin Walls (16 mm film) 11:00. Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival; Shockerfest International Film Festival, California, USA; Visible Verse, Vancouver, BC. 2005.
The Red Ribbon (16 mm film) 4:33. Winner of the Michel Trudel Award. Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, Vancouver Asian Film Festival, Regent Park Film Festival, Boulder Asian Film Festival, Colorado; Austin Asian Film Festival, Texas. 2004.
FCS Artist-in-Residence (2017-18)