Interview with Designer Becki Chan, Producer of PechaKucha 08.05.18

Interview with Designer Becki Chan, Producer of PechaKucha 08.05.18

Becki Chan is a Vancouver-based spatial and jewelry designer with a background in sculpture and architecture. She also happens to be the producer of the Vancouver PechaKucha Night on May 8th, part of Vancouver Design Week! We chatted with Becki about the event, about her relationship to her creative practices, and the necessity of grid paper.

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In Conversation with David Ly

In Conversation with David Ly

“That’s when I really found out that poetry doesn’t have to ambiguous or shrouded in metaphor. It can just be a description of two people at a table. That built my confidence in my creative writing—that I [could] actually write about the things that I wanted to, things that I wasn’t reading anywhere else. I learned that poetry can just be about finding the right words. That’s all it is, honestly. Poetry is just picking the right words at the right time.” Local poet David Ly's debut chapbook, Stubble Burn, is a title to look out for. Read SAD's interview, and find out more!

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Interview: Jordan Abel

Interview: Jordan Abel

I was drawn to the western for a few reasons. One: it’s a genre that very often seems to represent Indigenous peoples in problematic, stereotypical ways. Two: there are thousands of western novels that are now in the public domain, but it is also a genre that is still very much alive today. Three: many North Americans have a deep and troubling nostalgia for the genre (which is also often intertwined with a kind of romanticizing of colonization that could also been seen as a romanticizing of Indigenous genocide).

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Interview: Aileen Bahmanipour

Interview: Aileen Bahmanipour

“[This leads us] back to the myth that I choose to work with: it’s a story about a king of Iran, whose name is Zahak. By the kisses of the devil, two snakes start growing from his shoulders. He is very afraid of his snakes and seeks a doctor to help him. But the devil transforms himself into a doctor and instructs Zahak to cut off the heads of the young people of his country, make a meal of their brains, and feed it to his snakes.”

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Meet August's Featured Artist, Jaik Puppyteeth!

Meet August's Featured Artist, Jaik Puppyteeth!

“Part reference to early animation and comic art, part manic cynicism, Jaik Puppyteeth’s artwork is as magnetic as it is disturbing... The familiarity of cartoonish characters and wavey speech bubbles cleverly lures audiences in, only to shock them with themes of self-loathing, societal doom and hyper-sexuality.” Maybe you're familiar already? Or maybe this is your first introduction to Jaik Puppyteeth's work. Either way, don't be shy.

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Meet July's Featured Artist, Sara Khan!

Meet July's Featured Artist, Sara Khan!

“Beauty? For the longest time, I’ve always loved it. I used to paint very “beautiful” paintings and then I sort of started turning away from that... I realized it doesn’t need to be dark or grotesque intentionally; of course it can have elements of it, but I also enjoy the delicacy of beauty. I like the idea of beautifying creepy things. Beauty is very relative.”

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In Conversation with Amber Dawn and Anoushka Ratnarajah

In Conversation with Amber Dawn and Anoushka Ratnarajah

What a treasure it is, to learn from creative women! Amber Dawn and Anoushka Ratnarajah, Artistic Directors of this year's Vancouver Queer Film Festival, speak to their creative collaboration and its fruitful results. “Amber and Anoushka beam support for one another and seemed to be incredibly in-sync on just about everything... The power duo embody this year’s festival theme of Love and Resistance—loving through art, activism, conversation and community while resisting troubling and problematic patterns that have historically suppressed marginalized voices.” Film fans rejoice!

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Interview: Artist Charlotte Spafford

Interview: Artist Charlotte Spafford

“I’m interested in what happens when these objects are in a room together. Most of the objects are unremarkable things that have deep meaning and rich stories—things like books, cups, teapots, pendants, rocks, etcetera. I’ve used my own style when re-creating these things—which includes elements of simplicity, delicacy, and whimsy—so the objects will be seen from a new perspective.”

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In Conversation with Barbara Chirinos

In Conversation with Barbara Chirinos

Writer Paloma Pacheco speaks with the inimitable Barbara Chirinos, programmer of the Black History Month film series at Vancity Theatre, and touches on the vitality of film as story-telling medium and the importance of diverse experience in art. “What I try to do with all Black History events is to promote them in the broader community. It is very important for the black community to show up because we need to be reminded of what we’ve accomplished, to recognize all of the people that have made contributions, to see people who look like us and to be reminded: We are worthy, we are fantastic, and we contribute to society.”

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In Conversation with Patrick Stark

In Conversation with Patrick Stark

“I learned that I have no control over what other people think.” Patrick shares of his takeaway. “What am I afraid of? What people will say about me or not like me, but is that any of my business?”

Patrick asks me if I’ve ever watched a variety show where contestants are put in booths full of bills of money flying around. I have. 

“That’s what my life feels like right now. I love jumping out of bed in the morning because I’m excited to work on so many things. My career is not work—it’s my art, and that’s one and the same.”

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Conflict Is Not Abuse: A Conversation with Sarah Schulman

Conflict Is Not Abuse: A Conversation with Sarah Schulman

"We also see a distorted concept of loyalty in intimate groups, in families, cliques and communities. For example, one person might break up with their girlfriend, and expect their friends to be mean to their girlfriend. But in fact that’s the opposite of loyalty—real friendship and real loyalty and love means helping people negotiate and helping people be self-critical. The problem now is that we have a very high bar that must be reached to be eligible for compassion."

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