A special edition of gutter philosophy free school
April 29, 2021, 6pm
Open to all
Free + virtual program

Poetics of Care is a special edition of the gutter philosophy free school with artist Annie Briard, scholar Magnolia Pauker, and gutter philosopher in residence, deneige nadeau. Join us as we think through the textures of care as a poethical practice in explorations of art, philosophy, and, potentially, pedagogy.

“A poetics can take you only so far without an h. If you’re to embrace complex life on earth, if you can no longer pretend that all things are fundamentally simple or elegant, a poetics thickened by an h launches an exploration of art’s significance as, not just about, a form of living in the real world.” —Joan Retallack, The Poethical Wager

Image: Annie Briard, Second Sight, 2019, media installation with video, sound, prisms, 4 HD projectors | Photo: Chris Miner

Annie Briard

Annie is a Canadian visual art and media artist whose work challenges how we make sense of the world through visual perception. Creating lens-based and light-focused works, she explores the intersections between perception paradigms in psychology, neuroscience and existentialism. Her moving images, media installations, expanded and print photography works have been presented in numerous solo exhibitions, including Second Sight at AC Institute (New York, 2019), Within the Eclipse at the Burrard Art Foundation (Vancouver, 2021), Staring at the Sun at Joyce Yahouda Gallery (Montreal, 2016), as well as group shows, festivals and fairs internationally, including at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Three Shadows Photography Centre (Beijing), the Lincoln Film Centre New York, Matadero Madrid, the Switzerland Architecture Museum, among many others. Recently, she presented large-scale public art projects for a number of commissions in Canada. Sourcing inspiration from the affectation of new and/or altered sights, she regularly undertakes art residencies, which have included working in New York, Los Angeles, Spain, Iceland, and others, as well as long-haul hikes across the North American back country. Annie Briard’s work is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and the British Columbia Arts Council. Briard holds a BFA from Concordia University and an MFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design, where she currently teaches. In conjunction with her practice, she occasionally curates exhibitions and public programs in relation to her research interests.

Magnolia Paulker

Magnolia is a Lecturer in Critical and Cultural Studies at the Emily Carr University of Art + Design on traditional, ancestral, and unce̓ded territories of the xwməθkwəy̓ əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səlílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples also known as Vancouver, Canada. A doctoral candidate at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at the University of British Columbia, she is currently completing her dissertation entitled, “Learning in Public: Relational Pedagogies as Future Forms of Care.” Her practice takes up what she terms the philosophical interview as a model for caring critical engagement, knowledge production, and intersectional, decolonial, anti-racist feminist pedagogies of resistance, care and transgression. Sketching the edges of cultural and critical studies, philosophy, journalism, and critical media studies she is committed to working in response to contemporary material situations and politics. She is co-editor of Inter Views in Performance Philosophy: Crossings and Conversations (Palgrave Macmillan 2018), a collection of original essays and interviews with Judith Butler, Alphonso Lingis, Catharine Malabou, Avital Ronell, and others (Palgrave Macmillan 2017).

deneige nadeau

deneige is an angry dyke, a gutter philosopher, and a fucker-up-of-shit. s_he spends most of her time being an unruly student, moonlighting as a writing consultant and peddling ideas. deneige is the inaugural gutter philosopher in residence with Union Gallery.