Participants 

Victor Arroyo (PhD Candidate HUMA)

On the Spatial Politics of Real Estate Capitalism: The Performative Aspect of the Turcot Interchange

Victor Arroyo is a video artist working with documentary, installation and video art. Born in Mexico in 1977, and based in Montréal, Canada. He is interested in material culture, landscape and identity seen through the lenses of postcolonialism, critical theory and postmodern geography. Often, his artistic practice sits at the crossroad between cultural anthropology, documentary filmmaking, and community collaboration.

Miri Chekhanovich (MFA Candidate)

Our Environment - Ourselves - Waste As The Tide Of Urban Space

Bridging between video, performance and sculpture, Miri Chekhanovich is creating interdisciplinary works that examine the notions of decay and rebirth in our society. Miri was born in Armenia when it was still part of the Soviet Union, from the age of three she has lived in Jerusalem and today works and lives in Montreal, Canada. The diversity of her cultural background and the numerous languages she speaks serves the artist in creating new places where anything can occur and transform. In those places the artist invites the spectators to become active participants, and live a unique transformative experience. Nature is the ultimate source of inspiration for the artist, and the process of her creations involves somatic practices of dance and embodiment. The process becomes the work. The artist aims to expose and evoke discussion on the political circumstances of waste, food justice, autonomy, territory, collective consciousness natural resources and the body.

Lucas LaRochelle (BFA Design and Computation Arts)

Queering the Map

Lucas LaRochelle is a multidisciplinary designer and researcher examining queerness, technology and architecture. Their practice spans graphic design, digital media, costume design and wearable technology – employing these mediums as a means of examining and manipulating the interactions between the (queer) body, technology and cyber/physical space. They are the founder of Queering The Map, a community generated counter-mapping project that archives queer moments, memories, and histories in relation to physical space. They have given talks and workshops in Montreal, New York, Los Angeles, Amsterdam, London and Lima, and their work has been exhibited in Montreal, Boston, Amsterdam, Utrecht, London and Linz. Their work and writing has been published in Échelles, Perfect Strangers, Revistas UNAM, Accent, and ROM.

Allison Peacock (PhD Candidate HUMA)

Encroachment: Embodying the Symbols of a Changing City

Allison Peacock has developed an artistic practice committed to expanding the possibilities of dance and choreography, experimenting with forms of presentation, representation, potentiality, and imagination. She holds a BA from the University of Toronto in Political Science and Visual Studies, is a graduate of the School of Toronto Dance Theatre’s Professional Dance Training Program, and completed her MA in Solo/Dance/Authorship at the UdK/HZT Berlin. She has trained, taught, and performed works internationally, notably at the National Arts Centre, Uferstudios, and National Dance Centre Bucharest (CNDB). She is currently a doctoral student in the Interdisciplinary Humanities program at Concordia University, researching performance and physicality through local gardens and gardening practices.

Eduardo Pérez (Graduate Certificate, Communications)

Migratoria: Casting Montreal

Eduardo Perez trained as an architect at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC) His work explores the intersection of architecture, design, performance and new media through research-creation projects and territorial actions oriented to generate critical spatial ecosystems. Perez is co-founder of the architecture collective TOMA, with whom he has exhibited his work internationally, and been awarded the Graham Foundation Grant for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts in 2016. He has collaborated extensively with cultural and educational institutions in Chile, and has lectured at the Faculty of Architecture at UDLA, Santiago. Currently, he is pursuing a Graduate Diploma in Communication Studies at Concordia University in Montreal. 

 

Christian Scott (PhD Candidate INDI)

DIY City Repair: Strategies, Emotions, and Playfulness

Christian Scott is fascinated by the ability of people to transform cities with playful actions. With a background in urban sociology they use poetry, music, and sometimes movement as mediums of exploration; they’re currently applying to become a PhD candidate at Concordia University. They grew-up between Montreal and Guadalajara (MX), and currently inhabit the H2R 1C3 postal code.

Alex Tigchelaar (PhD Candidate HUMA)

Montreal Palimpsex

Alex Tigchelaar is a PhD student in the Humanities. Her focus is on sex work and the built environment in Montreal. She is the research and development coordinator at the Institute for Urban Futures and an active volunteer at Stella, l’amie de Maimie. Since 2014, she has been a research assistant on Recounting Huronia, an arts-based project that connects scholars, artists and activists with the survivors of the Huronia Regional Centre. The group creates plays, workshops and speaker events that update the public record about institutional violence and people with disabilities. Alex’s academic work is supported by a Joseph-Armand Bombardier scholarship. 

Image credit: Lisa Graves © 2018