Equilibrium 2018


Adiba Muzaffar

Media artist, Embodiment

Adiba Muzaffar is a media artist pursuing an MFA at Emily Carr University of Art and Design (Vancouver, British Columbia). Her practice has maintained close connections to the body as a site for the human psychological condition. Through non-fictional video narratives led by personal accounts and experiments with visual imagery, she has persevered to yank at the invisibility of stigma through several moving image works. Muzaffar’s recent work for the gallery space has taken shape via material explorations and visual tactility, challenging the surface limit of the bodily experience. While themes such as discomfort and control have been present in some way or the other in most of her work, she has furthered her enquiry to deride festered shame, guilt and unfreedom through the lens of human skin.


Angela Marie MacDougall

Feminist activist

Recognized as a “remarkable woman” in 2014 by the City of Vancouver, and with good reason, MacDougall is a board member of the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre and an executive director at Battered Women’s Support Services. The fierce feminist has spent the past 20-some years supporting women and girls who have experienced gender-based violence. Her collaborative efforts with a number of diverse alliances highlight the underlying issue of violence against women in various community events, including the Women’s Memorial March. Her work as an advocate, front-line worker, activist, and trainer has brought an authentic voice of change to service and program delivery and community development.


Cameron Cartiere

Environmental Renewal

Dr. Cameron Cartiere is an Associate Professor at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. She is an artist, researcher and writer specializing in public art, urban renewal, and environmental issues. Currently, Cartiere is collaborating with municipal governments, artists, writers, ecologists and scientists to convert neglected greenways into pollinator pastures using public art as the driving force for environmental renewal. Published works include: RE/Placing Public Art, The Manifesto of Possibilities: Commissioning Public Art in the Urban Environment, The Practice of Public Art, and The Everyday Practice of Public Art: Art, Space, and Social Inclusion. Cartiere is co Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Public Art Dialogue. She is also the co-founder of Border Free Bees.


Haig Armen

Music technology, Design

Haig Armen is a Professor and Designer living in Vancouver, Canada. For the last 6 years Haig has lead the Interaction Design Major at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. His research explores the intersection of design and programming, focusing on data visualization, gestural interfaces and music technology. His most recent efforts are in design-led entrepreneurship and creating new musical instruments using emerging technologies. Haig's background is in music and architecture with an extensive career as a professional musician and composer. Over the past two decades Haig has designed interactive work for prestigious clients like CBC, BMW, Chanel & Nokia. As a producer of CBC Radio 3′s groundbreaking online magazine during 2001-2005, Haig has received international design awards including Webby Awards, Prix Italia and Art Director’s Club of New York. When Haig's not teaching or hanging out with his family he can be found playing jazz guitar, hacking instruments and coding.


Marie-Pascale Lafrenière

Makeup, Feminist-based art

Marie-Pascale Lafrenière is a multidisciplinary feminist artist from Gatineau, Quebec. Her work addresses the relations between female representation and mental health. In her performances, photographs and installations, she explores the ways in which pop culture and social media are redefining the female gender. She also draws inspiration from her own experiences with mental illness. The artist has been the recipient of the Scholarship of Visual Arts Excellence (ÉMI & Axenéo7, 2016) and the winner of the Black & White Photography Contest (STO, 2013). In the past year, she engaged in the Vancouver art community by participating to the Alive Workshops of Live Performance Festival 2017, and to the PuSh Youth Academy of PuSh Performance Festival 2018. She obtained her bachelor’s degree at Université du Québec en Outaouais in 2017, and she is now completing her MFA at Emily Carr University of Art & Design.


Ron Burnett

President + Vice-Chancellor, Emily Carr University of Art + Design

Dr. Ron Burnett has been President + Vice-Chancellor of Emily Carr University of Art + Design since 1996. In 2013, Dr. Burnett received the Order of Canada and in 2015, he received the Order of British Columbia. He was awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government in 2010 and received the International Digital Media and Arts Association Outstanding Leadership Award. He received his BA, MA and PhD from McGill University in the areas of media arts, communications and cultural studies. Dr. Burnett began his career as a post-secondary professor and administrator at Vanier College in Montreal where he founded the Creative Arts Department. He went on to work at LaTrobe University in Melbourne, Australia and then became the Director of the Graduate Program in Communications at McGill University.


Teodore Monsalve

Neotropical painter

Teo Monsalve (Quito 1988) visual artist graduated from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, Canada. His practice has developed in different artistic languages like: painting, drawing, printmaking, installation and performance. Monsalve has explored motifs in his painting practice related to the natural world of the Andes and the Amazon region of Ecuador opening a conversation with a variety of topics like: historic landscape painting, the idea of the exotic and the sublime experience of nature through the use of sacred plants and shamanic ceremonies. Today the predominant concerns in his practice are around ideas of interculturality, place and metamorphosis. Weaving multiple narratives, drawn from his home country Ecuador and his personal experience in Canada, Teo Monsalve informs his practice with a variety of influences that allows him to pursue the multicultural voice he is creating for himself.