Melissa Andrews, is a Music and Literacy teacher at John A. McDougall School. Fun fact, she started her teaching career at that school and loves the community there so much, she has never left! She received her Elementary Music Education degree from the University of Alberta. Outside of teaching, Melissa sits on the Board of Directors for Free Footie, an organization committed to providing free after school programming using physical activity for school aged children. She also serves as a member of the Executive team for the Alberta Orff Chapter which provides quality music PD and workshops for elementary music teachers in Edmonton and Northern Alberta. In her spare time, Melissa likes to spend time with her family and friends, play the ukelele and percussion, do escape rooms, binge watch Netflix and read great books!
He’s multi-sensorial practice investigates chance encounters, random patterns, and the materiality of time. Although he works within various media, including sound, installation and painting, his art can takes the form of recording devices, unusual measuring tools, and scientific experiments. He regularly collaborates with chefs, dancers, and musicians on performances and improvisation concerts. His solo exhibitions and performances have been presented at Performa 09, Centre Georges Pompidou, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow and MoMA PS1, New York.
Christina Battle’s artistic practice and research imagine how disaster could be utilized as a tactic for social change and as a tool for reimagining how dominant systems might radically shift. She has exhibited internationally in festivals and galleries most recently at: Latitude 53 (Edmonton), The John & Maggie Mitchell Gallery (Edmonton), Harbourfront Centre with SHATTERED MOON ALLIANCE (Toronto), Capture Photography Festival (Vancouver); Forum Expanded at the Berlinale (Berlin), Blackwood Gallery (Mississagua), and Trinity Square Video (Toronto).
Helen Reed & Hannah Jickling have been collaborating since 2007 and are currently based in Vancouver on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh territories. Through an interest in unconventional contexts, their projects prioritize collaborative research, elaborate antics and a critical commitment to ways in which artworks are transmitted amongst publics. Their works take shape as installations, social situations, and events that then circulate as photographs, videos, printed matter, and multiples. Reed and Jickling were longlisted for the Sobey Art Award in 2018 and are recipients of a 2017 Mayor’s Arts Award for Public Art (City of Vancouver) and the 2018 VIVA Award (Shadbolt Foundation).
Composer, performer and installation artist from Fort Defiance, Navajo Nation. As a solo artist, collaborator, or with Postcommodity, Chacon has exhibited or performed at Whitney Biennial, documenta 14, REDCAT, Musée d’art Contemporain de Montréal, San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, Chaco Canyon, Ende Tymes Festival, 18th Biennale of Sydney, and The Kennedy Center. Every year, he teaches 20 students to write string quartets for the Native American Composer Apprenticeship Project (NACAP). He is the recipient of the United States Artists fellowship in Music, The Creative Capital award in Visual Arts, The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation artist fellowship, and the American Academy’s Berlin Prize for Music Composition. He lives in Albuquerque, NM
dashes is a sound collaboration between John Brennan and Elisa Ferrari. In their projects, they combine sounds of amplified objects, feedback manipulation and modified percussion with field recordings and voice. Their sound interventions consider the acoustics of space to emphasize aural attention to what is already there. Brennan and Ferrari live and work in Vancouver, unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ territories.
Barbara Lázara is an artist, vocalist and researcher focused on sound, theatre and social practices. Born and based in Mexico City, her work reflects on the role of language in the suppression of epistemic peripheries and colonization, questioning logocentric thought and the abuse of media, with the enhancement of marginal technologies such as echolocation, spellwork and collective somatic practices.
Charmaine Lee is a New York-based vocalist. Her music is predominantly improvised, favoring a uniquely personal approach to vocal expression concerned with spontaneity, playfulness, and risk-taking. Beyond extended vocal technique, Charmaine uses amplification, feedback, and microphones to augment and distort the voice. She has performed with leading improvisers Nate Wooley, id m theft able, and Joe Morris, and maintains ongoing collaborations with Conrad Tao, Victoria Shen, Zach Rowden, and Eric Wubbels. She has performed at ISSUE Project Room, the Kitchen, Roulette, the Stone, and MoMA PS1, and participated in festivals including Resonant Bodies, Huddersfield Contemporary, New York Festival of Song, and Ende Tymes. As a composer, Charmaine has been commissioned by the Wet Ink Ensemble (2018) and Spektral Quartet (2018). In 2019, she was an Artist-in-Residence at ISSUE Project Room.
STEFFANIE LING is a producer of criticism, pamphlets, stories, essays, exhibitions, reviews, bluntness, anecdotes, shout outs, wrestling storylines, proposals, applications, jokes, readings, minimal poems, poems, dinner, compliments, and diatribes. She works between Vancouver (unceded territories) and Toronto (Tkaronto) where she is the Artistic Director at Images Festival. Her books are NASCAR (Blank Cheque, 2016) and CUTS OF THIN MEAT (Spare Room, 2015).
Samantha Nock is an apihtaw’kos’an poet, writer, and podcast host. Heavy Content, a podcast exploring fatness in media, is on hiatus but will be revived in August 2020. Samantha has been published in Canadian Art, Prism International, VICE, amongst others. When she’s not writing or recording, she’s creating beadwork and sharing her beading journey on her Instagram account, @2broke4bingo.
Denesuline (Smith’s Landing First Nation) writer/artist and member of the Writing Revolution in Place creative research collective (University of Alberta). Currently, she is an English PhD student within creative and critical Indigenous studies at the University of Calgary. Her research centers arts and literature as theoretical practice exploring gender/sexuality and multi-modal creative productions (creative writing, visual, digital, and installation arts) as praxis towards healing and resistance. Her debut novella, ʔbédayine, was selected by guest judges CA Conrad and Anne Boyer as the winner of the 2018 Metatron Prize for Emerging Authors and was published fall 2019.
BIG ROCK CANDY MOUNTAIN, STEFFANIE LING, STEVE HUBERT, CHARMAINE LEE, DASHES, BARBARA LAZARA, CHRISTINA BATTLE, RAVEN CHACON, SYDNEY HERMANT, SAMANTHA NOCK, LINDSAY MCKINNAN, MELISSA ANDREWS, DAVIDE BALULA, KAITLYN PURCELL
June 23–August 11, 2020
Vancouver Co-op Radio, CFRO 100.5FM
While staff have been working remotely, we wanted to find ways to remain connected to the neighbourhood and communities surrounding Artspeak. With the temporary closure of the gallery, we’ve decided to renew a feature of Artspeak’s programming of the past years: radio broadcasting. We’re excited to continue to work with Vancouver Co-Op Radio, for another edition of Artspeak Radio Digest. Located a couple of blocks from Artspeak, Vancouver Co-op Radio is a community radio station that has been based in the Downtown Eastside since 1973. In Fall 2018 Artspeak Radio Digest was collectively run by Brady Cranfield, Gabi Dao, Emma Metcalfe-Hurst, Autumn Schnell, with support from myself and Erik Hood.
As an audio journal, Artspeak Radio Digest is an expanded approach to our publishing program. In the true form of a digest, over the next several weeks of the PROXIMITIES EDITION, we will be hosting many exceptional artists, writers, arts workers and musicians. All of who maintain an interdisciplinary practice and work with sound, voice, publishing, and writing.
For the duration of PROXIMITIES – we’re very excited to be introducing – Hannah Jickling and Helen Reed of Big Rock Candy Mountain who will be our resident guests on the show presenting Bubble Broadcast. Each week they will be sharing their research as part of their Sleepy Soda project, which will develop a special edition of soda with grade 6 students in Edmonton, Alberta.
As the goal posts keep shifting, and it’s difficult to know when we can gather in ways that feel familiar, we hope to share with you via Artspeak Radio Digest a series that will allow us to share space together in auditory proximity.
ARD Proximities Episodes
Hannah Jickling and Helen Reed of Big Rock Candy Mountain introducing their Sleepy Soda project
Steffanie Ling reading her contribution Spam Couch from the recently released artist book Other Colours, published by 221a.
Part three of Hannah Jickling and Helen Reed of Big Rock Candy Mountain Sleepy Soda project
An interview with Ryan Smith of Brick Press
Musical tracks by Steel Pulse, Ennio Morricone, Laurie Anderson and Ruth Anderson
Part four of Hannah Jickling and Helen Reed of Big Rock Candy Mountain Sleepy Soda project, an interview with and track with Charmaine Lee.
Improvised collaboration with Barbara Lazara and dashes that took place on Sep. 10, 2018 at xʷəyeyət (Iona Island) unceded Musqueam territory.
Part one and part two of Christina Battle’s sound collage I’ve always had a strange relationship with birds (Or, why I never wanted to be a scientist)
An interview and reading with Jacquelyn Zong-Li Ross, publisher of titles under the name Blank Cheque Press.
Music by Eddie Gale.
Sydney Hermant shares some of her collaborative works and some musical track
Bubble Drawing, Big Rock Candy Mountain collaborate with Edmonton based Melissa Andrews to interpret the above drawing of bubbles, made by Thea, a Grade 6 student in Edmonton at John A. McDougall School.
Samatha Nock and Lindsay McKinnan talk kindship
Big Rock Candy Mountain introduces Davide Balula’s Interrupting Words with Burp Sounds, garlic fed brass players, recorded 2014
Kaitlyn Purcell reading their poem Metamorphic black rabbits unravel, 2020