Nick Loewen is an artist historian who plays with older ‘new media,’ and explores the memories and possible futures of obsolete information technologies. They live on the territory of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw, xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ peoples. They have a bachelor’s degree in studio art (2015) and a master’s in art history (2021) from the University of British Columbia, and they spend their weekends making comics and animations with kids at Arts Umbrella.

  • Yasmine Whaley-Kalaora

    Yasmine Whaley-Kalaora (she/they) is an emerging artist/writer/curator living and working on the territories of the xwməθkwəýəm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and səlil̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations. A recent graduate with a Bachelors in Art History from the University of British Columbia, Yasmine’s interests revolve around embodied methodologies as sites of activism and activation within theory, art and curatorial praxis. Yasmine’s practice is largely situated around video, field recordings, collage, writing and ongoing citation.

Talks & Events

Speakeasy: Salon

May 17, 2022

Max capacity: 20

Nick Loewen and Yasmine Whaley-Kalaora have spent nearly a year reorganizing Artspeak’s publication and library collections, all the while exchanging passages from Artspeak’s bookshelves and their own. Having unwoven and re-knit these excerpts into a new text—the process of which, among other things, considers the mutability of citations—Nick and Yasmine invite you to come listen to, read, and unravel their work for this edition of Speakeasy: Salon.

Speakeasy: Salon is an event series that interrogates Artspeak’s mandate to encourage a dialogue between visual art and writing. In this incarnation, speakers present within the conversational salon format on wide-ranging subjects including art, music, literature, politics, popular culture, and science. Speakers select their own topics for discussion and are not expected to be experts in the subjects they present. Speakeasy: Salon references both the demand for interdisciplinary learning in contemporary art and writing practices and an interest in the informal academic institution.

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