JOHN AITKEN is physical actor, carver, film-maker, photographer and educator with a rich background in performing arts, including dance, acting, and film production. He identifies as First Nations with a mixed ancestry of Coast Salish, Haida and Scottish. He is also a prolific wood carver working within Coast Salish traditional styles and exploring his own contemporary style. As a dancer he was a member of Stages Dance Company in Victoria BC.
ARETHA AOKI’s choreography has been most recently performed at Judson Memorial Church, the Kraine Theater (NYC), and School for Contemporary Dance and Thought (MA). She is Assistant Professor of Dance at Bowdoin College. Since 2014 she has led The Dancer is a Haunted House, a workshop based on her choreographic research, at various locations in NYC, San Francisco, and New England. Aretha was Associate Editor at Contact Quarterly and co-curator of the 2016 Movement Research Spring Festival in NYC.
JULIA AOKI is the General Manager of VIVO Media Arts Centre, a writer and convener. She is interested in collectively expressed historical narratives that negotiate community relationships to land, property and neighbourhood. Her writing on public assembly and collective movement, on topics ranging from a Japanese Canadian community festival, a temporary tent city, and migrations of early 20th century Japanese women to Canada, has been published locally and internationally. Working on unceded Coast Salish territory in Vancouver, she admires, supports, and enacts experiments against the erosions of emplaced relations through collective acts of holding and reorienting space.
AGNIESZKA FORFA is a scholar, artist and healer. Currently a Phd candidate in the faculty of Environmental Studies at York University, she looks at plant-human intimacy through embodied, artistic practice. Her recent writing was published in the Journal of Disability Studies. Her artistic work is characterized by performance, drawing and land-based engagements with considerations of trauma, multispecies relationships, care ethics and animism.
ANNE RILEY is a multidisciplinary artist based in Vancouver BC. Her work explores different ways of being and becoming, touch, and Indigeneity. Riley is Cree and Dene from Fort Nelson First Nation, and received her BFA from the University of Texas at Austin. Anne and her collaborator will facilitate workshops on developing a practice of remediation in one’s art. This stems from her upcoming City of Vancouver public art project with Cease Wyss on Indigenous remediation gardens at vacant gas station lots.
MARIE WEEKS is a settler living on unceded Coast Salish territories. She is working to fully reclaim her English/Irish/French lineage while working to understand how to take responsibility and action towards changing the historical/current relationship between indigenous and non-indigenous people. She has been a summer time and holiday visitor on Mayne Island since 1963. She has contributed to the community by assisting her mum who was the president of the Mayne Island Agricultural Society for 25+ years, working alongside the hard-working volunteers who are the back bone of the Annual Fall Fair. Marie has also been bringing her 3 kids to Mayne Island since they were born. It has been a commitment of hers to ensure that her kids have access to the richness of multigenerational relationships. Marie received her BA major in First Nations and Indigenous Studies from UBC, and currently works for BC Housing in Vancouver.
T’uy’t’tanat – CEASE WYSS is an indigenous plant educator and interdisciplinary artist of Skwxwu7mesh, Sto:lo, Metis, Hawaiian, and Swiss heritage. She has extensive experience producing various formats of media art for almost 30 years, and works as an ethnobotanist with traditional training by Indigenous elders. Cease combines culturally focused teaching with storytelling as a means to share knowledge. She recently co-authored Journey to Kaho’olawe, covering more than two centuries of the Kanaka family’s migration to the Pacific Northwest coast. She was also a recipient of the City of Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for film and new media in 2010. Cease is currently the Vancouver Public Library’s 2018 Indigenous Storyteller in Residence.
ALIZE ZORLUTUNA works with installation, video, performance and material culture to investigate themes concerning queer sexuality, settler colonial relationships to land, labour, intimacy and technology. Drawing on archival/practice-based research, the body and its sensorial capacities are central to her work. She has presented at Dorris McCarthy Gallery, Plug-in ICA, VIVO Media Arts, The New School, Mind Art core and Club Cultural Matienzo. She currently teaches courses in contemporary sculpture/installation and performance/hybrid media practices at OCADU.
STACEY HO is an artist and the one who is mainly accountable for this project.
MALLORY AMIRAULT is an Acadian Mi’kmaq writer and performance artist from Mi’kma’ki, Nova Scotia. At its core, her work is concerned with issues of marginalization and agency. She hopes to be perpetually.