Thursday, November 27, 2008

Beatboxing Flute and Cello, Cool Music for a November Night

Featured artists:

On a cool night in late November I bring you the beatboxing flute and cello of Greg Patillo and Eric Stephenson at the Union Square subway station in New York City. (first film clip by Taiki Sugioka)

check these guys out at:


and more here! Bravo!

hope you enjoy their music as much as I did! Definitely different and crossing musical borders classical/jazz.

More info below:

"Greg Pattillo and Eric Stephenson define themselves as “acoustic instrumentalists” which, incidentally, is a “nice broad genre.” Avoiding confinement, the duo slide from classically inspired music to rock rhythms and even to some hip-hop "flutations". Greg, A.K.A. Beatboxing Flute, comes from Seattle and started flute lessons in the fourth grade. Although a righteous soul, he admits that he works for the man when he’s not playing music and laments that a person has “gotta get health insurance somehow.” Eric, a full time musician, hails from Kentucky. Initially starting on the violin, Eric decided at age three that he preferred the cello....Greg explains the market economics driving their musical innovation: “people pay for what they like." Eric and Greg’s Influences – Charles Mingus, Gustav Mahler, Led Zeppelin, Ludwig Van Beethoven

You can book them for a gig info:



Thanks to Concretebeat for the above description.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Shanghai World Expo 2010 Call for Canadian Artists

Shanghai World Expo 2010

As part of the 2010 World Expo that will be held in Shanghai, China, from May 1 to October 31, 2010, Cirque du Soleil is pleased to be the producer of the cultural program for the Canada Pavilion.

Under the theme "The Living City: Inclusive, Sustainable, Creative," the program will include works and productions in fields as varied as dance, music, theatre, literature, visual arts and media arts.

To reflect the dynamic nature of Canadian culture, Cirque du Soleil would like to invite emerging and renowned artists and creators from across the country to apply to take part in the Cultural Program. The application process will take place from October 27 to December 15, 2008. The Canada Council for the Arts will join Cirque du Soleil in the evaluation and selection process.

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Fifth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry

The Fifth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (QI2009)


The Fifth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry will take place at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign from May 20-23, 2009.

The theme of the 2009 Congress is “Advancing Human Rights Through Qualitative Inquiry.” This theme builds on recent human rights initiatives taken by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Education Research Association, previous Congresses, as well as the American Anthropological Association, the American Psychological Association, The American Nurses Association, the Center for Indigenous World Studies, Scholars at Risk, and the Society for Applied Anthropology.
It is clear that in these troubling political times qualitative researchers are called upon to become human rights advocates, to honor the sanctity of life, and the core values of privacy, justice, freedom, peace, human dignity, and freedom from fear.

Sessions will take up such topics as: the politics of evidence; alternatives to evidence-based models; mixed-methods; public policy discourse; social justice; human subject research; indigenous research ethics; decolonizing inquiry; standpoint epistemologies. Contributors are invited to experiment with new methodologies, and new presentational formats (drama, performance, poetry, autoethnography, fiction). Such work will offer guidelines and exemplars showing how qualitative research can be used in the human rights and policy-making arenas.

excerpt above from the website.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Metis Artist Gives Life to Knowledge Builds Bridges to Understanding

Art by Leah Dorion

We were pleased to receive news today from Metis artist and educator Leah Dorion from Saskatchewan.

"I would like to be placed on your subscription list. I am currently doing a study on the impacts of arts based learning on First Nations and Metis students at the Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program. I am a practicing visual artist."

Above you will see a sample of Leah Dorion's work called, "Givers of Life" which was recently commissioned by The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada. The painting was created to celebrate their programme while symbolizing the power of women to give life to the next generation.

Leah views her Metis heritage as a unique bridge for knowledge between all people.
She describes her painting, "Givers of Life",

"The woman of many different cultures all stand under the sacred tree of life holding and nurturing the babies. The midwives and grandmothers are visually represented to acknowledge their important role in bringing forward new life and supporting the mothers. The roots of the sacred tree provide the women with the strength and grounding and fortitude to stand strong.
The large sun in the background represents the "hope" and "warmth" that is a foundation for the work that the society undertakes with its work with the world's women." Leah Dorion.

Click here for more information about Leah Dorion and her work.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Centre for Urban Health, Arts informed Research, Body, Technology, Installations Featured at Seminar Series

Environmental Health Justice in the City

2008-2009 Seminar Series

Arts-Informed, Embodied Research Installations

Presenter: Dr. Geoffrey Edwards

Nov. 13th, 2008 from 2pm4pm

University College Room 248 - University of Toronto

St. George campus (15 Kings College Circle)


Beginning with some concrete examples of Resonant Installations currently under development, we shall explore some of the underlying principles concerning embodied experience and visceral knowledge; talk about technology toolkits that support the work, and do"body‐storming" exercises that favor the development of transformative design principles. The seminar will be a mix of theory, embodiment exercises and a practical work focused on installation design.

Geoffrey Edwards is a senior scientist who has long worked at the interface between disciplines. Since being awarded the Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Geomatics in 2001, he has concentrated his efforts towards the elaboration of cognitivelyinformed tools for situating the body in space.

For the past five years, Dr. Edwards has been working with a performing artist, Ms. Marie Louise Bourbeau, on the development of new media installations that explore the body in space as it relates to issues and challenges in physical rehabilitation and public health.

These Transformative or Resonant Installations explore visceral embodied experience as it relates to personal identity and a sense of personhood.

Dr. Edwards has led several major initiatives in collaborative research over the years, including roles as director of the Centre for Research in Geomatics at Laval University and of the GEOIDE Network of Centres of Excellence.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Faculty Position Art Education

The School of Art & Design in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University invites applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty position in art education, beginning Fall 2009.

Students in Art Education at Syracuse University are dually enrolled in the College of Visual and Performing Arts and the School of Education. Syracuse University Art Education degree programs are in the midst of a transformation aimed at rapidly increasing the national status and
international reputation of our department. Art Education degree programs provide students with a professional expertise in the development of arts-based and design-oriented curricula linked to national and New York State learning standards for the visual arts, while promoting multiliteracies, inclusivity, critical inquiry and social responsibility.

Given the emerging importance of the arts in University K-12 urban education and community initiatives in the Syracuse and Central New York region, we seek a new faculty member with expertise in arts education pedagogical strategies and a dynamic and innovative research profile
that augments and enhances the current strengths of our faculty.

Applicants must show evidence of an active and promising research and/or artmaking practice, as well as an established and ongoing record of publication in peer-reviewed journals.

For complete information and to apply for this position visit