Interventions in Western Newfoundland’s Built Environment

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Cameron Forbes; Photo submitted by Cameron Forbes

The term Built Environment refers to spaces and infrastructures developed by humans. The built environment can range in scale from highway networks to fishing stages, and even a sandcastle built at the beach. In Professor Forbes’ art practice, she considers human interventions with the natural landscape and already developed environments as a creative act. In her current project Active Site: Interventions in the Built Environment Forbes’ key question is to understand what the built environment means in Western Newfoundland.

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6-minute insight: Episode IV, Susan Jennings (Video)

This episode interviews Susan Jennings, a stage manager at Grenfell Campus. Susan is tasked with binding together information from directors, actors, and technical theatre personnel so that plays can run smoothly. This information can also be archived for future productions.

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Dynamic Connections, Dynamic Materials, and the Making of a Makerspace

Picture of laser-cut rigid heddle backstrap loom used in a Fine Arts fiber-arts class, for demonstration and practice, and to stimulate conversation around innovation; Photo by Maria Kilfoil
Picture of laser-cut rigid heddle backstrap loom used in a Fine Arts fiber-arts class, for demonstration and practice, and to stimulate conversation around innovation; Photo by Maria Kilfoil

Creating mechanical parts and experimenting with complex materials was once the realm of industrial-scale business. But methods for the production of parts and the modification of materials are now cheaper and easier to use, at both benchtop and prototyping scales. Inventions like 3D printers and laser cutters mean that even small-scale businesses and academic centres now have the ability to fabricate intricate and durable objects.

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Poetry and the Gusle (Podcast)

In this INSIGHT-BLOG podcast we hear from Dr. Stephanie McKenzie of Grenfell Campus’ English program. Stephanie tells us about her research on the gusle, a musical instrument that commonly accompanies epic poetry in Southeastern Europe. We also discuss Stephanie’s recent book, Bow’s Haunt: The Gusle’s Lessons, and hear a poem featured in its pages.

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The Grenfell Art Gallery, Curatorial Research, and the Arts Ecosystem (Podcast)

In this INSIGHT-BLOG podcast we hear from Matthew Hills, Director of the Grenfell Campus Art Gallery. Matthew tells us about the various roles research plays at the Gallery, from helping staff maintain artwork, to the Gallery’s role as a cultural hub and beacon for the larger community. We also discuss Matthew’s role in two upcoming projects in the province and the research components involved.

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Museology, Creative Practice, and Nature’s #1 Fan (Podcast)

How is research manifested as creative practice? What is the state of our relationship(s) to the natural world? Where do you go to find 100-year-old-plus taxidermy specimens?

This INSIGHT-BLOG podcast features a conversation with D’Arcy Wilson, an assistant professor of painting, drawing, and interdisciplinary studio whose research-based practice incorporates performance, video, installation, drawing, painting, and a range of other media.

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From Grenfell’s Research to the City of Corner Brook, an INSIGHT-BLOG Podcast

In this podcast we hear from Dr. Doreen Klassen, a professor of Anthropology and Folklore at Grenfell and Natasha Pennell, an undergraduate student, who recently had research presented at an event entitled GRENFELL’S RESEARCH MEETS CITY COUNCIL.

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“Art + Feminism” Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon, from So Fine Episode #6: Wiki’d

An enlightening interview on the recent “Art + Feminism” Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon at the The Ferris Hodgett Library by So Fine: The School of Fine Arts Podcast.

From So Fine:

“Did you know that less than 10% of Wikipedia editors are women? Neither did I. The Art+Feminism campaign is trying to correct this imbalance, and we had a fascinating conversation about Wikipedia, the representation of artists, particularly female (trans and cis) artists here in Newfoundland, and the construction of our online narrative. 

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