2017 Amble

Where are We Going?: An Amble Between SFU Campuses

In this hour-long amble, or tour, we will explore the area between SFU’s two downtown campuses – SFU Harbour Centre and SFU Woodward’s – as a provocation to examine the glimmers of the future which are embedded in contemporary urban spaces and places.

Brief presentations will take place in the conference room at the beginning of the amble. Participants will, then, complete the amble route in small groups. At the amble’s conclusion, we will take 20 minutes to gather and reflect on the experience.

Behind the Facade, Blocking the Sky: The New Fountain/Stanley Hotels

Katrina Dunn

The City of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside Plan looks 30 thirty years into the future of the neighborhood and forwards a multitude of proposals for addressing the “livability” and densification of the area.  A kingpin of the Gastown plan is the controversial New Fountain/Stanley Hotel design led by Vancouver’s prolific Westbank Corporation, a prime example of the facadism and vertical colonization that drives of much of the redevelopment of Vancouver heritage sites.

The Shift: Phenomenon of Space in the Non-Conceptual Performance Perspective

Anthonia Ujene

 The shift of emphasis on the use of space draws our attention to how space affects the non-conceptualized experience of its audience by telling its own story through the imposition of a compelling aura that has the tendency of rejuvenating embodied experience. This study examines the yardsticks by which non-conceptualized gaze/perception can be applied in a scholarly rethink of space for future intervention in performance.

The Practice of Bustling: Walking at Waterfront Station Now and in the Future

Kelsey Blair

Built in 1914 by Canadian Pacific Rail, Waterfront Station has been, is, and will continue to be one of Vancouver’s major transit hubs. Drawing from Ben Spatz’ conceptualization of practice and technique, I invite participants to examine how practices of walking in urban spaces have shifted over time and to imagine how they might continue to shift in the future. How, in short, will the bustle of one of Vancouver’s busiest transit stations be embodied and enacted in the future?

In Search of Future Social Relations: The Case of Lauchlan Hamilton’s Plaque

Jocelyn Pitsch

In 1952 at the corner of Hamilton and Hastings streets a plaque was mounted to celebrate the work of Lauchlan Hamilton, the first land commissioner for Canadian Pacific Railway, who was responsible for designing the street plan of Vancouver. In part, it read that Hamilton “measure[d] an empty land into the streets of Vancouver.” That building has been torn down and replaced with a six-storey structure belonging to SFU, causing Victory Square to now be bordered on three sides by educational institutions. How does encountering Hamilton’s plaque from within the lobby of the new SFU challenge the politics of the future that’s being produced in this space?

Amble Route

Katrina Dunn is a theatre director, scholar and teacher with a 25 year career in Canadian theatre behind her.  She is currently completing a PhD at UBC where her research focuses on the intersections of theatre and real estate.

Anthonia Ujene is a Ph.D. student at the university of British Columbia and her area of specialty is Costume in Intercultural performance.

Jocelyn Pitsch is a PhD candidate in theatre studies at UBC where she is completing her dissertation on the first feminist theatre company in Canada, the community-based activist Nellie McClung theatre.”

Kelsey Blair is a PhD candidate in English at SFU. Her dissertation examines sports through the lens of performance studies. She is also an author and applied theatre artist.