As part of New Aesthetics, we program a few evenings and public talks that are open to the public. These are free events and include an artist talk with visiting instructors, participant pecha-kucha style introductions, as well as lectures, screenings and related events.

2017 New Aesthetics in Conversation

Wednesday, July 19th
Pecha-Kucha style talks from New Aesthetics Participants
Shebeen Whisk(e)y House, 210 Carrall Street 

Friday, July 21st
Guest Lecture with Alex Ferguson of Fight with a Stick 
SFU Woodward’s, Room 4390

Tuesday, July 25th
Artist Talks with Vivi Tellas and Miguel Gutierrez
Shebeen Whisk(e)y House, 210 Carrall Street 
5-7 pm












Guest Lecturer – Alex Ferguson 

Alex is a transdisciplinary performance maker who specializes in collaborative scenographic devising. He is the co-Artistic Director of the internationally acclaimed group Fight With a Stick Performance. Recent works with FWaS include Cinerama, Revolutions (Vancouver Critics’ Choice Award for Innovation 2016), Steppenwolf, andTo Wear a Heart so White. Alex is an award winning actor (3 Jessie Awards and several nominations) who performs lead roles in everything from MainStage musicals and Shakespeare festivals to small scale experimental work in black boxes and found sites. He has performed and directed theatre in Canada, Germany and the Philippines. He has also collaborated, as performer, writer and dramaturg with several of Vancouver’s leading contemporary dance companies for many years, including MACHiNENOiSY, Holy Body Tattoo, Shay Kuebler, and Kokoro Dance. Alex was co-founder of two action poetry ensembles, AWOL Love-Vibe and VERBOMOTORHEAD, toured internationally as a poet, and published two books and one CD of poetry. He has written plays and performance works for several theatre and dance companies including Rumble Productions, DanStabat, MACHiNENOiSY, and Restless Productions. He has collaborated several times, as librettist, with composer James Maxwell. Alex has represented the Push International Performing Arts Festival as an ambassador and journalist in Germany, Belgium, and Italy. He has contributed to several academic theatre journals, and is a regular reviewer for Australia’s Real Time Arts magazine. During his Master’s degree, Alex collaborated with the Philippines Women Center of BC, the Department of Geography at UBC, and Urban Crawl Theatre to create the documentary play Nanay: A Testimonial Play which he directed in Vancouver, Berlin, and Manila. In his doctoral work he uses cognitive neuroscience, embodied cognition theory, and audience reception theory to explain how audience members engage with scenography and performance as whole bodyminds.