Art, Science, and Salmon: Open Discussion

Art, Science, and Salmon: Open Discussion
Saturday, April 13, 2019,
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

As part of Field Guides for Listeners, Open Space presents an open discussion between artists Jenni Schine and Jay White and scientists Emma Atkinson, Peter Harrington, and Scott Rogers. "Art, Science, and Salmon: Open Discussion" will seek to open up the possibilities for intersections between these fields, and imagine the ways they might work together to inspire deeper engagement and change.


Field Guides For Listeners is a collaboration between sound artist Jenni Schine and visual artist Jay White, which examines the relationship between art and science through studying the effects of salmon farming on the Pacific Coast of B.C. This ongoing project draws attention to salmon spawning and farming through Schine’s audio work and a graphic novel written and illustrated by White. The project is informed by a series of residencies at the remote Salmon Coast Field Station (SCFS) in Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw territory (Broughton Archipelago), B.C.


The exhibition will feature a number of related events, including...


Opening reception: Friday, April 12, 7:00 10:00 p.m.

Soundwalk with Jenni Schine: Saturday April 13, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Presenter bios:

Jay White’s installations have exhibited expansively and his animated shorts have won awards internationally. Through collaborative works, films, comics, performative walks, animation, and sculptural installation, Jay aims to share lessons he learns from other animals, other people and from the land itself. Jay teaches creative development, storytelling and filmmaking courses at Emily Carr University. He currently lives in Nexwlélexm / Bowen Island.


Jenni Schine is a community-engaged researcher and sound artist. She teaches courses in both rural and urban environments and has been affiliated with the Salmon Coast Field Station since 2009. A big fan of public engagement, Jenni has extended her work into film, radio, electroacoustic composition, and installations. She also likes to connect artists with scientists. Jenni is grateful to learn from the many knowledge holders in the traditional territories where she works and plays. She currently lives on Lekwungen territory in Victoria, BC.


Emma Atkinson is a fledgling ecologist from Vancouver, British Columbia who recently completed her BSc in Biological Sciences at Simon Fraser University. Emma first came to Salmon Coast Field Station in 2016 as an undergraduate student investigating the leaping behaviour of juvenile wild salmon in relation to sea lice. Since then, she has continued to ask and (try to) answer questions about the coastal ecology of British Columbia, using a broad range of tools from boats and seine nets to computer code and statistical models. Emma is interested in the ways art and science complement one another as processes often ignited by a shared spark of curiosity. She enjoys reading, radio, and rambling (by foot, bike, or snorkel).


Peter Harrington is a mathematical biologist who is interested in using analytical tools from mathematics to better understand ecological systems. He is a PhD candidate in Applied Math at the University of Alberta, supervised by Mark Lewis. His PhD project is focused on the factors that affect the spread of sea louse parasites between salmon farms. As part of this research he's been lucky to lead Salmon Coast's Sea Lice Monitoring program in the Broughton Archipelago, traditional territory of the Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw. When not working you can find him hiking, cross country skiing, or in the squash court.


Researching wild salmon salmon since 2003, Scott Rogers is a founding board member of the Salmon Coast Field Station. As the Program Director for Sea to Cedar, Scott prioritizes her efforts around projects that emphasize the revitalization of coastal ecosystems and communities through both research and education. She also works with various coastal communities and the Raincoast Conservation Foundation in efforts to study carnivore-salmon-human in coastal British Columbia.




Open Space respectfully acknowledges that we are located on the unceded territories of the Lekwungen-speaking peoples, now known as the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations. We seek to honour and uphold these ongoing relationships to the land and its stewards as we work on these territories.


Open Space is not wheelchair accessible and is accessed by a flight of 23 stairs. There are two gender inclusive washrooms, one multi-stall and one single stall with a urinal. If you have any other questions or concerns in regards to accessibility, please contact or 250-383-8833.