Artist Talk and Performance with Lou Sheppard
Open Space is pleased to participate in the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and the Hnatyshyn Foundation cross-country tour with interdisciplinary visual artist Lou Sheppard (Halifax, Nova Scotia) who is the second recipient of the Emerging Atlantic Canada Artist Residency.
During an eight-week residency at Banff Centre in 2017, Sheppard developed a new work titled Requiem for the Polar Regions; an aural exploration of shifting ice masses of the Arctic and Antarctic regions.
Open Space's New Music Curator, Dave Shively, is working with Sheppard to present a musical interpretation of their recent experimental scores as part of this evening.
Lou Sheppard is Canadian artist working in video, audio and installation practices. Of settler ancestry, Sheppard was raised on unceded Mi'Kmaq territory, and currently lives in K'jiputuk (Halifax.) A graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, their work has been exhibited both in Canada and internationally, and was included in the Antarctic Biennale and the Antarctic Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennial. In 2017 Sheppard was selected for the Emerging Atlantic Artist Award by the Hnatyshyn Foundation to complete a program that composes music based on concentrations of sea ice. Sheppard’s current project, a choreographic translation of the diagnostic criteria for gender dysphoria, is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts. Sheppard recently completed a residency at the Cité des Arts in Paris in 2017, with support from the Canada Council for the Arts, and will be an artist in residence at the Khyber in Nova Scotia and the Doris McCarthy AIR in Toronto in the spring of 2018.