The Roots of Meaning: A Symposium on Lisa Jackson’s Transmissions

Kate Hennessy and Karrmen Crey (Stó:lō) are co-curators of The Roots of Meaning: A Symposium on Lisa Jackson’s Transmissions, taking place on Sept. 20th 2019 at the SFU Woodwards World Art Centre.

The Roots of Meaning: A Symposium on Lisa Jackson’s Transmissions

Sept. 20th, 2019
9am -5 pm


World Art Centre, Simon Fraser University, Woodwards.

Curated by SFU Faculty Karrmen Crey and Kate Hennessy

On Sept. 20th, 2019, Simon Fraser University will hold a symposium in honour of the world premiere of Lisa Jackson’s Transmissions at the Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre at Simon Fraser University, Woodwards. Lisa Jackson is a multi-award winning Anishinaabe filmmaker and artist.  Transmissions is a three-part, immersive multimedia installation that extends her investigation into the connections between land, language, and people, most recently with her award winning virtual reality work Biidaaban: First Light.

This symposium begins with a tour of Transmissions. Following the installation experience, participants will move to the SFU Woodwards World Art Centre for a day of cross-disciplinary knowledge sharing and conversation around Transmissions’ expression of Indigenous Futurism and the Anthropocene, immersive installation, language ecologies, and the politics of reconciliation. We are honoured to be joined by symposium presenters Grace Dillon (Anishinaabe); Candis Callison (Tahltan); June Scudeler (Métis); Clifford Atleo (Tsimshian (Kitsumkalum/Kitselas) and Nuu-chah-nulth (Ahousaht); Marianne Nicholson (Musgamakw Dzawada’enuxw First Nations/ Kwakwaka’wakw);  Eldon Yellowhorn (Piikani); and, Vanessa Campbell (Musqueam).

The day will culminate with a keynote conversation between artist Lisa Jackson and SFU Professor Karrmen Crey (Stó:lō). The symposium presentations will be video recorded for public and pedagogical access in the future as a part of the Transmissionsarchive.

See full schedule here.