Saturday - November 25, 2017
Week 47

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11/22/2017 8:00pm - 12/02/2017 nómadas by Henry Daniel with Adam Basanta and Sammy and Shanghan Chien
11/23/2017 8:00pm - 11/26/2017 Wells Hill Dance House | Action at a Distance
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Wells Hill Discourse: Marshall McLuhan

Discourse on Marshall McLuhan: Saturday, November 25, 1-4 PM Hosted by Richard Cavell, Professor of English, co-founder of the Bachelor of Media Studies Program at the University of British Columbia and author of "Remediating McLuhan." Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980) was one of the most innovative thinkers of the 20th century. It is to McLuhan that we owe the concept that “the medium is the message,” which opened up the field of media studies and drew our attention to what would become the all-consuming focus of the 21st century—the century of Facebook, Google, Amazon, Pinterest, SnapChat, Twitter, and so on. The one constant in McLuhan’s understanding of media was that electronic media are returning us to a condition that has much in common with oral cultures, leaving behind the certainties of print. He called this condition “acoustic space,” and as such it provided a powerful point of entry for McLuhan’s engagement with that other Toronto genius, Glenn Gould (1932-1982). Not only a brilliant pianist, noted for his recordings of keyboard music ranging from the baroque works of Bach to the atonal compositions of Schoenberg, Gould was also a prolific writer on musical topics, as well as a creator of sound documentaries which he conceived of as musical compositions. Although notoriously reclusive, Gould often visited McLuhan at his Wells Hill Road home in Toronto, and they collaborated on at least one essay about the future of music. The presentation will address the interconnected worlds of McLuhan and Gould through a screening of McLuhan’s 1968 film, Picnic in Space, and of the trailer for Wells Hill. This is one of two events, part of a series of auxiliary activities for Action at a Distance: "Wells Hill", a dance co-presentation by of SFU Woodward's Cultural Program, DanceHouse and SFU School for the Contemporary Arts.
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