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Fine Arts Presentation Series: Rachelle Viader Knowles

Fri., Jan. 31, 2014 3:30 p.m.

Location: RC 050

Please join us for the first Fine Arts Presentation Series (FAPS) of the Winter term, with Rachelle Viader Knowles.

Rachelle Viader Knowles will present her current research project, On speaking terms: a translocal approach to dialogue-based art, across social and technical networks, which proposes the addition of art practice to the list of disciplines contributing to the growing field of translocality research. In April 2013, she participated in the Mallorca Translocal Meeting, a group art residency and networking event. Organized by Marcos Vidal Font, the MTM brought together a network of organizations from Bulgaria, the UK, Armenia, the Netherlands and Spain, each with a mandate to develop peer-to-peer, artist-run cultural projects that bypass standard art-world hierarchies and emphasize mobility, communications, and cultural exchange. This experience has furthered her understanding of how ideas of translocality are currently being deployed within contemporary art.

Rachelle Viader Knowles is an artist, researcher, and educator. She is the Department Head of Visual Arts at the University of Regina.

Her research and creative practice explores text and language, translocality, dialogue as art, and artistic practices/methods developed through participation, collaboration and networks. Her works have been performed, screened, found or encountered in numerous international venues including: Conflux, and the Experimental Text Festivals in New York; Three Walls Gallery in Chicago; Residencia Corazon Gallery in La Plata, Argentina; Chapter Gallery in Cardiff, Wales; the Kwangju Biennale in South Korea; the Berlin International Film Festival; the Gyumri Biennale in Armenia; and the Can Gelabert Cultural Centre in Mallorca. She is an active member of the international advisory board for the Armenian Art Centre of Social Studies based in Yerevan, Armenia.

Rachelle completed her MFA at the University of Windsor, Ontario, participated in the Media Art Histories programme at Donau University in Austria, and is currently working towards a practice-based PhD through the Transart Institute/Plymouth University. 

Examples of her work can be found at