CULTURAL CURRENCY

BIO

 

BETH CARRUTHERS
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RESEARCH INTERESTS
• Intersection of Ecophenomenology and Aesthetics
Philosophies of Place, Dwelling and Ecosystem Communities in Art and Design Practices
Environmental Ethics
Phenomenology – esp. Merleau-Ponty’s ontology
Arts-based Research and Learning


CURRENT PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
Member – Art Culture Nature International (since 2000)
Member – Ecoart Network International (since 2005)
Member – Environmental Studies Association of Canada (since 2005)


EDUCATION
MA – Values and the Environment (2006)
Institute for Environment, Philosophy & Public Policy - Lancaster University, UK.
Graduate research (2002 thru 2004)
- Ecological Identity, Environmental Aesthetics and Education – Centre for Cross Faculty Inquiry in Education
University of British Columbia, Canada
- Place and Embodiment in Telepresence Art – School of Interactive Arts & Technology
Simon Fraser University, Canada
B.F.A. 5 year (1992)
BCOU, with Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design (by special arrangement)
Diploma (4 year), Fine Arts (1992)
Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design, Canada
General Arts – including Film and French Language studies
University of British Columbia, Canada
Printmaking & 2D Media, Art History, French Language & Cultural Studies
Lacoste School of the Arts, Lacoste, France
2 and 3 D Media and Design, Art History
Kwantlen University College, Canada


ACADEMIC AWARDS
Graduate Fellowship – School of Interactive Arts & Technology 2003
Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada
Graduate Bursary 2003
Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada
Scholarship Grant to study Interactive Media 1996
ArtsFACT, Vancouver, Canada
Professional Arts Development Grant 1995
Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC Canada
Senior Arts Scholarship Grant 1991/92
British Columbia Arts Council
International Scholarship Grant (Bernard Phriem) 1991
for study at the Lacoste School of the Arts, Lacoste, France
Senior Arts Scholarship Grant 1990/91
British Columbia Arts Council


ARTS AWARDS

Canada Council InterARTS – Travel Grant (conference travel) 2006
Canada Council InterARTS – Travel Grant (conference travel) 2003
Canada Council InterARTS – Travel Grant (conference travel) 2001
Canada Council InterARTS – Collaborative Creation Grant with Savage Media 1998


CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION & PRESENTATIONS

• 12/07 Presenter – Nature Matters: Materiality and the More-than-Human in Cultural Studies of the Environment
Hosted by the Canada Research Chair in Sustainability and Culture
Faculty of Environmental Studies
York University, Toronto, Canada
• 10/07 Participant – Biosphere Conversations
The second invitational colloquium discussing land-use issues and environmental ethics in the UNESCO Clayoquot Biosphere Reserve
• 04/07 Participant – Biosphere Conversations
The first of a series of invitational colloquium discussing land-use issues and environmental ethics in the UNESCO Clayoquot Biosphere Reserve
• 12/06 Delegate – No Way Back? Conference on Arts & Ecology
Organised and convened by the Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), Arts Council England, the British Arts Council and the London School of Economics
London, UK http://www.artsandecology.org
• 2006 Presenter – Arts in Ecology: A Think-Tank on Arts and Sustainability
Convened by The Canada Council for the Arts (CCA), the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, the Vancouver Foundation and the Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA, London UK) at the Roundhouse Arts & Community Centre, Vancouver BC
• 2005 Participant – Desire Lines - Arts & Ecology at Dartington
Dartington College, Devon, England
• 2005 Participant – Earth Rites; Imagination and Practice in Sci-Arts Eco-Cultures
Western Washington University, Seattle, Washington
• 2005 Keynote presenter – EcoArtsFest
Hosted by the School of Community and Regional Planning
University of British Columbia, Canada
• 01/2004 Delegate – Roundtable on Community Art
Organised by City of Vancouver Parks and Hosted by the Roundhouse Centre
Vancouver, Canada
• 02/2003 Delegate – ECO-TECH InterChange
Organised and hosted by Future Physical
Colchester, Essex, UK
• 10/2001 Delegate – Art & the Environment Roundtable
Organised by City of Vancouver Parks and Hosted by the Roundhouse Centre
Vancouver, Canada
• 07/2001 Presenter – 3rd International Conference of Art Culture Nature
Northern Arizona University, U.S.A.
• 2001 Delegate – Spring Forward: Sowing the Seeds of Arts Advocacy
Hosted by the Alliance for Arts and Culture and the Roundhouse Centre
Vancouver, Canada
• 07/2000 Presenter - Between Nature: Explorations in Performance & Ecology
Hosted by the Centre for the Study of Environmental Change & the Dept. of Theatre, Lancaster University, England
• 02/2000 Presenter - INTER2000: Redefining Interdisciplinary Arts Practice
Hosted by Concordia University and the Canada Council for the Arts
Montreal, Canada

LECTURES and SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
• Guest Speaker, Arts & Ecology September 2007
Port Coquitlam Arts Centre, Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada
• Guest Lecturer, Arts & Ecology December 2006
Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design (MIRIAD)
Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
• Guest Lecturer- EcoArts Practice 2001
Global Education, Faculty of Education, University of BC, Canada
• Guest Lecturer - EcoArts Practice 2000
Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design, Vancouver, Canada
• Guest Lecturer – History of Art 1997
Centre for Digital Imaging and Sound, Burnaby, BC Canada

TEACHING and WORKSHOPS
• Development and Instruction of Arts & Ecology Programs, (Sept. 2007- ongoing)
Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design (ECI) - Continuing Studies Department
Vancouver, Canada
• Graduate Workshop 2006
Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design (MIRIAD)
Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
• Sessional Instructor – Drawing (studio) & Critical Theory 2002
School of Interactive Arts & Technology (SIAT), Simon Fraser University, BC, Canada
• Teaching Assistant – Interactive Installation (studio/theory) 2003
School of Interactive Arts & Technology (SIAT), Simon Fraser University, BC, Canada
• Teaching Assistant - Drawing (studio) & Critical Theory 2002
School of Interactive Arts & Technology (SIAT), Simon Fraser University, BC, Canada
• Development & Instruction – Workshops, Alternative Photographic Processes 1994 Photofusion Gallery/Centre, London, England
• Private Tutoring & Workshops 1993/95

PUBLICATIONS
• “Art, Sweet Art” in Alternatives Journal Special Issue on Creative Communities (Dec 06/Jan 07)
Mapping the Terrain of Contemporary Eco-ART Practice and Collaboration a research report commissioned by the Canadian Commission for UNESCO for Arts in Ecology – A Think-Tank on Arts and Sustainability. Published online by UNESCO. Access pdf here. 2006
• Photographs - Welcoming Wildlife to the Garden
published by Hartley and Marks, Vancouver Canada 2004
Garden City Vancouver - The Ultimate Guide to Everything Green in Vancouver
by Marg Meikle & Dannie McArthur. Published by Polestar Books 1999
the SongBird project - pages 47 through 51
Songbirds in the City – A Celebration
published by The Institute of Urban Ecology at Douglas College 1999
*the SongBird project initiatives”, pages 13 through 42


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
• Atelier & Galerie Helenice Alves, Friedberg, Germany 1997
• Red Gate Gallery, Gabriola Island, Canada 1998
• Waverley Gallery, Melbourne, Australia 1996
3rd Annual Photo Arts & Technology Exhibition
• Quaker Gallery, London, England 1995
2nd Annual Photo Arts & Technology Exhibition
• Odin’s Eye Gallery, Vancouver, BC Canada 1994
benefit for Little Sisters Legal Defence Fund
• Exposure Gallery, Vancouver, BC Canada 1994
• Exposure Gallery, Vancouver, BC Canada 1993
• Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, BC, Canada 1989


SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
• Roundhouse Arts and Community Centre, Vancouver, Canada 1999
• Photofusion Gallery, London, England 1994
• Exposure Gallery, Vancouver, BC Canada 1994
• Galerie K, Prague, Czech Republic 1994
• Galerie Na Hrade, Olomouc, Czech Republic 1994

SELECTED REVIEWS AND INTERVIEWS
Public Art Review - Earth Sensitive Fall/Winter 2000
Article by John K. Grande
Encompass Magazine - The SongBird Oratorio Jan/Feb 2000
The Next City Magazine - Creating A City That Sings Winter 98/99
First Nations Drum - Strengthening Bonds Between Humans & Nature May ’99
Canadian Living Magazine - Saving Canada’s Songbirds May ’99
The Georgia Straight - The SongBird Project Takes Flight Sept 3 - 10 ‘98
Interview by Alex Varty
The Globe and Mail - A City’s Recall of the Wild Sept. 7th ‘98
B.C. Environmental Report - The Songbird Project Fall ‘98
Blackflash Magazine – Longing and Belonging Fall/winter 1994
Review/interview by Paula Gustafson
Le Soleil de Columbie - Eros, ou le Desir est Capturé February 1993
Review/interview by Claire Bédat


SELECTED PROFESSIONAL TRAINING
Video post-production
Video In, Vancouver, Canada
Interactive Communications Design, Video Production
Institute of Communication Arts/Centre for Digital Imaging and Sound, Burnaby, BC
Computed Arts Intensive (interactive installation projects)
Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC Canada
Phototherapy Intensive Workshop
Phototherapy Centre, Vancouver, Canada
Phototherapy & Family Systems – workshop
Justice Institute of B.C. Vancouver, Canada


SELECTED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
• 1996 thru 2002 - Founding & Creative Director – project development SongBird – Environmental Science/Arts Collaboration focussed on urban communities
Vancouver, Canada
• 2001 - Research - Environmental/Land Art projects
for Vancouver Board of Parks (re: Art & the Environment project) – Vancouver, Canada
• 2001 - Consultant – development & strategic assistance on a community concept plan for Art & Infrastructure project to include a focus on sustainable design practice and community participation - proposal for the Lower Seymour Watershed GVRD filtration plant
Vancouver, Canada
• 2000 - Research & Development for a cross disciplinary symposium on Arts & Ecology. For Shorelines 2002 and the Living By Water project - Vancouver, Canada
• 1999/2000 - Research & Creative consultant
Development of Savage Media’s production of the SongBird Oratorio - Vancouver, Canada
• 1999 - Outreach, Strategic Planning & Design Committee
Vancouver Museum's Biodiversity Exhibition – Vancouver, Canada
• 1996 & 1997 - Programming & Organizing Committee/ Coordination
2nd & 3rd Annual Vancouver Electronic Arts Festival – Western Front, Video In, Grunt Gallery Vancouver, Canada
• 1993/94 – Director
Exposure Photographic Gallery & Artist Run Centre Vancouver, Canada
• 1993/94 – President
Vancouver Association for Photographic Arts


WEBSITES
www.bethcarruthers.com
www.culturalcurrency.ca
www.songbirdproject.ca