months independent study in Europe, 1967-68.
New School of Art, Toronto, 1969/71.
Various jobs, construction, bartender, railway, farm labour, etc.
Professional musician, Toronto, playing blues and rock'n'roll.
Moved to Vancouver and joined Western Front in
Explored radio art and telecommunications from 1975.
Extensive travels, including 13 month world tour with Kate Craig in
Since the late 1980s various exchange projects with Japan and other
and much much more ....
Vitae updated September 2012
The Commons, Vancouver, "Bowls and Horizons" with Glen Lewis
Wakayama Museum, Tokyo, "Open Sea", paintings and video
Studio exhibition, "Poisson d'avril", assemblage works
Gallery Sansair, Vancouver, "Crum/Bull", with Phillip McCrum
University of British Columbia, Faculty Club, landscape paintings
Gallery T.O.O., Vancouver, "Lumen Cinerium", video installation
Oboro, Montreal, "The Wind", video installation
Modern Art Galerie, Vienna, "South North", with Kate Craig
Canadian Cultural Centre, Paris, "South/North", with Kate Craig
A Space, Toronto, "HP at A Space", with Patrick Ready
Studienzentrum für Künstlerpublikationen, Bremen,
Quinary Projects, Vancouver "The Material Glitch"
Public Access, Helen Pitt Gallery, Vancouver, "HP", curated by Weekend
MKG127, Toronto, "rockpaperscissors", curated by Jayce Salloum
Littoral, Lancashire & Cumbria, England, "MerzMuzeum", Homage
to Kurt Schwitters", internet webcast
a relatively small collection, audio art exhibition, Ace Art, Winnipeg
Witness Project, Vancouver, video installation, "Li Jiang"
Yokohama Citizen's Gallery, Artists Today, "Displacement", video
Media Galleria, Turku, Finland. "Elsewhere" interactive telephone
Leipzig Medienbiennale, Germany, "Wagon", video installation delivered
Media Galleria, Turku, Finland. "SAFE", video installation.
Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff Centre, "RADIO RETHINK, live radio,
Museum of Modern Art, New York, New Canadian Video.
Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria, "Radio Painting" etc., live radio works.
Dokumenta 8, Kassel, 'Snowball Project', performance and communications
with Eric Metcalfe et al.
Venice Biennale. 'Planetary Network', three month interactive
Biennale of Peace, Hamburg, "Last Words of Gertrude Stein", audio
Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany, New Video Realities, "Sax Island".
Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Canadian
Video, "Sax Island".
The October Show, Vancouver, "The Cheekeye Dunsmuir Line", audio
Musée d'art moderne de la Ville de Paris, "Electra".
Ars Electronica, "The World in 24 Hours", 12 cities, organized by
Science World, Vancouver, "Unclear Free Zone", with Kate Craig, "Six
Windows", curated by Paul Wong.
Moderne Art Galerie, Vienna, Austria, "Audio Scene '79", exhibition,
conference and performance.
Festivals and Symposia
Deep Wireless, New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA), Toronto, residency
Nam June Paik Art Centre, Seoul, Korea, symposium paper,
Art Matters - Point des arts, Banff Centre, co-chair, convened by the
Visual Arts Summit, Ottawa, Canadian Museums Association
Interakcje 7, Piotrkow-Trybunalski, Poland (with Sarah Turner) festival
of performance art
Space Traffic, Para/Site, Hong Kong, international conference of
Interferences, CICV, Belfort France, international media festival, jury
C'est Tous les Jours Robert, Périgueux, France, symposium on
Tokyo International Dance Festival, Distanz, telematic performance
Parallaxe, Québec, La Méduse, Distanz
10e Rencontres Vidéo Arts Plastiques, Centre d'art
contemporain de la Basse-Normandie,
Hérouville, France, Perform Distanz
and present carte blanche video survey of Western Front.
Tokyo Art Conference, "Passage of Death" linking Tokyo and Vancouver,
Next Wave Festival, Melbourne, Australia, Keynote Speaker, telematic
LITTORAL, Salford College University, Manchester, England, New Zones
for Artist-Initiated Activity.
Free Idea Zone, San Francisco, independent conference of 60 artists.
Images Video Festival, Toronto, premiere screening of "Duster".
Radio Week, Music Gallery, Toronto.
Berlin Film Festival, premiere if INFERMENTAL VI, Vancouver edition.
Holland Festival, Amsterdam, performance by Canada Shadows, "Corpus
Talking Back to the Media, Amsterdam, solo performance.
Kijkhuis Worldwide Video Festival, Den Haag, Netherlands, screening
OKanada, Akademie der Kunst, Berlin, performance by Canada Shadows,
International Festival of Performance Art, Musée des beaux
arts de Montréal, shadow play, "Vis-á-Vis.
Performances, Broadcasts, Screenings, Events
Reel Asian Film Festival, Toronto, "Autumn Colours after Zhao Mengfu"
Dr. Sun Yat Set, Classical Chinese Gardens, Vancouver, "Autumn Colours
after Zhao Mengfu",
Cinématháque Vancouver, "The Time Dilation
Machine" remastered 8mm and 16mm films from
the 1970s with live sound
Kunstradio, Vienna, commission of new broadcast work, "Songs for Radio"
Eternal Jam, live Internet Ustream performance with Erin Gee, Montreal,
for Art's Birthday
Radio Without Boundaries, Toronto, Keynote speaker
Farming and the Web - Web radio project in response to UK farming
crisis, commissioned by Littoral,
24 Hours of Radio Art, live radio and Internet broadcast, CITR-FM,
Hypernation, What is a Nation in Cyberspace, commissioned by Oboro,
NTV Neighbourhood Television, Western Front, Vancouver, independent
transmissions, with Tetsuo Kogawa
Telecommunications and the Democratization of Audio Visual
Live link by videophone to artists at the Delhi
Live Midi Jam, musical concert between Innsbruck and Vancouver
(initiated by Robert Adrian).
Interactive Tea Party, videophone, audio and fax between Vancouver,
Banff and Paris.
Inter/access Telecom Conference, organized by Jeff Mann.
Telecom '91, a 3-week festival of communications events, producer and
director, video document.
Art's Birthday & Protest ("Text Bombs and Videotape") against
the war in Iraq, 25 cities,
Art's Birthday, slowscan between Vancouver and Nantes, trans-Canada fax
net. Catalogue and videotape.
Hyperspace Radio, RADIA Banff, CITR-FM Vancouver and Western Front
La Plissure du Texte, participant, Musée d'art Moderne de la
Ville de Paris.
WIENCOUVER IV, slowscan and telephone music between Vancouver and
Vienna. Video document.
Conference on the Artists' use of Telecommunication, organised
GINA SHOW, Vancouver cable TV, regular contributor, produced by John
Vancouver Art Gallery, assisted Bill Bartlett and Direct Media in
Slowscan Video between Vancouver and Toronto as part of General Idea's
The HP Radio Show, weekly 90-minute radio art performance, CFRO-FM
Vancouver Co-op Radio.
IMAGES FROM INFINITY, contributor to artists' weekly television
broadcast produced by Byron Black.
Autumn Colours, landscape shot in China, premiere at Wakayama Musuem,
Early Films, remastered 8mm 1971-76, premiere at
Li Jiang, single monitor installation, original music by Steve Lacy,
premier at Roundhouse, Vancouver
Elena Pavlova, produced in Japan with Hironobu Oikawa and Sonoko
Passage of Death, performance document, Tokyo Art Conference.
Technology and Nature, performance document, Japan tour.
Free Media Mix, commissioned by Akademie der Bildenden Kunst, Vienna
DUSTER, co-producer and director, with Rebecca Belmore, Warren Arcand,
Cornelia Wyngaarden, Eric Metcalfe, premier at
Images Festival, Toronto
Telecom '91, document of telecommunications events protesting the first
Gulf War, January 1991
MacBooties at Documenta, with Eric Metcalfe and Mao Kawaguchi
Peep Show, with Eric Metcalfe
Cross-Cultural Television, with Antoni Muntadas, premier at Berlin Film
Sax Island, with Eric Metcalfe, collected by MOMA New York, Natioanl
Gallery of Canada, etc
Come Fly with Sonny Day, with Fraser Finlayson.
Wiencouver IV, with David Rimmer and Robert Adrian.
C'est la Vidéo
Piraña Farms, with Eric Metcalfe and Jane Ellison.
The HP Video Show, with Patrick Ready
Curating, Teaching, Consulting
Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, Senior Fellow
Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, co-founder
and executive director,
produce over 70 original exhibitions, plus performances, symposia,
2008 - 2009
Governor General's committee on arts and culture
2001 - 2008
Canadian Commission for UNESCO, Sectoral Committee for Arts and Culture
Jiangnan, Modern and Contemporary Art from South of the Yangzi River,
Body Electric, Vancouver 3rd Annual Electronic Arts Festival, program
Shanghai Fax - Let's Talk About Money, international fax exhibition,
Hua Shan College of Art, Shanghai
Santiago Bose, Vancouver residency by Filipino installation and
performance artist, curator
Art in the Age of Digital Dissemination, Teaching seminar at the Emily
Carr Institute of Art and Design
Robert Filliou: from Political to Poetical Economy, Belkin Art Gallery,
UBC, Vancouver, co-curator
Building with Water, international symposium at U.B.C., designer and
Tetsuo Kogawa, radio artist, designer of 1-watt FM transmitter,
organize tour to Vancouver and Banff
Goji Hamada, Japanese performance artist, organize 10-city Canadian tour
Tari Ito and Haruo Higuma, Japanese performance artists, organize 10
city Canadian tour
William Burroughs, exhibitions in Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal,
INFERMENTAL VI International Magazine on Videocassette; producer and
director of Vancouver edition;
58 contributions from 25 countries, 6 hours;
launch at Berlin Film Festival; over 30 exhibitions worldwide
Strategies for Survival, international artists' conference, Vancouver,
Western Front, curator of various programs, including exhibitions,
music, media arts, magazine
Formation & Professional Development
Co-found Centre A, Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary
Co-curate "Jiangnan, Modern and Contemporary Art from South of the
Yangzi River", Vancouver
1988 - 98
Produce international artist exchange projects with Japan, China,
Philippines, France, etc
Research the creation of centre for art and ecology at Furry Creek, BC
for Tanabe Corporation
Found FRONT Magazine, Western Front, act a editor and publisher until
1980 - 81
World tour with Kate Craig - Japan, Indonesia, India, Cameroun,
Austria, Yugoslavia, France
Begin explorations in electronic mail, slowscan video and
Begin explorations in radio art and shadow play with Patrick Ready
Begin performance collaborations with Eric Metcalfe and others,
Move to Vancouver, join Western Front, work with Robert Filliou,
William S. Burroughs, Martin Bartlett,
Glenn Lewis, Kate Craig, General Idea, Kathy
Acker, Michael Morris, Al Neil et al.
1969 - 72
Attend New School of Art, Toronto, studies with Robert Markle, Nobuo
Kubota, Dennis Burton et al.
Hold various jobs in Toronto: musician, construction worker, bartender,
railway, farm labourer
Independent study in Europe: Madrid, Rome, Athens, Istanbul, Vienna,
Berlin, Paris, London.
Decide firmly to become at artist
Born, Calgary Alberta, Canada