Speaking near-by

With Eric Fillion and Yuan Stevens

On December 13, 2018 at 6 pm


Truth can only be approached indirectly if one does not want to lose it and find oneself hanging on to a dead empty skin
— Nancy N. Chen & Trinh T. Minh-ha

This conversation will extend the research done by the artists, Amanda Dawn Christie, Omar Elhamy & Casper Wolski, and Thomas Kneubühler, in their respective works around communication and information technologies. The conversation will address as much simple means of communication, such as speech, to obsolete technologies and the challenges of contemporary communications, or those foreseen.

Quotation: Chen, Nancy N. and Trinh T. Minh-ha, “’Speaking Nearby:’ A Conversation with Trinh T. Minh-ha,” Visual Anthropology Review, vol. 8, no. 1, 1992, p. 86.
This event will be followed by a performance by Adam Kinner and Christopher Willes at 7:30 pm, in the context of their Music Residency

Eric Fillion is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at Concordia University. His research focuses on the origins of Canada’s cultural diplomacy and, more specifically, on the use of music in Canadian-Brazilian relations. This project builds on the experience he has acquired as a musician as well as on his ongoing study of Quatuor de jazz libre du Québec, a separatist free jazz ensemble associated with the Québec left of the 1960s and 1970s. He is also the founder of Tenzier, a nonprofit organization, whose mandate is to preserve and disseminate archival recordings by Québec avant-garde artists.

Yuan Stevens holds a BCL/LLB from McGill University and is passionate about analyzing vulnerabilities in our social and legal systems. She is an independent researcher and lawyer to-be working at the intersections of public interest hacking, cybersecurity and emerging technology. Currently, she is research manager and project lead at the International Centre for Comparative Criminology (Université de Montréal) and researcher for hacker expert Gabriella Coleman (McGill University). She also serves on the board of directors for Open Privacy Research Institute (Vancouver) and Head & Hands (Montréal).



Dazibao receives financial support from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts de Montréal, the ministère de la Culture et des Communications and the Ville de Montréal.