The Chill Against Political Dissent in Art (Canadian)
(recorded from the panel discussion Sat. nov 17, 2012, Vancouver BC)
As the conservative government threatens art grants and rejects funding for artistic projects and centres that support projects it sees as anti-government or “glorify[ing] terrorism,” are artists and art centres afraid to create controversial works for fear of losing funding? Panelists will discuss the perceptions and realities surrounding this topic.
About the Panelists:
Born and raised in Vancouver, this activist and comedian is a a regular performer on CBC Radio One’s The Debaters, and co-host of Citytv’s comedic panel show The Citynews List in Vancouver. In 2005, he was the judges’ choice for Vancouver’s funniest new comic; since then he has been featured on national radio, in print, as well as in festivals and live venues across Canada and the Pacific Northwest and with Paul Bae as the sketch duo “Bucket”―the act Robin Williams called “the future of comedy.” His first novel, The Prescription Errors (Insomniac Press), is out now.
Dr. Ray Hsu lectures widely on creativity, education, and leadership. He was recently invited to give a TEDx talk on “How to Live a Creative Life.” While teaching in a US prison for two years, Hsu founded the Prison Writing Workshop as a forum for incarcerated writers to develop and publish their work. He worked with a local radio host in order to showcase their work on public radio. A co-founder of Art Song Lab, Hsu’s interdisciplinary platform to create fusions across poetry, music, and performance began with a wish to make his artistic friendship available to other creators. He is the author of two award-winning books and has written for over 50 publications internationally. He also interviews regularly for television, radio, and magazines as UBC Expert in youth trends, popular culture, and diversity.
Mark Leiren-Young is the author of Never Shoot a Stampede Queen, winner of the 2009 Leacock Medal for Humour. He wrote, directed and produced the award-winning feature film The Green Chain and wrote and produced the EarthVision award–winning TV comedy special Greenpieces. His stage plays have been produced throughout Canada and the US and have also been seen in Europe and Australia. As a journalist he has written for such publications as TIME, Maclean’s and the Utne Reader.
Moderated by Derrick O’Keefe.
O’Keefe is a Vancouver-based writer and social justice activist. He is the editor of the widely-read progressive website rabble.ca, and his writings on foreign policy, Canadian politics, ecology and other topics have been published in a number of both alternative and mainstream publications.
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