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Moving from the Unseen to the Seen (between the Sacred and Profane)

Lecture Description:

In this talk we will explore how art as a process has functioned through history and across cultures to deepen our awareness and appreciation of ourselves, our social clusters and the greater world that we inhabit. Some questions that we may debate include:
• Do creatives who exist on the fringes of society and creatively question our commonly held ideas of the sacred and profane play a critical function towards sustaining the vigour of our species?
• Does art influence the way we perceive, think, and behave. What are the social and political implications if this is true?
• Is a sense of agency necessary or important to the creative process?

Prav Pillay is an artist, researcher and educator whose creative practice explores how we locate ourselves through the politics of place, culture, and ecology. Prav’s work has ranged from art and media based activism to site specific community-based ceremonial public artworks and gallery based performance installations. His research and development process integrates collaborators, concepts, and tropes from a span of disciplines including ecology, biology, psychology, sociology, anthropology, semiotics, computer science, engineering and the neurosciences.

For several years, Prav was a co-facilitator of Media That Matters – a gathering of media change makers at Hollyhock a leading educational facility on west coast of Canada and more recently served as the Artist and Community Strategist in Residence with R.A.V.E.N. (Respecting Aboriginal Values and Environmental Needs).

Prav holds a B. Arts and Science from McMaster University, a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, an MBA from McGill University and an MFA from the University of Saskatchewan. During his MFA, Prav sought to understand the nature of systems based artworks and collaborated with engineers in Human Computer interaction to conduct art-science experiments that played in the intersection of art, artificial intelligence and robotics.

Presently he is a sessional instructor for senior studio in ECUAD offering at North Island College, Comox Valley, BC and also an Executive in Residence with VIATeC – a technology incubator in Victoria, BC.