Care as Practice: A Workshop with Smita Sen and Taryn Goodwin | OCT 25

October 7, 2021

Join us for a virtual workshop and conversation on art-led care with artists Smita Sen and Taryn Goodwin. This event is only open to the members of Emily Carr University Community (prospective and current students, staff, non-regular and regular faculty, alumni, drop-outs, those on sabbatical, leave of absences or all unsure about their relationship with university culture)

Monday, October 25 at 12:45 PM PST via Zoom
Free & Open to Emily Carr University Community- Sign Up Here

Care as Practice is a virtual workshop and conversation with artists Smita Sen and Taryn Goodwin open to Emily Carr University community (prospective and current students, staff, non-regular and regular faculty, alumni, drop-outs, those on sabbatical, leave of absences or all unsure about their relationship with university culture), organized in partnership with Shumka Centre for Creative Entrepreneurship and Recess. Building on The Manipura Sanctum, Sen’s summer residency at Recess, this event will continue the conversation around art-informed community-driven healthcare with a specific focus on academia and learning environments; the embodied and emotional experiences of care, caregiving, and caretaking, and artistic responses to care. The participants will have the opportunity to meditate with Smita Sen and co-create a digital zine on care with Taryn Goodwin and Smita Sen, which will be published on Recess and Shumka Centre channels.

Please note this event will not be recorded.

This event is generously supported by the Vancouver Foundation.

About the Artists:

Smita Sen (she/they) is an artist working with sculpture, dance-based performance, and advanced technology to research how the body internalizes its environment and significant life events. With installations, Sen attempts to reimagine sites of care and creates environments for the body to enter states of meditative healing. Sen’s work has been shown at venues like Bard College, Flux Factory, Anthology Film Archives, the Knockdown Center, and ISSUE Project Room. Sen was a fellow at the Mildred’s Lane residency (2018) and received the Instigator Fellowship from NYU ITP Camp (2018). She has served as a Visiting Artist at the Bard College Disturbance Lab and has given talks and workshops at Columbia University, Bard College, NYU ITP Camp, and LRLX NY. Sen is a graduate of Columbia University. An educator, she is currently teaching and designing the Emerging Media program at Choate Rosemary Hall.

Taryn Goodwin (she/they) is an Neuro-Divergent, Autistic, Disabled, Queer, Inter-Disciplinary, Social Practice Artist, Writer and Community Organizer. They are invested in supporting connections and conversations that re-imagine working cultures and campus communities for all MindBodies to feel engaged and supported. In supporting connections that centre Disability Justice, Cripping the Academy, Disability Student Activism, Advocacy, and The Politic of Care, Goodwin uses relationships of care, to re-imagine academic governance structures and campus communities.

Committed to gathering lived experiences as tools for long-lasting impact to change educational policy, procedures and practices to address; Who Does the University Exist For? Their work aims to point out the disembodied pace of institutional learning to provide an avenue for all post-secondary learners, staff and non-regular and regular faculty to understand their own agency and power within The Student Body. That can only come through an embodied, self-established, peer-based, community-supported wellness ethic.

Goodwin is completing her BFA in Critical and Culture Studies remotely from ECUAD with a minor in Social Practice and Community Engagement (2022) invested in access-driven, community-focused social commentary, experiential research, relational exercises and social interventions in making disabling, harmful working and learning cultures visible.Taryn currently practices their work through a physical posture of rest from their couch or bed on the unceded traditional territories of the Pentlach and K’òmoks Coast Salish People. They are currently open for virtual artist talks in community and classroom settings upon request.

About the Partners:

Recess is a nonprofit organization based in Brooklyn, New York. Recess partners with artists to build a more just and equitable creative community. By welcoming radical thinkers to imagine and shape networks of resilience and safety, Recess defines and advances the possibilities of contemporary art. Recess programs offer space and resources to generate art, ideas and actions that challenge dominant narratives and activate new forms.