Profiles

Robin Davies

Robin studied Double Bass and Music Technology at McGill’s Schulich School of Music before joining the staff of VIU’s Media Studies Department. His interests include the utilization of the human voice in auditory storytelling, sound design for visual art, the construction and use of software-based musical instruments for live electronic music performance, and helping others embrace technology for use in their creative endeavours. Robin’s sound design and remix work can be heard on releases from Phoenicia Publishing, Six Records, Maple Music, Ad Noiseam, and Sunchaser Pictures.

 

Kevin Mazutinec

Kevin’s artistic practice is conceptually driven, shaking loose perceived limitations of any one medium in favour of the ‘Idea’. This path has focused on numerous disciplines including printmaking, sculpture, written and spoken word, as well as 3D modeling and animation, and video-based performance. After completing his MFA (specializing in New Media) Kevin taught for the Faculty of Fine Art at the University of Calgary. Currently he teaches sessionally for Vancouver Island University in the departments of Media Studies and Art & Design

 

Justin McGrail

Toronto-born, has been performing spoken word poetry in bookstores, clubs, malls, poetry slams, classrooms, galleries, cafes, and at festivals across Canada since 1991. A member of Montreal’s influential spoken word quintet Fluffy Pagan Echoes, he has written and presented poetry for multiple voices, and has performed in a range of multi-disciplinary collaborations with dance, visual art, theatre, and music, including with Montreal’s DuoDance Company, and Victoria’s Suddenly Dance Theatre Company. Since moving to the West Coast in 1995, he has produced his own reading series (The Word Circus) and radio programme (A-way with Words), competed at the National Poetry Slam and Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, been heard on CBC Radio, and performed at the Vancouver International Writers’ Festival, the Word on the Street Festival, the Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Folkwest, and the Victoria Spoken Word Festival. Justin holds a PhD in architectural history, and is a professor of art history in the Department of Art and Design at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo.

 

Marian van der Zon

Marian is a sound & multimedia artist, musician, media activist, and has been involved in radio for over a decade, hosting shows and contributing sound art and radio documentary pieces to sound festivals, art galleries, CBC Radio, campus/community stations across Canada (primarily CFUV, CKUT, CHLY), WINGS, and on numerous pirate radio stations. She teaches in the Media Studies and Women’s Studies departments at Vancouver Island University, has been published in print and online, and plays in the band Puzzleroot. Her most recent publication is the anthology, Islands of Resistance: Pirate Radio in Canada (co-editor; New Star Books 2010).