Deborah Maia de Lima and Lou Sheppard will join McGill's Faculty of Education as Artists-in-Residence for the 2018-19 academic year. The news was recently announced by the P. Lantz Initiative for Excellence in Education and the Arts.
Deborah Maia de Lima's project is based on the belief that the highest goal of education is the development of the growth of the individual. Her work with body techniques, improvisation and traditional dances allows the participants to feel their movements without the demand of performance. Her work attempts to encourage and stimulate a higher range of creativity that includes the educational field, helping students, teachers and staff to wake up the “sleeping parts” of their bodies and find ways of well-being.
Lou Sheppard is a interdisciplinary artist working in video, audio and installation practices. Of settler ancestry, Sheppard was raised on unceded Mi'Kmaq territory, and currently lives in K'jiputuk/Halifax. Sheppard's recent work has been focused on the practice of translation, particularly translations between meaning systems that do not align in conventional ways. Starting from a range of source materials (diagnostic criteria, environmental data, field recordings) they engage in rigorous processes of translation, resulting in musical compositions, performances and choreographies.
- www.mcgill.ca/mahi homepage of the McGill Art Hive Initiative (MAHI)
- www.mcgill.ca/ihdw, homepage of the McGill Institute for Human Development and Well-Being (IHDW)
- knowledge-through-the-arts.ca, homepage of The P. Lantz Initiative for Excellence in Education and the Arts