November 4, 2016

Four new faculty

School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University

Clockwise from top left: Claudette Lauzon, Eldritch Priest, Noé Rodríguez, Simone Rapisarda. Courtesy Claudette Lauzon, Eldritch Priest, Noé Rodríguez, and Simone Rapisarda.

The School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University welcomes four new faculty members, Claudette Lauzon, Eldritch Priest, Simone Rapisarda, and Noé Rodríguez.

Claudette Lauzon is a contemporary art historian specializing in installation, sculpture, and new media art. She is the author of The Unmaking of Home in Contemporary Art (University of Toronto Press, 2017), which looks at the ways in which artists use the space of home (both literally and figuratively) to reframe human responses to trauma. Her current research project, funded by a SSHRC Insight Development Grant, examines cultures of surveillance and militarization through the lens of media art practices. With Dr. John O’Brian (UBC), she is also editing a collection of essays on vision and visuality in the post-atomic era for McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Eldritch Priest writes on sonic culture, experimental aesthetics and the philosophy of experience from a ‘pataphysical perspective. His essays have appeared in various journals and he is the author of Boring Formless Nonsense: Experimental Music and the Aesthetics of Failure (Bloomsbury, 2013). His new book, co-authored with The Occulture and titled Ludic Dreaming: How to Listen Away from Contemporary Technoculture (Bloomsbury, 2017), is an experimental work that treats dreaming as a vehicle for speculative thought. Eldritch is also a composer and improviser and is currently working on a new book about earworms, daydreams and other lived abstractions.

Simone Rapisarda is an award-winning filmmaker. His feature-length films, which challenge traditional genre distinctions, have garnered accolades at festivals in New York, Berlin, Locarno, Vienna, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Paris, London, Madrid, Lisbon, Moscow, Jeonju, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Ann Arbor, and Los Angeles, and are part of the permanent collections of museums and galleries, such as the MoMA in New York and the National Gallery in Washington D.C. His works have been reviewed in Artforum, Film Comment, Sight & Sound, Cinema Scope, IndieWire, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, The New York Times, and Filmmaker Magazine. He was the recipient of the Most Promising Filmmaker award at Ann Arbor in 2012, and of the Best Emerging Director award at Locarno in 2014.

Noé Rodríguez is a filmmaker, cinematographer and field recordist mainly focused on creative documentary and hybrid practices under a phenomenological framework. His work is deeply invested in the idea of fascination as an attitude to guide the act and art of viewing and listening. In 2006 he was awarded with the Caixa-Canada Scholarship to pursue his film research at York University in Toronto. His film Aadat has won several awards including Premio Ciudad de Madrid to the Best Spanish documentary (DocumentaMadrid 2004).

About the School for the Contemporary Arts
Located in downtown Vancouver, BC, Canada, the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University provides a critically informed and stimulating interdisciplinary context for studio-based and academic practices at an undergraduate and graduate level. Along with a MFA in Interdisciplinary Studies, we’ve recently added a MA in Comparative Media Arts to our school. The application deadline for both the MFA and MA is January 25, 2017. To find out more about our programs and us, please go to


School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University appoints four faculty

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