September 1, 2020

Faculty appointments: Raymond Boisjoly, Mauricio Pauly, Ryan Tacata, and Erika Latta

School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University

Clockwise from top left: Raymond Boisjoly, Mauricio Pauly, Ryan Tacata, and Erika Latta. Courtesy SCA.

The School for the Contemporary Arts (SCA) at Simon Fraser University is excited to welcome four new faculty members for the 2020 fall term: Raymond Boisjoly, Mauricio Pauly, Ryan Tacata, and Erika Latta.

Raymond Boisjoly is an Indigenous artist and citizen of the Haida Nation, based in Vancouver. Exhibited internationally, his work is derived from his training in photography. He uses screens, scanners, photocopiers, and inkjet printers to capture technological processes together with subject matter centered on cultural propriety, humour, and poetic-prophetic texts of mysterious origins. Boisjoly received a BFA from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design (2006) and a MFA from the University of British Columbia (2008). He was a recipient of the VIVA Award in 2016, presented by the Jack and Doris Shadbolt Foundation for the Visual Arts, Vancouver.

Please visit Boisjoly's page at the Catriona Jeffries Gallery.

Mauricio Pauly's practice combines composition for hybrid instrumental/electronic ensembles, sound design, and live performance. As an active cross-disciplinary collaborator, his work includes numerous projects with writers, designers, programmers, and theatre-makers. His music has been featured by festivals internationally. Pauly spent the summer of 2018 as an awarded Artist Fellow at Civitella Ranieri (Umbria, Italy). In 2017 he was Composer-in-Residence at Villa Romana (Florence, Italy), undertaking a two-part creation and performance residency. He spent 2014-2015 as a full-year Fellow at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study (Boston, USA).

Ryan Tacata ( is a performance maker and scholar. His creative practice is deeply collaborative and engages in place making, ordinary acts, and gift-giving. His academic research plays critical intimacy in the key of everyday life, and focuses on alternative methods of archival research and performance art historiography. His work has appeared in Performa, TDR, Performance Research and SFMoMA's OpenSpace. He has taught courses in performance at the San Francisco Art Institute, and in the MFA Theater and Performance Making Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies (SF) and University of Chichester (UK). In 2018, he was Visiting Lecturer for the Abandoned Practices Institute with Erin Manning, and was Lecturer in the Immersion in the Arts: Living in Culture (ITALIC) program at Stanford University from 2018–20.

Erika Latta is originally from the Pacific Northwest, and grew up on the Lummi Nation reservation near Bellingham, Washington. She holds a BFA in Theater from the University of Washington, and an MFA in Acting from Columbia University. After attending Columbia, she lived and worked in Brooklyn, New York, for twenty-five years, producing innovative work in traditional and non-traditional spaces, while also creating long-lasting and interdisciplinary international collaborations. She is the artistic co-director and co-founder of WaxFactory, a NYC theater company, and an associate director of the French trans-media company Begat Theater. She was recently a visiting assistant professor at Colgate University, in Hamilton, New York, and at the School of the Arts at the University of North Carolina, at Chapel Hill, where she taught Viewpoints, the Suzuki Method of Acting, and composition in devised theater.

The School for the Contemporary Arts recognizes that we are on the unceded and occupied territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.

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