Friday Nov,18 2011 7.30-9pm
Mocap studio, Intersections Digital Studios, Emily Carr University

A Matter of Balance, video, 2010
by Karolle Wall

/A Matter of Balance/ captures minuscule (1.6 mm to 25 mm) Alaskan skeleton shrimp as they swing and feed amidst the sargassum (Japanese Seaweed). These “preying mantis of the sea” as they are sometimes called, remind us that whimsical, playful, extraordinary, barely visible life exists just beneath the sea’s meniscus.

Karolle Wall is a filmmaker, photographer and writer whose work reflects her passion for marine biology, environmental ethics, indigenous ecological knowledge and water. The unlikely mollusk, be it a ½ inch nudibranch (sea slug) or eighteen inch moon snail, features prominently in her films, drawing attention to our ever increasing need to value patience, caution, and primary observation as significant forms of interacting with the non-human world.

Karolle is an Associate Professor in Critical + Cultural Studies at Emily Carr University, where she teaches courses in writing, literature, film, rhetoric, and environmental ethics. She is currently collaborating with Rita Wong and others on a SSHRC grant entitled “Downstream: the poetics of water,” which will culminate in a symposium and exhibition on World Water Day 2012. Her film Imush Q’uyatl’un, made in collaboration with Penelaxuuth elder Florence James, has been shown at environmental and aboriginal film festivals around the world. She has published poetry, reviews and articles in numerous journals and exhibited her photographs and installations at various group shows throughout British Columbia. Land and ocean conservancy groups (and even dance troops) call on her to document everything from healing water ceremonies to indigenous accounts of species at risk. She believes in social activism as much as she believes in bearing witness and cherishing the beauty and fragility of the non-human life that lives in that liminal space we call the intertidal zone.

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