The Periphery: a conversation between Lois Klassen, Laura Murray and Kevin Rodgers

Modern Fuel, in partnership with Fillip, presents a special evening of reading and conversation.

The Periphery, will feature feature Lois Klassen, Laura Murray and Kevin Rodgers. Klassen will read from her article Arriving at Nowhere: Reflecting on Chris Kraus’s Radical Localism, to be published in Fillip 20. Laura Murray will offer a response to Klassen's reading. Concluding will be a conversation between Klassen, Murray and Rodgers.

Online access to Klassen's text is available here, and the full issue of Fillip 20 will be available in April. 

Lois Klassen is a Vancouver-based artist and writer whose collaborative and participatory works have appeared galleries, museums and schools in Canada and abroad. Her texts have explored the impact of performance art on street audiences, the dialogical capacity of art, and the declarations of current feminist practices. She has worked as an art educator, a research ethics coordinator, and an Occupational Therapist. Lois Klassen holds a Master of Applied Art degree from Emily Carr University in Vancouver, Canada, a Diploma in Art History from University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, textile arts training from Capilano University in North Vancouver, Canada, and a Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation in Occupational Therapy from the University of Manitoba. She is currently a PhD student in the Cultural Studies Program at Queen's University in Kingston, Canada.

Laura Murray, Professor of English and Cultural Studies at Queen’s University, is the coauthor of Putting Intellectual Property in its Place: Rights Discourses, Creative Labour, and the Everyday (Oxford 2013, with Tina Piper and Kirsty Robertson). She is also active in various community arts, heritage, and political initiatives in Kingston. 

Kevin Rodgers is Artistic Director of Modern Fuel.  Rodgers has exhibited work widely, including Dazibao (Montreal), G Gallery (Toronto), goodwater gallery (Toronto), Galerie Tatjana Pieters (Ghent, Belgium), and McIntosh Gallery (London, Ontario). He has collaborated with diverse artists such as Marilou Lemmens and Richard Ibghy, Cynthia Girard and Derek Sullivan, as well as curated two exhibitions: THE FOX (2011) and IF DESTROYED... (2010). His writings have appeared in numerous publications, including FUSE, C Magazine, Border Crossings, Artpapers, Millions and Prism of Reality.

Fillip is a Vancouver-based publishing organization that expands spaces for critical discussions on contemporary art. Through publications and a public programme, Fillip provides platforms for examining the relationship between art and society.

Image: Guadalupe Martinez, Emilio Rojas, and Igor Santizo (2013), ThisPlace Background/Vancouver, (gallery exterior). grunt Gallery, Vancouver. Curated by Glenn Alteen. Photo: Ash Tanasiychuk