New Assistant Professors: James Long, Stefan Maier, and Noé Rodríguez

New Assistant Professors: James Long, Stefan Maier, and Noé Rodríguez

School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University

From left: James Long, Stefan Maier, and Noé Rodríguez.

September 6, 2022
New Assistant Professors: James Long, Stefan Maier, and Noé Rodríguez
School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University
Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
149 W. Hastings St.
Vancouver British Columbia V6B 1H4
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The School for the Contemporary Arts (SCA) at Simon Fraser University is excited to welcome two new faculty members for the 2022 fall term, James Long and Stefan Maier, and to announce the promotion of Noé Rodríguez, with all three at the level of Assistant Professor.

James Long is a director, actor, writer and teacher whose creative practice occurs in a wide variety of interdisciplinary and collaborative contexts, including as a founding Artistic Director (2003–22) of Theatre Replacement and as an independent artist working in live performance, community engaged practice, screenwriting and public art. James’s work has been presented across North America, Europe and Asia. In 2016, James and co-writer Marcus Youssef were nominated for the Governor General’s Award for playwriting for Winners and Losers. In 2019, he and Theatre Replacement co-artistic director Maiko Yamamoto were awarded the Siminovitch prize for their work at Theatre Replacement and as freelance artists. Long graduated from Simon Fraser University’s Theatre Program in 2000 and received a Master’s in Urban Studies, also from SFU, in 2018. He currently sits on The City of Vancouver’s Arts and Culture Advisory Council and serves as the president of the organization that stewards Vancouver’s Russian Hall, a multi-purpose performance and gathering space. He has and continues to receive funding from a variety of private foundations, The City of Vancouver, The Province of British Columbia, BC Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts for his creative research and performance work blending interdisciplinary collaborative processes and urban concerns.

Stefan Maier is an artist and composer from Vancouver, Canada — the unceded, traditional territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Through composition, performance, and multi-media installation, his practice explores the chaotic flows of sonic matter through instruments, buildings, sound systems, software, and bodies. Highlighting material instability and seeking out unruliness, his work aims to uncover alternate modes of authorship and listenings through historical and contemporary sound technology. His work has been presented by Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Germany), Unsound (Portugal), Ultima Festival (Norway), SPOR festival (Denmark), Gaudeamus Muziekweek (Niger), Liquid Architecture (Australia), and the National Music Centre (Canada) among many others. Maier’s writing appears in Circuit and Indexical Publications, and he curated and edited an edition of Haus der Kulturen der Welt’s Technosphere Magazine on Machine Listening. He was a 2019 Macdowell Colony Fellow, and has held residencies at NOTAM (Norway), Lobe Studios (Canada), and IAC Malmö (Sweden). In 2017 he received a Mayor’s Art Award as an emerging musician from the City of Vancouver. Maier holds a MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from Bard College, and an MA in Digital Music from Dartmouth College. 

Using analog film, digital imaging, field recordings and prepared instruments, Noé Rodriguez’s work ponders upon the lyrical qualities of the real and responds to the material and temporal traces of collective life in the terraformed landscape. His film Ceiba received the Pasajes Award to the Best Spanish Film in Filmadrid International Film Festival and was screened at the TIFF lightbox in the program The Roots That Thirst, as part of the Wavelengths year-round screening series. Aadat, codirected with Xisela Franco, won several awards, including the Premio Ciudad de Madrid to the best Spanish documentary in DocumentaMadrid, 2006, and was screened at multiple festivals internationally. As a cinematographer, Rodriguez has collaborated in Luo Li’s I Went to the Zoo the Other Day (2009), Eva Kolcke’s All that is Solid (2014) and Andrea Bussman’s & Nicolás Pereda´s Tales of Two Who Dreamt (premiered at Berlinale 2016). Rodriguez has a MFA from York University and both a BA and a BFA from Universidad Europea de Madrid.

Find out about graduate programs at the SCA here. 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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