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2014-present, Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Environmental Studies, University of Victoria, BC.
2016-2019, Artist-in-Residence, Making Culture Lab, School of Interactive Arts and Technology, SFU, BC.
2011-2013, Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Post Doctoral Fellow, Department of Humanities. York University, Toronto, ON.
2010 Ph.D. Interdisciplinary: Visual Art and Anthropology, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC.
Dissertation Title: Visual Narratives in Waterton Lakes National Park 1874-2010
Exhibitions: Finding Aid; Portable Camera Obscura (Southern Alberta Art Gallery)
2004 MA Interdisciplinary: Anthropology and Environmental Studies, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC.
Thesis title: Vantage Points: Scientific Photography in Jasper National Park.
Curated Exhibition: Vantage Points (Jasper Yellowhead Museum and Archives). Winner of the Jasper Heritage Tourism Award 2003.
1999 BFA Photography, Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver, BC.
1998 Winchester School of Art, Winchester, England.
1995 BA Social Anthropology, Dalhousie University Halifax, NS.
2016-2019, Artist-in-Residence, Making Culture Lab, School of Interactive Art and Technology, SFU, BC.
2014-15 Centre for the Study of Religion and Society Artist-in-Residence, University of Victoria, BC.
2014, Third Street Artist in Residence, Lafayette College, Easton PA.
2013, Artist-in-Residence, Honors College, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT.
2012, Mapping Meaning: A Holistic Approach Toward Human, Ecological & Technological Landscapes. Capitol Reef Field Station, Capitol Reef National Park, UT.
2007, Visual Art Thematic Residency: Walking and Art. The Banff Centre, Banff AB.
Honors, Awards and Grants
2019-2021 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Insight Development Grant. Fugitive Collections: Towards and Anthropology of the Multimodal. (PI)
2019-2020 Canada Council for the Arts Explore and Create/Research and Creation Grant. For Cultivating Fugitive Photography.
2019-2020 BC Arts Council Project Assistance for Visual Artists. Contact Negative Trace. Fugitive Collections from the Cretacious to the Capitalocene.
2019 Canada Council for the Arts Professional Development for Artists.
2016 BC Arts Council: Project Assistance for Visual Artists.
2015 The Council for Museum Anthropology, Michael M. Ames Prize for Innovative Museum Anthropology for the curatorial project, Ethnographic Terminalia (with 4 other collective members).
2015 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Connections Grant “Archival remix: a project of engagement through curatorship and dialogue” (co-applicant with Kate Hennessy).
2014 Ethnographic Terminalia. Society for Visual Anthropology Offsite Activities Grant.
2011 – 2013 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Post Doctoral Fellowship “Grounding Acts: Contemporary Photographic Narratives in Canada’s Rocky Mountain National Parks.”
2013 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Travel Grant.
2012 Ethnographic Terminalia. Society for Visual Anthropology Offsite Activities Grant.
2012 Artist-Researcher in Residence. Invited to Concordia University’s Center for Ethnographic Research and Exhibition in the Aftermath of Violence (CEREV), http://cerev.concordia.ca/ to work with Erica Lehrer, Canada Research Chair in Post-Conflict Memory, Ethnography and Museology (declined).
2011 BC Arts Council: Project Assistance for Visual Artists.
2011 Ethnographic Terminalia. Aid to Research Related Events, Exhibition, Publication, and Dissemination Activities Program, Concordia University. Erica Lehrer, Principal Investigator; all funds directed to the Ethnographic Terminalia Exhibit.
2011 Ethnographic Terminalia. Society for Visual Anthropology Offsite Activities Grant.
2011 Ethnographic Terminalia. American Anthropological Association, Community Engagement Grant.
2011 Nominated for Governor General’s Gold Medal for outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Victoria. “Visual Narratives in Waterton Lakes National Park: 1874-2010.”
2010 Open Space Artist Run Centre Project Assistance for “Convergent Boundaries” (“Conduit: Open Space” with Jamie Drouin).
2008 – 2010 University of Victoria Interdisciplinary Fellowships.
2005-2008 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS), “Visual Narratives in Waterton Lakes National Park.”
2007 Banff Centre Scholarship.
2005 Nominated for Governor General’s Silver Medal for outstanding MA Thesis, University of Victoria. “Vantage Points: Scientific Photography in Jasper National Park”
2005 University of Victoria President’s Research Scholarship.
2003 University of Victoria Fellowship.
2003 Museums Alberta Grant.
2003 Jasper Heritage Tourism Award, curating and design of Vantage Points: Scientific Photography in Jasper National Park. Jasper Yellowhead Museum and Archives.
2002-03 University of Victoria Fellowship (Dean’s Interdisciplinary MA Fellowship).
Projects and Exhibitions
A continuous slow movement (Drift Camera)
2019 Drift Camera Installation. Camera and single channel 10 minute video loop. Bard Center for Experimental Humanities. Bard College, USA.
2018 Drift Camera installation. In the exhibition Supernatural: Art, Technology and the Forest. Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (AGGV) Curated by Haema Sivanesan.
Residue: Anarchival Materiality in Archives (with Kate Hennessy)
2018 Fugitives in the Archive. Exhibition at the Royal BC Museum. Victoria, BC Canada.
2017 Residue: Proximal Interactions two-channel video. In the exhibition, Stranger Lands, Curated By Julie Libersat 500X, Dallas, TX.
2017 Residue: Anarchival Materiality in the BC Archives presentation on research for Spring Fever. grunt gallery, Vancouver BC.
2018 Performance/installation and video. Mapping Meaning Workshop. June 2018, Montana.
2016 Place specific photo-based installation. Mapping Meaning Workshop: Changing the Subject: Edges, Narratives and Encounters July 24-29, 2016 Santa Cruz Island, Channel Islands National Park, California. www.mappingmeaning.org.
2016 Multi-placed installation with Krista Caballero and invited artists over one month in to address the complexity of “public funding for the arts” and “public lands,” June 13-28, Yellowstone National Park, USA; City of Rocks Natural Reserve, ID; Oregon Desert Trail, OR; Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park, CA. In dialogue with various publics. Imagineourparks.org
2015 1:1 (25 minutes). Place-specific installation with invited community. Reciprocity: the large camera and the studio wall (October 17); The Long Exposure: Duration, Meditation and the Un-archivable (October 23); The Artist Studio: Disappearances and Reappearances (November 1).
A giant camera made for documenting a studio space and for infolding people into the back of the camera during three invited events about photography + duration + place in Victoria, BC. With Lynda Gammon.
2011 Two-volume artist book, 562 Fisgard. Flask Publishing.
Portable Camera Obscura
2009 Guided re-enactment with camera and invited community, Waterton Lake National Park.
A 6 person, 2 day, invited backpacking trip into a backcountry meadow in Waterton Lakes National Park, (officially closed to human traffic) to look for remains of an outfitter’s camp, to relocate an historical panoramic photograph by Bert Riggall in the early 20th century and set up a walk-in, room-sized camera/tent that breaks into multiple pieces, with 8 custom lenses.
Other selected community/place specific performances:
2014 University of Maryland (Invited to lead Honors College Design Camp)
2013 University of Utah Honors College (sites included: Spiral Jetty, Black Rock) Salt Lake City, UT.
2012 Mapping Meaning, Capitol Reef Field Station in Capitol Reef National Park, UT. Invited
installation to discuss ‘ecotone’ with an interdisciplinary group of 16 women artists and scientists (www.mappingmeaning.org).
2010 Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge AB. Curated by Ryan Doherty. Workshop/event in Waterton Lakes National Park as part of exhibition, “finding aid” at Exhibition catalogue: “Field Guide” (essay by Fiona P. McDonald).
2010 “finding aid.” Southern Alberta Art Gallery. Curated by Ryan Doherty. Lethbridge AB. (solo). With an exhibition catalogue, “Field Guide” with essay by Fiona P. McDonald.
Installed and performed in gallery contexts. Initiated in 2007, an ongoing archive and exhibition of photography, performance, video, text. The productive failure found in attempts to re-enact colonial photographs in the contested territory of Canadian National Parks enacted through installation and ethnographic storytelling within communities.
Other exhibitions of “finding aid”:
2012 Kasian Gallery. Curated by Kier Stuhmiller. Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Calgary, AB.
2010 DuMois Gallery, New Orleans, USA.
2008 Nanaimo Art Gallery. Curated by Gregory Ball. Nanaimo, BC.
2007 “Open Studio” Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, AB.
Life and Death in Waterton Lakes National Parks
2014. Academic paper (published in Anthropologica: The Journal of the Canadian Anthropology Society) and a 28×43″ digital composite, folded into a 9×11″ box. Based on long term research on the subject of photography in contested territories of parks and protected areas in North America. I ask, how are photographs not only fixed as images or objects, but lively, entangled and emergent events? In collection, University of Utah Honors College.
2011-2013. Conduit emerged in response to a call for submissions by Open Space Gallery that asked for a visual artist and a sound artist to come together to create an artwork that brings sight and sound together in a new way.
2013 “Conduit:Roundhouse” is a collaborative project between artists Jamie Drouin and Trudi Lynn Smith. A series of works, developed through visits to the E&N Roundhouse in Victoria West, operate at the interdisciplinary fold of visual and sound art. Video showing modified swing lens camera in use and sound of objects filling abandoned warehouse.
2011 “Conduit: Open Space.” solo Installation at Open Space Gallery, Victoria, BC. Exploration of photography and light: skylight, mirrors, projection onto wall; sound amplified from wall.
Related materials also appear in: 2012 “Pocket Notes” (in collaboration with Jamie Drouin) online exhibition pocketnotes.org
Selected other exhibitions:
2013. “Re-connections: Coast Salish Knitting and Resilience in Chicago”(in collaboration with Andrea N. Walsh, Joni Olsen, Adam Olsen, Sylvia Olsen). Installed in Ethnographic Terminalia 2013 at Arts Incubator, Chicago, IL.
2013. “In Visible Borders” (in collaboration with Peter Poole and Dongsei Kim). Exposure Photography Festival. Banff, AB. (group)
2003. “Pacific Northwest Photography Now,” Whatcom Museum of Art, Bellingham, WA. (group)
Smith, T., and Hennessy, K. (in press, 2020)
Anarchival Materiality in Film Archives: Toward an Anthropology of the Multimodal. Visual Anthropology Review (issue and pages forthcoming).
Ethnographic Terminalia Collective (Smith, T., Hennessy, K.,McDonald, F. P., Takaragawa, S., Campbell, C.) (In Press).
Function and Form: the Ethnographic Terminalia Collective Between Art and Anthropology. In Collaborative Anthropology Today. George Marcus and Dominic Boyer, eds. Cornell University Press. (pages forthcoming).
Ethnographic Terminalia Collective (Takaragawa, S., Smith, T., McDonald, F.P., Hennessy, K., Campbell, C.) (In Press, 2019).
Anecdote-ing as a Curatorial Tactic for the Ethnographic Terminalia Collective. In, The Anthropologist as Curator. Roger Sansi, Ed. Bloomsbury Press. (pages forthcoming)
Takaragawa, S., Smith, T., Hennessy, K., Alvarez Astacio, P., Chio, J., Nye, C., Shankar, S.
Bad Habitus: Anthropology in the Age of the Multimodal. American Anthropologist.
Castañeda, N., Skvirsky, K., Smith, T.
Introduction. Archival Encounters. Castañeda, Skvirsky and Smith, eds. Archives and Photography. Mapping Meaning Journal Issue 3. https://www.yumpu.com/en/document/read/62977044/mapping-meaning-the-journal-issue-no-3/12
Smith, T., Hennessy, K., Neumann, O.
Anarchival Materiality: The Bauhaus Building in Dessau. In, Bauhaus Futures. Laura Forlano, Molly Wright Steenson, Mike Ananny, Eds. MIT Press.
Hennessy, K. and Smith, T.
Fugitives: Anarchival Materiality in Archives.
PUBLIC 57: Archive/Anarchive/Counter-Archive. Edited by Susan Lord and Janine Marchessault (pp. 128-44).
Smith, TL. The Breath Camera: A prototype for Anti-capitalist photography. In Mapping Meaning The Journal. Issue 1. http://www.mappingmeaning.org/mapping-meaning-the-journal-issue-1
Smith, T., and Hennessy, K. (2018).
Fugitives: Anarchival Materiality in the Archive [Photo Essay].
Geist (Spring, 2018). Pp. 48-54.
Smith, T. and Hennessy, K. (2018).
Fugitives. Whats in Sight (Summer 2018). Published by the Royal British Columbia Museum. Pp. 28.
Hennessy, K., Smith, T., and Hogue, T. (2018).
ARCTICNOISE and Broadcasting Futures: Geronimo Inutiq Remixes the Igloolik Isuma Archive.
Cultural Anthropology 33.2(2018):213-223 (Special Issue on Indigenous Media Futures) (link) (pdf).
Smith, TL and Rowe, JK. Pipelines as Sun Tunnels. Visualizing Alternatives to Carboniferous Capitalism. Consequence Theorizing 21c:21C051. Ctheory.
Nye, C., Fortun, M., and Smith, TL. Manual: Collaborating in Under an Hour (in 10 Easy Steps!). Theorizing the Contemporary series on Collaborative Analytics. Cultural Anthropology.
James Rowe, Kara Shaw, Natalie Ban, Jeremy Caradonna, Deborah Curran, Trevor Lantz, Ana Maria Peredo, Mike Simpson, Trudi Lynn Smith. First Nations show leadership in pipeline debates.
TL Smith, K Engle Finding Aid/Fragments of Desire. Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies (ARCHIVES) 7 (1), 42-51 Special issue, “North By West” http://imaginations.csj.ualberta.ca/?p=8750.
Ethnographic Terminalia Collective and grunt gallery (2015)
Terminus: Archives, Ephemera, and Electronic Art. Vancouver: grunt gallery. [e-publication and companion website]
Campbell, C., Hennessy, K., McDonald, F., Miller, T. Smith, T., Takaragawa, S. After the Bureau of Memories: Reflections on curating at the Intersections of Archives, Art and Anthropology. In Mnemoscape Journal Vol 2. (March 2015)
Smith, TL. Anthropology of Historical Photography in a Protected Area: Life and death in Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta. Anthropologica (The Journal of the Canadian Anthropology Society CASCA) (56) 117-153.
Campbell, C., Hennessy, K., McDonald, F., Smith, T., Takaragawa, S. (2013)
Thinking Through Collaboration: The Ethnographic Terminalia Curatorial Collective.
Anthropology News, Fall 2013.
Maria Brodine, Craig Campbell, Kate Hennessy, Fiona McDonald, Trudi Lynn Smith and Stephanie Takaragawa, Introduction to Ethnographic Terminalia. In Visual Anthropology Review. Vol 2 No. 1 (Spring 2011).
Kate Hennessy, Fiona McDonald, Trudi Lynn Smith and Stephanie Takagarawa, Ethnographic Terminalia 2010 New Orleans: 25 Works. In Visual Anthropology Review. Vol 27 No. 1 (Spring 2011).
Smith, TL. Elinor Whidden: Staging the ironic sublime. Catalogue essay. Stride Gallery, Calgary, AB.
Smith, T. Visual Narratives in Waterton Lakes National Park 1874-2010. (PhD Dissertation)
Smith, T. Photography After Conceptual Art. Book Review In Visual Studies 26:3.
Smith, T. Sensible History: Lynda Gammon’s Interval. Salvaged 20 & 21. Stride Gallery, Calgary AB.
Smith, T. Repeat Photography as Method in Visual Anthropology. In Visual Anthropology. Vol 20(2):179-200.
Smith, T. Bewildering National Parks: Photography, Representation and Performance. In Cultural Reflections. Volume 8:13-29.
2011 Lynda Gammon and Trudi Lynn Smith. 562 Fisgard Street Volume I & 2. Artist Books. Flask publishing. Victoria BC.
2009 Trudi Lynn Smith. field guide. Artist Book, Southern Alberta Art Gallery. Lethbridge, AB.
Monographs and Catalogues
2016 Edited by the Ethnographic Terminalia Curatorial Collective. The Photo-essay is dead, long live the photo-essay. Ethnographic Terminalia. Rapid prototype workshop publication.
2015 Edited by the Ethnographic Terminalia Curatorial Collective. Terminus: Archives, Ephemera and Electronic Art. Ethnographic Terminalia and grunt gallery. Rapid prototype zine as workshop proceedings.
2014 A set of 7 Catalogues. Ethnographic Terminalia Curatorial Collective and Rachel Topham. Arlington, VA: Society for Visual Anthropology.
2010 Visual Narratives in Waterton Lakes National Park 1874-2010. Interdisciplinary PhD. Dissertation. University of Victoria (ProQuest). (online at DSPACE: http://hdl.handle.net/1828/3215).
2004 Vantage Points: Scientific Photography in Jasper National Park. The Bridgland and Repeat Photography Projects. MA Thesis. University of Victoria.
2010-present “Ethnographic Terminalia” exhibitions with curatorial collective: Craig Campbell (UT Austin), Stephanie Takaragawa (Chapman U), Kate Hennessy (SFU), and Fiona P. McDonald (UC London): http://ethnographicterminalia.org/
2015 Aeolian Politics.”Emmanuel Gallery, Denver CO. November 15-20, 2015. Exhibition presented and developed by Ethnographic Terminalia with Dominic Boyer and Cymene Howe, Rice University. http://ethnographicterminalia.org/
2014 “Ethnographic Terminalia. The Bureau of Memories: Archives and Ephemera”. Hierarchy Gallery, Washington D.C. December 1-7, 2014.
2013 “Ethnographic Terminalia: Collaboration, Art, Anthropology”. The Arts Incubator in Washington Park. Chicago, IL. Nov. 18-22 2013.
2013 “Ethnographic Terminalia presents Zoe Bray, Seeing Ethnography”. Mead Dialogues Margaret Mead Film Festival, Museum of Natural History, NYC.
2012 “Ethnographic Terminalia: Audible Observatories”. SOMArts; Alley Cat Gallery; Distributed works. San Francisco, CA. Nov. 14-19 2012.
2011 “Ethnographic Terminalia: Field, Studio, Lab”. Eastern Bloc Centre for New Media and Interdisciplinary Art, Montreal, QC. Nov.15-19 2011. Including a public conversation with Phillip Monk and curator Emelie Chhangur (Art Gallery of York University).
2010 “Ethnographic Terminalia.” DuMois Gallery, New Orleans, LA. Nov. 11-Dec. 3 2010. Exhibit included the work of over 25 international artists working at the intersection of art and anthropology.
April 2005 – January 2006 “Rockies Through the Lens of Time” Library and Archives Canada. Ottawa, ON. Exhibit to represent Alberta’s Centenary celebration (with Library Archives Canada curators based on the exhibition Vantage Points).
2003 Vantage Points: Scientific Photography in Jasper National Park Jasper Yellowhead Museum and Archives, Jasper, AB. Winner of the Jasper Heritage Tourism Award.
Reviews and Catalogues
Essays about Smith’s work
2016 Engle, Karen. “Fragments of Desire” in Imaginations Journal. Special issue, “North By West” http://imaginations.csj.ualberta.ca/. About the work, finding aid.
2010 McDonald, Fiona P. “Visual Iterability.” Catalogue essay in “Field Guide” Catalogue: Southern Alberta Art Gallery. About the works, finding aid and Portable Camera Obscura.
Selected External Exhibition Reviews
Stoller, Paul. 2015. On the Margins of Anthropology. Huffington Post. December 2, 2015. [Link]
Houdeshell, Aubrey. 2015. Interactive Art at the Emmanuel Gallery: Anthropology Collective Harnessing the Wind. The Advocate (CU-Denver). November 18, 2015.
Stoller, Paul. 2015. The Bureau of Memories: Archives and Ephemera. Fieldsights – Visual and New Media Review, Cultural Anthropology Online, March 20, 2015.
2014 Scott, Monique. Exhibition Review Essay. “White Walls, ‘Black City’: Reflections on ‘Exhibition as Residency—Art, Anthropology, Collaboration’.” Visual Anthropology Review Vol 30 (2): 190-198.
2014 Hazen, Jacqueline. Review of the 37th Annual Margaret Mead Film Festival, Oct. 17-20, 2013. Visual Anthropology Review 30(1): 92-95.
2013 Butler, Shelley Ruth. “Ethnographic Terminalia 2012: Field, Studio, Lab at Eastern Bloc Centre for New Media and Interdisciplinary Art, Curated by Kate Hennessy, Trudi Lynn Smith, and Fiona P. McDonald”. Museum and Curatorial Studies Review , Fall 2012:116-124.
2012 Errington, Shelly. Exhibition Review Essay. Ethnographic Terminalia: 2009–10-11. American Anthropologist. vol.114, no.3: 538-542. 2011 Schoemaker Holmes, Jacqueline Visual ethnography at the intersection of art and science. Council of Canadian Academies.
2011 Boyer, Dominic, Ethnographic Terminalia 2010 New Orleans. Exhibition Review. In Visual Anthropology Review 27:1 (Spring 2011). 2009 Gomoll, Lucian. Ethnographic Terminalia Exhibition Review. In Visual Anthropology Review Vol 26:1 32- 35. 2009
2009 Brown, Lorna Collect Call Philadelphia Weekly Dec 2-8.
2008 Fryer, Melissa Fieldnotes Nanaimo News Bulletin July 17 2008. P. 28.
2008 Bellaart, Darrell Natural Art: Artists connect humans with their environment. Nanaimo Daily News July 19.
Courses developed and taught
2017 Instructor, Visual Ecology: Seeing the Wild (ES 480) Lecture. School of Environmental Studies, UVic.
2016 Instructor, Visual Ecology: Seeing the Wild (ES 480) Lecture. School of Environmental Studies, UVic.
2015 Instructor, Photography (Art 241) Studio. Department of Visual Art, UVic.
2014 Instructor, Visual Ecology: Seeing the Wild (ES 480) Lecture. School of Environmental Studies, UVic.
2013 Instructor and Artist-in-residence, Honors College. University of Utah. Course development of Honors 3820 Photography, Landscape, Place, The Visual Anthropology of Utah. Co-taught with Paul Paret.
2010 Instructor, Introduction to Contemporary Art Photography (ART 141) Lecture. Visual Arts Department, UVic.
2009 Instructor, Anthropology and the Environment (ANTH 393) Lecture. Anthropology Department, Uvic.
2008 Instructor, Applied Ethnographic Film (ANTH 409) Lecture and Lab. Anthropology Department, UVic.
2008 Clinical Teaching Faculty, Doctor Patient and Society (DPAS410 & DPAS 420). Island Medical Program, UVic.
2008 Clinical Teaching Faculty, Doctor Patient and Society (DPAS 410 & DPAS 420). Island Medical Program, UVic
2008 Facilitator. Presentation Skills Workshop. Learning and Teaching Centre, University of Victoria, BC.
2002, Teaching Assistant, University of Victoria
2001 Photography Instructor. Northmount Pleasant Arts Centre, City of Calgary, AB.
2000 Photography Workshop Instructor. Calgary Horticulture Society, Calgary, AB.
2000 Polaroid Techniques Workshop Instructor. Beau Photo. Vancouver, BC.
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2015 Committee member, Kristen Walsh, MA student, School of Environmental Studies, University of Victoria.
2007 Committee member. Art 480. (Undergraduate Honours Program) Department of Visual Art, University of Victoria.
Refereed Conference Presentations
2018 Hot Pink Mess. Magenta Film as an expression of anarchival materiality (with Kate Hennessy). Part of the Roundtable Bad Habitus: Anthropology in the age of the Multimodal. American Anthropology Association Meetings. San Jose, CA. USA. November 2018.
2018 “If It Fits: Anarchival Materiality in Anthropology Film Archives (or, Film as Hot Pink Mess)” (with Kate Hennessy). For the panel Bodies of Archives/Archival Bodies. Art, Materiality and Representation Conference RAI. London, England. June 1-3, 2018.
2018 “Fugitives: Anarchival Materiality in Archives” (with Kate Hennessy). Displacements virtual conference of the Society for Cultural Anthropology. April 19, 2018.
2017 “The emergent technologies of process cameras and pinholes in Visual Anthropology” for the panel Technology Matters, American Anthropology Association Meetings, Washington, DC.
2017 “Anarchival Materiality: proximal interactions” (with Kate Hennessy) for the panel Speculative ecologies, intimacies, and migrations in the archive, Knowledge Culture, Ecology: Santiago, Chile.
2016 “ARCTICNOISE and Broadcasting Futures: Geronimo Inutiq Remixes the Igloolik Isuma Archive” (with Kate Hennessy and Tarah Hogue) for the panel Indigenous Media Futures, American Anthropology Association Meetings, Minneapolis, MN.
2016 “Reciprocity: The large format view camera as collaborative inquiry,” for the session “Image as Collaborative Inquiry: Symposium, Exhibition and Community Engagement” Society for Applied Anthropology, Vancouver, BC.
2015 “Entropic Archives” for the invited EPC Roundtable “Exhibiting Anthropology at the Terminus” American Anthropology Association Meetings, Denver, CO.
2014 “Loitering with the problem of photography in a Canadian National Park”, for the session “Hidden Conflicts: Mediating Invisibility in Art and Anthropology” Annual Meeting of the American Ethnology Association, Boston MA.
2013 “The Impermanent Return: Photography, Protected Areas and the Matter of Linnet Lake”. American Anthropological Association Meetings, Chicago, IL.
2013 “Light Leaks: Visual Politics in a Canadian National Park”. Invited by conference organizers for the session “Images and Objects”. Annual Conference of the Canadian Anthropology Society CASCA 2013. Victoria, BC.
2013 “Photographic records in Canadian National Parks 1874-2012: the matter of Lake Linnet”. Session co-organizer, Relational Records: Ontologies for Life. Annual Conference of the Canadian Anthropology Society CASCA 2013. Victoria, BC.
2012 “Visuality and the making of Mountain Identities: Oblique Phototopographical Survey in Canada”. Session on the Mountain Legacy Project. Thinking Mountains Conference. University of Alberta, AB.
2011 “Tidal zones: recent exchanges in art and anthropology”. Session Organizer, Traces and Transformations in Anthropology and Art Practices: A strategic engagement? Invited Session by the Society for Visual Anthropology and the Society for the Anthropology of North America. American Anthropological Association meetings, Montréal, QC.
2011 “The Photograph as Event: 562 Fisgard” Session Chair and Organizer, The Archive as Practice. International Visual Sociology Association Conference. Vancouver BC.
2011 “The photograph as event: Uncertainty and impermanence in a Canadian National Park”. International Society for Ethnology and Folklore (SIEF 2011 People make places, ways of feeling the world). Lisbon, Portugal.
2010 “Grounding Acts: A multisensory photography for Canadian National Parks”. Paper presentation at the American Anthropological Association meetings, New Orleans, LA.
2009 “Art, Anthropology and the making of a Canadian National Park”. Paper presentation at the annual Conference of the Canadian Anthropology Society, CASCA 2009. Session co-organizer “Art Practices and Visual Anthropology” at the Annual Conference of the Canadian Anthropology Society CASCA 2009 UBC, BC.
2009 Jane Gair, John Anderson and Trudi Smith Invited presentation. Mask-Making in Medical School: the Importance of Participatory Learning and Reflection. Poster presentation. STLHE conference (Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education) in Fredericton, NB.
2008 “Shared ethnographic space: Art, ethnography and the re-enactment of photographic moments in a Canadian National Park”. Paper presented at the American Anthropological Association meetings, San Francisco, California.
2008 “Finding Aid: Exhibition as Method in Visual Anthropology”. Paper presented at the Northwest Anthropology Conference, Victoria, BC.
2005 “Repeat Photography as Method in Visual Anthropology”. Invited Session Paper at “Frontiers of Visual Anthropology” European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA) Oxford, UK (September 2005).
2005 “The Rockies Through the Lens of Time: Repeat Photography and the Challenge of Ecological Restoration”. Higgs, E., Levesque, L., Smith, T., Watt-Gremm, G. Paper presentation at the world conference on Ecological Restoration: Society for Ecological Restoration (SER 2005: September 2005) Zaragoza, Spain.
2004 “Visual Narratives in Waterton Lakes National Park” Poster presentation at the annual conference for the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER 2004). Victoria, BC.
2004 “Vantage Points: Scientific Photography in Jasper National Park – the Bridgland and Repeat Photography Projects”. Paper presentation at Annual Conference of the Canadian Anthropology Society CASCA 2004. Hosted by CASCA at University of Western Ontario, ON. Session Organizer, Laying out the Scene/Seen: Visual Anthropology in Personal and Public Spaces I & II.
2004 Higgs, E., Smith T., Rhemtulla, J. “Repeating Images: A new life for the Dominion Phototopographical Surveys”. Paper delivered by E. Higgs at the Canadian Association of Geographers conference Victoria, BC (May 2003).
Invited lectures, artist talks and workshops
2019 Invited Artist Talk. Cultivating the Art of Attention. Center for Experimental Humanities. Bard College.
2019 Invited workshop. Breath Camera. Center for Experimental Humanities. Bard College.
2017 Invited workshop. Cameras, respiration, embodiments: The breath camera. Seminar in Digital Cultures and Creativity (3rd year). Fleshy Futures: Technologies and the Body. University of Maryland Honors College, MD, USA.
2017 Invited workshop and classroom lecture. Media archaeology and knowledge production: The camera obscura. Seminar in Digital Cultures and Creativity (First year) Praxis: enacted, embodied, realized. University of Maryland Honors College, MD, USA.
2016 Invited lecture. Common World Pedagogies in the Anthropocene, seminar series. UVic Child Care Services.
2015 “Terminus: Archives, Ephemera and Electronic Art”. Workshop developer and organizer as part of SSHRC Connections Grant. Workshop organized in conjunction with the International Symposium for Electronic Art (ISEA). Vancouver, BC. My role was as a developer and organizer of the workshop alongside Kate Hennessy and grunt gallery (Tarah Hogue and Glenn Atleen). Part of this event included developing an experimental critical making of conference proceedings that we published. I was also in the role of moderator/discussant, “The archives of entropy: Disruption, destruction, place.”
2014 Artist Talk. University of Maryland Honors College Design Camp, Maryland.
2014 Artist Talk. Third Street Artist in Residence Program, The Williams Centre. Lafayette College, PA.
2013 “Archival processing: Art and the anthropology of photography in a Canadian National Park”. The Centre for Imaginative Ethnography. York University.
2013 “‘circumstances alter photographs’: Visual practices of the 1874 International Boundary Survey and the myth of wilderness in Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta”. Invited talk at Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies. York University, Toronto.
2011 “Ethnographic Terminalia and Ethnographic Exhibition” (with Kate Hennessy and Fiona P. McDonald). Centre for Ethnographic Research and Exhibition in the Aftermath of Violence (CEREV), Concordia University, Montreal QC. Sponsored by Canada Research Chair Erica Lehrer’s VPRGS Accelerator grant May 17-18 2011.
2010 Repeat photography workshop, Southern Alberta Art Gallery. Supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.
2009 Moderator for Symposium Assume Nothing: New Social Practice. Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (AGGV) and University of Victoria Visual Arts Department. University of Victoria, BC.
2009 Faculty Development session – designed and delivered: Mask-Making as a Teaching Tool In Doctor Patient and Society (DPAS) – Arts and Humanities in Medical Education to DPAS 410 and 420 tutors in the Island Medical Program (IMP) at UVic, a distributed site of UBC’s medical program. Trudi Smith and Jane Gair.
2009 Faculty Development session – delivered: Mask-Making as a Teaching Tool In Doctor Patient and Society (DPAS) – Arts and Humanities in Medical Education to DPAS 410 and 420 tutors in the Northern Medical Program (NMP) at UNBC, a distributed site of UBC’s medical program. Jane Gair and Trudi Smith.
2008 Artist Talk. Fieldnotes: finding aid at Nanaimo Art Gallery, Nanaimo, BC.
2003 Vantage Points: Scientific Photography in Jasper National Park. Invited presentation at the annual Workshop of the Rocky Mountain Repeat Photography Project. November 28-30, 2003. Hosted by the Rocky Mountain Repeat Photography Project, sponsored by SSHRC at the Dunsmuir Lodge, Victoria, BC.
Other Presentations and Public talks
2017 Public Presentation. Residue: Anarchival Materiality. Spring Fever Archives Week. grunt gallery. Vancouver, Canada.
2009 Public Presentation. “From the North Shore: Art, anthropology and the re-enactment of photographic moments in a Canadian National Park”. Science and History Conference. Lake McDonald Lodge, Glacier National Park, MT USA.
2008 Panel Member, Recognizing Differences/Building Community: Academic Women’s Conference. University of Victoria, BC (March 2008).
2008 “Let’s Talk Anthropology: Environmental Anthropology” Central Middle School, Victoria, BC.
2007 “Visual Narratives in Waterton: Bringing Historical photographs into focus”. Public presentation for the Waterton Natural History Association (August 2007) (Invited presentation).
2007 Presentation on PhD research, Visual Narratives in Waterton Lakes National Park for the President of SSHRC. Victoria (March 2007) (Invited presentation).
2005 “A Photographic Measure: Understanding Landscape Change in Waterton Lakes National Park”. Higgs, E. Levesque, L., Smith, T., Watt-Gremm, G. Presentation at the Science and History Conference, Waterton Glacier International Peace Park, Lake McDonald Lodge, MT (Invited Public talk).
Other Professional Experience
2015-present Digital curator consultant, Aids Activist History Project, Carleton University.
2003- present photography and design. Clients include Pink Sheep Media, Integral Ecology Group, Avenue Magazine.
2011- 2015 Digital Curator, Mountain Legacy Project, University of Victoria, BC.
2009 Photographer. Parks Canada contract to produce and provide digital files: Repeat photographs of historical photographs for Waterton Lakes National Park.
2008 Education Consultant, Art in Medical Education: Mask making project. Island Medical Program, University of Victoria, BC.
2007 Research Assistant. Art in Medical education: assistance with paper preparation on empathy and communication skills in medical students for Dr. Jane Gair. Island Medical Program, University of Victoria, BC.
2005 Research Associate, Rocky Mountain Repeat Photography Project, Waterton Lakes National Parks, Waterton, AB/ University of Victoria, BC.
2004 Research Assistant, Rocky Mountain Repeat Photography Project. Waterton, AB/ University of Victoria, BC.
2003 Research Assistant for Rocky Mountain Repeat Photography Project. Waterton, AB/ University of Victoria, BC & Library and Archives Canada, Gatineau Preservation Centre, Gatineau QC. Research Assistant, Ethnobotany database. Centre for Earth and Ocean Sciences & School of Environmental Studies (Dr. Nancy Turner).