Below are recordings of an interview with Canada Research Chair of Design Gavin Renwick. Last week I sat down with Gavin in his working studio to talk about his exhibit Counterpoint: The Aesthetics of Post-Colonialism, currently on display in FAB gallery on the UofA campus. Gavin also discusses, amongst other things, his collaborative relationship with the community of Sambaa K’e, spending his professional life aspiring to be a verb, not a noun, and architectures ability to “see through complexity and reveal things that are otherwise obscured.”
Part 1 – Gavin talks about the community of Sambaa K’e, where a new print shop has facilitated much of the work between himself and local artists and the plans that are in place to build a new cultural facility based on their collaborative design.
Part 2 – Gavin discusses the process behind the prints on display in the exhibit and the nature of his collaboration with Paul Harrison.
Part 3 – Gavin discusses the relationship he has formed with the Dene people of the Western Sub-Arctic where the community of Sambaa K’e is located and the relationship between the Northern Aboriginal world and the rest of Canada.