Sticky Impulse - What Remains

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Meg Torwl was an artist and activist born in New Zealand but settled in Vancouver. She worked in video, new media, audio, photography, writing, performance and arts advocacy, and her work has been exhibited, broadcast, published and performed internationally. She worked for arts organizations in community outreach and project coordination for the National Film Board of Canada (2004), CBC TV (2006), KickstArt Disability Arts and Culture (2009/10), and BC Regional Integrated Arts Network (2010). Meg was a visual artist, a graduate of The Writers Studio (2011) at SFU, and published numerous books of poetry. She passed away from cancer in 2013.

What Remains is a selection of media, audio recordings, photographs, and writings by and about Meg Torwl (1967-2013).

This collection is in remembrance of the cultural and activist practice of Meg Torwl, New Zealand-born artist, performer, and advocate who made Canada her home for approximately 14 years, until her death on June 21, 2013.

The Meg Torwl collection at the Crista Dahl Media Library & Archives was prepared by Moira Simpson, with the support and assistance of Chris McDowell and Catherine Asher, Meg’s aunt. The “MEGACY” as they playfully refer to it, was donated in May 2014.

What Remains is an introduction to her work across media. Over the next year we will be putting a majority of her materials online.

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Karen previously worked at VIVO as Librarian, Distributor, and Programming Coordinator (1984-1999) and as an independent curator and critic. She has a special passion for artist-run centre archives and has been commissioned to create historical surveys and touring exhibitions for EM Media (Calgary) and ED Video (Guelph), and writings based on the Western Front and VIVO collections. Her essay “Abundant Harvest: The Recordings of Calgary Video Artists and Independents” was recently included in EM Media’s 30th anniversary publication “Expanded Standard Time”.