M. Simon Levin is a co-director of Coppermoss retreat and residency—situated on the traditional lands of the Shíshalh nation—it invites artists up to live and work at the edge of the wild, fostering new approaches to decolonizing and land based pedagogy and bio remediation. For the past 30 years, Simon has co-created site-based systems that explore the aesthetics of engagement using a variety of designed forms and tools that address our many publics. In developing large-scale projects in urban environments such as a photo agency for inner city youth, indigenous, medicinal and food-security gardens, or a variety of psycho-geographic and psycho-sonic mappings of space, Levin works with diverse populations. These spatial and pedagogical projects, expand the social agency of art making, rethinking notions of space and place, authorship and audience.
Simon is a member of Maraya, a collective and a research creation project that for the last 12 years has explored the uncanny similarities of two mega-developments 12 time zones apart. Through the development of a series of talks, walks, syllabi, publications, on-line platforms, installations, videos and photographs, Maraya engaged perambulating communities in both Vancouver’s False Creek and Dubai Marina.
He is a part-time lecturer within Graduate Studies, Critical and Cultural Studies and Dynamic Media at Emily Carr University of Art and Design and has published a curriculum on Contemporary Public Art and co-contributed a chapter to Routledge’s Cultural Mapping as Cultural Inquiry.
He will be the senior artist teaching the “Nature’s Imprint Workshop”, which will involve learning techniques of sculpture and assemblage using natural materials.
For more information please visit his website.