Dear WFAE Members and Acoustic Ecology community,
We are excited to announce that the final keynote speaker for the upcoming WFAE Conference, ‘Listening Pasts, Listening Futures’ in March 2023 is Claude Schryer.
Claude Schryer (1959, Ottawa, he/him) believes the arts, in the context of decolonization, can play a much more impactful role in shaping our collective future and has dedicated the rest of his life to this vocation. He is a franco-ontarian sound and media artist and arts administrator of european ancestry. He holds a MM in composition from McGill University and was actively involved in the acoustic ecology and electroacoustic music communities in the 80’s & 90’s. From 2000 to 2020 he held management positions at Canada Council for the Arts in Inter-Arts and as a strategic advisor. He currently produces the conscient podcast on art and the ecological crisis. He describes his artistic aesthetic as ‘an exploration of the liminal space between reality, fantasy and spirit’. He is also an environmental activist who volunteers with the Sectoral Climate Art Leadership for the Emergency (SCALE) (chair of the board and member of the Mission Circle) and regularly gives workshops, facilitates meetings, and participates in panels and presentations on art and the ecological crisis. He is grateful to the Gesturing Towards Decolonized Futures collective and the Facing Human Wrongs course for guidance in his learning and unlearnings. He is a zen and qi gong practitioner, son of Jeannine and Maurice Schryer, husband of Sabrina Mathews, father of Clara Schryer and Riel Schryer.
Schryer was a founding member of the WFAE at its inception at the 1993 ‘Tuning Of The World’ International Conference in Banff, Alberta. He joins Amanda Gutierrez and David George Haskell as a keynote speaker.
We also note that the conference Call For Presentations deadline has been extended to 15 October 2022. More information on the conference, registration fees, and CFP can be found on the WFAE website.