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EPL On the Edge Speaker Series


On the Edge Emerging Scholars

Moving Pictures: The Visual Archive and Emerging Histories

Our bodies are in a constant state of flux. Skin cells get recycled every few weeks, blood cells every few months, liver cells every two years. Over the course of a decade or so, every atom is replaced, and our bodies are made entirely new. Despite this, most of us feel that we are essentially the same people we were as children. We remember being children. We remember extinguishing all five candles on our birthday cake. We remember running in fast circles on the front lawn midsummer and helping grandma in the kitchen before we were tall enough to reach the sink.

Our bodies change, but the pattern of information we carry in our heads—the stories we tell about ourselves—remain. In this way, we are what we remember. This could be why so many of us work to establish a personal archive of photographs, films and mementos to commemorate the small, joyful moments in our lives and those of our loved ones. In this presentation, we’ll consider the various ways we record everyday life, and how these ideas can be challenged and reconstructed through an artistic practice. 

When: Wednesday, June 26, 2019, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 
Location: Program Room, Strathcona Library

About the Presenter: 

Myken McDowell is a visual artist working primarily in photo-based printmaking and video installation. She completed her BFA with a concentration in Fibers and Material Studies at Concordia University in 2016 and her MFA in Printmaking at the University of Alberta in 2019. She has also studied at Red Deer College and Funen Art Academy in Odense, Denmark. Myken has exhibited both nationally and internationally, with upcoming exhibitions in Poland and Montreal.


About On the Edge: Speaker Series

On the Edge is a speaker series featuring cutting edge research presented by scholars and researchers from Edmonton's academic community. It is presented by the University of Alberta's Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research and hosted at the Strathcona Library Branch every month. Everyone is invited to attend these sessions.

To learn how to be a presenter for "On the Edge", please contact or Charity Slobod at