Celebrating Earth Day 2024

Extinction + Soundscapes
NEW DATE: April 27
10:00am – 11:00am | Pacific Daylight Time
Online via Zoom
Registration: LINK

Celebrating Earth Month, we are pleased to host an online series of short, inspiring talks that will encourage communities to listen to their environment and appreciate our global connections. Through exceptional projects in the arts, research and conservation, our speakers will touch on the themes of extinction within the New Media Gallery's ZOOVEILLANCE exhibition.

This program of Talks observes Earth Month, offers a response to ZOOVEILLANCE, in connection with with the Field Recording: Bowen Island workshop, April 20/21.

Ruth Simons, D.Litt. is Executive Director and Lead for Atl'ka7tsem/Howe Sound UNESCO Biosphere Region, where people are committed to creating lasting futures for their communities and the environments that sustain them.
Mark Nazemi, PhD. works at the intersection of sound, technology, education and well-being. He is a faculty member of Simon Fraser University, School of Interactive Arts and Technology and Senior Sound Instructor with New Media Gallery.

Ruth Simons, D.Litt.
Ruth Simons

Ruth Simons - President & Executive Director, Howe Sound Biosphere Region Initiative Society

Ruth has been a dedicated volunteer in Howe Sound for ten years following a term as a Village of Lions Bay Council member (2008-2011). Prior to 2008, she was in the travel insurance industry as a business owner and CEO. She has been advocating for a holistic comprehensive land and marine use plan for the region since 2012. Ruth has been the Coordinator of the Howe Sound Community Forums for the past 9 years and leading the Howe Sound Biosphere Region Initiative toward the UNESCO designation since its start in 2016. A lifelong resident of the region, she is happiest in nature, often seen either on the trails or the water. WEBSITE

Mark Nazemi, PhD.
Mark Nazemi

Mark Nazemi is an innovative health, technology, education, and design leader. He is currently the Senior Manager of Clinical Solutions & Innovation at Thrive Health. Mark completed his Ph.D. at Simon Fraser University (SFU), School of Interactive Arts & Technology where he currently resides as a faculty member. He is also an instructor at the New Media Gallery in Vancouver, Canada. Mark has been involved in the field of health technology and education for over two decades and has provided consulting services to the entertainment, health, and education industry. His research into sound and pain management has been featured at international conferences such as CHI, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, American Academy of Pain Medicine, Congress of the European Pain Federation, Siggraph Asia, Audio Mostly, Artech, and many more, including media presence on CBC radio and American News Report. In addition, he has received the Quality Service Award from the Kaiser Permanente Journal and the R. Murray Schafer scholarship for his research in Soundscapes.