Local filmmaker campaigns for funding

An IndieGogo campaign for a local feature film Beyond Control seeks to reach community support and raise funds to finish post-production. Beyond Control is being produced and shot in Nanaimo.                                     Featuring all local talent, this psychological horror is a coming-of-age tale about a girl dealing with her past and powerful perception. Written, produced, and … Continued

Robots and how we will live with them

By contributor Daniel O’Brien Humans are social creatures, which means the greatest hurdle in truly intuitive communication with machines is their inability to generate and interpret social cues. Non-verbal communication like the position of our arms, where we look, and how we speak are all social cues that, at this point, machines are incapable of … Continued

Gender and diversity in video games

VIU Media Technologist Johnny Blakeborough delivered a presentation on gender roles in gaming and how women are treated in the industry, as well as the increasingly hostile “gamergate” to a packed auditorium. Blakeborough was approached by VIU instructor Marni Stanley and asked to do the presentation. He said Stanley thought it would be a great … Continued

Digital visions of Kris Vieaux

At first, he might seem like a man who’d rather let his art speak for him. But during our chat, projection artist and DJ Kris Vieaux was eager to discuss anything from hitchhiking to the quality of my hardwood floor. Although he studied anthropology and sociology at VIU for seven years, he chose to make … Continued

VIU students launch free literary magazine

By contributor Antony Stevens Nanaimo’s first literary magazine, text, launched for free earlier this month at the Vault Café. Focusing on the “concise and eclectic,” the 32-page debut issue features “brief poetry” from local writers, including David Fraser, Kim Clark, and Mary Anne Moore, as well as “found poetry” and art from 17 other contributors. … Continued

Mobilizing the March for the Climate

Contributor Chantelle Spicer shows Nanaimo’s broader vision of sustainability. Sustainability is a real buzzword right now, flying around many communities, industries, and our own university. It touches everyday life when we look at waste reduction, housing, and timber. It is at the heart of many movements, including one that happened recently in our own city. … Continued

A Journey through Word Vancouver

Contributor Philip Gordon gives us an unconventional walk through Word Vancouver September 28, 5:45 am; Departure Bay Ferry Terminal, Nanaimo. My friend, Antony Stevens (The Navigator’s web content editor), and I just paid the cab driver who dropped us off, the first face in our long day’s journey through Word Vancouver, Western Canada’s largest celebration … Continued

Could VIU be Sweatshop Free?

Alexandria Stuart looks at VIU Student Union’s anti-sweatshop campaign. Raveena, 17, wakes early in a small room surrounded by her parents, grandmother, and three brothers sleeping on thin mats. The family stirs around her as she moves to the kitchen before it gets too crowded, splashes her face with water from a bowl, and grabs a … Continued

BC Teachers Take Fight to the Tabletop

By contributor Drew McLachlan Two BC teachers are asking frustrated students, parents, and teachers to roll the dice to decide the fate of our province’s public school system with their new board game Christy’s World. Told from the view of two disgruntled teaches, Christy’s World puts players in the role of the BC Premier as she races … Continued

VIU’s Kathy Page Nominated for Giller Prize

By contributor Drew McLachlan The longlist of nominees for the Scotiabank Giller Prize was revealed earlier this month, and among the 12 books under consideration this year is Paradise and Elsewhere, a short story collection by VIU creative writing professor Kathy Page. “A collection of dark fables at once familiar and entirely strange.” Released in … Continued

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