Centre Director

Stephen Foster is a digital media artist and researcher of mixed Haida and European background. His work deals with issues of Indigenous representation in popular culture through personal narrative. He has been exhibited both internationally and nationally; he has participated in various festivals with multi channel video installations, interactive video installations and single channel video works. In 2007 Foster presented a retrospective screening of his video work at the Dawson City International Short Film Festival. He is a published author, who has presented lectures and has participated on panels for new media, video art and contemporary indigenous art at national and international venues. He has significant professional experience in new media production, video and audio art and has participated in residencies at the Banff Centre For The Arts, Klondike Institute of Art and Culture in Dawson City, Oboro Media Art Centre in Montreal, Hexagram at Concordia University in Montreal and at La Chambre Blanche in Quebec City. Currently, Foster is the Director of the Summer Institute for Interdisciplinary Indigenous Graduate Studies at the University of British Columbia - Okanagan Campus where he is an Associate Professor in the Creative Studies Dept. Foster instructs courses dedicated to video production, digital media and visual and cultural theory. He is also the Coordinator for the CanWest Global Centre for Artists’ video, which is now in its eighth year of operation. In 2004, Foster was awarded a Research/Creation Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRCC) for exploring interactive and experimental approaches to documentary. The resulting project entitled The Prince George Métis Elders’ Documentary Project has been exhibited at various galleries and festivals. In 2009 and in 2010 he was nominated for the Best New Media Work at the ImagineNative Film and Media Arts Festival in Toronto, the largest Aboriginal film and media festival in the world.