About the speaker
Researcher and educator by day, writer, illustrator, and music inamorata by night, Jessie Beier is interested in exploring, and in many ways challenging, representation itself. Beier holds a diploma in design and illustration, in addition to a Bachelor of Education, and is currently completing her Masters Degree in Secondary Education at the University of Alberta.
Beier’s interests in both visual and sonic ecologies have led to research that works to think art, in its many forms, as a power for overturning cliché and dismantling common sense habits of interpretation. Beier has worked in a variety of settings as a researcher, educator, and program developer including the Art Gallery of Alberta and Edmonton Public Schools.
She currently teaches in the Department of Secondary Education at the University of Alberta and is the president of Edmonton artist-run centre Latitude 53 Contemporary Visual Culture. Beier has presented her research locally and nationally, and has published her work in multiple journals including Visual Arts Research (University of Illinois Press), The Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy (Taylor and Francis), and The Alberta Journal of Educational Research (University of Alberta).
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We produce the world through thought. — Jessie Beier
I’m more interested in asking: What does our thinking do? How does it actually create a world? That is key. — Jessie Beier
Because it is common sense, I want to unpack it. I want to unfold it. If we assume everyone knows what that means or what it does, then we’re less-likely to about it. — Jessie Beier