About Patrick Finn

I am an Associate Professor in The School of Creative and Performing Arts and Computational Media Design at The University of Calgary. I also serve as the Chair of Research and Innovation at the Edmonton Digital Arts College. My work focuses on Performance and technology where technology can be anything from movement or story to programming and gaming.

October 2017

‘No dress rehearsal, this is our life:’ Gord Downie and the Canadian conversation

By | 2017-11-02T15:19:28+00:00 October 27th, 2017|Featured|

  Canadians are lucky to have the creative contributions of Gord Downie, frontman for the Tragically Hip, who passed away this week at the age of 53. He embodied a beautiful paradox in our conversation about Canadian culture. He wrote poetry about hockey and our complicated history, quoting both news and literature, and singing those poems to diverse audiences in hockey arenas. Where America’s poet, Walt Whitman, spoke of “containing multitudes,” Downie connected multitudes. Like Downie, the country he loved resists summation. What is Canada? What is Canadian culture? Who is a Canadian? Canadians do not agree on what it means to be Canadian. Our conversations on the subject end with more questions than we had when they began. Two approaches are often used when trying [...]

What is Japanese for joie de vivre?

By | 2017-11-02T15:19:28+00:00 October 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Joie de vivre, or the joy of living, is a phrase you probably know. Paris is the world’s most popular tourist destination, and that surely has much to do with the way life operates in that great city, and in the country surrounding it. In Canada, the phrase is used when speaking about Quebec, and for the cities of Montreal and Quebec City, which are among our most popular tourist destinations. Once again, popular writing about these places speaks of a way of living that is the central reason people want to spend time visiting. My work takes me to a lot of different places. That sounds more exciting than it is because travel for me involves more hours working than touring new locations. [...]

Let’s Get Friendship Right: The Tragically Hip

By | 2017-11-02T15:19:29+00:00 October 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|

http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/747392579715 When the colour of the night And all the smoke in one life Gives way to shaky movements, Improvisational skills In the forest of whispering speakers Let’s swear that we will Get with the times, In a current health to stay Let’s get friendship right Get life day-to-day “It’s a Good Life if you Don’t Weaken,” In Violet Light. Universal Music Canada, 2002. Gordon Downie, Rob Baker, Johnny Fay, Paul Langlois & Gord Sinclair. As someone who gave a lot of my early life to playing music, The Tragically Hip were an inspiration. They were rock musicians, out there having fun, but they seemed somehow more grown up than the rest of us. The first time we ran into them was in [...]

The Honourable Senator Murray Sinclair

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Have you ever had a moment so perfect you could not believe it? I had one when I served as University Orator honouring the Honourable Senator Murray Sinclair. I study performance. I explore how top performers do what they do best. Being assigned to speak about Murray Sinclair provided me with two years in which I was privileged to studyMizanay Gheezhik (Sinclair’s Ojibway name), and attempt to capture something of who he is, and what he has done. Yes, he is a top performer, but so much more. I was in Ottawa when then Justice Sinclair delivered the results of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report. I joined the group walking with him through the city the day before the official presentation. The next [...]