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Paul Walde – The Smart As Trees Podcast

Adrian V 19 July 2023 2703 130 4

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Paul Walde is an award winning artist, composer, and curator. Walde’s body of work suggests unexpected interconnections between landscape, identity, and technology.

Paul was born in London, U.K., and moved with his family to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, when he was  6-years old, did his elementary schooling and finished high school at Bawating C. & . V. S. in 1987.

Walde is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario (BFA) and New York University (MA). He is the winner of The Prescott Fund Award from the National Arts Club in New York City and the Kenny Doren Award from ED Video in Guelph. In addition to his studio practice, Walde is an active lecturer, curator, teacher and writer and has attended residencies at Pouch Cove, Newfoundland, the Banff Centre for the Arts and the Anchorage Museum. From 2007 to 2010 he was the Artistic Director and Visual Arts curator of LOLA, the London Ontario Live Arts Festival during which time he presented projects by such international artists as Brian Eno (UK), blackhole factory (DE), Yoko Ono (US) and Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky (US). Often blurring the lines between producer and curator he has also presented the work of such Canadian artists as: Michael Snow, Kelly Mark, Dave Dyment, Gordon Monahan, and Michelle Gay.

In 2012 he relocated to Victoria, British Columbia, where he is Associate Professor  of Visual Arts and Department Chair at the University of Victoria, and in 2018, the recipient of the UVic REACH Award for Creativity and Artistic Expression. Walde is also a founding member of Audio Lodge, a Canadian sound art collective and EMU Experimental Music Unit, a Victoria-based sound ensemble.



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