Artist + Collaborator

Lorna Boschman at Mayor's Arts Awards 2016. Photo: Tim Matheson.
Lorna Boschman at Mayor’s Arts Awards 2016. Photo: Tim Matheson.

2020 was a year unlike anything we’ve ever experienced. For Lorna, the year was full of new collaborations. Our group of community-based digital storytelling practitioners began to work together to figure out our origins and how that affected our approach to workshop design. In 2020, our group was awarded a second grant (Canada Council for the Arts, Digital Strategies Fund) to learn more about how to build our knowledge and share it with other artists and arts organizations.

From 2018 to the present, Lorna has worked with Sebnem Ozpeta to host digital storytelling workshops with members of the grunt gallery’s community. Together we’ve created over 40 new works.

In October 2016, Lorna Boschman was chosen by a jury of her peers as the Vancouver’s Mayor’s Arts Awards 2016 honouree in Film & New Media. Lorna Boschman is a media artist who shares unique perspectives from within social justice struggles.

From her earliest documentary Scars (1986) about friends who cut themselves to externalize pain, through collaborations with the notorious lesbian art collective, Vancouver’s own Kiss & Tell (1992-2002), and community-based work with the self-advocate community (From the Inside/OUT! 2000; this ability 2006), Lorna’s provocative experimental documentary filmmaking has illuminated numerous hidden stories beneath more visible layers.

Talking Poles invitation (2010)
Talking Poles invitation (Akash Murgai design, 2010)

A public artwork, Talking Poles (2009-2010), created in collaboration with Vicki Moulder and T’Uy’Tanat-Cease Wyss, incorporates community-based personal narratives about the future into an interactive electronic installation in south Surrey.

In recent years, curated programs of Lorna’s work have appeared as exhibitions (Milan 2014) and theatrical programs (Brussels 2014). At the 2011 Panorama of Quebec and Canadian Video, 29 Festival International Du Film Sur L’Art, in Montréal, Boschman was a featured media artist. In her series of interviews Art Talking Woman, Margaret Dragu interviews female artists including Lorna Boschman.

Boschman’s work as an artist has screened at many festivals and art spaces internationally since the 1980s, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Two of her experimental documentaries are part of the collection at the National Gallery of Canada. Her videos have won numerous awards including the National Film Board of Canada’s Kathleen Shannon Award and two Golden Sheaf Awards at the Yorkton Short Film and Video Festival.

For a decade (1991-2000), Lorna Boschman worked at Video In Studios (now VIVO), a Vancouver artist-run media arts centre as an administrator and instructor. She is still an active VIVO member, borrowing equipment and attending screenings.

Researcher + Teacher

Lorna Boschman. Photographer: Leanne Boschman
Lorna Boschman portrait. Photographer: Leanne Boschman

As a researcher, Dr. Lorna Boschman is learning how community members share health-related knowledge via digital storytelling. As a teacher, she shares her skills in the critical and technical use of digital media in both community and academic settings.

Over the last four years, Dr. Boschman worked closely with Dr. Mary Bryson on Cancer’s Margins, an arts- and community-based research study. The national research team looked at how LBGT2Q people who have been diagnosed with breast or gynecological cancer have accessed care, are supported while in treatment, and communicated health knowledge. Lorna’s collaboration on Cancer’s Margins as a mentor included working with a lesbian living with metastatic cancer (just being 2015).

Cancer's Margins logo
Cancer’s Margins logo

Lorna Boschman holds a PhD (2012, SFU) and MA (2007, SFU) in Interactive Arts + Technology and BFA (2005, ECADU) in Film/Video. Her doctoral study looked at how women over 40 used the Wii Fit Plus game as a strategy for moderate physical activity and social engagement. Working with the National Film Board of Canada and the Burnaby Association for Community Living as part of her Masters study, Boschman worked with self-advocates who made short videos that demonstrate their social contributions and sense of community inclusion.

Interests: Community-based digital media projects, arts and community-based health research, collaboration, games for health, digital storytelling, qualitative video and audio analysis, and experiential knowledge transfer.