Nancy Lee is a curator of interactions. Her crafted spaces stimulate behavioural dynamics, inviting their release into a broth of intangibles. In setting the stage for these action experiments, she is as much an observer as an artist. The notion of staging is a constant in Nancy’s work and underpins her projects from early days as a more traditional filmmaker, through her conception and planning of live events, and into the realms of VR, new media performance and installation, where her art practices continue to coalesce and evolve.
Nancy is a co-founder of electronic music and art collective Chapel Sound - a collective supporting emerging artists in Vancouver by offering workshops and performance opportunities. She is a co-producer and co-founder of CURRENT: Feminist Electronic Art Symposium - an intersectional feminist and multidisciplinary initiative which began in 2017 as an annual multi-day event featuring performances, workshops and panels by women and nonbinary artists. This year CURRENT Symposium has evolved into a 3-day mentorship program to train future cultural producers with partnership and internship opportunities. Nancy recently co-created VR projects “Telepresence”, a VR 8-channel surround sound live performance with Western Front Society and “Tidal Traces”, a VR dance film with the National Film Board of Canada. Nancy’s films and interdisciplinary performances have showcased at Cannes Film Festival, SXSW, MUTEK Japan, Bass Coast Festival, Alberta Electronic Music Conference, Vancouver International Jazz Festival, International Symposium on Electronic Art (Vancouver, South Africa and South Korea), and more. Nancy is a 2018 YWCA Women of Distinction Nominee for Art, Cultural & Design and is named one of BC’s Most Influential Women in STEM for 2018. She currently sits on the board of directors at VIVO Media Arts Centre.
Throughout her ostensibly different endeavours, Nancy has consistently challenged binaries: between artist and observer, individual and environment, audience and participant, psychology and art, to name just a few. Her work stimulates and enlivens space, making a provocative statement about how inescapably interconnected we are with our surroundings.